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Born: December 6, 1967|
|June 4, 1989 for the Kansas City Royals|
Last MLB appearance
|April 23, 2004 for the Kansas City Royals|
|Earned run average||3.74|
Career highlights and awards
Robert Kevin Appier (//; born December 6, 1967) is a former right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets, and Anaheim Angels. Appier's solid pitching during his first full season in the majors earned him several rookie acclades in
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Kansas City Royals
Appier had a strong rookie campaign for the Royals in 1990, going 12-8 and posting the league's fourth-best ERA (2.76), thus earning him Rookie Pitcher of the Year honors. In
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Despite being one of the better pitchers in baseball during this time period, his accomplishments went largely unrecognized due to playing for the Royals, a small market team that was generally not in contention during Appier's tenure. In
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As the Athletics made their surprising run winning the American League West title in
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New York Mets
A free agent after the season, Appier signed a contract with the New York Mets, with which he tied for the team lead in wins, going 11-10 with a 3.57 ERA and went undefeated in his final 12 appearances, going 6-0 during that span. Making a playoff push, the Mets went 6-0 in his final six starts with Appier going 4-0 with a 1.87 ERA.
After the one season campaign in New York, Appier was traded to Anaheim for Mo Vaughn. During a solid season with the World Series winning Angels in
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Return to Kansas City
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In 2011, Appier was inducted into the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame. During his 13 seasons with KC, he accumulated an overall record of 115-92 with and ERA of 3.49 over the course of 287 games.
- List of Major League Baseball ERA champions
- List of Major League Baseball pitchers who have struck out four batters in one inning
- Top 100 strikeout pitchers of all time
- Porter, David L. (2000). Biographical Dictionary of American Sports: A-F. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. pp. 34–35. ISBN 031329884X. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- Walker, Ben (25 March 1998). "Appier Lost To Pitching Staff Until At Least All-star Break". The Nevada Daily Mail (Nevada, Missouri). p. 12. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)