I came across this interesting little article by Rich Elliot in the Connecticut Post about Jeff Tam and thought I'd share. As many of you will recall, Tam had two nice years in the A's pen in 2000-2001, and then just sort of lost it.
It turns out he's had Tommy John surgery not once but twice since then, but finally seemed to regain his form at age 38 with the Atlantic League's Bridgeport Bluefish (although obviously against inferior competition). Ironically, his manager was Tommy John. He put up some nice numbers at the end of the year and is hoping to play winter ball somewhere.
Following a slow start for the Bluefish, Tam was outstanding in his final 30 appearances. He was 1-2 with a 2.15 ERA and an opponents' batting average of .219 (23-for-105) in his last 29 1/3 innings.
The run of success came in the wake of posting a 5.40 ERA and an opponent's batting average of .290 in his first 16 appearances through July 2. This month, alone, Tam had a 1.04 ERA in 10 appearances and hitters were a combined 2-for-26 against him.
It seems unlikely his comeback will last much longer, but at least he was able to recapture a small bit of his old skills....