Rich Loiselle

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Rich Loiselle
Born: (1972-01-12) January 12, 1972 (age 45)
Neenah, Wisconsin
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 1996, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 2001, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Games pitched 202
Win–loss record 9–18
Earned run average 4.38
Saves 49
Strikeouts/Walks 178/124
Innings pitched 224.0

Richard Frank Loiselle (born January 12, 1972) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates over parts of six seasons spanning 1996–2001. Listed at 6' 5", 225 lb., Loisell batted and threw righ handed. He was born in Neenah, Wisconsin.[1]

The San Diego Padres selected Loiselle in the 38th round of the 1991 MLB Draft. He then spent five seasons in the Padres Minor League system.

In 1994, MLB cancelled the postseason due to a strike by the Major League Baseball Players Association. As a result, spring training for the 1995 season began with replacement players in camp, but management and players eventually resolved the dispute before regular season games were played. Nevertheless, Loiselle, along with dozens of players who agreed to serve as replacement players, were subsequently blacklisted by the MLBPA.[2]

During the 1996 midseason, Loiselle was traded by San Diego along with Jeff Tabaka to the Houston Astros for Phil Plantier. A few days later, he was sent to the Pirates in exchange for Danny Darwin.[1] Although Loiselle made his Major League debut with Pittsburgh in that season, he was one of dozens of players that never were allowed membership into the MLBPA for crossing the picket line.[2]

His most productive season came in 1997, when he posted career numbers with a 3.10 ERA, 29 saves and 72⅔ innings pitched.[1]

In between, Loiselle pitched winter ball with the Navegantes del Magallanes club of the Venezuelan League in the 1995-96 season.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Major League Baseball Statistics and History. Baseball Reference. Retrieved on December 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b The replacements – Article by Tim Kurkjian. ESPN The Magazine. Retrieved on December 5, 2016.
  3. ^ Venezuelan Professional Baseball League Statistics. Pelota Binaria. Retrieved on December 11, 2016.

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