Thursday, April 30, 2015

#416 Randy Tomlin

About the Front: Randy Tomlin's arms look disproportionately long, possibly even moreso than Mike Hartley's.
About the Back: Wow, somebody really mailed in the bio. Spun, spun, spun...get a thesaurus.

Triple Play:

1. Tomlin threw a "Vulcan changeup", so called because it was held between the middle and ring fingers, making a 'V' shape similar to the Vulcan salute.

2. He was the National League's Pitcher of the Month in June 1992, when he went 5-1 with a 2.22 ERA and walked only five batters in 44.2 innings.

3. After hanging up his spikes, Randy spent a decade at his alma mater (Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA) as pitching coach. Afterward, he coached in the Nationals organization for five seasons.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Tomlin is from Bainbridge, MD, but I have no idea where that is. Let me check...ah, Cecil County. I've heard the locals pronounce it as "Sissle" County.

Bill James Said: "Tomlin posted a 2.55 ERA as a rookie in 1990, but this has gone up each year since then, putting his career in jeopardy." His earned run average spiked to 4.85 in 1993, and settled at 3.92 in 10 appearances in 1994, which turned out to be his last year in the majors.

On This Date in 1993: April 30. The Phillies improve to an MLB-best 17-5 with a 7-6 win on the road vs. the Dodgers. Darren Daulton's eighth-inning two-run homer off of rookie Omar Daal provides the winning runs.


  1. My favorite non-Tim Wakefield pitcher of 1992. He was also the first autograph I ever received inscribed with a bible verse.

  2. Dave - Did he sign a card for you? If so, which one?