August 17, 1950 |
Syracuse, New York
|April 15, 1973, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 1980, for the California Angels|
|Earned run average||4.62|
|Career highlights and awards|
David Lawrence Lemanczyk (born August 17, 1950) is a former pitcher with an eight-year career from 1973 to 1980. He played for the Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays and California Angels all of the American League. He is a graduate of Hartwick College, Oneonta, N.Y.
Major League Career
Lemanczyk was drafted by the Tigers in the 16th round of the 1972 MLB Draft.
He pitched in only one major league game in the 1973 season, making his MLB debut on April 15, allowing three runs in 2.1 innings as the Tigers lost 7-0 to the Cleveland Indians.
In 1974, Lemanczyk appeared in 22 games with Detroit, three of them starts, as he had a 2-1 record and a 4.00 ERA. He made his first career start on August 2, earning his first victory in a 4-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers as he allowed one run in seven innings.
Lemanczyk struggled in 1975, going 2-7 with a 4.46 ERA in 26 games, six of them starts. He then went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 20 games, ten of them starts in 1976 with the Tigers.
Toronto Blue Jays
Lemanczyk led the Blue Jays in victories in the 1977 season, as he had a 13-16 record with a 4.25 ERA in 34 starts. He pitched a team high 252 innings, and had 11 complete games, second best on the team.
He was named the Blue Jays opening day starter in 1978, as Lemanczyk lasted only 3.2 innings in a 6-2 loss to the Tigers. He struggled throughout the season, losing his first seven decisions, and finishing the season with a 4-14 record and a 6.26 ERA.
Lemanczyk rebounded in 1979, as on April 24, he pitched a one-hitter against the Texas Rangers as Toronto won the game 2-0. Lemanczyk went into the All-Star break with a 7-5 record with a 3.15 ERA and was named to the 1979 All-Star team; however, he did not appear in the game. Lemanczyk struggled in the latter half of the season, and suffered injury problems as he finished the season with a record of 8-10 with a 3.71 ERA.
He began the 1980 season with a 2-5 record with a 5.40 ERA in 10 games with Toronto, eight of them starts, which included starting the season opener; however, Lemanczyk was traded to the California Angels for future considerations on June 3. The Angels sent Ken Schrom to the Blue Jays on June 10 to complete the trade.
Lemanczyk finished the 1980 season with the Angels, going 2-4 with a 4.32 ERA in 21 games, and was released by them on October 24. He would then retire from the game, finishing his career with a 37-63 record with a 4.62 ERA in 185 games.
He has been a full-time pitching coach at the New York Baseball Academy for 20 years.