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Pat Hentgen

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Pat Hentgen
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Toronto Blue Jays
Pitcher
Born: (1968-11-13) November 13, 1968 (age 47)
Detroit, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 1991 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
July 21, 2004 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
Win–loss record 131–112
Earned run average 4.32
Strikeouts 1,290
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Star (1993, 1994, 1997)
  • World Series champion (1993)
  • AL Cy Young Award (1996)
  • Patrick George Hentgen (born November 13, 1968 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former Major League Baseball player. Hentgen was a right-handed starting pitcher in the major leagues and a Cy Young Award winner in Template:Baseball year. Hentgen is currently working in the Toronto Blue Jays' organization.

    Career

    File:Pat Hentgen and Galen Cisco 1993.jpg
    Hentgen warms up in the bullpen in 1993; pitching coach Galen Cisco looks on

    Hentgen was offered a baseball scholarship to Western Michigan University, but signed with the Toronto Blue Jays instead after being drafted in the 5th round of the Template:Baseball year free agent draft. He made his debut in Template:Baseball year and played a large part in their World Series championship in Template:Baseball year, winning 19 games in the regular season. His best year, however, came in 1996 when he went 20–10 with a 3.22 ERA and 177 strikeouts to win the American League Cy Young Award, barely beating New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte. Hentgen was an American League All-Star in 1993, Template:Baseball year, and Template:Baseball year.

    Hentgen was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in Template:Baseball year and played for the Baltimore Orioles from Template:Baseball year to Template:Baseball year. He had Tommy John surgery in 2001.

    On November 18, 2003, Hentgen returned to the Blue Jays on a one-year free agent deal worth $2.2 million. However, he was unable to regain the consistency that had made him successful in the mid-90s, and on July 24, Template:Baseball year, Hentgen announced his retirement from baseball. His last game was earlier in the week vs. the Yankees, where he surrendered Gary Sheffield's 400th career home run.

    The right-hander left with his name all over the Blue Jays' team record book, ranking in the top five in wins (107), starts (238), innings pitched (1,636) and winning percentage (.557). Overall, the three-time All-Star spent 14 seasons in the majors, going 131–112 with 34 complete games, 1,290 strikeouts and a 4.32 ERA.

    Pitching style

    Hentgen was noted for his success in challenging hitters directly, mostly throwing his fastball for strikes to get ahead early in the count. This would set up his curveball or high fastball to strike out the batter.

    Coaching career

    Hentgen rejoined the Toronto Blue Jays under new manager John Farrell as their new bullpen coach for the 2011 season.[1] It was Hentgen's first coaching assignment. He stepped down in November 2011 due to family reasons, and was given the title of Special Assistant to the Organization.[2] On December 10, 2012, Hentgen was again appointed as the Blue Jays bullpen coach.[3]

    On January 4, 2014, the Blue Jays announced that Bob Stanley would be replacing Hentgen as their bullpen coach. Hentgen will continue in the Blue Jays' organization in an as-yet unannounced position.[4]

    Career statistics

    W L PCT ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H ER R HR BB SO WP HBP
    131 112 .539 4.32 344 306 34 10 1 2075.1 2111 996 1076 269 775 1290 66 49

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    Preceded by
    Randy Johnson
    American League Cy Young Award
    1996
    Succeeded by
    Roger Clemens