Rick Luecken

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Rick Luecken
Born: (1960-11-15) November 15, 1960 (age 54)
McAllen, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 6, 1989 for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1990 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
Win–loss record 3-5
Earned run average 5.10
Saves 1
Innings pitched 27⅔

Richard Fred Luecken (born November 15, 1960 in McAllen, Texas) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1989 to 1990 for the Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays. Listed at 6' 6", 210 lb., he batted and threw right handed.

Luecken was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 27th round of the 1983 MLB Draft out of Texas A&M University. He pitched four seasons in the Mariners Minor League system before being traded along with Danny Tartabull to Kansas City in exchange for Scott Bankhead, Mike Kingery and Steve Shields.

In 1989, Luecken posted a 2-1 record with one save and a 3.42 earned run average in 19 relief appearances with the Royals.

Before the 1990 season, Luecken was sent along Charlie Leibrandt to Atlanta for Gerald Perry and one minor leaguer. He went 1-4 with a 5.77 ERA in 36 games, but was placed on waivers by the Braves late in the year after an alcohol-fueled confrontation with then-new Braves manager Bobby Cox about his lack of playing time.[1] Claimed by the Blue jays, Luecken would only pitch one inning for them in October 1990.


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