September 3rd, 2012

September 3 – Happy Birthday Eric Plunk

Plunk was originally drafted by the Yankees in 1981. Before he pitched an inning in the big leagues, he was included in the 1984 trade that made Ricky Henderson a Yankee. Then in 1989, after going 16-16 during his first three and a half seasons in the Majors with the A’s, Plunk was traded back to the Yankees for guess who? Ricky Henderson. Eric then spent three unspectacular seasons in Pinstripes, pitching for some of the worst teams in the franchise’s storied history. He was used as both a starter and long-reliever during his stay in the Bronx and managed to accumulate a 15-13 Yankee record. Plunk had much more success as a valuable member of the Indian bullpen after his Yankee days were over. He had good enough stuff to last for fourteen Major League seasons, retiring in 1999 with 72 wins and 35 career saves. Erik was born on September 3, 1963, in Wilmington, CA.

He shares his birthday with one of the many guys who played 3B for the Yanks during the 2013 season.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1989 NYY 7 5 .583 3.69 27 7 5 0 0 0 75.2 65 36 31 9 52 61 1.546
1990 NYY 6 3 .667 2.72 47 0 16 0 0 0 72.2 58 27 22 6 43 67 1.390
1991 NYY 2 5 .286 4.76 43 8 6 0 0 0 111.2 128 69 59 18 62 103 1.701
14 Yrs 72 58 .554 3.82 714 41 234 0 0 35 1151.0 1009 537 488 122 647 1081 1.439
CLE (7 yrs) 36 23 .610 3.25 373 0 140 0 0 26 462.0 393 185 167 42 217 460 1.320
OAK (4 yrs) 16 16 .500 4.30 130 26 47 0 0 8 322.0 261 162 154 29 215 291 1.478
NYY (3 yrs) 15 13 .536 3.88 117 15 27 0 0 0 260.0 251 132 112 33 157 231 1.569
MIL (2 yrs) 5 6 .455 4.63 94 0 20 0 0 1 107.0 104 58 55 18 58 99 1.514
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/3/2013.