April 29 – Happy Birthday Sterling Hitchcock
At 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.
|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|