April 8, 1949 |
|July 10, 1972, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 25, 1978, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Earned run average||3.76|
|Career highlights and awards|
Guerrand McCurdy "Mac" Scarce (born April 8, 1949 in Danville, Virginia) is a former baseball player who played in parts of 5 seasons from 1972–1978. During his short career, the 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) lefty pitched primarily for the Philadelphia Phillies, as well as appearing briefly with the New York Mets and the Minnesota Twins. He attended Florida State University before being drafted.
Scarce, who batted and threw left-handed, was initially drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the twenty-sixth round of the 1969 amateur draft, but he did not sign. In 1971 he was drafted in the eighth round the Philadelphia Phillies (179 overall) and subsequently signed with the Phillies on June 11, 1971.
College and Minor Leagues
Scarce played baseball in 1970 and 1971 for the Florida State University Seminoles. He was used as a relief pitcher and had considerable success at the collegiate level, racking up 30 saves over the two seasons. In 1970 he allowed only 13 hits in 33 innings, a school record, and contributed significantly to the FSU team that advanced to the national title game of the College World Series. In 1971 he was co-captain of the Seminoles and recorded 18 saves, which was a NCAA record at the time.
Scarce advanced very rapidly and successfully through the minor leagues. He spent part of the 1971 season with the Peninsula team in the A+ Carolina league, where he appeared in 20 games and compiled a 3–0 record with a 1.29 ERA. In 1972 he pitched for the Reading team in the AA Eastern League, going 4–0 with a 0.46 ERA in 23 games. That same year, after a brief stint on the AAA Eugene team, he was called up to the Philadelphia Phillies.
On July 10, 1972, at the age of 23, Scarce made his major league debut. He entered the game in Philadelphia in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers and pitched 3-plus innings. He gave up a run in the ninth inning, allowing the Dodgers to tie the score 3–3. Then in the eleventh inning, he allowed hits to the first two batters (Tommy Davis and Manny Mota) and was lifted. Both Davis and Mota went on to score leading to the Dodgers 5–3 win. Scarce was given the loss.
Overall, Scarce appeared in 159 Major League baseball games and recorded 21 saves (all with the Phillies) and a 6–19 record. Scarce never started a game and in his 17 major league at bats, he never got a hit.
He played his last game on June 25, 1978.
- http://seminoles.cstv.com/genrel/scarce_mac00.html[permanent dead link] (Seminoles.com)
- "Los Angeles Dodgers 6, Philadelphia Phillies 4 (1)". retrosheet.org. July 10, 1972. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
- "Mac Scarce Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2015.