Monday, May 11, 2009
1989 Topps Major League Debut #81: Kent Mercker
PHOTO: Dig that crazy hair flapping in the breeze!
STAT: Mercker's best career game score was his 1994 no-hitter against the Dodgers. Game #4 on that list was also a no-hitter, of which he pitched the first 6 innings.
Mercker is still technically active, having pitched last year and hoping to get a call to join a team this season. Given that he's pitched quite well the last several years, that might happen.
Anyway, Mercker has been all over the board as far as his pitching goes. He's had a handful of excellent seasons as well as a few stinkers, and a bunch in between. He's appeared in 16 post-season games but accumulated only 22.1 innings despite making starts in 3 of those games. He struck out 15 in those 22.1 innings but also walked the same number.
He'll be best remembered for being an important part of the Braves' winning seasons as well as the two no-hitters he participated in. He was also the guy the Orioles traded to the Indians to re-acquire Eddie Murray.