Todd Stottlemyre – 1994 Upper Deck

January 7, 2011

“And Now Let’s Hear From Todd Stottlemyre…

Something tells me that the above shot wasn’t taken during this interview.

I never liked him, and that was irrational. I mean, he never was on an arch-enemy team of mine (well, he was a Cardinal for a few years but LaRussa’s evil enough to give everyone else a pass), nor was he really dickish about things. I just didn’t like him.

I feel for his dad, even though Mel was a Yankee. But he was a Yankee when the Yanks were mostly irrelevant and forgotten, which only happens once every six decades or so. (The bad Yanks teams of the 80’s and 90’s were never forgotten – thanks to George Steinbrenner.) Stottlemyre, like Bobby Murcer and Roy White, toiled in relative obscurity. Now he may not have been a Hall-Of-Famer, but start his career in 1994 instead of 1964, and give him surgery on his rotator cuff, and who knows how many he could have won.

Todd’s brother Mel Jr. had a brief major league career, but has followed hid dad’s footsteps as a pitching coach and was the D-Backs pitching coach until he was whacked with AJ Hinch and demoted to minor league pitching coordinator.

Todd had a longer career than his Dad, and pitched in more post-season games. And he was part of one of the most insane post-season games I’ve ever seen.

You may remember it – October 20, 1993. Blue Jays at Philadelphia in Game 4. It was a damp and rainy night. Tommy Greene gives up three runs in the first. Stottlemyre counters by walking in a run and then giving up a bases-clearing triple to Milt Thompson. Down a run, Stottlemyre leads off the second with a walk, and after two outs tries to advance to third on a single by Robby Alomar. He’s out, and I think Todd goes a bit berserk if I recall.

He doesn’t get composed until Greene singles and Dykstra homers. He’s pulled for a pinch hitter in the top of the third when the Jays rally, and is replaced by Al Leiter, who gives up the lead and more, leaving with the score 12-7 Philly in the fifth. It’s 14-9 going to the top of the eighth, and Mitch Williams happens. Well, before then Larry Andersen gives up a single, a walk and a double to make it 14-10. Williams, though, is less than unhittable, and the big blows are by Rickey (no last name needed) and Devon White.

The inning ends with a 15-14 Jays lead, and they hold on for the win. That’s the only game Stottlemyre pitches in this World Series – at least it was memorable.

I don’t know why I didn’t like him – it’s kind of irrational really. Maybe it was his temper.

But who said baseball was a rational game, anyway?


2 Responses to “Todd Stottlemyre – 1994 Upper Deck”

  1. […] But he was a Cub for three years. He wasn’t awful. He just wasn’t…anything. But he was a good enough organizational guy that he’s now the minor league pitching coordinator for the Diamondbacks, replacing Charles Nagy, who was promoted to the big league staff, replacing Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. the brother of this guy that I just wrote about. […]

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