Rick Waits

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Rick Waits
Seattle Mariners – No. 47
Pitcher
Born: (1952-05-15) May 15, 1952 (age 62)
Atlanta, Georgia
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 17, 1973 for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1985 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Career statistics
Win–loss record 79-92
Earned run average 4.25
Strikeouts 659
Teams

Michael Richard Waits (born May 15, 1952 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a former professional baseball pitcher. Waits, who threw left-handed, played all or part of twelve seasons in Major League Baseball for the Texas Rangers (1973), Cleveland Indians (1975–83), and Milwaukee Brewers (1983–85). Waits served as minor league pitching coordinator for the Seattle Mariners organization[1] before being named pitching coach for the Mariners under new manager Lloyd McClendon for the 2014 season.

Playing career[edit]

Waits was originally drafted by the Washington Senators in the fifth round of the 1970 Major League Baseball Draft.[2] He made his debut on September 17, 1973 and pitched one game for the Senators, who were now the Texas Rangers. On June 13, 1975 he was traded to the Cleveland Indians with Jim Bibby, Jackie Brown and cash for Gaylord Perry.[2] Waits, a starter in his prime, beat the New York Yankees in the final regular season game of 1978, forcing a one-game playoff between the Yankees and Boston Red Sox for the American League East division title. After the Indians-Yankees game ended, news of the Indians' victory was announced on Fenway Park's video screen (there, the Red Sox had defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5–0 only moments earlier) with the words "THANK YOU, RICK WAITS, GAME TOMORROW."[3][4]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1987, Rick Waits joined the Rimini Pirates of the Italian Baseball League, leading them to two championships (1987 and 1988) and a European Cup Championship (1989). He led the league in ERA, serving the last two seasons (1988 and 1989) as a player-manager.[5] He also managed the IBL's Parma Angels.[1]

Waits later joined the New York Mets organization, with whom he worked for fifteen years in various capacities, including a stint as the team's bullpen coach in 2003.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mariners name Rick Waits Minor League pitching coordinator
  2. ^ a b "Rick Waits Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Jeff (October 1, 2003). "Waits' Big Day Gave Sox Chance". The Hartford Courant. p. C3. 
  4. ^ "Braves appear to be holding every edge worth holding". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. October 4, 1994. p. H2. 
  5. ^ A Former Major Leaguer Savors Italian Baseball

References[edit]

Preceded by
Charlie Hough
New York Mets pitching coach
2003
Succeeded by
Rick Peterson
Preceded by
Carl Willis
Seattle Mariners pitching coach
2014
Succeeded by
Incumbent