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Joseph Martin Boever
is a former Major League Baseball
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In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throwsthe baseball from the pitcher's mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter, who attempts to either make contact with the pitched ball or draw a walk. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the...
. A career reliever, Boever was most notable for throwing a palmball
In baseball, the palmball pitch is a type of changeup. It requires placing the baseball tightly in the palm or held between the thumb and ring finger and then throwing it as if throwing a fastball...
pitch. Nicknamed Boever The Saver
, he debuted in 1985 and was a closer for the 1989 Atlanta Braves
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collecting 21 saves. In 1992 he led the league in appearances for a pitcher, playing in 81 games for the Houston Astros
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. He retired in 1997.
He attended and played for Lindbergh High School
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Joe played college baseball at Nevada-Las Vegas Community College.
On July 24, 1987, Joe was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Randy O'Neal.