Cal Eldred

Calvin John Eldred (born November 24, 1967) is an American former professional baseball pitcher in who played for 14 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1991 to 2005. He previously worked for the St. Louis Cardinals as a special assistant to general manager John Mozeliak, instructing minor league players for various on-field and off-field issues and is currently the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals.

Eldred attended the University of Iowa while playing college baseball for the Hawkeyes, and was the Milwaukee Brewers' first round selection in the 1989 amateur draft. He made his MLB debut for the Brewers in September, 1991, with whom he was a starting pitcher for nine seasons. He also played for the Chicago White Sox and the Cardinals.

Cal Eldred
Cal Eldred
Kansas City Royals – No. 22
Pitcher / Coach
Born: November 24, 1967 (age 51)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 24, 1991, for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 2005, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record86–74
Earned run average4.42
Strikeouts939
Teams

Professional playing career

After attending the University of Iowa and playing college baseball for the Hawkeyes, the Milwaukee Brewers selected Eldred in the first round of the 1989 amateur draft.

Making his major league debut with the Brewers on September 24, 1991, Eldred earned the win against the New York Yankees with ​5 13 innings pitched (IP). He started three games that year, winning two, and completed 16 IP. In 1992, he finished with ​100 13 IP, a 1.79 earned run average (ERA) and an 11–2 win–loss record (W–L). He was the AL September Pitcher of the Month and finished fourth in the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year Award voting. The next season, Eldred led the AL in innings pitched (258) and MLB in games started (36). He also finished in the top ten in the league in wins (16), strikeouts (180), complete games (eight), hits per nine innings allowed (8.093), home runs allowed (32), hits allowed (232) and bases on balls allowed (91), each of which led the Brewers' pitching staff, except hits.[1]

The Brewers traded Eldred with José Valentín to the Chicago White Sox for Jaime Navarro and John Snyder on January 12, 2000. Eldred pitched for the White Sox in 200001, but totaled just 22 starts. His record in 2000 was 10–2 and he was the AL Pitcher of the Month for June. He missed all of the 2002 season due to injury and signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals on December 18, 2002. He pitched in relief for the National League pennant-winning Cardinals in 2004, and made two appearances in the World Series. Eldred announced his retirement as a player on October 27, 2005. He was the Cardinals winner of the 2005 Darryl Kile Good Guy Award.[2]

Post-playing career

Eldred also joined the Big Ten Network in the spring of 2009 as a college baseball analyst. He co-hosted the network's studio coverage of the 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament with Dave Revsine. He was a pregame color analyst for the team's telecasts on Fox Sports Midwest. He also was a special assistant to Cardinals' general manager John Mozeliak, instructing minor league players for various on-field and off-field issues.[3] His son C.J. is a sophomore pitcher for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

In November 2017, Eldred was named the Kansas City Royals pitching coach.[4]

References

  1. ^ "1993 Milwaukee Brewers batting, pitching, & fielding statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "Darryl Kile Award". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  3. ^ Hummel, Rick (March 13, 2015). "Ankiel speaks from experience, will try to help others". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.thegazette.com/subject/sports/professional/cedar-rapids-kernels/cal-eldred-named-new-pitching-coach-for-kansas-city-royals-20171107

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Kansas City Royals pitching coach
2018
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1986 Major League Baseball draft

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1991 Milwaukee Brewers season

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1992 Milwaukee Brewers season

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1993 Milwaukee Brewers season

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1994 Milwaukee Brewers season

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1995 Milwaukee Brewers season

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1997 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1997 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers finishing third in the American League Central, eight games behind the Cleveland Indians, with a record of 78 wins and 83 losses. 1997 was the Brewers' final season in the American League, before moving to the National League for the following season.

1998 Chicago Cubs season

The 1998 Chicago Cubs season was the 127th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 123rd in the National League and the 83rd at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished second in the National League Central with a record of 90–73.

The season was a significant one for the team for several reasons. Firstly, it saw the Cubs reach the playoffs for the first time since 1989 by way of a Wild Card berth, which they clinched after winning a one-game playoff against the San Francisco Giants. The Cubs, however, would lose the Division Series in a 3-0 sweep by the Atlanta Braves. The season also saw Sammy Sosa, along with Mark McGwire, surpass the existing single-season home run record of 61. Sosa would hold the home run lead at several points over the course of the season, eventually finishing four homers behind McGwire (66 and 70 respectively). The 1998 season also saw the debut of Kerry Wood, who drew immediate national attention because of a 20-strikeout performance in his fifth career start, a 13-6 record over 26 starts, and more than 12 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

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The 1998 Major League Baseball home run chase in Major League Baseball was the race between first baseman Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals and right fielder Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs that resulted in both players breaking Roger Maris's long-standing and highly coveted record of 61 home runs. McGwire broke Maris's record on September 8 against the Cubs and finished with 70 home runs. Sosa finished with 66.

Several players had come close to breaking Maris's record in the years before 1998. Before the 1994 season was cut short by a labor dispute, Matt Williams of the San Francisco Giants and Ken Griffey, Jr. of the Seattle Mariners were both on a pace which threatened Maris's record: they hit 43 and 40 home runs respectively in a season which was shortened by approximately 50 of the scheduled 162 games.

In 1995, Albert Belle became the first player since Cecil Fielder in 1990 to hit 50 home runs in a season. Belle was only the 4th player in the previous three decades to reach the 50 home run- milestone (George Foster hit 52 in 1977, following Willie Mays in 1965).

In 1996, Brady Anderson of the Baltimore Orioles hit 50 home runs, twice the number he hit during any other season. Of more note was Mark McGwire of the Oakland Athletics, who first drew attention by hitting a league-leading 52 home runs that season while only playing in 130 games. The 1997 home run chase featured McGwire against Ken Griffey, Jr. of the Seattle Mariners. It was during that season that full-fledged interest over the record kicked in as both players were on record pace well into the summer. McGwire finished with 58 home runs following his mid-season trade to the St. Louis Cardinals, besting Griffey's total of 56.

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Jeffrey William Abbott (born August 17, 1972) is a retired professional baseball player who played outfielder in Major League Baseball from 1997–2001. He played for the Chicago White Sox and Florida Marlins.

Abbott attended Dunwoody High School, in Dunwoody, Georgia and the University of Kentucky. He was first drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 32nd round of the 1993 (901st overall) amateur draft, but decided not to sign the contract offered to him. He was then drafted by the Chicago White Sox, again, in the 4th round (117th overall) of the 1994 amateur draft.

Abbott began his minor league career with the Hickory Crawdads of the ‘A’ ball league Southern Atlantic League (North). After just four games he was called up to the GCL White Sox in the Gulf Coast League in 1994. In 63 games with the GCL White Sox he batted .393 with six home runs and 48 RBI. He began the 1995 season at advanced A ball league Prince William Cannons and in 70 games he batted .348 with four home runs and 48 RBI, before advancing to AA Birmingham Barons of the Southern League. In 55 games with the Barons he had three home runs and 28 RBI while batting with an average of .320.

The 1996 season saw Abbott playing for the AAA Nashville Sounds of the American Association where he would remain all year as the team's starting left fielder. There, in 113 games Abbott batted .325 with 14 home runs and 60 RBI while stealing 12 bases. He led the Trams starters in HR's and had the third highest batting average on the team. He was with Nashville for the 1997 season as well where he again batted over .300, this time hitting at .327 with 11 home runs and 63 RBI while again swiping a dozen bases, before getting the call to join the Major League Club in June of that year.

Abbott made his first plate appearance for the Chicago White Sox on June 10, 1997 against the New York Yankees’ Andy Pettite grounding into a double play. He collected his first two major league hits the next day off the Yankees Kenny Rogers. His first major league home run would come on September 15 in Milwaukee off the Brewers Cal Eldred. He would remain with the White Sox for the remainder of the season, playing ten errorless games in the outfield, and hitting .263 over 19 games with two RBI, and the lone home run. Abbott remained with the big club for the 1998 season, as the team's 4th outfielder. Abbott posted fairly respectable numbers averaging .279 with 12 home runs to with 41 RBI in 89 games that season, but his defense declined, as he committed four errors, for a rather poor .971 fielding average. Abbott began the 1999 campaign again with the White Sox, but following a poor first month (.158 avg. 2 HRs and only six RBI) he was demoted to the AAA Charlotte Knights of the International League where he regained his form with the bat to hit .318 with nine homers and 37 RBI in the 67 games he appeared.

2000 had Abbott back in Chicago for another season with the White Sox. While hitting for average once again (.274) his power numbers dropped (only three home runs) along with 29 RBI over 80 games, where again Abbott served as an extra outfielder and occasional Designated Hitter. He saw his only postseason action in game 2 of the American League Division Series in which the White Sox were swept in 3 games by the Seattle Mariners.

In December 2000, Abbott was traded to the Florida Marlins in exchange for outfielder Julio Ramirez. Abbott opened the 2001 season in the Marlins farm system. He played briefly in both A and AA ball before batting .320 with 9 home runs and 24 RBI with the AAA Calgary Cannons of the Pacific Coast League before getting the call to the Marlins the end of July. With Florida, Abbott appeared in just 28 games in what would be his final major league season, and batted .262 with five RBI and no home runs primarily as a pinch hitter. Abbott was granted free agency following the 2001 season and signed with Boston Red Sox affiliate Pawtucket in the International League. Here he platooned in the outfield, while hitting .283 with ten home runs and 41 RBI in 100 games. The following season, Abbott's last in professional baseball, was spent with the AAA Tacoma Rainers the Seattle Mariners farm team, but he appeared in only four games, getting only two hits in fifteen at bats.

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