Bobby Witt

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Bobby Witt
Pitcher
Born: (1964-05-11) May 11, 1964 (age 50)
Arlington, Virginia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 10, 1986 for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
October 7, 2001 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
Win–loss record 142–157
Earned run average 4.83
Strikeouts 1,955
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Bobby Witt
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Baseball
Summer Olympics
Silver 1984 Los Angeles Team

Robert Andrew Witt (born May 11, 1964, in Arlington, Virginia) is a former professional baseball pitcher. He played all or part of sixteen seasons in Major League Baseball for the Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Florida Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Cleveland Indians, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Professional career[edit]

Witt was drafted out of the University of Oklahoma with the third pick of the first round by the Texas Rangers in 1985. His first professional win came in 1986 with the Texas Rangers as he had failed to win a game in the minor leagues. He was known as a hard-throwing right-hander with control problems throughout his career and many in Arlington began to call him "Witt 'n Wild" as a play on the waterpark Wet 'n Wild, which was located next to Arlington Stadium.[citation needed]

Texas Rangers[edit]

Witt made his major league debut in 1986 and made 31 starts for the Rangers, finishing the season with an 11-9 record. Known for his control problems, he led the league with 143 walks in 157.2 innings pitched. The following season he led the league again in walks, this time with 140 in 143 innings.

On August 2, 1987, Witt struck out 4 batters in one inning.[1] He set the Texas Rangers club record set in 1990 with his 7th consecutive road win of the season, a feat that was not matched by a Rangers pitcher until Scott Feldman did it in 2009.[2][3]

In 1990, he had the best season of his career, going 17-10 with a 3.36 ERA, the lowest of his career. He also established dominance, striking out over 220 batters in 222 innings. He would continue on pitching for the Rangers till 1992 season, when he was traded to division rival Oakland.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

From 1992-1994, Witt compiled a 23-24 record with the A's.

On June 23, 1994, as a member of the Oakland A's, he lost his bid for a perfect game when first base umpire Gary Cederstrom called the Kansas City Royals' Greg Gagne safe in the 6th inning [2] on a close play at first base on a bunt. Replays showed that Gagne was out.[4] Witt went on to complete the game with only that one hit allowed and no walks.

Florida Marlins[edit]

During the 1995 season, Witt pitched half a season with the Marlins before being traded to Texas. He finished his tenure with Florida with a 2-7 record despite having an ERA of 3.90 and a WHIP of under 1.40.

Back To Texas[edit]

From 1995-1998, Witt had a 36-32 record with Texas. His best season during this timeframe was in 1996, when he finished with a 16-12 record despite having an ERA of over 5.00 (5.41).

On June 30, 1997, he became the first American League pitcher to hit a home run since Roric Harrison on October 3, 1972.[5][6] His blast was against off Ismael Valdes of the Los Angeles Dodgers in an interleague contest in the top of the 6th inning. The bat with which he hit this home run is now in the Baseball Hall of Fame.[7]

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

During the 1998 season, Witt was traded to St.Louis. He pitched with the Cardinals in 17 games, only 5 as a starter.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays[edit]

Witt had one of his worst seasons of his career, going 7-15 with a 5.82 ERA in 32 starts for the Devil Rays.

Cleveland Indians[edit]

Due to injury, Witt was limited to just 7 appearances with the Indians, having pitched only 15 innings for the Tribe.

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

In his last season in the Majors, Witt pitched in 14 games for the D'Backs, 7 as a starter and finished with a 4-1 record for the World Series Champion Diamondbacks. After the season, Witt retired from baseball.

Overview[edit]

Witt led the league in walks three times and wild pitches twice. Witt retired in 2001 after winning a World Series ring with the Arizona Diamondbacks. His career record is 142 - 157 with an ERA of 4.83.

Personal[edit]

As of April 2012, Witt lives in Colleyville, Texas with his wife and 4 children and is now a player agent.[8]

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