Heathcliff Slocumb

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This article is about the former Major League Baseball pitcher. For the PGA Tour golfer, see Heath Slocum.
Heathcliff Slocumb
Born: (1966-06-07) June 7, 1966 (age 50)
Jamaica, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 11, 1991, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 2000, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 28–37
Earned run average 4.08
Strikeouts 513
Saves 98
Career highlights and awards

Heath "Heathcliff" Slocumb (born June 7, 1966 in Jamaica, New York) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. He batted and threw right-handed.

In a 10-year career, Slocumb played with the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres.

An All-Star selection in 1995, Slocumb compiled a career 28-37 record with 513 strikeouts and a 4.08 ERA in 631 innings. He collected 98 saves, including 32 for the Phillies in 1995 and 31 with Boston in 1996.

Slocumb was traded in mid-1997 from Boston to Seattle for pitcher Derek Lowe and catcher Jason Varitek, in what is often cited in retrospect as one of the most one-sided trades in baseball history. At the time, Lowe had pitched in only 12 major-league games with an ERA of nearly 7, and Varitek had never played in the majors. However, Lowe and Varitek both went on to make multiple All-Star teams and were major contributors to the 2004 World Champion Red Sox. In 2005, Varitek was named captain of the Red Sox. Although Slocumb helped the Mariners make the playoffs in 1997, his career had dissipated significantly by 1998 and he was never effective again.

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