Monday, November 11, 2013

#104 Mike Butcher

About the Front: This photo is well-framed. It looks like Mike Butcher is throwing the ball right at you. Duck!

About the Back: It took Mike seven pro seasons to make it to the big leagues. Just your average 27-year-old rookie.

Triple Play:

1. He earned his first career save on July 16, 1993 with 1.1 hitless, three-strikeout innings against the Indians to preserve a 2-1 win for the Halos. 

2. Despite the fact that he never started a game in 115 MLB outings, Mike won 11 games. That's the sixth-highest win total among players born on May 10, which is my convoluted way of saying that I didn't find many interesting tidbits about Mike Butcher.

3. Butcher has been in coaching since at least 2000; he spent three seasons as the Angels' roving pitching instructor before taking Tampa Bay's big league pitching coach job in 2006. The following year, he went back to Anaheim to be their pitching coach, and has held the post ever since.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Mike Butcher sounds like the serial killer in a bad horror movie.

Bill James Said: "Butcher was unable to open the 1993 season because of off-season elbow surgery, and unable to finish it because of bone chips in his elbow." That'll wreck your plans.

On This Date in 1993: November 11. Microsoft releases Windows 3.11 for Workgroups. 20 years later, we're still suffering with Windows in the workplace.

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