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Jesse Orosco

Jesse Orosco
Born: (1957-04-21) April 21, 1957 (age 58)
Santa Barbara, California
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 5, 1979 for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 2003 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
Games pitched 1,252
Win–loss record 87–80
Earned run average 3.16
Strikeouts 1,179
Saves 144
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Career highlights and awards

Jesse Russell Orosco (born April 21, 1957) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who holds the major league record for career pitching appearances. He pitched most notably for the New York Mets in the 1980s. He won a World Series in 1986 with the Mets and in 1988 with the Dodgers. He threw left-handed, but batted right-handed. He retired in 2003 after having been with the Mets, Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, and Minnesota Twins. He retired when he was 46 years old, one of the oldest players to still be playing in the modern age. Orosco is one of only 29 players in baseball history to date to have appeared in Major League games in four decades.

Orosco's longevity was greatly aided by the increasing use of left-handed specialist relief pitchers from the 1990s onward; in his last several years, he was used almost exclusively in this role.


Orosco was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1978 Major League Baseball Draft. In February

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Orosco made his debut on April 5, 1979 with the Mets. He played his last game on September 27, 2003 with the Twins.

Orosco had his best seasons in the early and mid-1980s with the Mets. He had a career-best 1.47 ERA in 1983. That year, he also won 13 games and saved 17, with 110 innings pitched, making his first All-Star Team and finishing third in the National League Cy Young Award voting. He had 31 saves in 1984, which was 3rd in the National League, and went 10–6 in 60 appearances; good enough for his second All-Star selection. In 1985, he began sharing closing duties for the Mets with right-hander Roger McDowell, giving the Mets a vaunted lefty–righty combo coming out of the bullpen to close games.

In 1983, Orosco became just the third and, to date, the last Mets pitcher to record two wins in the same day. This feat had been accomplished by Craig Anderson in 1962 and Willard Hunter in 1964. On July 31, 1983, Banner Day, the Mets won both games of a double-header against the Pirates in extra-inning walkoff wins. Orosco pitched the last four innings of the first game and the final inning of the second game, and both times was the pitcher of record when the Mets rallied to win.[1]

Orosco's clutch relief pitching in the

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Coincidentally, Jerry Koosman, whom the Mets had traded to Minnesota in the deal that brought Orosco to New York, was on the mound for the final out of the 1969 World Series—to date, the only other Fall Classic the Mets have won. The final batter in that World Series, Davey Johnson, would be Orosco's manager on the '86 World Championship team.

After getting traded away by the Mets in a huge deal involving over seven players, he found a very brief one-year home with the Dodgers, and then signed with Cleveland and stayed there for three years.

His only real recognizable home besides the Mets came in Baltimore when he stayed with the Orioles for the latter half of the 1990s. While his best seasons came in New York, he had an excellent 1997 season, finishing with a 2.32 ERA, his best since the 1980s.

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Orosco at the final game at Shea Stadium, 2008.

His playing career was still not finished though. In 2003, he was on three different teams and finished with 33 innings pitched. The 2003 season also marked his return to New York, this time though with the Yankees. He was traded to the Yankees from the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later.[2] He signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the 2004 season but decided to retire before spring training and finish a historic career. He was eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009; however, his lifetime stats made him a longshot for the Hall. He was the last active MLB player from the 1970s, outlasting Rickey Henderson (the last active position player) by over a week. While Henderson got inducted on the first ballot, Orosco was off future Baseball Writers Association of America ballots after only receiving one vote. He finished his career with an ERA of 3.16, and is the all-time record holder for games (by a pitcher), with 1252. He has 74 more than Mike Stanton who is second with 1178.


See also


  1. ^ July 31, 1983, Mets-Pirates
  2. ^ Corio, Ray (23 July 2003). "At Age 46, Orosco Is Joining The Yanks". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Gary Gaetti
Oldest Player in the
National League

Succeeded by
Julio Franco