Traverse City Record-Eagle

Beach Bums

September 7, 2011

Beach Bums have player decisions to make

Mueller wants to return

TRAVERSE CITY — Scott Mueller wants to make everyone forget his last inning.

He hopes he has a shot at that next season.

The Traverse City Beach Bums closer -- who gave up the winning runs in a 3-1 season-ending loss to Lake Erie that cost the team a playoff spot -- said he's already told management he wants to come back and pitch next year.

"I told our manager and Jason (Wuerfel) that I want to come back and win a ring," Mueller said. "I'm not happy the way we finished up. I take a lot of blame for it because I gave up those runs after a good year. It seems like that whole year did not matter except that last inning I threw. That's going to leave a bitter taste in my mouth and I want to come back.

"I love this place. I told our managers that I think it's one of the best, if not the best staff and organization to play for. I told them I want to keep playing. I feel like I have a couple more years left."

Mueller, the Beach Bums career saves leader with 35 over the last two seasons, helped lock down a lot of the team's wins as they came up just one win short of the postseason.

"That last homestand when we had the six-game win streak, that was huge for us," Mueller said. "That was fun. We were winning. Everybody was having fun. We were getting along. It was a good time."

Mueller finished with 21 saves and an ERA of 1.31. Perhaps even more impressive was a WHIP of 1.00, as he surrendered only 41 hits and 14 walks in 55 innings pitched, striking out 53.

But even with those numbers, it's the memory of giving up a pair of 10th-inning runs to the Crushers that bothers him.

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