January 12, 1972 |
|September 7, 1996, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 6, 2001, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||4.38|
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.
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.
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. 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.
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