Dave Stewart (baseball)

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Dave Stewart
Dave Stewart on August 1, 2009.jpg
Stewart on August 1, 2009.
Pitcher
Born: (1957-02-19) February 19, 1957 (age 57)
Oakland, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 22, 1978 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
July 17, 1995 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Win–loss record 168–129
Earned run average 3.95
Strikeouts 1,741
Teams
Career highlights and awards

David Keith Stewart (born February 19, 1957) is an American former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) during the late 1980s and early 1990s. A 20-game winner for four consecutive years, he was known for his postseason performance – winning one World Series Most Valuable Player Award and two League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Awards – and for staring down batters when pitching to them. He currently works as a sports agent in San Diego.

Early life[edit]

Stewart was born in Oakland, California. He attended Saint Elizabeth High School in Oakland. St. Elizabeth honors a graduating senior who earns the most community service hours with the David Stewart Award.

Early career[edit]

Dave Stewart signing autographs at Texas Rangers/Eckerd Drug Camera Day at Arlington Stadium on Sunday, April 28, 1985.

Stewart was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 16th round of the 1975 amateur draft as a catcher, but made his major league debut on September 22, 1978 as a pitcher. He did not find his niche in the major leagues until some time later. After returning to the minor leagues, he resurfaced in the Majors again in 1981. Teams were unsure how he would be best utilized, and Stewart split time starting and relieving for the Dodgers, Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies in the early to mid-1980s. His nickname at the time was Dave "Smoke" Stewart. In 1986, the Oakland Athletics signed him after he was released by the Phillies. Stewart successfully converted to a starting role with the A's, posting a 9-5 record.

Also in '86, Stewart developed a forkball to supplement his fastball and slider.[1]

1987–90[edit]

In 1987 he won 20 games while posting a 3.68 ERA and striking out 205 batters. His new-found stardom would not be short-lived as he won 20 or more games in each of the next three seasons (1988–1990). Remarkably, he pitched over 250 innings in each of those four seasons, frequently posting complete games and led a powerful Athletics club to the World Series each of those years. In 1988 he went 21-12, 3.23 ERA while leading the AL with 14 complete games and 275 2/3 innings pitched. In 1989 he went 21-9 with a 3.32 ERA, and in 1990 he went 22-11, finishing 3rd in the AL with a 2.56 ERA and led the league in innings pitched (267), complete games (11) and shutouts (4)

In 1989, the Athletics won the World Series championship, with Stewart, who won two of the four games while giving up just three runs (2-0 1.69 ERA including a complete game shutout in the opener), being named World Series MVP. In 1990, the A's won their third straight pennant, beating the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series, and Stewart was named the ALCS MVP going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA. However, Oakland was upset in the World Series with a sweep by a decidedly underdog Cincinnati Reds squad. Despite going 0-2 in the series Stewart still posted a very respectable 2.77 ERA.

On June 29, 1990, Stewart no-hit his future team, the Toronto Blue Jays, at SkyDome, the first no-hitter by an African American since Jim Bibby in 1973 and, the last thrown by an Athletic before Dallas Braden pitched a perfect game on May 9, 2010. In a game that started minutes after Stewart's no-hitter finished, Dodger Fernando Valenzuela (a pitching mate of Stewart's on the Dodgers' 1981 World Series champions) no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium – the first time in Major League history that no-hitters had been thrown in both leagues on the same day. Coincidentally, ESPN broadcast both games back-to-back that night.[2]

1991–95[edit]

Stewart was also a part of the 1992 Oakland team which lost in the ALCS to the Blue Jays. Toronto went on to win the World Series that year, catching Stewart's eye and prompting him to sign with them in 1993. The Blue Jays made it to the ALCS once again, and triumphed over the Chicago White Sox 4 games to 2, with Stewart winning ALCS MVP honors for the second time in his career. The Blue Jays then went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 2 in the World Series. Stewart remained with the Blue Jays for the 1994 season, then returned to Oakland to finish his career in 1995.

Over his career, he started 18 games in the postseason, compiling a stellar 2.84 ERA and 10-6 record. In the LCS, he was especially dominant, going 8-0. Including the postseason, Stewart posted a 9-1 career record against Roger Clemens.

Post-playing career[edit]

Stewart has served as pitching coach for the San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, and Toronto Blue Jays. He was also assistant general manager for the Blue Jays, and for a time regarded as a candidate for GM. He started a sports agency called Sports Management Partners, and currently represents Major League players such as Matt Kemp and Chad Billingsley.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ James, Bill; Neyer, Rob (June 15, 2004). The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches. Simon and Schuster. pp. 394–395. ISBN 9780743261586. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Most Popular". CNN. 
  3. ^ George J. Tanber (February 28, 2008). "African-American sports agents address challenges in the business". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Frank Viola
American League All-Star Game Starting Pitcher
1989
Succeeded by
Bob Welch
Preceded by
Nolan Ryan
No-hitter pitcher
June 29, 1990
Succeeded by
Fernando Valenzuela