Monday, December 22, 2014
#346 Chuck McElroy
About the Back: As you may have guessed, that was the only triple of Chuck's career. He batted a passable .214 (9-for-42) in his career, with three doubles and no home runs.
1. While pitching for the Rockies in 1998, he set a new personal high by pitching in 78 games, posting a 6-4 record with two saves and a 2.90 ERA (179 ERA+).
2. In a 13-year career, Chuck pitched in 654 games, and made just seven starts. All of his starts came with the Orioles in 2000-2001, and while the total returns weren't anything to write home about (3-1, 4.41 ERA, 14 BB/12 K/7 HR in 34.2 IP), his debut as a starter was a good effort. The lefty shut out Oakland on three hits over five innings, earning the win in the opener of a doubleheader on September 20, 2000.
3. His son C.J. was the Cardinals' third-round draft pick in 2011. As a 21-year-old outfielder for Class A Peoria in 2014, the younger McElroy batted .267/.342/.298 with 41 steals in 59 tries.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: It's pronounced "MACK-uhl-roy", not "Mick-EL-roy", as I used to think.
Bill James Said: "His strikeout rate dropped from 8.89 strikeouts per nine innings to 5.94, and his batting average allowed shot through the roof." That's how you go from a 3.55 ERA to a 4.56 in a year.
On This Date in 1993: December 22. Calvin and Hobbes are at their best when there's implied violence afoot.