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Encyclopedia > David Wells
David Wells

Los Angeles Dodgers — No. 33
Starting Pitcher
Born: May 20, 1963 (1963-05-20) (age 44)
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
Major League Baseball debut
June 301987 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Selected MLB statistics
(through september 17, 2007)
Win-Loss     238-156
Earned Run Average     4.12
Strikeouts     2194
Teams

David Lee "Boomer" Wells (born May 20, 1963 in Torrance, California) is an overweight Major League Baseball player who is currently a starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nicknamed "Boomer" for his physique (6-3, listed at 250 pounds (113 kg) but thought to be much more, possibly up to 320 pounds) and off-field interests such as Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Wells was one of the game's better left-handed pitchers, especially during his years with the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays. He is one of only 17 pitchers to have pitched a perfect game in the past 130 years of Major League Baseball. He is tied only with Kenny Lofton for appearing in the post season with 6 different teams. David Wells may refer to: David Wells American baseball player. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... 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Contents

1987-1996

Wells was a journeyman starter for the first eight seasons of his career. He debuted for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1987 as a reliever and did not secure a job as a full-time starter until he was 30 years old, despite pitching well most of the time. Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Other nicknames The Jays Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989–present) a. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


He emerged as a top-flight pitcher in 1995, when he was 32. After starting the year at 10-3 for the last-place Detroit Tigers and making his first All-Star Game appearance, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for C. J. Nitkowski, Mark Lewis, and prospect Dave Tuttle. He finished that season with a 16-8 record and a 3.26 ERA. At the end of the season he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Curtis Goodwin and prospect Trovin Valdez. In 1996 he pitched then-career high 224 innings but finished with an 11-14 record. The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 5, 6, 16, 23, 42 Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Other nicknames The Bless You Boys Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Briggs Stadium (1938-1960) Navin Field (1912-1938) Bennett... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Other nicknames The Redlegs, The Big Red Machine... Christopher John Nitkowski (born March 9, 1973, Suffern, New York ) is a left handed baseball pitcher, as of 2007 with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, in the Japanese Pacific League. ... Mark David Lewis (born November 30, 1969 in Hamilton, Ohio) is a former infielder in Major League Baseball for six teams from 1991-2001. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 5, 8, 20, 22, 33, 42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... Curtis Goodwin (born September 30, 1972 in Oakland, California), is a former professional baseball player who played outfield in the Major Leagues from 1995-99. ... An innings, or inning, is a fixed-length segment of a game in any of a variety of sports – most notably baseball and cricket – during which one team attempts to score while the other team attempts to prevent the first from scoring. ...


1997-1998

In 1997, he signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees, his favorite team because of a lifelong interest in baseball legend Babe Ruth. He asked for uniform number 3, and was of course denied, as the Babe's number had been long retired. He ended up taking 33 for the Yankees. (He wore 3 for the Red Sox in 2005, before deciding to switch numbers with teammate Edgar Renteria who wore # 16 and gave Renteria his number 3--a number which he wore when he was with the Cardinals, Wells did it to try to end a slump.) On June 28, 1997, Wells took the mound wearing an authentic 1934 Babe Ruth hat, which Wells bought for $35,000. Manager Joe Torre made Wells take it off after the first inning because it didn't conform to uniform standards. Wells then blew a 3-0 lead as the Cleveland Indians won 12-8. After posting a 16-10 mark in 1997, Wells pitched brilliantly in the Yankees' record-setting 1998 season. He rang up an 18-4 record, finished fifth in the league in ERA (3.49) and was third in voting for the Cy Young Award. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... This article is about the pitcher and outfielder. ... Edgar Enrique Rentería [ren-ter-EE-ah] (born August 7, 1975 in Barranquilla, Colombia) is a Major League Baseball shortstop and right-handed batter who plays for the Boston Red Sox. ... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ...


On May 17, 1998, Wells became the 15th pitcher in major league history to pitch a perfect game when he blanked the Minnesota Twins, 4-0. In an interesting historic note, Wells attended the same San Diego high school, Point Loma High School, as Don Larsen, whose perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series remains the only no-hitter ever thrown in postseason play and was until then the only perfect game thrown by a Yankee. David Cone would add a third Yankee perfect game in 1999. is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Pitcher David Cone (left) of the New York Yankees reacting to the completion of his perfect game with catcher Joe Girardi on July 18, 1999. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1911-1960... “San Diego” redirects here. ... Donald James Larsen (born August 7, 1929 in Michigan City, Indiana) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for 14 seasons. ... The 1956 World Series of Major League Baseball was played between the New York Yankees (representing the American League) and the defending champion Brooklyn Dodgers (representing the National League) during the month of October 1956. ... In baseball and softball, a no-hit game (more commonly known as a no-hitter) refers to a contest in which one of the teams has prevented the other from getting an official hit during the entire length of the game, which must be at least 9 innings by the... A playoff in sports (North American professional sports in particular) is a game or series of games played after the regular season is over with the goal of determining a league champion. ... David Brian Cone (born January 2, 1963 in Kansas City, Missouri) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. ...


1999-2003

After the season, Wells returned to the Blue Jays as part of a trade for Roger Clemens, along with Homer Bush and Graeme Lloyd. He continued to win north of the border, with records of 17-10 and 20-8 over the next two years. He and pitcher Matt DeWitt were then traded to the Chicago White Sox, in a deal that was quickly mired in controversy. The primary player being traded by the White Sox, starting pitcher Mike Sirotka, was injured at the time of the deal, and he never pitched in the major leagues again. Toronto's general manager, Gord Ash, had not made the deal contingent on the results of a medical examination, however, and MLB ruled in favor of the White Sox. The Blue Jays thus received only Kevin Beirne, Brian Simmons, and minor leaguer Mike Williams, and the mistake ultimately cost Ash his job. William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962, in Dayton, Ohio), is a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, and is one of the preeminent pitchers in Major League history. ... Homer Giles Bush (b. ... Graeme John Lloyd (April 9, 1967 in Victoria, Australia - ) is a pitcher who had a ten year career from 1993 to 2003. ... Matt Brian DeWitt born on September 4, 1977 in San Bernardino, California is a major league pitcher who briefly played 29 games with the Toronto Blue Jays (2000-2001), and the San Diego Padres (2002). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72, Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) Other nicknames The Sox, The South Siders, The ChiSox, The Pale Hose, The Good Guys, The Go-Go Sox, The... Drafted by the Chicago White Sox, Michael Robert Sirotka played all 5 of his seasons in Major League Baseball in Chicago from 1995 to 2000 when he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. ... Gordon Ian Gord Ash (born December 20, 1951 in Toronto, Ontario) is an assistant general manager for the Milwaukee Brewers. ... Kevin Patrick Beirne (born January 1, 1974, in Houston, Texas) was a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. ... Brian Simmons (born September 4, 1973, in Lebanon, Pennsylvania) was a Major League Baseball outfielder. ...


The deal did not turn out particularly well for the White Sox, either, as Wells struggled with back problems in 2001 and pitched only 100 2/3 innings. After the season's end, he returned to the Yankees, a deal that was again immersed in controversy as he had already reached an oral agreement to join the Arizona Diamondbacks. Despite having lost some velocity from his fastball, he retained his excellent curveball and his control, and posted an outstanding 19-7 record in 2002. Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) West Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-backs, The Snakes Ballpark Chase Field (1998–present) a. ... For the American band of the same name, see Fastball (band). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Wells was the subject of some controversy prior to the 2003 season, when his autobiography Perfect I'm Not: Boomer on Beer, Brawls, Backaches and Baseball, was published. The book upset the Yankees' management, and Wells was fined $100,000 by the team for disparaging comments which appeared in it. One of them included himself having a hangover when he pitched his perfect game. Among the other controversial statements were claims that he strengthened his pitching arm as a youth by throwing rocks at homeless people and that his minor league team, the Kinston Blue Jays, had segregated stands in 1983 despite ample evidence to the contrary. Amusingly, Wells claimed to have been misquoted in the book, which was presumably penned by a ghost writer. The problems didn't carry over to the field, however. Wells posted a 15-7 record and helped the Yankees win another pennant. Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... Pitcher David Cone (left) of the New York Yankees reacting to the completion of his perfect game with catcher Joe Girardi on July 18, 1999. ... Former minor league baseball team located in Kinston, NC. The Kinston Blue Jays were the Toronto Blue Jays minor league Class A team in the Carolina League from 1982-1985. ... This article is about a ghostwriter, the type of writer. ...


On September 28, 2003, the final day of the regular season, Wells earned the 200th win of his career in a game managed by Clemens, who had won his 300th game earlier in the season and was thought to be retiring from baseball (Clemens ended up putting off his retirement). Regular Yankees manager Joe Torre let Clemens manage the last, meaningless game of the regular season, and Clemens pulled Wells from the game in the eighth inning. is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Joseph Paul Torre (born July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is the manager of the New York Yankees. ...


He was also criticized by Yankee fans for not being able to pitch during Game 5 of the 2003 World Series. He started the game, but left during the first inning because of a bad backache. Yankee fans believe that he should at least told Torre he couldn't pitch that day, instead of waiting until the first inning, which meant Torre had to waste his bullpen to finish the game. The Yankees ended up losing the game and the series. The 2003 World Series marked the 100th anniversary of the first modern World Series. ...


2004-present

On January 1, 2004, Wells was signed as a free agent by the San Diego Padres to a one-year contract. Wells posted a 12-8 record with a 3.73 ERA to start off his second stint in the National League. is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 6, 19, 31, 35, 42 Name San Diego Padres (1969–present) Other nicknames The Pads, The Friars, The Fathers, The Dads Ballpark PETCO Park (2004–present) Qualcomm Stadium (1969-2003) a. ... For other uses, see National League (disambiguation). ...


On December 11, 2004, Wells signed a two-year deal with the Boston Red Sox and took the uniform number 3, reminding many of another full-bodied, gregarious, left-handed Sox pitcher who wore the same number in the past, Babe Ruth. December 11 is the 345th day of the year (346th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the pitcher and outfielder. ...


Getting off to a bad start, many fans questioned the decision of general manager Theo Epstein, but after coming off of the DL and getting rocked in his first start back in Oakland - and changing his uniform number from 3 to 16 - David Wells became the same dominating pitcher he was in the past. He went on to post a 15-7 record, with a 4.45 ERA. Wells pitched much better than his ERA may show, but had a few very poor outings, which caused his ERA to "balloon." After the 2005 season, Wells requested a trade back to the West Coast, but he eventually withdrew that request and resigned himself to one last year pitching for the Red Sox. Theo N. Epstein (born December 29, 1973 in New York City) is the Executive Vice President/General Manager of the Boston Red Sox. ...


On March 28, 2006, the Red Sox announced that Wells would begin 2006 on the disabled list, as he was still recovering from surgery performed on his right knee. After pitching one game on April 12, he was once again placed on the 15-day disabled list. He announced that if his knee does not improve he would retire. Wells came off the disabled list on May 26, to make his second start of the year against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In baseball, the disabled list (a. ... “Surgeon” redirects here. ... Major league affiliations American League (1998–present) East Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 12, 42 Name Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-Rays, The Rays Ballpark Tropicana Field (1998–present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) none Division titles...


On August 31, 2006, with the Red Sox post-season chances fading, Wells' wish of finishing his career playing for a West Coast team and a playoff contender was granted when he was traded back to the Padres for top catching prospect George Kottaras. is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 6, 19, 31, 35, 42 Name San Diego Padres (1969–present) Other nicknames The Pads, The Friars, The Fathers, The Dads Ballpark PETCO Park (2004–present) Qualcomm Stadium (1969-2003) a. ... George Kottaras (born May 16, 1983 in Scarborough, Ontario) is currentely a prospect in the Boston Red Sox orginazation. ...


Following the 2006 season, Wells filed for free agency. For players who are already planning on retiring, this is a customary move in case one changes his mind. Wells' agent had stated the pitcher will keep his options open but his physical condition will play a large part in making the final decision whether or not to return for another season. [1] Eventually, Wells decided to stay with the Padres, agreeing in principle on a one-year deal worth $3 million in base salary with a possible $4 million more in incentives.


On March 18, 2007, it was revealed that Wells has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This form of diabetes is more closely associated with lifestyle factors, such as diet, but the condition of people with a genetic disposition for diabetes can be exacerbated with chronic high blood sugar, as insulin resistance can be an adaptation of insulin in the wake of too-high blood sugar over time. [2]. is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ...


On August 8, the Padres announced they would cut ties with Wells when Chris Young was ready to come off the disabled list. [3] is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Christopher Ryan Young (born May 25, 1979 in Dallas, Texas, United States)[1] is an American Major League Baseball player who debuted on August 24, 2004 for the Texas Rangers of the American League. ...


On August 23, 2007 Wells was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers. His first start with the Dodgers was on August 26 against the New York Mets. He pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 earned runs. Wells also reached first base on a bunt single, scored a run, and earned the victory. He was the oldest pitcher to start a game for the Los Angeles Dodgers. is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1913) Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league...


On September 13, 2007, against his former team, the San Diego Padres, Wells had his first multi-hit game of his 21 year career at the age of 44. He hit a single and a double off former teammate Greg Maddux. is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... In baseball, a single is the most common type of base hit, accomplished through the act of a batter safely reaching first base by striking the ball and getting to first before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... Gregory Alan Maddux (born April 14, 1966) is a pitcher for the San Diego Padres. ...


Analysis

Wells owns a career record of 230-148, including a 164-90 mark since 1995. He is 82 games over .500 for his career, a record superior to many of the finest pitchers in baseball history. His career ERA of 4.06 looks unimpressive, but it is better than average for the big-hitting era in which he's had his best seasons. Despite his amazing longevity and many achievements, most considered him to be at best a borderline candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame. While there are other pitchers in the Hall who came back from lackluster starts to their careers (i.e. Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan), relatively few pitchers struggle for as long as Wells did, only to achieve success in their 30s. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Sanford Koufax (IPA pronunciation: /kofæks/) (born Sanford Braun, on December 30, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American left-handed former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, from 1955 to 1966. ... Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. ...


Actuary Jon Ketzner once said Wells has "the best body in baseball." He is widely considered to have been joking - but Wells' longevity is nonetheless quite notable. Damage from Hurricane Katrina. ...


Criticism

Wells is sometimes criticized for a lack of tact. For example, he will sometimes speculate on which players are using steroids- a topic that many players consider to be taboo. Crystal structure of human sex hormone-binding globulin, transporting 5-alpha-dihydrotestosterone. ...


In his book The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty sports writer Buster Olney described Wells as...

"...a seasoned power pitcher who showed no signs of slowing down. This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...


"Wells had compiled an 18-4 record in the season before, and in his two years with the Yankees, he had won all five of his postseason starts and had thrown a perfect game. He was a left-handed pitcher with exceptional control...only Randy Johnson was better matched to Yankee Stadium, a place forever kind to lefties. But Wells was troublesome and inconsistent: throughout his career, these were the only constants in his personality."[4] For other people named Randy Johnson, see Randy Johnson (disambiguation) Randall David Johnson (born September 10, 1963), nicknamed The Big Unit is a left-handed American starting pitcher who currently plays for Major League Baseballs Arizona Diamondbacks. ... This is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ...

Personal

Wells currently lives in San Diego County (Rancho Santa Fe) with his wife, Nina, and son, Brandon. He is also a Co-Owner of Semi-Private NY Nightclub The Plumm, along with Chris Noth, Jesse Bradford, Noel Ashman, among others. San Diego County is a county located on the Pacific Ocean in the far southwest of California, along the border with Mexico. ... Rancho Santa Fe is an unincorporated census-designated place in San Diego County, California, United States. ... The Plumm is a nightclub in downtown Manhattan. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jesse Bradford. ... Noel Ashman is a NY based Movie Producer/Club Owner/Real Estate Investor. ...


Wells is one of the principal owners of the production company Rocco's Jobbers. Although he is mainly a financial, and not creative partner, he has a history of championing personal projects to senior management of the company. One such project was a television series based on former team mate Fred McGriff's nickname, The Crime Dog. Another was about the life of a fan that Wells observed being mugged in the stands at Yankee Stadium. This tale is chronicled in the book "Chicken Soup for the Sportsfan's Soul": Frederick Stanley Crime Dog McGriff (born October 31, 1963 in Tampa, Florida) is a former left-handed Major League Baseball player who starred for several teams from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s. ... This is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ...

"...Wells felt helpless that little James (Jimmy) Palooka could not seek the justice he so deserved...in order to make things whole, he had a film production company that he owns produce a ten minute short film in which Super Jimmy, a mild-mannered baseball fan with super strength, patrols the stands at Yankee Stadium fighting injustice in the crowds. To this day, Wells has never admitted to the kind hearted gesture, worrying about its impact on his gruff public persona. But to little Jimmy Palooka, the video remains the silver lining on an otherwise ominous cloud."[5]

Career bests

  • Wins in a Season: 20, with Toronto Blue Jays in 2000
  • Strikeouts in a Season: 169, with Toronto Blue Jays in 2000
  • Best Cy Young Result: 3rd, with New York Yankees in 1998
  • Strikeouts in One Game: 16 with New York Yankees, against Oakland Athletics, July 30, 1997
  • Innings Pitched in One Season: 231.2, with Toronto Blue Jays in 1999
  • Best Single Season ERA as a Starting Pitcher: 3.14, with Toronto Blue Jays in 1990
  • Fewest Walks Per 9 Innings in a Season: .85, with New York Yankees in 2003

Awards

  • 1998 ALCS MVP, against the Cleveland Indians
  • All-Star in 1995, 1998, 2000, for Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, and Toronto Blue Jays, respectively.
  • 2-time World Series Champion with the Toronto Blue Jays (1992) and New York Yankees (1998).

See also

Pitcher David Cone (left) of the New York Yankees reacting to the completion of his perfect game with catcher Joe Girardi on July 18, 1999. ... The following is the list of Major League Baseball leaders in career wins. ... Major League Baseball recognizes win champions among pitchers in the American League and National League each season. ... In baseball, a strikeout occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... The following is a list of players and managers (* ), both past and current, who appeared at least in one game for the Chicago White Sox franchise as listed on MLB.com. ...

References

  1. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2647290
  2. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2804147
  3. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2966580
  4. ^ Olney,Buster, The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty: The Game, the Team, The Cost of Greatness (Harper Collins NY 2004) p. 112
  5. ^ Jack Canfield, et al., Chicken Soup for the Sports Fan's Soul (HCI, 2000), p. 69

External links

Preceded by
Kenny Rogers
Perfect game pitcher
May 17, 1998
Succeeded by
David Cone
Preceded by
Marquis Grissom
American League Championship Series MVP
1998
Succeeded by
Orlando Hernandez
Preceded by
Randy Johnson
American League All-Star Game Starting Pitcher
1998
Succeeded by
Pedro Martínez
Preceded by
Pedro Martínez
American League All-Star Game Starting Pitcher
2000
Succeeded by
Roger Clemens
Preceded by
Pedro Martinez
American League Wins Champion
2000
(with Tim Hudson)
Succeeded by
Mark Mulder

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