As reporters gathered around Mike Dunn on Friday to talk to the pitcher about breaking the Marlins’ record for victories by a reliever with 10, Jeff Baker called out across the clubhouse, “Did he vulture another one?”
“Vulture” is the nickname given to Dunn by his teammates for earning so many relief victories.
He is not the first reliever to wear that moniker.
“I never realize he gets a win until I walk in and I see him smiling,” fellow reliever Dan Jennings said. “And I say, ‘You got to be kidding me?’ It’s crazy. I don’t have any wins this year, so that puts it in perspective. That guy’s got 10 this year. Ridiculous. Right place, right time.”
“It doesn’t matter [who gets the win], as long as it’s somebody on this team,” Dunn said. “I’d gladly give up all the wins to any of the starters for holds and stuff like that.”
Dunn has 18 career relief wins for the Marlins, two shy of Robb Nen’s team record.
“That’s the best feeling in baseball is to have a win like that,” said manager Mike Redmond, who recalls having only two walk-off hits during his playing career, none with the Marlins.Derek Dietrich