December 15, 1948 |
|September 2, 1972, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 26, 1981, for the California Angels|
|Earned run average||3.35|
Douglas James Rau (born December 15, 1948 in Columbus, Texas), is a retired professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1972 to 1981. Rau attended Texas A&M University, and was a first-round draft pick of the Dodgers in the secondary phase of the June 1970 amateur draft.
Rau's timing was off. He was a fifth starter through most of his career and was not regarded as particularly durable. But in the twenty-first century he would be considered an "innings eater" and his won-lost records would put him in the "ace" category.
Rau was involved in an argument during Game 4 of the 1977 World Series with manager Tommy Lasorda. After Rau gave up 2 doubles, a single and one run to start the 2nd inning, Lasorda went to the mound to remove him from the game; the two men then got into a profanity-filled argument on the mound in which fellow player Davey Lopes had to restrain them. The argument was recorded on Lasorda's microphone.
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