Monday, April 13, 2009

The Original Bird

He flamed across the American League for the briefest of moments: 19-9, 2.34 ERA in 1976. Consensus Rookie-of-the-year, 2nd place (to Jim Palmer) in Cy Young voting. The future was bright.

But he would win just 10 more games (against 10 losses) in the next four years, and by 1981, at age 27, he was out of baseball. Arm trouble, and perhaps a bit too quirky for MLB.

RIP, Mark Fidrych.

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