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Randy Myers

This article is about the baseball pitcher. For the golf fitness trainer, see Randy Myers (golf trainer). For the animation director, see Randy Myers (animator).
Randy Myers
Born: (1962-09-19) September 19, 1962 (age 57)
Vancouver, Washington
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
October 6, 1985 for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1998 for the San Diego Padres
Career statistics
Games pitched 728
Win–Loss record 44–63
Earned run average 3.19
Strikeouts 884
Saves 347
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Career highlights and awards

Randall Kirk Myers (born September 19, 1962) is an American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. During a 14-year baseball career, he pitched from 1985-1998 for the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, and Toronto Blue Jays.

Early life

Randy Myers grew up in Vancouver, Washington. His father was an auto mechanic and a machinist.[1] He is a graduate of Evergreen High School and Clark College. He also attended Eastern Illinois University. Myers was drafted in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1982 amateur draft.[2]

Professional career

Myers began his Major League career with the New York Mets in 1985 under the management of Davey Johnson, and was a member of the Mets

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In a 14-year Major League career, Myers compiled a 3.19 ERA, 347 saves, 44 wins, 63 losses and struck out 884 batters in 884.2 innings. Going into the 2008 season, Myers ranked seventh on the all-time Major League career saves list. He has since been passed by Billy Wagner of the New York Mets and Troy Percival of the Tampa Bay Rays.

In 2000, Myers earned a salary of $6,916,667.00 while unable to pitch due to a damaged shoulder. Most of his 1999 and 2000 seasons were spent receiving treatment after undergoing rotator cuff surgery in 1999; his injury resulted in a legal dispute between the Padres and their insurance carrier after the carrier denied an $8 million claim due to Myers' inability to play. [1]

The Padres' 1998 waiver claim of Myers is considered one of the biggest blunders in the history of the waiver wire. The Padres did not want Myers, mostly because of the $12 million and two additional years remaining on his contract as well as the fact that they already had an established closer in Trevor Hoffman, but placed a waiver claim in order to prevent him from going to the rival Atlanta Braves. They expected the Blue Jays to rescind their waiver claim, but the Blue Jays instead allowed the waiver claim to go through, leaving them responsible for the rest of his contract.[2]

In October 1990, Myers was featured on the 18-ounce box of Wheaties breakfast cereal along with fellow Cincinnati Reds 1990 World Series champions Eric Davis, José Rijo, Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo, and Hal Morris. [3]

Personal life

For many years during his pro baseball career he assisted in coaching the women's basketball team at his alma mater, Clark Community College. He is widely involved in charities in Vancouver through his Randy Myers Foundation. He also has a lifelong involvement in martial arts.[1]

Clark College did not field a baseball team after the 1992, but by 2011, thanks in large part of Myers' efforts fundraising and spearheading the program's revival, Clark again started playing baseball in 2011.[4]

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