Anthony Young (baseball)
January 19, 1966 |
|August 5, 1991, for the New York Mets|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 19, 1996, for the Houston Astros|
|Earned run average||3.89|
Anthony Wayne Young (born January 19, 1966 in Houston, Texas) is a right-handed former professional baseball pitcher. He played all or part of six seasons in Major League Baseball with the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros. He is best known for losing 27 consecutive games in which he had a decision.
After attending Furr High School and the University of Houston, Young was drafted by the Mets in 1987. He worked his way up through their minor league system, making his major league debut on August 5, 1991.
While with the Mets, from May 6, 1992 to July 24, 1993, he lost 27 consecutive decisions. This losing streak is the longest in MLB history, breaking the mark of 23 set by Cliff Curtis in 1910–11. During the losing streak, Young converted 12 straight save opportunities and threw 23 2⁄3 consecutive scoreless innings while filling in for Mets closer John Franco. During the streak, Young was 0–14 as a starter and 0–13 as a reliever.
Over roughly the same time period from April 14, 1992 to May 1, 1994, Young—as a Met and later a Cub—made 27 consecutive starts without a win. He made 13 quality starts among those 27, but his teams went 4–23 in those games. Despite posting a respectable 3.89 earned run average for his career, he finished with a record of 15 wins and 48 losses for a winning percentage of .238.
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