DWIPP: 7- Turk Wendell, 2001 – Phillies Nation

DWIPP: 7- Turk Wendell, 2001

7. Turk Wendell in 2001

Wendell was quite the character. He insisted that the umpire roll the ball to him, rather than throw it. If the ump were to throw, Wendell let the ball to go past him, or bounce off his chest. He waved to the centerfielder before he pitched and wouldn’t continue unless the centerfield waved back. When the catcher stood, Wendell crouched. He slammed the rosin bag on the mound between outs, and drew three crosses in the dirt before he pitched. He brushed his teeth between innings and occasionally threw his glove into the stands after leaving a game. Those are just a few of his many rituals.

His superstitions did not work during the 15.2 innings he pitched with the Phillies in 2001. 

Acquired from the New York Mets in a trade, Wendell was 0-2 with a 7.47 ERA and 2.11 WHIP. Opponents batted .320 and slugged .569 against him. In 51.1 innings with the Mets in the first half of the season, Wendell had an acceptable 3.51 ERA.In 2002, Wendell was better for the Phillies posting a 3.38 ERA. In 2003, he signed with the Colorado Rockies and had a 7.02 ERA. He was released; it was the last year he pitched in the major leagues.



  1. David W

    March 25, 2009 at 10:06 am

    wow, turk wendell….he was actually solid when he was with us…(Mets) you forgot the shark teeth he used to wear around his neck….lolol…this guy was beyond nuts….but he was a cool dude.

  2. Geoff

    March 25, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I remember that guy. He was one of the all time wierdest guys Ive ever seen in baseball. Total space cadet.

  3. Justin

    March 25, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Still the curse of the #99 continues i remember he came out that first game in that number and he was god awful then he switched out to 13 because he’s a supersitious guy like Amanda said. But only 2 players have ever worn the #99 since Mitchie Poo and it hasn’t seemed to work for either Turk Wendell and So Taguchi aren’t likely to leave lasting impressions in Philly, at least not good ones.

  4. Geoff

    March 25, 2009 at 10:20 am

    I wonder what that guys doing now. I actually wouldnt even mind if they signed him and brought him back for like one game just so i could see all those wierd routines again. That guy was classic.

  5. Phan in TN

    March 25, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I’ll say this: He was entertaining.

    Back in 2001, everyone came to the Vet and beat the Phils. There were so few Phillies fans in the stands, I could hear individuals arguing with each other and the Ump.

    Only Friday night and Sunday games were almost packed. Of course, the Sunday fans were there for the give-aways. (bandwagoners)

    Turk was the opposite of Jose Mesa in my hirsute and underappreciated opinion.

  6. Geoff

    March 25, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Wouldnt it be funny if they sent him out there just one more time, and left him in. He might be able to get some guys on the nationals out. It would be even funnier if he came back, did all that ritual stuff, and then gave up like 7 runs to the nationals.

  7. Georgie

    March 25, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Yoy have to wonder if those weird superstitions carry over into his everyday life. It would probably be tough being married to the guy, who knows what would go on there!

  8. Chuck P

    March 25, 2009 at 11:07 am

    There’s a name I would like to forget… what a nut case.

  9. Jim

    March 25, 2009 at 11:13 am

    PHAN IN TN- not sure which 2001 phillies team your talking about.

    the one i remember went 47-34 at home and was in first place for most of the season. they also sold nearly 2 million tickets which was the most since 1994 and 1993

  10. Phan in TN

    March 25, 2009 at 11:19 am

    @Jim, I only had partial season tickets and sat in section 525, so I must have missed when we won.

    I remember teams like the Cardinals etc coming in and sweeping us. I was always watching people like McGuire and Sosa hit them out of the park…our park.

    I won’t be distracted by facts or numbers


  11. Jason B.

    March 25, 2009 at 11:27 am

    I used to have a poster of Turk that had all of his quirks listed on it. That guy was a screwball. I remember hearing a story about Lieby kept standing and turk kept squating. This continued until the ump intervened. That is classic.

  12. TBT

    March 25, 2009 at 11:31 am

    The 2001 team won 86 games and finished 2 games behind the Marlins in the standing.

  13. Meat Balls

    March 25, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Never heard of the dude, but he sounds like he is a riot! I guess it makes the game just that much more entertaining. Reminds me of Mark Fidrych in the late 70’s. Now that guy was Whack!

  14. Brett

    March 25, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    If you search for him on youtube, there are a half a dozen clips of him advertising honey. It’s pretty funny if you’re bored.

  15. ryan

    March 25, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    haha. i thorougly enjoyed reading that. i remembered him being a total nut, but that is just over the top

  16. matt

    March 25, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    hey is that kenny powers?

  17. Doug

    March 25, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    TBT in 2001 they finished 2 games behind the Braves for first place.

  18. Joe O'Phillie

    March 25, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    lol at the kenny powers reference

  19. the lopez!

    March 25, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    turk wendell
    the ocd kid
    all those friggin rituals he had

    entertaining though

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