Eric Milton

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Eric Milton
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Milton with the Los Angeles Dodgers during spring training in 2009.
Pitcher
Born: (1975-08-04) August 4, 1975 (age 38)
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 5, 1998 for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
June 27, 2009 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Career statistics
Win–Loss record 89–85
Earned run average 4.99
Strikeouts 1,127
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Eric Robert Milton (born August 4, 1975) is a former American professional baseball left-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. Milton graduated from Bellefonte Area High School in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania and attended college at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Major league career[edit]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

Milton was selected by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (20th pick) of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. He played one season in the Yankees minor league system and was then traded to the Minnesota Twins on February 6, 1998 (along with three other players) in exchange for Chuck Knoblauch.

He made his Major League debut on April 5, 1998 for the Twins against the Kansas City Royals, working six scoreless innings to pick up the victory. He was 8–14 in his debut season with a 5.64 ERA in 32 starts.

On September 11, 1999, he struck out 13 batters in pitching a 7–0 no-hitter against the Anaheim Angels, the fifth no-hitter in Twins history.[1]

In 2001, Milton enjoyed the best season of his career, going 15-7 with a career low 4.32 ERA and pitching in a career high 220 innings.

With Minnesota, Milton had a record of 57–51, with 715 strikeouts and a 4.76 ERA, and was selected to the 2001 AL All-Star team. He went 1–0 with a 1.65 ERA with the Twins in the 2002 and 2003 playoffs, and was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for pitcher Carlos Silva and infielder Nick Punto following the 2003 season.[2]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

Milton led the Phillies in wins, starts and strikeouts in 2004, going 14–6 with a 4.75 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 34 starts. He took a no-hitter into the 9th inning on July 25 against the Cubs but lost it before recording an out.[3]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

At the end of the 2004 season, he signed a three-year, $25 million contract as a free agent with Cincinnati.[4] His record in 2005 with Cincinnati was 8–15 with a 6.47 ERA, one of the worst ERA's for a full-time starter in NL history.[5] He struggled with injuries during his time with the Reds, missing most of the 2007 season with an elbow injury suffered in May.

Due to his poor performance and high contract, NPR of Minnesota called him a bust, ESPN named him to their all-overpaid team, and Sports Illustrated named him as the only pitcher on their all bust team, noting he gave up one home run per 11.9 batters.[6][7][8][9][10]

New York Yankees[edit]

He left the Reds as a free agent after the 2007 season and went unsigned due to his injury history until signing a minor league deal with the New York Yankees on July 11, 2008.[11] He never pitched for any of the Yankees minor league teams during 2008 however and was shortly released.

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Milton signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on February 10, 2009[12] with an invitation to spring training. He did not make the Major League team and was assigned to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes to open the season. In 7 starts with the Isotopes, Milton was 3–2 with a 2.83 ERA. His contract was purchased by the Dodgers on May 14 and on May 16, Milton made his first appearance in the Major leagues since 2007 when he started for the Dodgers against the Florida Marlins.

On May 26, Milton made his second start of the season for the Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. He worked five innings in the Dodgers 7–1 victory, recording his first Major League win since September 12, 2006. He made a total of five starts for the Dodgers, with a 2–1 record and a 3.80 ERA.

His season ended when he underwent surgery to remove a herniated disk on July 14.[13]

Coaching[edit]

Milton joined the Maryland Terrapins baseball program in September 2011 as an assistant coach.[14] On June 28, 2012, Milton was named the interim head coach of the Terrapins after head coach Erik Bakich left to take the head coaching position at the University of Michigan.[15][16]

See also[edit]

In October 2012 he was named Head Coach for The Severna Park Falcons varsity baseball team. A local high school where he lives which is located in Severna Park, Maryland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Most Popular". CNN. 
  2. ^ http://www.startribune.com/sports/blogs/216050441.html
  3. ^ "July 25, 2004 Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. July 25, 2004. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=mlb&id=1953873
  5. ^ "Top 10 Prospects: Cincinnati Reds". Baseball America. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ "What happened to Eric Milton? | The Bleacher Bums". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ http://firebrandal.com/2005/12/01/the-worst-contracts-in-baseball.html
  8. ^ By David SchoenfieldPage 2 (Archive) (April 11, 2007). "Schoenfield: MLB's all-overpaid team – ESPN Page 2". ESPN. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  9. ^ "SI.com – Writers – Tom Verducci: My 2005 All-Bust Team – Tuesday June 28, 2005 1:17 pm". Sports Illustrated. June 28, 2005. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  10. ^ "GetSportsInfo.com | All posts tagged 'gary majewski'". Blog.getsportsinfo.com. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  11. ^ Yankees sign Eric Milton to minor-league deal – New York Yankees baseball – NJ.com
  12. ^ Dodgers add Milton to pitching mix
  13. ^ Dodgers' Milton likely done for season
  14. ^ Barker, Jeff. "Eric Milton joins Terps baseball staff". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Milton Named Interim Baseball Coach". University of Maryland. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Bakich Named Head Coach at Michigan". University of Maryland. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 

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Preceded by
David Cone
No-hitter pitcher
September 11, 1999
Succeeded by
Hideo Nomo