On this date in 2004, the White Sox claimed enigmatic pitcher Bobby Jenks off waivers from the Anaheim Angels in what turned out to be one of the great moves in team annals.

In fact, it could be put forth that this was one of the great waiver claims in Major League Baseball history.

The pudgy right-hander was unable to consistently harness his 100 mph in the Angel organization.

Upon joining the Sox, the team immediately showed faith in the 23-year-old native of Mission Hills, Calif. in spring training.

The Sox made him a fulltime reliever and success followed.

After going 1-3 with a 2.85 ERA with 19 saves for Double-A Birmingham, the Sox called him up on July 5, 2005.

Jenks quickly ascended to the closer’s role after Dustin Hermanson’s back gave out on him.

The unflappable Jenks responded with six saves in the regular-season, two in the Division Series and two more in the World Series.

His improbable season ended on the mound as the White Sox won Game 4 of the World Series in Houston making Jenks the first rookie in history to earn the save in the clinching game of the Fall Classic.

To show that 2005 was no fluke, Jenks posted 41 saves and struck out 80 batters in 69.2 innings in 2006.

Jenks finished his career second in Sox history with 173 saves, a World Series ring, another playoff appearance and an All-Star berth.

It would be difficult to find a waiver pickup better than Big Bad Bobby Jenks.


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