Jim Abbott is best known for pitching a no hitter vs the Cleveland Indians for the New York Yankees. Always admirted the fact that he didn’t let being born with one hand stopping from reaching and achieving his dream of pitching in the major leagues.
In 1989, Abbott joined the California Angels‘ starting rotation as a rookie without playing a single minor league game. That season, he posted a 12-12 record with an ERA of 3.92, and finished fifth in the year’s American League Rookie of the Year Award voting.
In 1991, Abbott won 18 games with the Angels while posting an ERA of 2.89, finishing third in the American League Cy Young Award voting. In the 1992 season, he posted a 2.77 ERA, but his win-loss record fell to 7-15 for the sixth-place Angels.Abbott also won the Tony Conigliaro Award in 1992.
In 1994, Abbott’s Yankees led the American League East, but the strike ended the season on August 12. The following year, after starting the season with the Chicago White Sox, he returned to the California Angels, who held an 11 game lead over the Seattle Mariners in August, but lost the American League West in a one-game playoff to the Mariners.
He struggled through the 1996 season, posting a 2–18 record with a 7.48 ERA and briefly retired.
Abbott returned to the White Sox in 1998, starting five games and winning all five. Abbott continued his comeback the following year with the Milwaukee Brewers, but pitched ineffectively. This was the first time he’d played for a National League team, forcing him to bat for the first time in his career. He recorded two hits in 21 at-bats during his Brewers stint.
Abbott retired after the 1999 season with a career record of 87–108, with a 4.25 ERA.
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Jim Abbott.
|April 8, 1989 for the California Angels|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 21, 1999 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Earned run average||4.25|
|Career highlights and awards|