Tuesday, September 23, 2014
#285 Bob Tewksbury
About the Back: The Yankees dealt away Tewk in a typically savvy 1980s trade, swapping him along with two other young pitchers to the Cubs in exchange for Steve Trout (0-4, 6.60 ERA in 14 games in NY).
1. Bob appeared as himself in the 1994 comedy The Scout.
2. On June 28, 1998, while starting for Minnesota against the Cardinals, Tewksbury resorted to lobbing eephus pitches at soon-to-be home run king Mark McGwire. Big Mac could only laugh as he grounded out on one 44 mph offering, and popped up another.
3. He has been a sports psychology coach for the Red Sox since 2004, when he earned his Masters degree in psychology from Boston University.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I didn't pay much attention to strikeout rates when I was younger. Now I wonder how I could've overlooked something like Bob's total of 50 strikeouts in 145.1 innings in 1990. You've got to have pinpoint control and a good defense behind you if you're allowing that much contact.
Bill James Said: "He has pretty clearly established the ability to win if the league hits .300 against him, and to win big if they hit .270."
On This Date in 1993: September 23. The International Olympic Committee chooses Sydney, Australia as the site of the 2000 Summer Olympics.