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Born: June 10, 1955|
Pierre, South Dakota
|April 19, 1977 for the Houston Astros|
Last MLB appearance
|August 10, 1992 for the Texas Rangers|
|Earned run average||4.06|
Career highlights and awards
Floyd Franklin Bannister (born June 10, 1955) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. During a 15-year baseball career, he pitched for the Houston Astros (1977–78), Seattle Mariners (1979–82), Chicago White Sox (1983–87), Kansas City Royals (1988–89), California Angels (1991), and the Texas Rangers (1992).
Bannister went on to attend Arizona State University, where he was named college player of the year by The Sporting News as a junior. This led to his selection by the Houston Astros as the first overall pick of the 1976 amateur draft.
After pitching just seven games in the minors in
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After that season, Bannister became a free agent, signing with the Chicago White Sox. He spent five seasons there as a solid starting pitcher. He then moved on to the Kansas City Royals, where he had another solid season in
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Armed with a strong fastball, an excellent slider, and above average curveball, Bannister recorded an average of 6.49 strikeouts per nine innings in his career, but was also shuffled between six different teams in his 15-year career. He gave up more than 30 home runs in four different seasons and was followed by criticism for a reluctance to move hitters off the plate by pitching inside.
In a 15-year major league career, Bannister compiled a 134-143 record, with a 4.06 ERA in 431 games (363 starts). He had 62 complete games in his career, along with 16 shutouts. He amassed 1723 strikeouts over his career, averaging 147 a year.
- Floyd Bannister biography at BaseballLibrary.com
- "...Floyd Bannister Named To National College Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2008" link
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
|Opening Day starting pitcher
for the Seattle Mariners
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