Thursday, April 2, 2015

#398 Bobby Witt

About the Front: The protruding vein running down the entire length of Bobby Witt's forearm is a little terrifying.

About the Back: Witt debuted with the Rangers mere months after being drafted. His BB/9 IP figures of 8.2 and 8.8 in his first two big league seasons suggest that he was rushed.

Triple Play:

1. On June 23, 1994, Witt tossed a complete game one-hitter against the Royals. The lone hit was a sixth-inning bunt single by Greg Gagne, who was called safe at first on a bang-bang play. Witt struck out 14 batters, and more impressively for him, did not issue a walk.

2. In a June 30, 1997 interleague game at Dodger Stadium, Bobby became the first American League pitcher in 25 years to hit a home run, taking Ismael Valdes deep in the sixth inning of a 3-2 Rangers victory.

3. He still lives in Coleyville, TX, with his wife and four children. He works as a player agent, and has represented Ben Zobrist and Yovani Gallardo, among others.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: No, Bobby Witt was not related to his contemporary with the Angels, pitcher Mike Witt. They didn't even look alike.

Bill James Said: "Duncan is trying to work with him to get him to stop trying to make impossible pitches, and he is getting there." After going 14-13 with a 4.21 ERA in his first year under coach Dave Duncan's tutelage, Bobby took a step backward in 1994 (8-10, 5.04 ERA). He moved on to the Marlins in 1995.

On This Date in 1993: April 2. The Crush, a thriller featuring Alicia Silverstone making her big-screen debut as a lethally obsessive schoolgirl, premieres.

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