April 14, 1967 |
|August 19, 1992, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 27, 2002, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Earned run average||4.48|
Michael (Mike) Scott Trombley (born April 14, 1967) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. Throughout his 14-year career, Trombley played with the Minnesota Twins (1992–1999, 2002), Baltimore Orioles (2000–2001) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2001).
He was drafted in the 14th round by the Minnesota Twins in 1989. He made his major league debut for the Twins in 1992, with the team in a pennant race. He went 3-2 with a 3.30 ERA in 46 innings, which earned him the team's Rookie of the Year Award. Trombley played with many well-known players in 1993, including Kirby Puckett, Rick Aguilera and Dave Winfield. Early in his career, Trombley contributed to Indians designated hitter Eddie Murray's 3000th hit on June 30, 1995. He was sent to AAA for a short time, which drove him to start using a split finger fastball. In 1996, Trombley was recalled from AAA Salt Lake City to the Twins in 1996, and would be one of the most prominent relief pitchers in the league. He finished in the top six in appearances from 1998 through 2000. In 1999, when he was a free agent, Trombley posted 24 saves, which led to him signing a three-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles for $7.75 million. His departure left the Twins looking for a closer. The team had hoped to keep Trombley; Twins general manager Terry Ryan said, "That certainly puts a hole in the back end of our bullpen, so we're going to have to start making alternative plans.". Trombley pitched 634 innings for the Twins and ended his Twins career with 30 wins, 34 losses, and 34 saves.
Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers
Trombley played for the Baltimore Orioles for three years, until he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001. He would pitch for the Dodgers for one year and return for a short time for the Twins, before retiring in 2002.
Post-Major League career
Currently, Mike and his wife Barbara are owners and managing partners of Trombley Associates in Wilbraham, MA. Trombley Associates is a full service financial planning company. They have 3 children, Tory, Kyle and Alexandra.