In the post I wrote last night about how the Dodgers hit five triples and Zack Greinke tied the record for the number of times a pitcher has struck out four batters in an inning, at two, the name of former Angels’ great Chuck Finely came up. He, Greinke, and A.J. Burnett are the only three pitchers in the long history of major league baseball to have ever done this on more than on occasion. But Finley, whose name seldom comes up anymore, should be remembered for being one of the Angels’ all-time bests, and not just for that little incident with hie ex-wife that is, unfortunately, much more memorable, and for the use of his name in the USA spy series, Burn Notice.
For a franchise that has featured some great pitching names, such as as Nolan Ryan,
|Messersmith, Dean Chance, Frank Tanana, and Jered Weaver, among others, it is Finely that still today owns the majority of the club's all time pitching records, including wins (165), games started (379), innings pitched (2,675), and others. For his career, which included stints with three additional teams, he won 200 games and struck out 2,610 batters. But, it's a dozen years since his last appearance, and today's fans just do not have the sense of history or the|
No, if the name “Chuck Finley’ were mentioned today, most fans would likely say “Who?”, while many others would say, “hey, that’s Sam Axe’s cover name.” For non-watchers of Burn Notice, Sam Axe was an ex-Navy SEAL and government spy whose best friend, now “burned” former CIA operative Michael Westen, constantly recruits to help him out with potentially deadly capers. When ever he needed to use a cover identity, which was quite
It will probably be at least another dozen years until the name “Chuck Finely” is again in the news.