John Wasdin had the nickname “Way Back Wasdin” and it seemed quite appropriate for his propensity for giving up the long ball. Wasdin gave up 28 home runs in 199.2 innings he pitched for the Red Sox. For the Fenway Faithful, it appeared every one of those home runs cost a game.
The Red Sox had a dilemma with Wasdin. As a starting pitcher, Wasdin was best considered a number five, but that was an insult to most pitchers who resided in the depths of the rotation. As a relief pitcher, you were walking a home run tightrope with Wasdin on the mound. A pitcher who gives up the long-ball is to be avoided when men are on base.
The Red Sox had seen enough and decided to cut bait and move Wasdin on. So where do you send a pitcher who gives up home runs? What team would assume such a pitching risks? Why the Colorado Rockies and Coors Field – the perfect destination. Wasdin’s old habits surfaced with nine home runs at Coors in just 36.1 innings pitched.