June 26 – Happy Birthday Mike Myers
Mike Myers spent thirteen years in the big leagues and threw most of his pitches in the bullpens of the nine teams he played for during that time. In fact, of all the major league pitchers in history who appeared in over 800 games, none of them pitched fewer game-innings than Myers did (541.2 innings in 883 games.) This native of Arlington Heights, IL was a southpaw submariner who was called upon primarily to get one or two of the opposing team’s better left-handed hitters out late in games.
The Yankees had gone through a succession of LOOGY’s (left-handed one out guys) in 2005, including Buddy Groom, Alan Embree, Darrell May and even Mike Stanton, who had returned to the Bronx for a second tour of duty that season. When none of these guys stepped up they continued their search in the offseason and signed Myers as a free agent in December of 2005.
Joe Torre called on the then 37-year-old reliever 62-times during the 2006 season and he did a decent and consistent job from April through September. He gave up only 3 home runs all year but his low point came during an inopportune time in the seventh inning of the first game of that year’s ALDS against Detroit. That’s when Torre pulled starter Chien-Ming Wang and called Myers in to face Curtis Granderson. He surrendered a dinger to the future Yankee and was immediately yanked by a none-too-happy Torre.
New York brought Myers back the following year and I thought he was doing pretty well, when in August of that season the Yanks designated him for assignment to make room for a right hander by the name of Jim Brower. At the time of his release, Myers was 3-0 with a good ERA of 2.66. Brower ended up not getting anyone out for New York and Myers ended up in Chicago, where he finished his big league career that season pitching quite ineffectively out of the White Sox bullpen. In 2009, he accepted a job with Major League Baseball Players Association as special assistant to then executive director Donald Fehr.
|DET (3 yrs)||2||9||.182||5.56||182||0||51||0||0||8||124.2||138||84||77||19||63||123||1.612|
|ARI (2 yrs)||4||4||.500||5.03||133||0||32||0||0||4||73.1||77||41||41||6||38||52||1.568|
|COL (2 yrs)||2||4||.333||2.74||151||0||36||0||0||1||85.1||56||27||26||4||48||77||1.219|
|BOS (2 yrs)||4||1||.800||3.44||90||0||16||0||0||0||52.1||46||21||20||5||19||30||1.242|
|NYY (2 yrs)||4||2||.667||2.90||117||0||17||0||0||0||71.1||67||28||23||6||26||43||1.304|
|MIL (2 yrs)||4||3||.571||3.84||141||0||28||0||0||1||91.1||90||43||39||12||35||75||1.369|
|SEA (1 yr)||4||1||.800||4.88||50||0||10||0||0||0||27.2||29||15||15||3||17||23||1.663|
|FLA (1 yr)||0||0||0.00||2||0||2||0||0||0||2.0||1||0||0||0||3||0||2.000|
|CHW (1 yr)||1||0||1.000||11.20||17||0||3||0||0||0||13.2||21||19||17||3||7||6||2.049|