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John Mitchell (baseball)

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John Mitchell
Pitcher
Born: (1965-08-11) August 11, 1965 (age 55)
Dickson, Tennessee
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 8, 1986 for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1990 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Win–loss record 9–14
Earned run average 4.35
Strikeouts 107
Teams
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John Kyle Mitchell (born August 11, 1965 in Dickson, Tennessee) is a former professional baseball pitcher. He pitched in parts of five Major League Baseball seasons, from

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Boating accident

Mitchell was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1983 Major League Baseball Draft. On October 30,

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Professional career

Ojeda trade

After two more seasons with the Red sox organization, Mitchell was traded to the Mets along with Bob Ojeda, Tom McCarthy and Chris Bayer for Calvin Schiraldi, John Christensen, Wes Gardner and La Schelle Tarver on November 15,

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Mitchell enjoyed his most prominent season in the majors in

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Baltimore Orioles

Following the 1989 season, Mitchell and Joaquin Contreras were traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Cesar Mejia and Keith Hughes. In Baltimore, Mitchell set his career high in wins with six, but his ERA was a sub-par 4.64. He never again pitched in the majors.

Later minor league career

Mitchell signed with the Seattle Mariners organization in

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Career MLB statistics

Seasons W L PCT ERA G GS CG SV IP H ER R HR BB K WP HBP BK
5 9 14 .391 4.35 51 37 1 0 240 272 116 138 14 93 107 13 5 1

Personal life

Mitchell lives in Nashville, Tennessee where he works for a company that makes municipal castings.[citation needed] He is married with three children, one of whom is named Johnny Latham Mitchell in memory of his fallen teammate.[4] His brother is former Red Sox pitcher Charlie Mitchell.

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