January 21, 1960 |
|July 17, 1982, for the San Diego Padres|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 4, 1991, for the Oakland Athletics|
|Earned run average||4.22|
Melton Andrew "Andy" Hawkins (born January 21, 1960) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. A right-handed starter, Hawkins spent most of his career with the San Diego Padres, and also played for the New York Yankees and briefly for the Oakland Athletics.
He is known for being the first (and thus far, the only) San Diego Padres pitcher to win a World Series game. Hawkins earned a victory pitching in relief in Game 2 of the 1984 World Series, which the Padres lost to Detroit in five games. His best season was 1985, when he threw a career-high 2282⁄3 innings, compiled an 18–8 record, (winning his first 11 starts) and finished with a 3.15 ERA. Hawkins is the first pitcher to win his first 10 starts since the advent of divisional play in Major League Baseball which started in 1969. In 3 career starts at Fenway Park, Hawkins managed a total of just one inning, giving up 18 earned runs in those starts.
On July 1, 1990, Hawkins pitched a game for the Yankees against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park in which he allowed no hits, but lost the game having dominated the White Sox into the eighth inning, but after retiring the first two batters, Sammy Sosa reached on a fielding error by Yankees third baseman Mike Blowers. After Hawkins loaded the bases by walking the next two batters, Robin Ventura lofted a fly ball to left field. Rookie Jim Leyritz, fighting a blustery wind, had the ball glance off his glove for an error, allowing all three baserunners to score. The next batter, Ivan Calderón, hit a high fly ball to right field, which Jesse Barfield lost in the sun, dropping it for another error, allowing Ventura to score. The Yankees could not score in the ninth, giving Hawkins the loss despite not allowing a hit.
Major League Baseball does not consider this effort an official no-hitter, listing Hawkins as having only completed 8 innings pitched. On September 4, 1991 the Committee for Statistical Accuracy, appointed by Commissioner Fay Vincent, changed the definition of a no-hitter to require that a pitcher must throw at least nine full innings and a complete game for the no-hitter to be official. Since Hawkins played for the visiting team, the White Sox never batted in the ninth inning, meaning Hawkins lost credit for a no-hitter. The game was also notable for being a double no-hitter into the sixth inning (and a double perfect game into the fifth), as White Sox starter Greg Hibbard also pitched very well.
A high-priced free agent in the second year of a three-year deal, Hawkins struggled for a very poor Yankees team in 1990.
On May 8, with just one win and an ERA of 8.56, Hawkins was offered his outright release, which he accepted, although an injury that night to pitcher Mike Witt changed his mind. Hawkins pitched much better in his next three starts, although he still had only a 1–4 record prior to the no-hit game.
In his next appearance, he faced the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium in the opening game of a doubleheader. Hawkins pitched a shutout into the twelfth inning but wound up losing 2–0 – the last time a starting pitcher has pitched in an MLB game into the twelfth inning or later.
In his following appearance, the Yankees lost a six-inning no-hitter to Mélido Pérez and the White Sox. Likewise, that game is not considered an official no-hitter, as the game was shortened to seven innings due to rain; Hawkins was still on the mound when the game was delayed, and then called off.
Hawkins was the bullpen coach of the Texas Rangers, having served as the interim pitching coach following the firing of previous pitching coach Mark Connor during the 2008 season. Before being promoted as the interim coach, Hawkins was the pitching coach for the Oklahoma RedHawks. At the end of the 2015 season Hawkins left the Rangers. In 2016 Hawkins was hired on as the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals AAA team, the Omaha Storm Chasers. Despite a somewhat mediocre career, Hawkins is known for being rude to fans, and refuses to sign autographs, despite the fact he should be happy anyone even wants his.
- "Rangers hire Mike Maddox and Assign Hawkins as Bullpen Coach". November 3, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2008.