Friday, October 18, 2013

#90 Scott Erickson

About the Front: There's Scott Erickson's trademark black glove. When he pitched for the Orioles, Scotty routinely insisted that the team wear its black alternate jerseys whenever he got the start.

About the Back: Scott's 20-8 1991 season and his 13-12 1992 campaign sure don't differ much statistically. And gee, a quick peek at Baseball Reference tells me that Erickson got an average of 5.53 runs per game in support in '91. In '92: 3.85. That would do it.

Triple Play:

1. Scott no-hit the Brewers on April 27, 1994, wriggling his way past four walks and a hit batter.

2. In 2000, he was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People". I bet it just ate Brady Anderson up inside.

3. In recent years, Erickson coached the Carolina Mudcats (2012) and Mahoning Valley Scrappers (2013).

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Scott Erickson was another shrewd Orioles pickup in mid-1995. They bought low on him, as he'd gone 20-36 since 1993 with an ERA well over 5.00. He went 9-4 in Baltimore through the rest of the season with a 3.89 ERA. He remained a dependable mid-rotation arm until his elbow went kerblooey in 2000.

Bill James Said: "Led American League in all the good categories, like losses (19), hits allowed (266), runs allowed (138) and stolen base percentage allowed (87.5%)."

On This Date in 1993: October 18. Here's the cover of that day's New Yorker, with a Yankees flavor.

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