January 3, 1977 |
San Diego, California
|April 10, 2002, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 23, 2003, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Earned run average||2.09|
Michael Christopher Crudale (born January 3, 1977 in San Diego, California) is a former professional baseball pitcher who played two seasons at the major league level with the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers in 2002-03.
Selected by the Cardinals in the 24th round of the 1999 amateur entry draft, Crudale played his first professional season with their Rookie League team, the Johnson City Cardinals in 1999. After moving up the Cardinals chain, Crudale made the big club out of spring training in 2002 and pitched well, with a 3-0 mark and a 1.88 ERA out of the bullpen (plus one start). Crudale spent most of the 2003 season at AAA Memphis, however, and was dealt in August to Milwaukee, who released him in spring training in 2004. Dogged by injuries, he pitched poorly for minor-league teams in the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants minor league systems later that season, ending his affiliated baseball career. (Ironically, his major league ERA was an excellent 2.09, less than half of his minor-league mark of 4.38.)
After leaving Organized Baseball, Crudale pitched three seasons for the independent Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League from 2005-07. Continuing his baseball career abroad, he played in Italy (De Angelis Godo Baseball) in 2007, then moved on to Taiwan with the CPBL's dmedia T-REX in 2008. He returned to Europe for his final season as a player with the Sanmarinese-Italian team T & A San Marino in 2009.
In popular culture
The phrase "And Mike Crudale" has become something of an internet meme, starting as a running gag on the Baseball Think Factory website, often used to terminate a lengthy paragraph or mind-numbing list of trivia. 
- "Turn 2 Instructors". Turn 2 Instructors Page 21 March 2008.
- "Mike Crudale's transfer to San Marino". Baseball.it 2 February 2009.