Bob Welch (baseball)

Bob Welch (baseball)

Infobox MLB retired
name=Bob Welch
birthdate=birth date and age|1956|11|3
Detroit, Michigan
debutdate=June 20
debutteam=Los Angeles Dodgers
finaldate=August 11
finalteam=Oakland Athletics
stat1label=Win-Loss record
stat2label=Earned run average
* Los Angeles Dodgers (by|1978-by|1987)
* Oakland Athletics (by|1988-by|1994)
* 2x All-Star selection (1980, 1990)
* 2x World Series champion (1981, 1989)
* 1990 AL Cy Young Award
* 1990 AL TSN Pitcher of the Year

Robert Lynn "Bob" Welch (born November 3, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan), is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1978-87) and Oakland Athletics (1988-94). He played in college for Eastern Michigan. He batted and threw right-handed.

Playing career

In a 17-year career, Welch compiled a 211-146 record with 1,969 strikeouts and a 3.47 ERA in 3,092 innings.

triking out Reggie Jackson in the 1978 World Series

Welch gained national fame in by|1978 when he struck out Reggie Jackson with the bases loaded and two out in the top of the ninth inning of Game 2 of the 1978 World Series.

1990 Cy Young Award winning season

A two-time All-Star, Welch won 14 or more games in eight years, with a career-high 27 in by|1990. In that season he received the Cy Young Award and was considered in the MVP vote. The 27 win total was the most by any pitcher since Steve Carlton also won 27 in by|1972 and currently stands as the last time a pitcher has won 25 or more games in a season. No pitcher has surpassed the total since Denny McLain won 31 in 1968.


His book "" was co-written with New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey and chronicles Welch's battle with alcoholism.

Welch was the pitching coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks when they won the World Series in 2001.

During the 2006 World Baseball Classic, Welch served as the pitching coach for The Netherlands.


*American League Cy Young Award (1990)
*Twice All-Star (1980, 1990)
*Top 10 American League MVP (9th, 1990)
*Led league in wins (27, 1990)
*Led league in shutouts (4, 1987)
*Led league in games started (35, 1991)
*Tied at #84 on the all-time wins leaderboard


*On May 29, by|1980, Welch pitched a 3–0 one-hitter against the Atlanta Braves, facing the minimum 27 batters. The only Atlanta base runner was Larvell Blanks, who singled in the 4th inning and was retired on a double play.

ee also

* List of Major League Baseball leaders in career wins
* List of Major League Baseball wins champions
*Top 100 strikeout pitchers of all time

External links

* [ Baseball Library (profile)]
* [ Baseball Reference (statistics)]

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