Doug Rau

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Doug Rau
Born: (1948-12-15) December 15, 1948 (age 69)
Columbus, Texas
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 2, 1972, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
May 26, 1981, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 81–60
Earned run average 3.35
Strikeouts 697

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.[1]

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.[2]


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