Rich Hand

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Rich Hand
Pitcher
Born: (1948-07-10) July 10, 1948 (age 70)
Bellevue, Washington
Batted: RightThrew: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1970, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1973, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 24–39
Earned run average 4.01
Strikeouts 278
Teams

Richard Allen Hand (born July 10, 1948) is an American retired professional baseball player. Hand was a right-handed pitcher who played all or parts of four seasons in Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and California Angels. Born in Bellevue, Washington, he graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle and attended University of Puget Sound. [1] He was listed as 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and 195 pounds (88 kg).

Professional baseball is played in leagues throughout the world. In these leagues and associated farm teams, baseball players are selected for their talents and are paid to play for a specific team or club system.

Pitcher the player responsible for throwing ("pitching") the ball to the batters in a game of baseball or softball

In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitcher's mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter, who attempts to either make contact with the pitched ball or draw a walk. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the pitcher is assigned the number 1. The pitcher is often considered the most important player on the defensive side of the game, and as such is situated at the right end of the defensive spectrum. There are many different types of pitchers, such as the starting pitcher, relief pitcher, middle reliever, lefty specialist, setup man, and the closer.

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Hand's professional career lasted for six seasons after he was selected by Cleveland in the first round of the supplementary phase of the 1969 Major League Baseball Draft. He made the Indians' 1970 roster out of spring training after only one year of minor league experience. His most productive seasons were 1970 and 1972, when he recorded over 100 strikeouts and logged over 150 innings pitched in each year. [1]

The 1970 Cleveland Indians season was the 70th season for the franchise. The club finished in fifth place in the American League East with a record of 76 wins and 86 losses.

Spring training training during the spring season, in baseball

In Major League Baseball (MLB), spring training is a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the regular season. Spring training allows new players to try out for roster and position spots, and gives established players practice time prior to competitive play. Spring training has always attracted fan attention, drawing crowds who travel to the warm climates of Arizona and Florida to enjoy the weather and watch their favorite teams play, and spring training usually coincides with spring break for many US college students.

Altogether he worked in 104 games pitched in the majors, with 78 starting assignments, and compiled a 24–39 win–loss record and a 4.01 earned run average. In 48713 innings pitched, he allowed 452 hits and 250 bases on balls, with 278 strikeouts. As a starter, he threw three complete games and two shutouts; he registered three saves as a relief pitcher.

In baseball statistics, games pitched is the number of games in which a player appears as a pitcher; a player who is announced as the pitcher must face at least one batter, although exceptions are made if the pitcher announced in the starting lineup is injured before facing a batter, perhaps while batting or running the bases in the top of the first inning, before the opposing team comes to bat. The statistic is also referred to as appearances, usually to refer to the number of games a relief pitcher has pitched in.

Starting pitcher baseball or softball pitcher who throws the first pitch for their team in a game

In baseball, a starting pitcher or starter is the first pitcher in the game for each team. A pitcher is credited with a game started if they throw the first pitch to the opponent's first batter of a game. A pitcher who enters the game after the first pitch of the game is a relief pitcher. Starting pitchers are expected to pitch for a significant portion of the game, although their ability to do this depends on many factors, including effectiveness, stamina, health, and strategy.

Earned run average

In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. It is determined by dividing the number of earned runs allowed by the number of innings pitched and multiplying by nine. Runs resulting from defensive errors are recorded as unearned runs and omitted from ERA calculations.

Hand and his wife Susan live in the Fort Worth area.

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References

  1. 1 2 "Rich Hand Statistics". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2007-08-21.