Bobby Witt

Bobby Witt

Infobox MLB retired
name=Bobby Witt
birthdate=birth date and age|1964|5|11, Arlington, Virginia
debutdate=April 10
debutteam=Texas Rangers
finaldate=October 7
finalteam=Arizona Diamondbacks
stat1label=Earned run average
*Texas Rangers (1986–1992)
*Oakland Athletics (1992–1994)
*Florida Marlins (1995)
*Texas Rangers (1995–1998)
*St. Louis Cardinals (1998)
*Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1999)
*Cleveland Indians (2000)
*Arizona Diamondbacks (2001)
*221 k's in by|1990

Robert Andrew Witt (born May 11, 1964 in Arlington, Virginia) was a pitcher for the Major League Baseball Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Florida Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Cleveland Indians, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Witt was drafted out of the University of Oklahoma with the third pick of the first round by the Texas Rangers in 1985. He was known as a hard-throwing right hander with control problems throughout his career. He led the league in walks three times and wild pitches twice. Witt retired in 2001 after winning a World Series ring with the Arizona Diamondbacks. His career record is 142 - 157 with an ERA of 4.83.

On August 2, 1987 Witt struck out 4 consecutive batters in one inning. [ 1] On June 23, 1994 he was robbed of a perfect game when first base umpire Gary Cederstrom called the Kansas City Royals' Greg Gagne safe [ 2] on a close play at first base. Replays clearly showed that Gagne was out. In his next two appearances, Witt pitched a 2-hit shutout against the Athletics and a 6-hit shutout against against the Red Sox. On June 30, 1997, he became the first American League pitcher to hit a home run since 1972. His blast was against off Ismael Valdes of the Los Angeles Dodgers in an interleague contest. The bat he hit this home run with is now in the Baseball Hall of Fame [ 3] .

ee also

* List of Major League Baseball leaders in career wins
*Top 100 strikeout pitchers of all time
* Florida Marlins all-time roster
* Tampa Bay Devil Rays all-time roster
* Arizona Diamondbacks all-time roster



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