Thursday, January 8, 2015

#352 Pete Schourek

About the Front: Did I say that Ellis Burks' photo was unflattering? Because Pete Schourek looks like he has jowls in this mid-delivery picture.

About the Back: Falls Church is in Northern Virginia, which is one of my least favorite destinations for driving because I need to brave the horrors of I-495 to get there. I've had rehearsals for community theatre plays at Pete's alma mater.

Triple Play:

1. His father Joe was a teacher and high school baseball coach for 33 years before retiring in 2008.

2. The only shutout of his career came in his fourth start, on September 10, 1991. He gave up just one hit (a fifth-inning single by Kenny Williams) and two walks, and struck out seven Expos batters.

3. He hit two home runs as a major leaguer, both off of pretty good pitchers - Ramon Martinez and Curt Schilling.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Schourek came out of nowhere to finish second in NL Cy Young voting in 1995 (18-7, 3.22 ERA, 1.07 WHIP for the Reds)...and promptly returned to nowhere. He was injured and ineffective for much of the remainder of his career, retiring after spending the 2001 season as a reliever for Boston.

Bill James Said: "He just got confused, like all of the Mets, and went three months in mid-summer without pitching any good games." That's how Bill cheekily explained Pete's 5-12 record in 1993, which included the following monthly earned run averages from June onward: 7.11, 6.95, 7.94, 4.23.

On This Date in 1993: January 8. The Braer Storm of January 1993, the most intense extratropical cyclone to ever hit the northern Atlantic Ocean, begins as a weak frontal wave.

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