Born: August 11, 1946|
|May 8, 1965 for the Cleveland Indians|
Last MLB appearance
|September 30, 1972 for the Kansas City Royals|
|Earned Run Average||3.56|
Career highlights and awards
Michael David Hedlund (born August 11, 1946) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for six seasons. He played for the Cleveland Indians in 1965 and 1968 and the Kansas City Royals from 1969 to 1972.
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He returned to the majors in
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Kansas City Royals
Hedlund went 3–6 with a 3.24 earned run average during the Royals' inaugural season. Used as both a starter and relief pitcher, he was far more effective out of the bullpen, posting a 1.69 ERA and earning two saves. His finest start came on September 18 when he held the Oakland Athletics to just one run, and struck out eight to earn the complete game victory.
After the season, Hedlund pitched for Tiburones de La Guaira in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. He set a league record by not allowing an earned run for the first 53 innings he pitched, and finishing with a 0.75 ERA. While in Venezuela, Hedlund would contract the Hong Kong flu and bronchitis, causing him to lose thirty pounds. But he recovered and served as a reinforcement for the Navegantes del Magallanes, eventual champions of the 1970 Caribbean Series.
Hedlund began the
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The Indians intended to use Hedlund as a long reliever and spot starter, but he failed to make the club out of Spring training. He spent the entire
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- "Boston Red Sox 15, Cleveland Indians 8". Baseball-Reference.com. May 8, 1965.
- "Kansas City Royals 6, Oakland A's 1". Baseball-Reference.com. September 18, 1969.
- Peter C. Bjarkman (February 28, 2005). Diamonds Around The Globe: The Encyclopedia Of International Baseball. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 545.
- "The 100 Greatest Royals of All-Time: #88 Mike Hedlund". Royals Retrospective. June 3, 2007.
- "Overnight Sports in Brief". Reading Eagle. November 3, 1972.