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Bill Caudill
Born: July 13, 1956 (1956-07-13) (age 53)
Santa Monica, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
May 12, 1979 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
July 28, 1987 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Win-Loss     35-52
Earned run average     3.68
Strikeouts     620
Saves     106

William Holland Caudill (born July 13, 1956 in Santa Monica, California) is a former pitcher with a 9-year career from 1979 to 1987. He played for the Chicago Cubs of the National League and Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays all of the American League. One of the wackier players to play the game, Caudill was also one of baseball's top closers from 1982 to 1985. He had a career-high 36 saves for the Athletics in 1984 and finished second that year in the American League behind Dan Quisenberry of the Kansas City Royals who had 44. Nicknamed "the Inspector" after inspecting the Mariners bats for unused hits and discarding those he deemed empty, the Pink Panther Theme soon played over the Kingdome loudspeakers when he was summoned from the Mariners' bullpen. Later, he was also given the nickname "Cuffs" after an incident with hotel security during a road trip. On another occasion, when brought in to pitch in a one-sided game, Caudill appeared from the bullpen sporting a half-shaved beard. In 1982, the Mariners introduced a nautically themed bullpen "car" called the Tugboat. It got off to a rocky start on Opening Day when Caudill stole the keys during pregame festivities, leaving the Tugboat stranded on the left-field line and delaying the start of the game.

He was elected to the American League All-Star team in 1984, where he struck out the only 3 batters he faced. Trying to rebound from a miserable season with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1986, Caudill suffered a broken hand with the Oakland A's after punching a man who was reportedly trying to accost his wife in a hotel parking lot in 1987.[1] It effectively ended his big league career at age 30.

Caudill currently coaches and works for sports agent Scott Boras, a former minor league teammate and close friend. Caudill is perhaps most notable for being Boras' first client.

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