Graeme Lloyd

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Graeme Lloyd
Graeme Lloyd 2009.jpg
Lloyd as manager for the Perth Heat in the 2009 Claxton Shield Final on 7 February 2009.
Pitcher
Born: (1967-04-09) 9 April 1967 (age 47)
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
11 April, 1993 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
27 September, 2003 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
Win–Loss record 30–36
Earned run average 4.04
Strikeouts 304
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Olympic medal record
Men's Baseball
Silver Athens 2004 Team Competition

Graeme John Lloyd (born 9 April 1967 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who had a ten-year career from 1993 to 2003.

Playing career[edit]

Lloyd played with the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and Kansas City Royals all of the American League and the Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins, and New York Mets all of the National League. He is believed[by whom?] to have been the fourth native Australian so far to have pitched in Major League Baseball.[citation needed]

Lloyd was used exclusively as a relief pitcher during his ten years in the major leagues. He ended his career with 30 wins against 36 losses, 17 saves, and 97 holds. At his peak, Lloyd threw a sinking fastball that reached 90 miles (140 km) per hour and a slider. Later in his career, he added a palmball to his repertoire.[1]

For much of his career, he was used as a matchup lefty, or LOOGY (lefty one out guy).[1] This type of pitcher is used against an opposing team's star left-handed hitter(s) late in a game. Lloyd excelled in this role for the New York Yankees in 1998 when he posted a career-best 1.67 ERA. This effectiveness led to the Toronto Blue Jays demanding that Lloyd be included in a package anchored by starting pitcher David Wells when the Yankees traded for Toronto starting pitcher Roger Clemens.[2]

Lloyd missed the entire 2000 season while recovering from arthroscopic surgery. In 2001, he received the Tony Conigliaro Award.[3]

Fight[edit]

When Lloyd was on the Yankees, a defining moment of his career occurred, and this is what he is primarily known for now. On 19 May 1998, after a home run by Bernie Williams, pitcher Armando Benitez intentionally threw at Tino Martinez, the next batter. Benitez was instantly ejected. A bench-clearing, out-of-control brawl ensued, lasting for over five minutes and eventually ending up in the Oriole dugout. The bullpens emptied, and when Lloyd charged at Benitez, a relatively calm brawl grew ugly. Lloyd led the charge, and staggering backwards, Benitez landed a few harmless punches on Lloyd. Now, everyone was fighting, and the umpires stood at the foul lines, knowing that there was no way that they could control this circus, which was completely unnecessary, as Benitez beaned Martinez in the back. Williams hadn't even dogged around the bases after his home run, just modestly crossed them. Five players, including Lloyd (3 games) and Benitez (8 games), were suspended: Darryl Strawberry (3 games) and Jeff Nelson (2 games), another member of the bullpen who pursued Benitez with Lloyd, for the Yankees, and Alan Mills (2 games), an Oriole teammate of Benitez.

International career[edit]

Lloyd represented his native Australia at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.[4] His teammate Dave Nilsson had made history with him ten years earlier, when, on 13 April 1994, the men formed the first all-Australian battery in an MLB game.

Personal[edit]

Lloyd's wife Cindy suffered from Crohn's disease, which she succumbed to in 2000 at the age of 26.[5] In 2000 and 2001, Graeme acted as the spokesman for the Graeme Lloyd and Jon Mechanic Field of Dreams, a charity which was dedicated in the name of Cindy Lloyd.

He is currently the pitching coach for the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League.

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