Thursday, January 30, 2014

#152 Rich DeLucia

About the Front: Here's another shotput-style pitching motion. Also, which is thicker: Rich DeLucia's eyebrow hair or his mustache?

About the Back: Notable MLB pitchers from the University of Tennessee include pre-WWII Tigers star Tommy Bridges, longtime lefty reliever Rick Honeycutt, and 2012 NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey.

Triple Play:

1. DeLucia pitched into the ninth inning on September 18, 1990 for his first big league win in a 7-3 triumph over the Rangers. A leadoff homer by Pete Incaviglia in the ninth spoiled his chance for the complete game.

2. His best full-season performance came in 1995, while pitching in relief for St. Louis. He set a career high with 56 appearances, posting a 3.39 ERA.

3. How does an athlete know when he's through? Giving up three home runs in the span of five batters in your final career game puts a pretty fine point on it.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I can't believe this guy was only 27. That cheesy 'stache really ages him.

Bill James Said: "Mike Boddicker-type righthander, changes speeds off a fastball that would itself make a fine changeup." So I guess my eyes weren't playing tricks on me; Rich really wasn't a flamethrower.

On This Date in 1993: January 30. How about another Calvin and Hobbes strip? I used to accuse my sister of operating under that philosophy.

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