May 30, 1956 |
|July 18, 1978, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 2, 1991, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Earned run average||4.02|
|Career highlights and awards|
LaCoss was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the third round of the 1974 amateur draft. He played for the Cincinnati Reds (1978–81), Houston Astros (1982–84), Kansas City Royals (1985), and San Francisco Giants (1986–91). He batted and threw right-handed.
LaCoss had a breakout season in 1979 for the division champion Reds, winning eight consecutive decisions at the start on his way to a 9-3 record and a berth on the National League All-Star team. LaCoss entered the game in the bottom of the sixth with the bases loaded and two outs. The American League squad had taken a 6-5 lead in the game and were threatening for more when LaCoss retired Don Baylor on a force play. LaCoss then pitched a scoreless seventh as the NL came back to win with single runs in the eighth and ninth. LaCoss went 5-5 for the remainder of 1979 on his way to a 14-8 record
In 1987 he was ninth in the National League with 13 wins.
LaCoss recorded two home runs his entire career, in consecutive at-bats in 1986. The first was off Dane Iorg, a utility player who entered the game to pitch for the San Diego Padres near the end of an 18–1 Giants blowout. The next came off Cincinnati Reds ace Tom Browning in the next game.
Mike owned and operated Mike LaCoss Enterprises Inc, YESS Foundation, and a website called ibaseballchannel. From 1994-1998, LaCoss worked as a guest pitching coach to the Cosumnes River College baseball team located in Sacramento, CA. LaCoss collaborated with his fiery long-time friend and CRC baseball coach Tony Bloomfield to teach pitchers a split-finger changeup.
- "Mike LaCoss Profile". Retrieved 2 January 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
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