Wednesday, February 25, 2015

#382 Tim Belcher

About the Front: Tim Belcher is facing home plate in mid-windup, but he's peeking at you. Sure, he's probably checking the runner on first base, but it's still a bit unsettling.

About the Back: Tim was the first overall pick in the January phase of the 1984 draft, and it was actually the second time he'd been selected #1. The Twins drafted him with the first pick of the June 1983 draft, but he did not sign.

Triple Play:

1. Belcher won three games for the Dodgers in the 1988 postseason. In his first-ever playoff appearance, he struck out ten Mets in eight and one-third innings in the second game of the NLCS.

2. On May 30, 1995, he allowed Derek Jeter's first major league hit, a single.

3. He has worked in the Indians' front office, and was the club's big league pitching coach in 2010-2011.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: When you're in middle school, "Belcher" is a very funny name. When you're's still pretty amusing.

Bill James Said: "For some reason, the batting average against him with men on base was .295, which cost him dearly." Tim was 12-11 with a 4.44 ERA (92 ERA+) in 1993.

On This Date in 1993: February 25. The Seinfeld episode "The Implant", guest starring Teri Hatcher, airs for the first time. "They're real...and they're spectacular."

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