Mel Stottlemyre

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Mel Stottlemyre
Pitcher
Born: (1941-11-13) November 13, 1941 (age 72)
Hazleton, Missouri
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 12, 1964 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
August 16, 1974 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Win–loss record 164–139
Earned run average 2.97
Strikeouts 1,257
Teams

As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Melvin Leon Stottlemyre, Sr. (born November 13, 1941 in Hazleton, Missouri) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and pitching coach. He played 11 years in the Major Leagues, all of them with the New York Yankees. After his playing career, Stottlemyre worked as pitching coach with the New York Mets, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, and Seattle Mariners.

Baseball career[edit]

As a player[edit]

Called up midseason in 1964, Stottlemyre went 9–3 to help the Yankees to their fifth consecutive pennant while being on the cover of The Sporting News. In the World Series, Stottlemyre faced Bob Gibson three times in a seven-game Series. Stottlemyre bested Gibson in Game 2 to even the series, and got a no-decision in Game 5, but lost the decisive Game 7 as the Cardinals won the Series. A sinker-ball specialist, Stottlemyre would pitch 10 more seasons with the Yankees, winning 164 games, including three 20-win seasons. Although the 1964 Series marked the Yankees' 29th pennant in 44 seasons, the ensuing decade would be the franchise's lowest period since the 1910s, with the Yankees not reaching the postseason at all. Stottlemyre retired from playing when he was released by the Yankees after the 1974 season with a rotator-cuff injury.

Known as a solidly-hitting pitcher, Stottlemyre once hit a rare inside-the-park grand slam.

Coaching years[edit]

In 1977, Stottlemyre re-emerged in baseball as a roving instructor for the Seattle Mariners. After five seasons in that position, he was hired by the New York Mets as the pitching coach for ten years (including the 1986 World Series championship team) and then followed by a two-year stint as the Houston Astros pitching coach.

In 1996, Stottlemyre joined the Yankees coaching staff along with the incoming manager Joe Torre. Under Torre, Stottlemyre lowered the team ERA from 4.65 in 1996 to 3.84 in 1997 and then to 3.82 in 1998. Under Stottlemyre, the Yankee team averaged an ERA of 4.23 from 1996 to 2005. After 10 seasons and four World Series victories, Stottlemyre resigned his coaching position on October 12, 2005, following the Yankees' ALDS defeat by the Angels. He cited personal disagreements with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner among his reasons for leaving and cited Steinbrenner's comment that after the division series was over, he had congratulated Angels manager Mike Scioscia. Stottlemyre's response was: "My first thought was, 'What about Joe?' Joe did a hell of a job, too. To congratulate the other manager and not congratulate your own, after what he's done this year, I laughed." The Yankees replaced Stottlemyre with former Yankees pitcher Ron Guidry.

Stottlemyre was named pitching coach of the Seattle Mariners under manager John McLaren at the beginning of the 2008 season and was retained by interim manager Jim Riggleman after McLaren's firing, but was dismissed after the season ended.

Personal life[edit]

Stottlemyre was raised in the town of Mabton, Washington, located in the southeastern part of the state.[1]

Two of his sons, Todd and Mel Jr., followed their father by becoming major league pitchers. His other son, Jason, died of leukemia at the age of 11.[2]

Stottlemyre was diagnosed with multiple myeloma but is in remission; he is an avid supporter of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.[3]

He resides in Issaquah, Washington.

Stottlemyre wrote an autobiography entitled Pride and Pinstripes, published in 2007.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stottlemyre, Mel; Harper, John (2007). Pride and Pinstripes. New York: HarperCollins. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-06-117409-4. 
  2. ^ Donnellon, Sam (October 20, 1993). ""I know he's watching": Courageous brother who died of leukemia molded spirit of Blue Jays' Stottlemyre". Philly.com. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ BASEBALL; Yankees' Stottlemyre Has Cancer Of Marrow

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Preceded by
Bill Monbouquette
New York Mets pitching coach
19841993
Succeeded by
Greg Pavlick
Preceded by
Bob Cluck
Houston Astros pitching coach
19941995
Succeeded by
Brent Strom
Preceded by
Nardi Contreras
New York Yankees pitching coach
19962005
Succeeded by
Ron Guidry