Gene Nelson (baseball)


Gene Nelson (baseball)

Infobox MLB retired
bgcolor1=orange
bgcolor2=green
textcolor1=green
textcolor2=orange
name=Gene Nelson
position=Pitcher
birthdate=birth date and age|1960|12|3
bats=Right
throws=Right
debutdate=May 4
debutyear=1981
debutteam=New York Yankees
finaldate=September 29
finalyear=1993
finalteam=Texas Rangers
stat1label=Record
stat1value=53-64
stat2label=ERA
stat2value=4.13
stat3label=Strikeouts
stat3value=655
teams=
*New York Yankees (by|1981)
*Seattle Mariners (by|1982-by|1983)
*Chicago White Sox (by|1984-by|1986)
*Oakland Athletics (by|1987-by|1992)
*California Angels (by|1993)
*Texas Rangers (by|1993)
highlights=
*American League pennant: 1988, 1989, 1990
*World Series champion: 1989

Wayland Eugene Nelson (born December 3, 1960 in Tampa, Florida), is a former professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1981 to 1993. After beginning his career as a starting pitcher with the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners, Nelson gradually converted to a relief role starting in 1983. He was a key member of the ace relief staff that helped propel the Oakland Athletics to three pennant-winning seasons from 1988 to 1990, frequently setting up Dennis Eckersley for his saves. Nelson posted a 1.57 ERA in 1990 and earned a 9-6 record in 1988. After seeing his performance slip in 1991 and 1992, he closed out his career in 1993 with a 3.12 ERA while pitching for the California Angels and Texas Rangers.

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