Rick Reuschel

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Rick Reuschel
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Reuschel in 1973
Born: (1949-05-16) May 16, 1949 (age 69)
Quincy, Illinois
Batted: RightThrew: Right
MLB debut
June 19, 1972, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
April 22, 1991, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 214–191
Earned run average 3.37
Strikeouts 2,015
Career highlights and awards

Ricky Eugene Reuschel (pronounced Rush-al) (born May 16, 1949) is an American former professional baseball player. He played as a pitcher in Major League Baseball from the early 1970s into the early 1990s. [1] [2] His nickname was "Big Daddy" because of his portly physique. [3] He was known for his deceptive style of pitching, which kept hitters off balance by constantly varying the speeds of his pitches. [4]

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Major League career

Reuschel was listed as 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds. Reuschel could run surprisingly well for his size (logging 4 triples in his batting career) and he was frequently used as a pinch runner on days he was not pitching. He was also a fair – though awkward-looking – hitter, batting well over .200 several times. [1] His older brother Paul Reuschel also pitched for the Cubs for a few years while Reuschel was pitching, but was not nearly as effective as his younger brother and his career was much shorter. [5] Both of them were Illinois farm boys, with strong physiques and plain-spoken ways. The two are the only siblings to combine on a shutout. [3] On August 21, 1975, Rick started and went 613 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers, followed by Paul, who pitched the final 223 innings for the Cubs' 7-0 win. [6]

Paul Richard Reuschel is a former professional baseball pitcher. He played all or part of five seasons in Major League Baseball from 1975 to 1979.

Shutouts in baseball

In Major League Baseball, a shutout refers to the act by which a single pitcher pitches a complete game and does not allow the opposing team to score a run. If two or more pitchers combine to complete this act, no pitcher is awarded a shutout, although the team itself can be said to have "shut out" the opposing team.

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Reuschel began his Major League Baseball career when he was drafted in the third round of the 1970 Major League Baseball draft by the Chicago Cubs, [3] [7] at a time when they were declining in the post-Durocher era, and provided a strong arm for the Cubs' increasingly mediocre staff. After spending two years in the minor leagues, he joined the Cubs' major league team in 1972. [2] His best season was in 1977, when the Cubs made a brief run at the pennant. Reuschel won 20 games and finished third in the Cy Young Award voting behind Steve Carlton and Tommy John. [1] [8] In addition, Reuschel pitched in a memorable game for Cub fans on July 28, 1977, when making a rare relief appearance on two days rest, he entered the 13th inning of a 15-15 tie between the Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. Reuschel retired two batters to end the top of the 13th. Then, he singled and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 13th, also picking up the victory in the 16-15 contest. [9]

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Reuschel in 1981

Reuschel was traded to the New York Yankees in 1981. [7] That year, Reuschel made his first World Series appearances. [10] The 1981 World Series marked the last chapter of the Dodgers-Yankees trilogy of that era, this one won by the Dodgers. Reuschel was ineffective in that Series, and it appeared his career might be finished. [10] He returned to the Cubs and was on the roster in 1984 when they won the National League Eastern Division and made the playoffs, [11] but, somewhat controversially, he was not named to the playoff roster.

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Reuschel was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1985 as a free agent, [7] and had a 14-8 won-loss record with the last-place Pirates, [1] earning him the National League's Comeback Player of the Year award. [12] [13] The Pirates traded Reuschel to the San Francisco Giants in late 1987 for Jeff Robinson and Scott Medvin. [7] Reuschel, finally back with a contender, became the ace of the Giants' staff and helped them make a late run to the National League Western Division title, their first division title since 1971. He followed that season by winning 19 games for the Giants in 1988. [1] [4] In 1989 at the age of 40, Reuschel was selected as the starting pitcher for the National League in the 1989 All-Star Game, and gave up a lead off home run to Bo Jackson, followed by Wade Boggs' home run to start the game. [14] Reuschel finished the 1989 season with 17 wins for the Giants as he helped lead them to the World Series (their first since 1962). [15] In the 1989 World Series, Reuschel was the losing pitcher in Game 2 with an 11.25 ERA, five earned runs, and five hits given up against the Oakland Athletics. [16]

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Career statistics

In a nineteen-year major league career, Reuschel compiled a record of 214-191 in 557 games (529 starts). [1] He had 102 career complete games and 26 of those were shutouts. He allowed 1,330 earned runs and 2,015 strike outs in 3,548 and 1/3 innings pitched. [1] Reuschel was a two-time Gold Glove Award winner and a three-time All-Star. [17] Reuschel is tied for 90th with Mark Buehrle on the all-time wins list. Reuschel won the Hutch Award in 1985, [18] and was also a winner of Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award. [12] Reuschel was named to the Baseball Digest 1972 Rookie All-Star team. [19]

Complete game

In baseball, a complete game is the act of a pitcher pitching an entire game without the benefit of a relief pitcher. A pitcher who meets this criterion will be credited with a complete game regardless of the number of innings played - pitchers who throw an entire official game that is shortened by rain will still be credited with a complete game, while starting pitchers who are relieved in extra innings after throwing nine or more innings will not be credited with a complete game. A starting pitcher who is replaced by a pinch hitter in the final half inning of a game will still be credited with a complete game.

In baseball, an earned run is any run that was fully enabled by the offensive team's production in the face of competent play from the defensive team. Conversely, an unearned run is a run that would not have been scored without the aid of an error or a passed ball committed by the defense.

In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is on the pitching mound in a game. Three outs made is equal to one inning pitched. One out counts as one-third of an inning, and two outs counts as two-thirds of an inning. Sometimes, the statistic is written 34.1, 72.2, or 91.0, for example, to represent ​34 13 innings, ​72 23 innings, and 91 innings exactly, respectively.

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  6. August 21, 1975 Dodgers-Cubs box score at Baseball Reference
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  9. July 28, 1977 Reds-Cubs box score at Baseball Reference
  10. 1 2 1981 World Series at Baseball Reference
  11. 1984 Chicago Cubs Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics at Baseball Reference
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  14. 1989 Major League All-Star game box score at Baseball Reference
  15. 1989 World Series at Baseball Reference
  16. 1989 World Series Game 2 box score at Baseball Reference
  17. National League Gold Glove Award winners at Baseball Reference
  18. Hutch Award winners at Baseball Reference
  19. Baseball Digest, December 1989