Friday, September 6, 2013

#73 Mike Moore

About the Front: Mike Moore's Athletics home whites look like a million bucks, but he wound up pitching for the Tigers in 1993 after signing a 10 million dollar three-year deal as a free agent.

About the Back: Those 16 K's against the Yankees were a career high. Moore had only 10 double-digit strikeout games in his career, and his second-best total was 13, in his very next start against the Orioles.

Triple Play:

1. He was Seattle's Opening Day starter three years in a row (1984-1986), following Gaylord Perry and preceding Mark Langston in the annals of Mariner openers.

2. Mike was a two-time winning pitcher in Oakland's World Series sweep of the Giants in 1989, allowing three runs in 13 innings for a 2.08 ERA. His two-run double in Game Four was the first Fall base hit by an American League pitcher in a decade of Fall Classic action.

3. In all, Moore had a 14-year big league career, going 161-176 with a 4.39 ERA. Those lifetime numbers were marred by a miserable final season. In 1995, he led the American League in losses, putting up a 5-15 record and an astronomical 7.53 ERA for Detroit. He allowed 24 home runs, 118 runs (111 earned), and 179 hits in 132.2 innings.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: In 1993, I probably didn't even know that the Athletics used to play in Philadelphia and then Kansas City. Compared to its history, the map of MLB has been exceptionally stable in my lifetime.

Bill James Said: "The Tigers scored 6.32 runs/nine innings for him, most in the league." And that's how you post a 13-9 record with a 5.22 ERA and a league-leading 35 home runs allowed.

On This Date in 1993: September 6. Montreal-born pitcher Denis Boucher, formerly of the Blue Jays and Indians, makes his first start for the Expos in a 4-3 win over the Rockies. His catcher is Windsor, ON native Joe Siddall; they are the second-ever Canadian battery in MLB history. The first was pitcher Tip O'Neill and catcher John Humphries of the New York Gothams in 1883.

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