Allen Watson

Allen Kenneth Watson (born November 18, 1970) is a high school baseball coach and former left-handed starting pitcher in professional baseball.

Allen Watson
Pitcher
Born: November 18, 1970 (age 48)
Jamaica, New York
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
July 8, 1993, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
August 10, 2000, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Win–loss record51–55
Earned run average5.03
Strikeouts589
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Allen Watson was born in Jamaica, New York on November 18, 1970. He is a graduate of Christ The King Regional High School in Middle Village, New York and attended New York Institute of Technology.

Baseball career

Watson was picked by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 1991 amateur entry draft after completing his junior year at NYIT. He was selected as a Div 1 All American by the ABCA in the DH role. He spent the next two years in the Cardinals' minor league system, making his Major League debut on July 8, 1993.

In 1995, he was traded, along with Doug Creek and Rich DeLucia, to the San Francisco Giants for Chris Wimmer and Royce Clayton. At the end of the 1996 season, he and Fausto Macey were traded by the Giants to the Anaheim Angels for J. T. Snow. He pitched with the Angels in 1997-1998, obtaining a career-high twelve wins as a starting pitcher in 1997. On June 14, 1997, Watson gave up the first-ever grand slam in interleague play to Rich Aurilia of the San Francisco Giants

Over the next three years, he played for the Seattle Mariners, New York Mets and New York Yankees, mostly in a relief role or as a spot starter.

New York Yankees (1999–2000)

On July 3, 1999 Watson signed with the New York Yankees. Watson was used as a reliever during his time with the Yankees, and had his best tenure with them, going 4–0 with a 2.10 ERA to finish the 1999 season. His play earned him a spot on the postseason roster, where he pitched one inning in the 1999 American League Championship Series against the Red Sox. Watson gave up two hits, two walks, and one strikeout as the Yankees defeated Boston.[1] Watson did not pitch in the 1999 World Series, but earned a ring regardless. On November 5, 1999, he was granted free agency, but he re-signed with the Yankees on December 7.

In 2000, Watson's ERA ballooned to 10.23 and he appeared in only 17 games.[1] During which he pitched 22 innings and did not record a win or loss, while finishing only 9 games for the team. Despite his dismal performance during the season, he was placed on the Yankees postseason roster, but did not appear in any games. He earned his second World Series ring when the Yankees defeated the Mets in five games. Watson later had surgery to repair his shoulder, which caused him to miss the entire 2001 season. Watson returned to the Yankees during spring training in 2002, but made only one start. He retired after spring training.[2]

Post-baseball career

Watson is currently working as a personal pitching coach for prospective athletes in Queens and Long Island. He works primarily out of The Cage located on Metropolitan Avenue in Ridgewood. Watson also runs baseball clinics for all ages in Oceanside, New York at South Shore Sports Complex and at East Coast Sports Academy.

On December 20, 2007, Watson was named in Jason Grimsley's affidavit as having used performance-enhancing drugs.[3] Watson and Grimsley were teammates on the 1999-2000 New York Yankees. In a statement released by his agent, Watson denied these accusations by stating:

I at no time over my professional baseball career used steroids or any performance-enhancing drugs. Not then, not now, not ever.[4]

Bagel incident

In their baseball memoir The Yankee Years, Joe Torre and Tom Verducci recount an incident where Watson was horsing around in the Yankee clubhouse and threw a bagel towards a clubhouse attendant, just as Yankee owner George Steinbrenner walked in. When the bagel hit Steinbrenner, he demanded to know who threw it. When Watson confessed, Steinbrenner remarked "I figured it was you, Watson. That's why it didn't hurt."

References

  1. ^ a b "Allen Watson Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  2. ^ "BASEBALL: YANKEES NOTEBOOK; Pettitte Uses His Head And Saves His Elbow". The New York Times. March 16, 2002.
  3. ^ "Former pitcher Watson denies using performance-enhancing drugs". ESPN.com.
  4. ^ "Former pitcher Watson denies using performance-enhancing drugs". ESPN. 2007-12-21. Archived from the original on 2 January 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-22.

External links

1993 St. Louis Cardinals season

The St. Louis Cardinals 1993 season was the team's 112th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 102nd season in the National League. Under their manager Joe Torre, the Cardinals went 87-75 during the season and finished 3rd in the National League East Division, ten games behind the NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies. This was the final season in the NL East for the Cardinals, before their move to the NL Central for the following season.

1994 St. Louis Cardinals season

The St. Louis Cardinals 1994 season was the team's 113th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 103rd season in the National League. The Cardinals went 53-61 during the season and finished tied for 3rd place with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Central division, 13 games behind the Cincinnati Reds. The season was cut short due to the infamous 1994 player's strike.

Catcher Tom Pagnozzi won a Gold Glove this year.

1995 St. Louis Cardinals season

The St. Louis Cardinals 1995 season was the team's 114th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 104th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 62-81 during the season and finished 4th in the National League Central division, 22½ games behind the Cincinnati Reds. It was also the team's final season under the ownership of Anheuser-Busch, who would put the team up for sale on October 25, 1995, ending a 43-season ownership reign.

1997 Anaheim Angels season

The Anaheim Angels 1997 season involved the Angels finishing 2nd in the American League West with a record of 84 wins and 78 losses. It was the first season for the franchise as the "Anaheim Angels", after playing under the name of the "California Angels" for the previous 31 seasons, plus part of another.

1997 San Francisco Giants season

The 1997 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 115th season in Major League Baseball, their 40th season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 38th at 3Com Park at Candlestick Point. The Giants finished in first place in the National League West with a record of 90 wins and 72 losses. They lost the National League Division Series in three games to the Florida Marlins.

1998 Anaheim Angels season

The Anaheim Angels 1998 season involved the Angels finishing 2nd in the American League west with a record of 85 wins and 77 losses.

1999 New York Yankees season

The New York Yankees' 1999 season was the 97th season for the Bronx based professional baseball team. The team finished with a record of 98-64 finishing 4 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Joe Torre. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the playoffs, they got to the World Series and ended up beating the Atlanta Braves in 4 games to win their 25th World Series title. On that year, FTA broadcasts returned to where they all started in 1947 - in Fox-owned WNYW, the network's flagship channel, while cable broadcasts continued on MSG.

1999 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners' 1999 season was their 23rd since the franchise creation, and ended the season finishing 3rd in the American League West with a 79–83 (.488) record. In July, after 39 home games at the Kingdome, they moved into Safeco Field, and the Kingdome was demolished eight months later.

2000 New York Yankees season

The New York Yankees' 2000 season was the 98th season for the Yankees in New York, and their 100th overall going back to their origins in Baltimore. New York was managed by Joe Torre. The team finished 1st in the AL East with a record of 87–74, 2.5 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox, after losing 15 of their final 18 games, including their last 7. Despite having the lowest winning percentage of any postseason qualifier in 2000, the Yankees won the World Series over the New York Mets in 5 games to win their 26th World Series title. They are, as of 2019, the last team to win World Series titles in consecutive years and thus the championship victory of 2000 broke the world championship record for most league championships then held by the NHL's Montreal Canadiens.

2015 Nottingham City Council election

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Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League

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Hamilton Redbirds

The Hamilton Redbirds were a minor league baseball team that played in the New York–Penn League from 1988 to 1992. They were affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals and played their home games at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario. The Redbirds were founded in 1988, but the franchise itself was founded in 1958 as the Auburn Yankees. It moved to Erie, Pennsylvania for the 1981 season, beginning its longtime affiliation with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Erie Cardinals played at Ainsworth Field in Erie, Pennsylvania from 1981 to 1987. The Erie Cardinals then relocated to Hamilton, Ontario to become the Hamilton Redbirds. The Hamilton Redbirds set the all-time record for winning percentage by a St. Louis Cardinals minor league team at .651 in 1992, with a record of 56-20. Future Major League players Keith Johns and Mike Gulan lead the offensive attack along with unsung centerfielder Brad Owens. Lefty David Orlein and righty T.J. Mathews (en route to an MLB career) both posted a 10-1 mark, and closer Jamie Cochrane set a NY-Penn League saves record with 40.

In their five seasons at Bernie Arbour Stadium, the Redbirds developed future Major League talent that included NFL Pro Bowl defensive back Brian Jordan, pitchers Allen Watson and Donovan Osborne. The Redbirds inaugural season also featured a rarity when Auburn Astros centrefielder Kenny Lofton hit into an unassisted triple play to the hands of first baseman Joe Federico. Federico's glove and #24 jersey were secured by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. However, as the result of a reporting error by the official scorer to the Elias Sports Bureau (then league statisticians) the rare feat is not logged in league records.

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The Redbirds were the quintessential minor league team that featured unique promotions such as Camel Races, The San Diego Chicken, the zany antics of baseball clown Max Patkin and the national anthem was a recording of Montreal Canadiens famed anthem singer Roger Doucet.

The Hamilton Redbirds relocated to East Field in Glens Falls, New York in 1993 to become the Glens Falls Redbirds. After the 1993 season, the Glens Falls Redbirds were then relocated to Skylands Park located in Augusta, New Jersey in 1994 to become the New Jersey Cardinals. Today, the franchise is now stationed in University Park, Pennsylvania, located right outside of State College, Pennsylvania. The franchise is now known as the State College Spikes.

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