April 29th, 2011

April 29 – Happy Birthday Sterling Hitchcock

hitchcock.jpgAt one time the Yankees expected this left-hander to some day take over the top spot in their starting rotation. That never happened. Hitchcock advanced through the Yankee farm system pretty rapidly and after just three years in the organization was getting late-season call ups to the Bronx by the early 1990’s to see if he could bolster what was a pretty poor Yankee pitching staff. By 1995 he was the fifth starter for Manager, Bucky Showalter and finished that season with an 11-10 record.

Against Seattle in that year’s postseason, Hitchcock did not pitch well in his two appearances. His failure to do so helped get him traded to that same Mariner team as part of the deal that brought Tino Martinez to New York. Hitchcock then enjoyed his finest big league season with Seattle in1996, with a record of 13-9. He was then traded to San Diego, where he was paid about $19 million over the next five seasons in return for a 34-42 cumulative record. After being released by the Padres, the Yankees re-signed Hitchcock as a free agent in 2001 but he pitched poorly and was dealt to St Louis. He retired after the 2004 season with a 74-76 record for his 13-year big league career.

Hitchcock shares his April 29th birthday with this long-ago utility infielder,  this hard-partying former Yankee pitcher and this other Yankee pitcher who was also a civil engineer.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1992 NYY 0 2 .000 8.31 3 3 0 0 0 0 13.0 23 12 12 2 6 6 2.231
1993 NYY 1 2 .333 4.65 6 6 0 0 0 0 31.0 32 18 16 4 14 26 1.484
1994 NYY 4 1 .800 4.20 23 5 4 1 0 2 49.1 48 24 23 3 29 37 1.561
1995 NYY 11 10 .524 4.70 27 27 0 4 1 0 168.1 155 91 88 22 68 121 1.325
2001 NYY 4 4 .500 6.49 10 9 0 1 0 0 51.1 67 37 37 5 18 28 1.656
2002 NYY 1 2 .333 5.49 20 2 11 0 0 0 39.1 57 29 24 4 15 31 1.831
2003 NYY 1 3 .250 5.44 27 1 8 0 0 0 49.2 57 33 30 6 18 36 1.510
13 Yrs 74 76 .493 4.80 281 200 27 10 2 3 1285.2 1374 738 685 181 471 997 1.435
NYY (7 yrs) 22 24 .478 5.15 116 53 23 6 1 2 402.0 439 244 230 46 168 285 1.510
SDP (6 yrs) 34 42 .447 4.47 122 106 4 4 1 1 649.0 656 346 322 100 216 548 1.344
STL (1 yr) 5 1 .833 3.79 8 6 0 0 0 0 38.0 34 17 16 8 14 32 1.263
SEA (1 yr) 13 9 .591 5.35 35 35 0 0 0 0 196.2 245 131 117 27 73 132 1.617
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/29/2013.