Dave Telgheder: Mid Nineties Mets Pitcher Born In Orange County, NY (1993-1995)

David William Telgheder was born on November 11th, 1966, in Middletown New York. He was raised on a fruit farm in Slate Hill, NY owned by his parents Bill & Ruth. He grew up a fan of Catfish Hunter & the AL New York team.

The six three right-handed pitcher attended the University of Amherst in Massachusetts. 

In 1989 he was a long shot 31st round pick of the New York Mets. Telgheder spent a long eight-year career in the minor leagues before reaching the majors.

In 1990 at the A Ball level, he won 18 games (1-7) between Columbia & St. Lucie. In 1991 he was promoted to AA Williamsport where he went 13-11 with a 3.60 ERA. 

In 1992 Telgheder reached the AAA level with the Tidewater Tides in their final season in that area before the move to Norfolk. That season he made headlines throwing a no hitter.

Quotes- Dave Telgheder: "It was a good time, but I never thought it would become that big of a deal. I had a lot of newspapers lining up to talk to me. It felt strange."

The next season he became a pitcher for the inaugural Norfolk Tides. He pitched there for three seasons before making to the Mets big league team in June 1993. 

Mets Career: On June 12th, Telgheder made his MLB debut finishing off a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Shea Stadium. On June 21st he got his first start, allowing two runs in five innings, in an 8-3 win over the Montreal Expos at home. 

On June 29th he entered an extra inning game in the 10th inning in Florida, earning the win as Tim Bogar hit a sac fly scoring Jeremy Burnitz. 

On July 3rd Telgheder bested his record to 3-0, as he pitched eight innings against the San Francisco Giants, allowing three runs in the 6-3 Mets win. 

He lost his next start, getting pounded for eight runs on eleven hits to the L.A. Dodgers. 

In September he closed out the year with three straight victories to his credit. On September 21st, he beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh pitching seven innings, allowing three runs matching his season high five strike outs.

On September 26th, Telgheder beat the Montreal Expos at Shea, in an eight innings, three run performance for hid fifth win. On October 1st, he shutout the Marlins for eight innings, giving up just four hits to earn the win in Florida. 

Telgheder surprised everyone, putting up the best winning percentage of anyone on the staff (.750%). He was third on the club in wins going 6-2 with a 4.76 ERA. He struck out 35 & walked 21 in 75.2 innings of work in 24 appearances (seven starts).
1994: Dave began the season on Dallas Green's staff as a reliever. But he would make just six relief appearances, giving up eight earned runs in 10 innings, with an ERA of 7.20.

On April 20th he gave up an 11th inning walk off single to the Dodgers Bret Butler in Los Angeles taking the loss. At the end of April, he was sent back to AAA Norfolk where he would go 8-10 with a 3.40 ERA in 23 games.

1995: Telgheder was 5-4 with a good 2.24 ERA at AAA Norfolk & returned to the Mets staff in early August. On August 23rd he made a start against the Giants at Shea & took a loss, allowing three runs over six innings. 

On September 16th, he pitched the first five innings of a 10-8 Mets win over the Phillies, giving up three runs on five hits while earning his only victory of the year. In his final start he took a loss to the Braves.

For 1995, Telgheder went 1-2 with 16 strike outs 7 walks & a 5.61 ERA in seven appearances for the second place Mets (69-75). At the end of the season was granted free agency & signed with the Oakland A's. 

Post Mets Career:
In 1996 for Oakland, Telgheder was used as a going 4-7 with a 4.65 ERA in 16 games. On September 10th, he threw a three-hit shutout over the Minnesota Twins, striking out a season best, seven.

In 1997 he was 4-6 but posted an ERA over six. One of his big thrills was shutting out the AL New York team into the 8th inning for a 3-0 combined shut out in April. In 1998 Dave pitched just eight games going 0-1 before getting sent to AAA Edmonton to finish out the season.

In 1999 he signed with the Cleveland Indians but never made it back to the majors, spending his final season at AAA Buffalo going 8-8. 

Career Stats: In his six-year career he was 15-19 with one shut out & a 5.23 ERA. He had 158 strike outs with 103 walks in 311 innings in 81 appearances (46 starts)

Retirement: After his playing days Telgheder became a teacher, assistant principal & baseball coach at Minisink Valley High School in Slate Hill, New York. 

Telgheder is also a color commentator for the local Hudson Valley Renegades baseball team.

Family: Dave & his wife Barbara have two children.


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