Tuesday, March 18, 2014
#178 Jeff Fassero
About the Back: "Thoroughbred"? There's something creepy about comparing teenaged boys to race horses, don't you think?
1. On July 2, 1997, he became the first Mariners pitcher to ever get a base hit when a popped-up bunt attempt fell safely to the ground.
2. Though he pitched for 16 years in MLB, the last eight years of his career seem to have been possible by a record of past success and a functioning left arm. From 1999 through 2006, he was 34-55 with a 5.39 ERA (86 ERA+) and a 1.59 WHIP.
3. Jeff has been a pitching coach in the Cubs' organization since 2010.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Jeff Fassero had very little impact on my life as a baseball fan until he spoiled my Orioles' would-be ALDS Clinching Party on October 4, 1997 with eight shutout innings at Camden Yards. The O's clinched the next day, but 15-year-old me didn't curse Fassero any less for that.
Bill James Said: "Given up on by the Cardinals, White Sox and Indians, he signed with Montreal as a minor league free agent, and was a pleasant surprise in '91 and '92." And kept right on pitching for 15 more seasons.
On This Date in 1993: March 18. Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell in New York City. The marriage lasts 13 years.