Sunday, June 8, 2014

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #142 SCOTT ERICKSON

SINKERBALLER HAD IT ALL WORKING IN '91.



TWO YEARS AFTER WINNING 20, HE LOST 19 IN '93.



DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Scott Erickson nearly did it all from the mound in 1991, going 20-8, earning a spot on the AL All-Star staff and winning a World Series with the Twins. He never could repeat that sophomore-season magic, but in '94, the sinker-slider ground-ball specialist did become the third Twins pitcher to throw a no-hitter. He finished his 15-year career 142-136 with a 4.59 ERA and 98 ERA+. 

DEFINING MOMENT

  • The no-hitter against the Brewers on April 27 came during a lousy stretch for Erickson. He led the majors in losses with 19 in '93 and was 1-3 with a 7.48 ERA going into the Brewers' game. It was and ended up being the only no-no thrown in the Metrodome, with Erickson walking four and striking out five in the 6-0 gem.

DEFINING SEASON

  • Erickson led the majors in wins in '91 and was second to #104 Roger Clemens for the AL Cy Young Award. He pitched 204 innings, allowing 189 hits, 71 walks and striking out 108.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Drafted four times before finally signing with the Twins, who took him in the fourth round in '89.
  2. Provided a glimpse of what was to come in '90, making 17 starts and going 8-4 with a 2.87 ERA.
  3. Went 5-0 in September '90, sharing AL Pitcher of the Month with Athletics ace Dave Stewart.
  4. Made two starts in the '91 World Series against the Braves without getting a decision and compiling a 5.06 ERA in 10.2 innings.
  5. Traded to the O's in July '95 and spent seven seasons in Baltimore, going 79-68 with a 4.73 ERA.

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