Glenn Abbott

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Glenn Abbott
Pitcher
Born: (1951-02-16) February 16, 1951 (age 63)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 29, 1973 for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
August 8, 1984 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Win–loss record 62–83
Earned run average 4.39
Strikeouts 484
Teams
Career highlights and awards

William Glenn Abbott (born February 16, 1951) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher. During an 11-year baseball career, he pitched for the Oakland Athletics (1973–76), Seattle Mariners (1977–81; 1983), and Detroit Tigers (1983–84). Abbott, along with Vida Blue, Paul Lindblad and Rollie Fingers combined for the first four-pitcher combined no-hitter in MLB history. He is the pitching coach for the New York Mets' Low Class-A affiliate, the Savannah Sand Gnats of the South Atlantic League.

Professional career[edit]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

Abbott was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the eighth round of the 1969 MLB Draft.

On September 28, 1975, Abbott pitched one inning of a no-hitter over the California Angels on the last day of the regular season, relieving Vida Blue, who threw the first five innings. Abbott retired Ike Hampton, Jerry Remy and Dave Chalk in order in the sixth inning before being replaced by Paul Lindblad and later Rollie Fingers. This was the first four-pitcher combined no-hitter in MLB history.[citation needed] He pitched four seasons with the Athletics going 13−16 with a 4.08 ERA in 73 games, 45 for starts.

Seattle Mariners[edit]

In November 1976, Abbott was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 1976 MLB expansion draft. He played for the Mariners longer than any other player from their original 1977 opening day roster. Abbott led all Mariners pitchers in wins in 1977 and 1980, winning 12 games in each of those seasons. Abbott said this about being chosen by the Mariners:

Wes Stock, my pitching coach in Oakland, had gone up there, and I was excited about going to a new ballclub, but I never dreamed the team would be so crummy. I went from an A's team that had won three straight World Series with still quite a few veterans on it, to a team of young guys who didn't know what they could do.[1]

Abbott finished his career with the Mariners going 44−62 with a 4.54 ERA in 155 games, 146 for starts. He pitched 200-inning seasons in 1977 and 1980.

Detroit Tigers[edit]

On August 23, 1983 Abbott's contract was purchased by the Detroit Tigers from the Mariners for $100,000.[2] In two seasons with the Tigers, Abbott was 2−2 with a 3.87 ERA in 20 games, 15 for starts before his release on August 14, 1984.

Coaching career[edit]

Portland Beavers[edit]

In 2008, he became the pitching coach for the Triple-A Portland Beavers in the San Diego Padres organization.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Street, Jim (June 16, 2002). "Where've you gone, Glenn Abbott?". mlb.com. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Glen Abbott: Transactions". Baseball-Reference.com. 
  3. ^ "Ready returns for second season in 2009". portlandbeavers.com. December 17, 2008. Retrieved January 10, 2009. [dead link]

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Preceded by
Ed Halicki
No-hit game
September 28, 1975
(with Vida Blue, Paul Lindblad and Rollie Fingers)
Succeeded by
Larry Dierker
Preceded by
Diego Seguí
Mike Parrott
Opening Day starting pitcher
for the Seattle Mariners

1978–1979
1981
Succeeded by
Mike Parrott
Floyd Bannister