Alfredo Claudino Baptist Read Griffin is a former Major League Baseball player, who played shortstop for four teams from 1976 to 1993. Griffin began his career as a member of the Cleveland Indians, who signed him as an amateur free agent in 1973. On December 5, 1978, before having played a full season in the majors, he was traded, along with Phil Lansford, to the Toronto Blue Jays for Víctor Cruz. Alfredo made an immediate impact, sharing the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 1979 with John Castino. In 1980, Griffin led the majors in triples. Five years Wilson himself shattered the record that he shared with Griffin by tallying 21 triples in 1985. In 1984, he was named to the All-Star team; this was explained by John Feinstein of the Washington Post as: "Making the All-Star team the hard way: Major league baseball pays the expenses for each player here and for one guest. In most cases, players bring girlfriends. Damaso Garcia, the Toronto Blue Jays' second baseman, brought Alfredo Griffin.
When the Tigers' Alan Trammell hurt his arm and could not play tonight, Manager Joe Altobelli named Griffin to the team because he's a fine player, but because he was here."Griffin spent six years with the Blue Jays, playing in 392 consecutive games. He was traded after the 1984 season to Oakland, despite his reluctance to draw walks and a tendency to be overaggressive on the basepaths, he began to harness the offensive promise that he showed in 1980 when he set an AL record for most triples by a switch-hitter with a league-leading 15, he had some bad seasons: in 1990 when he became the last player to finish last in the National League, of those who qualified for the batting title, in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging average. Griffin won the American League Gold Glove award in 1985. After establishing personal bests in most offensive categories with the Athletics, Griffin was traded to the Dodgers for Bob Welch prior to the 1988 season in a move that helped both teams to league championships.
A Dwight Gooden fastball broke his hand in May 1988, he was disabled for much of 1988 and part of 1989. Griffin returned to Toronto in 1992 and was a key contributor as the Jays took the first of two consecutive championships. On October 23, 1993, he stood on deck as Joe Carter faced Mitch Williams in the ninth inning of Game Six, his career came to an end moments when Carter homered to win the World Series for Toronto. Alfredo Griffin is the first player in major league history to have started three times for the opposing line-ups in a perfect game: against Len Barker in 1981 as a Toronto Blue Jay against both Tom Browning in 1988 and against Dennis Martínez in 1991 as a Los Angeles Dodger, he was the first-base coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in MLB from 2000 to 2018, for the Estrellas Orientales in his native Dominican Republic's Winter League. Players from Dominican Republic in MLB List of Major League Baseball career stolen bases leaders List of Major League Baseball annual triples leaders Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference Retrosheet
John Scott Morris is an American former professional baseball starting pitcher. He is a color commentator for the Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit, he played in Major League Baseball between 1977 and 1994 for the Detroit Tigers. Morris won 254 games throughout his career. Armed with a fastball, a slider, a forkball, Morris was a five-time All-Star, played on four World Series Championship teams, he went 3–0 in the 1984 postseason with two complete game victories in the 1984 World Series, 4–0 in the 1991 postseason with a ten-inning complete game victory in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. Morris won the Babe Ruth Award in both 1984 and 1991, was named World Series MVP in 1991. While he gave up the most hits, most earned runs, most home runs of any pitcher in the 1980s, he started the most games, pitched the most innings, had the most wins of any pitcher in that decade, he is one of seven players in MLB history to have won back-to back World Series championships on different teams, the other six being Ben Zobrist, Jake Peavy, Bill Skowron, Clem Labine, Don Gullett, Ryan Theriot.
Since retiring as a player, Morris has worked as a broadcast color analyst for the Blue Jays and Tigers. He has been an analyst for MLB broadcasts on Fox Sports 1. Morris was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018. Morris attended Highland Park High School in Saint Paul, graduating in 1973, he attended Brigham Young University, played college baseball for the BYU Cougars. The Detroit Tigers selected Morris in the fifth round of the 1976 MLB draft, he was first called up to the Detroit Tigers in 1977 after Mark Fidrych was placed on the disabled list with an injury. Morris broke into the Tigers' starting rotation in 1979, posting a 17–7 record and a 3.29 ERA and establishing himself as the ace of the Detroit staff. Morris, along with catcher Lance Parrish, shortstop Alan Trammell, second baseman Lou Whitaker, outfielder Kirk Gibson, manager Sparky Anderson, played a notable role in turning the Tigers into a contending team for most of the 1980s. In 1980, Morris learned to throw the split-finger fastball from newly hired pitching coach Roger Craig, it became an effective pitch for the rest of Morris' career.
He led the major leagues with 14 wins in the strike-shortened 1981 season. Despite playing for the notorious "Captain Hook", so named because of his tendency to pull his starters at the first sign of weakness, Morris was known for finishing what he started, he racked up 175 complete games in his career. In 10 of his 12 full seasons as a Tiger, he compiled double-digit complete game totals. In 1983 alone, Jack completed 20 of his 37 starts; that year, he led the league in innings pitched, batters faced and strikeouts, while posting his first 20-win season. On April 7, 1984, Morris no-hit the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park, beginning what would be an excellent season for both him and the Tigers; the no-hitter was the first by a Tiger since Jim Bunning in 1958. By the end of the 1984 campaign, he had notched 19 wins and a 3.60 ERA, leading Detroit into the postseason. He scored a win over the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS, added two more complete-game victories in the World Series against the San Diego Padres as the Tigers concluded their wire-to-wire 1984 campaign with the World Championship.
While teammate Alan Trammell was named the World Series MVP, Jack was given the Babe Ruth Award for most outstanding performance in the 1984 postseason. In 1986, Morris racked up 21 wins, had a stretch from July 9–18 in which he threw three consecutive complete game shutouts, but he was overshadowed that year by eventual Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox, who went 24–4. The Tigers headed to the postseason again in 1987 behind a team-leading 18 wins from Morris, but this time Jack's postseason performance was below expectations, he lost his only start in the ALCS, surrendering six runs in eight innings to the eventual World Champion Minnesota Twins. Despite a sub par season in 1989 when he made only 24 starts and won just 6 games, he still finished the 1980s with 162 wins, the most by a major league pitcher during the decade. In 1990, his final season in Detroit, Morris lost a career high 18 games, though he led the Tiger staff with 15 wins and led the AL with 11 complete games.
Morris had a 3–1 post-season record as a Tiger, with a 2.73 ERA. When playing for the Tigers, Morris was approached for a locker room interview by Jennifer Frey. At the time, Frey was an intern with the Miami Herald. Morris responded to Frey that, "I don’t talk to women when I’m naked unless they’re on top of me or I’m on top of them"; when the Herald complained about his actions, Bo Schembechler, the president of the Tigers at the time, said that the newspaper had a "lack of common sense" for assigning a woman to a locker room interview. In 1991, Morris signed a one-year contract with his hometown Minnesota Twins, he enjoyed another great season, posting 18 wins with a 3.43 ERA, an better postseason after Minnesota won the AL West. Morris won both of his starts over the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS, his team went on to face the Atlanta Braves in the World Series. Jack started for the Twins three times in the series, going 2–0 with a 1.17 ERA, making his final outing in the deciding Game 7. In a postseason performance for the ages, the 36-year-old hurler threw 10 innings of shutout baseball against the Braves, as the Twins won the World title 1–0 on a 10th-inning single
John Garrett Olerud, nicknamed Johnny O and Big Rude, is a left-handed American former Major League Baseball first baseman. Olerud played with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox. A patient, productive hitter throughout his career, Olerud won the American League batting title in 1993 and was runner-up for the National League batting title in 1998. A three-time Gold Glove winner, he was an excellent defensive first baseman and part of Sports Illustrated's "The Best Infield Ever?" Cover in 1999 with Edgardo Alfonzo, Rey Ordóñez, Robin Ventura, when he played for the Mets. Olerud was born to Lynda and John E. Olerud, a physician and baseball player from Lisbon, North Dakota; the elder Olerud played college baseball for the Washington State Cougars as a catcher and was the captain of the team which advanced to the semifinals of the College World Series in 1965. An All-American, he was selected by the California Angels in the 1965 amateur draft and spent the next seven years studying medicine and playing minor league baseball.
At Interlake High School in Bellevue, east of Seattle, Olerud played varsity golf and baseball for three years. As a senior in 1986, he led the Saints to a state high school baseball championship as both a pitcher and first baseman. Like his father, Olerud played college baseball for the WSU Cougars in Pullman under head coach Chuck "Bobo" Brayton; as a true freshman in 1987, he hit.414 with 20 RBIs. As a pitcher, he was an All-American. Washington State finished third in the six-team West I regional of the NCAA tournament. In 1988, Olerud hit.464 with 23 HR, 81 RBIs, 108 hits, 204 total bases, a.876 slugging percentage. As a pitcher, he had an undefeated 15–0 season, threw 113 strikeouts with a 2.49 ERA. He was a consensus All-American as both a first baseman and pitcher and was named the Baseball America College Player of the Year. WSU again finished third in the six-team West I regional of the NCAA tournament. Prior to his junior season in 1989, Olerud was running indoors on campus on January 11 when he collapsed.
It was diagnosed as a subarachnoid hemorrhage. He remained in the hospital for about two weeks after the seizure and lost fifteen pounds, but was back in class by the end of January. A few weeks in Seattle, further examinations revealed a brain aneurysm, he underwent surgery in late February. Olerud returned to action for the Cougars in mid-April, he threw for three wins, two losses, a 6.68 ERA. He was a Pac-10 North All-League designated hitter. From 1989 forward, he wore a batting helmet while on defense; the Cougars again won the Pac-10 North title, but lost their first two games of the North tournament in blustery Spokane to end their year early. In June, the Toronto Blue Jays selected him in the third round of the 1989 draft. Intending to return to the Cougars for his senior season, he again played summer ball with the Palouse Empire team in the Alaska League, while the Blue Jays negotiated a contract, he told teams prior to the draft that a large bonus would be necessary for him to forego his senior year at WSU.
In late August, he signed with Toronto. In a 17-season career through 2005 spanning 2,234 games, Olerud posted a.398 on-base percentage, 500 doubles, 255 home runs, 1,275 walks, 1,408 runs scored, 1,230 RBI, 3,602 times on base, 96 sacrifice flies and 157 intentional walks. He was hit by a pitch 88 times and grounded into 232 double plays during his career, he is one of only 26 players to hit for the cycle multiple times in their careers. Defensively, in 2,053 games at first base, he recorded a career.995 fielding percentage. He was a member of two World Series -- winning teams with the Blue Jays. Olerud jumped directly to the majors after a stellar career at Washington State, where he was a pitcher noted for his performance from 1987 to 1989, he had intended to return to WSU for his senior year but agreed to sign with the Blue Jays only after they promised that he would report directly to Toronto. He was known for wearing a batting helmet in the field as a precaution, due to the aneurysm he suffered while playing in college.
Olerud broke into MLB with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1989, without playing in the minors. He was platooned by Jays' manager Cito Gaston for the first few years of his career, until 1992, when he became the team's full-time first baseman. In 1993, his breakout season, he led the American League in batting average, intentional walks, times on base, on-base percentage, OPS, doubles, while posting career highs in home runs, RBI, hits, he flirted with a.400 batting average for much of the season, with his average staying higher than.400 as late as August 24. Despite putting up solid numbers over the next several years, he failed to meet the high expectations placed upon him following his breakout performance in 1993. After the 1996 season, Olerud was battling veteran Joe Carter and up-and-comer Carlos Delgado for a spot at either first base or designated hitter. Delgado was young, had a bright future and a low salary, while Gaston preferred Carter to Olerud, feeling the latter wasn't aggressive enough at the plate.
Therefore, Olerud was traded, along with cash, to the New York Mets on December 20 for Robert Person. With the Mets, he set a team record in 1998, tied by Ike Davis
Roberto "Robbie" Alomar Velázquez is a former Major League Baseball player, regarded as a second baseman. During his career, the 12-time All-Star won more Gold Gloves than any other second baseman in baseball history, won the third-most Silver Slugger Awards for a second baseman. On January 5, 2011, Alomar was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, in his second year of eligibility, he became the first Hall of Fame member to be inducted as a Toronto Blue Jays player. Alomar serves as a Special Advisor to the Blue Jays. Alomar threw right-handed, he is the son of Sandy Alomar Sr. a former All-Star second baseman with a 15-year MLB career. His older brother, Sandy Alomar Jr. was a Major League All-Star catcher and is now the first base coach for the Cleveland Indians. Alomar was raised in Salinas, Puerto Rico; the son of Santos "Sandy" Alomar Sr. and María Velázquez, Alomar grew up in a baseball family. He and his older brother Sandy Jr. were raised by their mother, due to their father's Major League career.
When school in Puerto Rico was out for the summer, they joined their father, who let his sons hang around the clubhouse, shag fly balls, absorb the game—especially from his New York Yankees teammates, such as Thurman Munson and Graig Nettles. Growing up, Alomar idolized both José Cruz. In 1985, Alomar signed with the San Diego Padres at age 17, joined the team's Class-A affiliate, the Charleston Rainbows; the following year, playing in Reno, he won the California League batting championship with a.346 average. Alomar entered the major leagues in 1988 with the Padres, where he was an excellent fielder with speed and a solid bat. Defensively, he displayed excellent lateral range and a powerful arm making spectacular plays on ground balls hit deep in the hole between first and second base, on balls hit up the middle well behind second base, he was an All-Star for the first time in 1990, as a reserve player for the National League. On December 5, 1990, Alomar and Joe Carter were traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Fred McGriff and Tony Fernández.
It was in Toronto that he developed into a premier offensive second baseman, combining a.300-plus batting average with above average power and high end speed on the bases. In 1993, Alomar had his best season with the Jays, producing 17 home runs, 93 RBI and 55 stolen bases, while batting.326, third in the league behind teammates John Olerud and Paul Molitor. He was a central figure in Toronto's World Series championships in 1992 and 1993. Alomar's game-tying, ninth-inning home run against Oakland relief ace Dennis Eckersley, in Game 4 of the 1992 American League Championship Series, is considered by many as the most important hit in the club's history, as the team's three previous trips to the ALCS had ended in disappointment. In each of his five seasons with the Blue Jays, Alomar was on the All-Star team and won the Gold Glove Award. His.307 career batting average as a Blue Jay is a franchise record, he was the Blue Jays Player of the Year in 1991, 1992 and 1995. On March 20, 2008, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that Alomar would be elevated to the Level of Excellence at Toronto's Rogers Centre, joining such Blue Jay legends as George Bell, Joe Carter, Tony Fernández and Cito Gaston.
On April 4, 2008, Alomar's name and number were added to the Level of Excellence, along with team executive Paul Beeston, prior to the 2008 home opener. Alomar and Beeston were presented commissioned portraits at the ceremony. On July 19, 2011, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that they would retire Alomar's number 12 soon after his official induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Roberto Alomar is the first player in Blue Jays franchise history to have this honor, which took place on July 31, 2011. Alomar is the first player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame depicted as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1995, Alomar signed with the Baltimore Orioles at a time when Toronto was looking to rebuild, while Baltimore was improving into a pennant-contending team. In Baltimore, Alomar paired with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. to form a formidable double-play combination. Alomar appeared in the playoffs in 1996 and 1997 for the Orioles, although the Orioles were defeated in the ALCS in both years.
On September 27, 1996, during a game against the Blue Jays, Alomar got into a heated argument over a called third strike with umpire John Hirschbeck and spat in his face. He defended himself by saying Hirschbeck had uttered a racial slur and that Hirschbeck had been bitter since one son had died of ALD and another had been diagnosed as well. Upon hearing this public disclosure of his private life, Hirschbeck had to be physically restrained from confronting Alomar in the players' locker room. Alomar was suspended for the first five regular season games in 1997 and donated $50,000 to ALD research. Alomar and Hirschbeck settled their differences publicly and made apologies to each other on April 22, 1997, standing at home plate and shaking hands in front of the crowd before an Orioles game. On November 24, 1998, Alomar signed a 4-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, joining his brother, Sandy Jr, it was in Cleveland. In 1999 he hit.323/.422/.533 with 24 HRs, 120 RBI and 37 stolen bases, in 2001 he batted.336/.415/.541 with 20 HRs, 100 RBI and 30 steals.
Cleveland made the playoffs in 1999. Alomar finished third in MVP vo
David Brian Cone is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher, current color commentator for the New York Yankees on the YES Network and WPIX. A third round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 1981 MLB Draft, he made his MLB debut in 1986 and continued playing until 2003, pitching for five different teams. Cone threw right-handed. Cone pitched the sixteenth perfect game in baseball history in 1999. On the final game of the 1991 regular season, he struck out 19 batters, tied for second-most in a game; the 1994 Cy Young Award winner, he was a five-time All-Star and led the major leagues in strikeouts each season from 1990–92. A two-time 20 game-winner, he set the MLB record for most years between 20-win seasons with 10, he was a member of five World Series championship teams – 1992 with the Toronto Blue Jays and 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 with the New York Yankees. His 8–3 career postseason record came over 21 games and 111 innings pitched, with an earned run average of 3.80. Cone is the subject of A Pitcher's Story: Innings With David Cone, by Roger Angell.
Cone was born in Kansas City, the son of Joan and Edwin Cone. He attended Rockhurst High School, a Jesuit school, where he played quarterback on the football team, leading them to the district championship, he was a point guard on the basketball team. Because Rockhurst did not have a baseball team, Cone instead played summer ball in the Ban Johnson League, a college summer league in Kansas City. At 16, he reported to an invitation-only tryout at Royals Stadium and an open tryout for the St. Louis Cardinals, he was recruited to play college football and baseball. Upon graduation, he enrolled at the University of Missouri and was drafted by his hometown Kansas City Royals in the third round of the 1981 Major League Baseball draft. Cone went, he sat out 1983 with an injury, went 8–12 with a 4.28 ERA for the Double-A Memphis Chicks when he returned in 1984. During his second season with the Class AAA Omaha Royals, Cone was converted to a relief pitcher, he made his Major League debut on June 8, 1986 in relief of reigning Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen.
He made three more appearances out of the Royals' bullpen before returning to Omaha, where he went 8–4 with a 2.79 ERA. He returned to Kansas City. Prior to the 1987 season, Cone was traded with Chris Jelic to the New York Mets for Ed Hearn, Rick Anderson and Mauro Gozzo. Cone went 68 strikeouts in 21 appearances his first season in New York City. Cone began the 1988 season in the bullpen, but was added to the starting rotation by the first week of May, his first start was a complete game shutout over the Atlanta Braves, as he went 9–2 with a 2.52 ERA in the first half of the season to earn his first All-Star nod. For the season, Cone went 20–3 with a 2.22 ERA to finish third in National League Cy Young Award balloting. The Mets ran away with the National League East by fifteen games over the Pittsburgh Pirates, were heavy favorites over the Los Angeles Dodgers, against whom they had a 10–1 record during the regular season, in the 1988 National League Championship Series. Cone became a newspaper commentator on the playoffs for the New York Daily News, incited controversy after the Mets' 3–2 victory in game one by saying Dodgers game one starter Orel Hershiser "was lucky for eight innings", ripping closer Jay Howell: We saw Howell throwing curveball after curveball and we were thinking: This is the Dodgers' idea of a stopper?
Our idea is a guy who can blow you away with his heat. Seeing Howell and his curveball reminded us of a high school pitcher. After providing the Dodgers with bulletin board material, they jumped on Cone for five runs in two innings in the second game of the playoffs to tie the series at a game apiece. After giving up the column, Cone came back with a scoreless ninth inning in a game three Met win and a complete game victory in game six. Cone spent over five seasons in his first stint with the New York Mets, most of the time serving as the team's co-ace alongside Dwight Gooden while leading the National League in strikeouts in 1990 and 1991. In 1991, Cone switched from uniform number 44 to 17 in honor of former teammate Keith Hernandez. On August 30, he struck out three batters on nine pitches in the fifth inning of a 3–2 win over the Cincinnati Reds, he became the 16th National League pitcher and the 25th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the feat. Cone tied a National League record on October 6, in the season finale, by striking out 19 rival Philadelphia Phillies batters in a 7–0, three-hit shutout at Philadelphia.
His 19 strikeouts was the second-highest total recorded in a nine inning game just behind the 20-strikeout games recorded by Kerry Wood, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson and Max Scherzer, tying Tom Seaver's single-game club record, making the Mets the only team with two pitchers to achieve the feat. Cone was the lone Mets representative at the 1992 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, going 9–4 with a 2.56 ERA at the All-Star break. With a 56–67 record, fourteen games behind the first place Pirates, the infamous "worst team money could buy" traded Cone to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jeff Kent and Ryan Thompson on August 27, 1992 after the non-waiver trading deadline. With Toronto, Cone was 4 -- 3 with 47 strikeouts. Combined with the 214 strikeouts he had w
Michael August Timlin is an American former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. Timlin played on four World Series championship teams in an 18-year career. Timlin was born in Texas, to Jerome Francis Timlin Sr. and Nancy Sharon Beyer. Timlin graduated from Midland High School. Listed at 6 feet 4 inches and 205 pounds, Timlin batted right-handed. Timlin was known for his 93 mph fastball, his sliders and sinkers had a downward break. Timlin was drafted in the 5th round of the 1987 amateur draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, signed with the team on June 6, 1987. From 1987 through 1990, Timlin played for several of Toronto's minor league teams. Timlin spent the 1991 season with Toronto, he made his first major league appearance on opening day, April 8, pitching 1 1⁄3 innings in relief against the Boston Red Sox. Two days he recorded his first strikeout and had his first win, after pitching an inning in relief against the Red Sox. For the regular season, Timlin appeared in 63 games, all but 3 in relief, compiling a record of 11–6 with 3 saves and a 3.16 earned run average.
In the postseason, he made four relief appearances in the American League Championship Series against the Minnesota Twins, including taking the loss in Game 3 after giving up a home run to Mike Pagliarulo in the 10th inning. Timlin was sixth in Rookie of the Year voting. During the 1992 season, Timlin spent time with the High A Dunedin Blue Jays, the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, the major league Blue Jays. With Toronto he compiled a record of 0–2 with 1 save and a 4.12 ERA. In the postseason, he made two relief appearances in the ALCS against the Oakland Athletics, two relief appearances in the World Series against the Atlanta Braves, he recorded his first postseason save in the deciding Game 6, facing a single batter, Otis Nixon, who Timlin threw out at first base on a bunt attempt in the 11th inning, for the final out of the series. For the 1993 season, Timlin played 4 games with the High A Dunedin Blue Jays, 54 games with Toronto, all in relief, his record with Toronto was 4–2, with 1 save and a 4.69 ERA.
In the postseason he made one appearance in the ALCS against the Chicago White Sox, two appearances in the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Blue Jays won the World Series for the second consecutive year, giving Timlin two World Series rings in his first three MLB seasons. Timlin made 34 appearances with Toronto in the 1994 season, 31 appearances in the 1995 season. In 1995 he appeared in 8 games with Triple-A Syracuse. For the 1996 season he appeared in 59 games with Toronto. During the 1997 season, Timlin made 38 appearances with Toronto through July 29. Timlin and Paul Spoljaric were traded to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for José Cruz Jr. on July 31, 1997. In his seven seasons with the Blue Jays, Timlin appeared in 305 MLB games, compiling a record of 23–22, with 52 saves and a 3.62 ERA. In 393 1⁄3 innings pitched, he struck out 331 batters while walking 167. Timlin made his first appearance with the Mariners on August 1, 1997, pitching one inning in relief against the Milwaukee Brewers.
He made 26 total appearances with Seattle during the regular season. He appeared in one game in the American League Division Series, giving up 4 runs to the Baltimore Orioles in 2⁄3 of an inning during Game 1. For the 1998 season, Timlin appeared in 70 games with Seattle. After the season, Timlin became a free agent. In his two seasons with Seattle, he appeared in a total of 96 games with 20 saves, while striking out 69 and walking 21 in 105 innings pitched, with a 3.17 ERA. On November 16, 1998, Timlin signed with the Orioles. During the 1999 season, he appeared in 62 games for the Orioles, with a record of 3–9, 27 saves and a 3.57 ERA. For the 2000 season, he was with the Orioles through late July, appearing in 37 games, with a record of 2–3, 11 saves and a 4.89 ERA. On July 29, 2000, Timlin was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Chris Richard and minor league player Mark Nussbeck. In two seasons with Baltimore, Timlin appeared in a total of 99 games, compiling a record of 5–12, with 38 saves and a 4.04 ERA, while striking out 76 and walking 38 in 98 innings pitched.
Timlin made his first appearance with the Cardinals on July 30, 2000, pitching one inning in relief against the New York Mets. He made 25 total appearances with the Cardinals during the regular season, he appeared in two games of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, in three games of the National League Championship Series against the Mets. He took the loss in Game 2 of the NLCS. For the 2001 season, Timlin appeared in 67 games with St. Louis, he had his first major league at bat on October 6 against the Houston Astros, grounding out in the 5th inning. He made one appearance in the postseason, pitching 1 1⁄3 scoreless innings against
Randall David Johnson, nicknamed "The Big Unit", is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball, from 1988 to 2009, for six teams. He played for the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks, his 303 career victories rank as the fifth-most by a left-hander in MLB history, while his 4,875 strikeouts place him second all-time behind Nolan Ryan and are the most by a left-hander. He holds five of the seven highest single-season strikeout totals by a left-hander in modern history. Johnson won the Cy Young Award five times, second only to Roger Clemens' seven, he is one of only two pitchers to win the award in four consecutive seasons. In 1999, he joined Pedro Martínez and Gaylord Perry in the rare feat of winning the award in both the American and National Leagues, he is one of five pitchers to pitch no-hitters in both leagues. On May 18, 2004, at the age of forty, Johnson became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, is one of seven pitchers who have thrown both a perfect game and a no-hitter in their careers.
He is one of eighteen pitchers in history to record a win against all 30 MLB franchises. One of the tallest players in major league history at 6 feet 10 inches, a ten-time All-Star, Johnson was celebrated for having one of the most dominant fastballs in the game, he approached – and exceeded – 100 miles per hour, during his prime. Johnson threw a hard, biting slider. After struggling early in his career, he went on to lead his league in strikeouts nine times, in earned run average, winning percentage, complete games four times each. Johnson was named one of two World Series Most Valuable Players in 2001, with three pitching victories, leading the Diamondbacks to a world championship over the New York Yankees in only Arizona’s fourth year of play, he won the pitching Triple Crown in 2002. Johnson's.646 career winning percentage ranks sixth among lefthanders with at least 200 decisions. Johnson’s career elite rankings include: first in strikeouts per nine innings pitched, third in hit batsmen, tenth in fewest hits allowed per nine innings pitched.
He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015, his first year of eligibility, is the first member of the Hall to be depicted in a Diamondbacks uniform on his plaque. Johnson was born in California, to Carol Hannah and Rollen Charles "Bud" Johnson. By the time he entered Livermore High School, he was a star in basketball. In 1982, as a senior, he struck out 121 batters in 66 innings, threw a perfect game in his last high school start, he played on a Bercovich team that assembled top players from throughout California. After high school, he was drafted in 1982 by the Atlanta Braves in the 4th round and offered $50,000 to sign. Instead, Johnson accepted a full athletic scholarship to play baseball for the University of Southern California. While at USC, he played two years of basketball, he was a starter at USC under coach Rod Dedeaux, but exhibited control problems. Johnson was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the second round of the 1985 Major League Baseball draft, he made his major league debut on September 15, 1988 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, earning a 9–4 victory with a five-inning outing in which he gave up two runs with five strikeouts.
Johnson posted a record of 3–0 with a 2.42 earned run average in four games in 1988, but 1989 saw him slip to an 0–4 mark with a 6.67 ERA in seven games through May 7, on May 25 he was traded to the Seattle Mariners in a trade involving five pitchers that brought Mark Langston to Montreal. In 11 total games played with the Expos, he went 3-4 with a 4.69 ERA and one complete game in 55.2 innings with 51 strikeouts and 33 walks. After joining the Mariners during the 1989 season, Johnson led the AL in walks for three consecutive seasons, hit batsmen in 1992 and 1993. In July 1991, facing the Milwaukee Brewers, the erratic Johnson allowed 4 runs on 1 hit, thanks to 10 walks in 4 innings. A month a 9th-inning single cost him a no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics. Johnson suffered another 10-walk, 4-inning start in 1992, but his untapped talent was volcanic: In 1990, Johnson became the first left-hander to strike out Wade Boggs three times in one game, a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers attested to his potential.
Johnson credits a session with Nolan Ryan late in the 1992 season with helping him take his career to the next level. Ryan recommended a slight change in his delivery. Ryan suggested that he land on the ball of his foot, immediately, he began finding the strike zone more consistently. In a September 27, 1992 game against the Texas Rangers, with Ryan the opposing starting pitcher, Johnson struck out 18 batters in eight innings while throwing 160 pitches, a pitch count that has not been reached in an MLB game since. Johnson broke out in 1993 with a 19–8 record, 3.24 ERA, his first of six 300-plus strikeout seasons and the first Seattle Mariners pitcher to reach 300 strikeouts in a single season