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Full Name: James Anthony Abbott Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6'3"/200 First Game: April 8, 1989
Birthdate: September 19, 1967 Final Game: July 21, 1999
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan MLB Experience: 10 years
Bat/Throw: Left/Left


Biography

Born on September 19, 1967 in Flint, Michigan, Jim Abbott (James Anthony Abbott) played for the California Angels, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers over the course of his 10 year career. Abbott broke into the bigs on April 8, 1989 with the California Angels, and put up a 3.92 ERA in 181.1 innings pitched in 1989, his rookie year.

Jim went directly into the Angels' starting rotation without pitching in the Minor Leagues. In high school, he hit seven home runs and batted .427. On top of that, he had a 37.5 yards per punt average as a punter. He was the starting quarterback in the last three games in high school, and threw for six touchdowns and 600 yards in those three games.

In 1993, he pitched a no-hitter for the New York Yankees over the Cleveland Indians, but a week later, he was blasted by George Steinbrenner for not doing the job and questioned his courage. He also blamed Abbott's charity work for his poor performance. That tells me all I ever need to know about George Steinbrenner. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers, and since they were in the National League, he became the first one handed batter in the major leagues since Pete Gray played for the St. Louis Browns over fifty years ago.

Various reasons have been given for his short career with him being unable to hide the ball from batters and runners one of the reasons and some even say he was bunted out of the majors but he says he lost velocity and couldn't make the conversion to a finesse pitcher. All I know is that he made up for his physical limitations by pitching with more heart and showed that a player with a serious handicap can play major league baseball.

Most people believe that Jim Abbott's best season was 1991, when he posted a 2.89 ERA, won 18 games and struck out 158 batters.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1989 CAL A 29 29 12 12 3.92 115 95 79 4 2 0 181.1 190 13 74 3 8 4
1990 CAL A 33 33 10 14 4.51 105 116 106 4 1 0 211.2 246 16 72 6 4 5
1991 CAL A 34 34 18 11 2.89 158 85 78 5 1 0 243 222 14 73 6 1 5
1992 CAL A 29 29 7 15 2.77 130 73 65 7 0 0 211 208 12 68 3 2 4
1993 NYY A 32 32 11 14 4.37 95 115 104 4 1 0 214 221 22 73 4 9 3
1994 NYY A 24 24 9 8 4.55 90 88 81 2 0 0 160.1 167 24 64 1 8 2
1995 CHW A 17 17 6 4 3.36 45 50 42 3 0 0 112.1 116 10 35 1 0 1
1995 CAL A 13 13 5 4 4.15 41 43 39 1 1 0 84.2 93 4 29 0 1 1
1995 TOT A 30 30 11 8 3.70 86 93 81 4 1 0 197 209 14 64 1 1 2
1996 CAL A 27 23 2 18 7.48 58 128 118 1 0 0 142 171 23 78 3 13 4
1998 CHW A 5 5 5 0 4.55 14 16 16 0 0 0 31.2 35 2 12 0 0 1
1999 MIL N 20 15 2 8 6.91 37 71 63 0 0 0 82 110 14 42 3 7 2
Total NL 20 15 2 8 6.91 37 71 63 0 0 0 82 110 14 42 3 7 2
Total AL 243 239 85 100 4.12 851 809 728 31 6 0 1592 1669 140 578 27 46 30
Total 263 254 87 108 4.25 888 880 791 31 6 0 1674 1779 154 620 30 53 32

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1989 CAL A P 29 29 181.1 6 26 3 1 0 3 29 8 2 .914
1990 CAL A P 33 33 211.2 8 36 1 4 0 4 15 4 1 .978
1991 CAL A P 34 34 243 19 46 2 3 0 3 12 14 1 .970
1992 CAL A P 29 29 211 11 35 0 1 0 0 14 13 1 1.000
1993 NYY A P 32 32 214 4 42 1 3 0 2 16 6 1 .979
1994 NYY A P 24 24 160.1 8 23 1 1 0 4 13 7 4 .969
1995 CHW A P 17 17 112.1 5 16 0 0 0 1 10 8 3 1.000
1995 CAL A P 13 13 84.2 3 16 0 0 0 0 5 1 2 1.000
1995 TOT A P 30 30 197 8 32 0 0 0 1 15 9 5 1.000
1996 CAL A P 27 23 142 3 27 0 1 0 1 16 8 3 1.000
1998 CHW A P 5 5 31.2 2 10 0 1 0 0 8 2 1 1.000
1999 MIL N P 20 15 82 3 23 1 1 0 1 15 7 6 .963
Total P 263 254 1674 72 300 9 16 0 19 153 78 25 .976

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1989 CAL A 29 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1990 CAL A 33 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991 CAL A 34 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1992 CAL A 29 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1993 NYY A 32 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1994 NYY A 24 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 CHW A 17 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 CAL A 13 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 TOT A 30 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996 CAL A 27 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 CHW A 5 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 MIL N 20 21 0 2 0 3 .095 .095 .095 0 0 0 10 0 3 0 0 1
Total NL 20 21 0 2 0 3 .095 .095 .095 0 0 0 10 0 3 0 0 1
Total AL 243 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 263 21 0 2 0 3 .095 .095 .095 0 0 0 10 0 3 0 0 1

Transactions

  • Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in the 36th round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 3, 1985).
  • Selected by California Angels in the 1st round (8th pick overall) of the free-agent draft (June 1, 1988 - signed August 3, 1988).
  • Traded by California Angels to New York Yankees in exchange for J.T. Snow, Jerry Nielsen and Russ Springer (December 6, 1992).
  • Granted free agency (December 23, 1994).
  • Signed by Chicago White Sox (April 8, 1995).
  • Traded by Chicago White Sox with Tim Fortugno to California Angels in exchange for McKay Christensen, John Snyder, Andrew Lorraine and Bill Simas (July 27, 1995).
  • Granted free agency (October 31, 1995).
  • Signed by California Angels (January 9, 1996).
  • Released by Anaheim Angels (March 31, 1997).
  • Signed by Chicago White Sox (May 27, 1998).
  • Granted free agency (November 5, 1998).
  • Signed by Milwaukee Brewers (January 27, 1999).
  • Released by Milwaukee Brewers (July 23, 1999).

Trivia

  • Abbott was the first pitcher to defeat Team Cuba in 25 years.
  • He was also one of only three pitchers during the 1980s to win his first professional game at the Major League level; the other two were Bobby Witt and Kevin Brown.


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