Denny Neagle

Dennis Edward Neagle Jr. (/ˈneɪɡəl/; born September 13, 1968) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He was last under contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays during the 2005 season, but he did not play due to injury. During the 1990s, he was one of the top pitchers in baseball, but his career, and personal life, deteriorated in the early 2000s. With the New York Yankees, he won the 2000 World Series over the New York Mets.

Denny Neagle
Born: September 13, 1968 (age 50)
Gambrills, Maryland
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
July 27, 1991, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
July 20, 2003, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record124–92
Earned run average4.24
Career highlights and awards


Arundel Senior High School

Neagle attended Arundel Senior High School in Gambrills, MD and played on the baseball team.

University of Minnesota

Neagle attended the University of Minnesota and played on the baseball team. In 1988, he played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.

Minnesota Twins

Neagle was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1989 amateur draft by the Minnesota Twins. He saw some action in the summer of 1991 for the Twins, but was not on their postseason roster when the club won the 1991 World Series.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Neagle was dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates during spring training in 1992,[1] and became a full-time starter for the Pirates in 1994. The following season, Neagle posted a 13-8 record with a 3.43 ERA and became the ace of a mediocre Pittsburgh staff. That year, Neagle represented the Pirates at the All-Star Game. He got off to an impressive 14–6 start in 1996. On August 27, 1996, he pitched eight innings giving up only two runs to the first place Atlanta Braves. The next day, the Braves traded a young Jason Schmidt to Pittsburgh for Neagle in the midst of their playoff run.

Atlanta Braves

Neagle was given the opportunity to start in Game 4 of the 1996 World Series, earning a no-decision.

Remaining with the Braves in 1997, Neagle had his best season, going 20–5 with a 2.97 ERA. He earned another All-Star selection and finished third in Cy Young Award voting. In the 1997 National League Championship Series, Neagle pitched a complete-game shutout.

Neagle's 16-11 record and 3.55 ERA in 1998 were still solid numbers, but the emergence of Kevin Millwood made him expendable and he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds after the season.

Cincinnati Reds

Injuries limited Neagle to 19 starts in 1999, but he stormed out to an 8–2 record in 2000.

New York Yankees

The playoff-bound New York Yankees traded prospects Drew Henson, Jackson Melián and Ed Yarnall to acquire Neagle on July 12, 2000. He only registered a 7-7 record over the rest of the season with the Yankees, and his playoff performance was shaky, but his team triumphed in the 2000 World Series and Neagle earned a World Series ring.

Colorado Rockies, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and legal troubles

In December 2000, the Colorado Rockies signed Neagle and fellow left-hander Mike Hampton to expensive contracts. Neagle's contract was for five years and US$51 million,[2] and his 17-19 record and 5.31 ERA over the 2001 and 2002 seasons spelled disaster for the Rockies. Due to injuries, Neagle only started seven games in 2003. He went 2–4 with a 7.90 ERA, pitching what was to be his last Major League game on July 20, 2003.

Neagle missed the 2004 season due to ligament and elbow surgeries. Then, in late November 2004, a Denver policeman ticketed him for soliciting a woman for oral sex. Less than a week later, the Rockies canceled the final year of his lucrative contract, citing a morals clause in his contract.[3] The incident ultimately led to the end of Neagle's marriage.

He signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays before the 2005 season, but did not play due to injury.

Personal life

Denny Neagle was born and raised in the Annapolis, Maryland suburb of Gambrills, and graduated from Arundel High School.

On January 24, 2006, Neagle pleaded guilty in Jefferson County, Colorado, on one charge of patronizing a prostitute.[4] Although the sentence can carry a maximum of a $500 fine and up to six months in jail, Neagle was sentenced to only 40 hours of community service.

On August 27, 2007, Neagle was arrested for and later pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.[5]

On December 13, 2007, Neagle was mentioned in the Mitchell Report in connection with steroids.

In 2012, he sued his financial adviser, William S. Leavitt, for placing 80% of his money in “alternative investments” without his consent. These investments incurred huge losses. [6]

See also


  1. ^ Brad Swanson (October 7, 2013). "1991 Off-Season Review". Twins Daily. Archived from the original on May 30, 2014. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  2. ^ Mormile, Anthony (December 9, 2000). "Opening day of winter meetings puts free agents in spotlight". Archived from the original on August 24, 2009. Retrieved August 16, 2009.
  3. ^ "Rockies terminate Neagle's contract". CBC Sports. December 6, 2004. Archived from the original on August 25, 2009. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  4. ^ "Neagle hasn't pitched in more than a year". Associated Press. December 3, 2004. Archived from the original on August 25, 2007. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  5. ^ Drinking & Driving – For the Record – (
  6. ^ "Retired baseball star Denny Neagle sues Northbrook-based financial adviser". Chicago Sun-Times. January 10, 2012. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2014.

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1989 Minnesota Twins season

The 1989 Minnesota Twins finished 80-82, fifth in the AL West. 2,277,438 fans attended Twins games, the seventh highest total in the American League.

1991 Minnesota Twins season

The 1991 Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB) won the World Series, the second time the Twins had won the World Series since moving to Minnesota in 1961. During the 1991 regular season the Twins had an MLB-leading 15-game win streak, which remains a club record. On June 18, 1991, the streak came to an end at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles but not before the Twins moved from fifth place to first, a lead they would not relinquish until winning baseball's championship. The Twins' winning streak of 1991 falls just seven games short of the all-time American League (AL) record of 22 consecutive regular season wins set by the Cleveland Indians in 2017.

The Twins finished 95-67, first in the AL West, which represented a turnaround from 1990, when the team finished last in the division with a 74-88 record. They were the first team to go from a last-place finish to a World Series championship. They and the Atlanta Braves were the first teams to go from last place to a pennant. The Twins defeated the Braves in seven games in a Series which has been considered one of the best to have ever been played.There was a considerable reshaping of the team in January and February, beginning when third baseman Gary Gaetti left as a free agent on January 25 and signed with the California Angels. Less than 12 hours after Gaetti's departure, the Twins signed free agent Mike Pagliarulo from the New York Yankees as a new third baseman. Two more key free agent signings followed with designated hitter Chili Davis on January 30 and St. Paul native Jack Morris on February 5. The July 1989 blockbuster trade that sent 1988 AL Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola to the New York Mets in exchange for relief pitchers Rick Aguilera and David West and starter Kevin Tapani proved to be pivotal to the 1991 season. There were only seven players still on the roster from the 1987 World Championship team, none of them pitchers: Randy Bush, Greg Gagne, Dan Gladden, Kent Hrbek, Gene Larkin, Al Newman, and future Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett. Into this framework, young stars were blended successfully, including Scott Leius to platoon with Pagliarulo at third, Shane Mack in right field, Scott Erickson, a 20-game winner with a 12-game winning streak, and A.L. Rookie of the Year second baseman Chuck Knoblauch.

2,293,842 fans attended Twins games, the eighth highest total in the American League.

1996 Atlanta Braves season

The 1996 Atlanta Braves season was the 126th season in the history of the franchise and 31st season in the city of Atlanta. They secured a regular season record of 96-66 and reached the World Series, where it lost to the New York Yankees in six games, failing to defend its championship in 1995. Despite taking a 2-0 lead the Braves unexpectedly lost the next 4 games. This World Series appearance was their fourth appearance in the last 5 years as a franchise. Atlanta won its seventh division title (second in the National League East, the other five in the NL West) and its fifth in six years. In the previous round, Atlanta completed a miraculous comeback. After trailing in the NLCS to St. Louis three games to one, Atlanta outscored St. Louis 32-1 in games five through seven to complete the comeback. The collapse was remembered as one of the largest in North American sports history.

1997 National League Championship Series

The 1997 National League Championship Series (NLCS) pitted the Florida Marlins against the Atlanta Braves. The Marlins won the series, 4–2, and went on to defeat the Cleveland Indians in the 1997 World Series.

1998 Atlanta Braves season

The 1998 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 33rd season in Atlanta and 128th overall. They went on to win their seventh consecutive division title, taking the National League East title by 18 games over the second place New York Mets.

The team featured six all stars: shortstop Walt Weiss and third baseman Chipper Jones were voted as starters, while first baseman Andrés Galarraga, catcher Javy López, and pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were selected as reserves. Jones and Lopez each hit over 30 home runs as Galaragga (acquired from Colorado) led the club in home runs and RBI. Galaragga finished as an MVP candidate.

The 1998 Braves beat the Chicago Cubs three games to none in the National League Division Series. In the next round Atlanta then lost to the San Diego Padres in the National League Championship Series four games to two. Despite winning two games after losing the first three, Atlanta's comeback bid came short by being eliminated in game 6. San Diego's winning over Atlanta was seen as one of the biggest upsets in postseason history.

This team has earned a few historic accolades. ESPN writer David Schoenfield lists them as one of the top teams in MLB history to not win a World SeriesESPN columnist Jeff Merron also writes that the pitching staff of Maddux, Glavine, John Smoltz, Denny Neagle, and Kevin Millwood was the greatest of all time. The quintet posted a cumulative 2.97 ERA and amassed 88 wins (almost 18 wins per starter), equaling the win total of the 2nd place Mets. The 1998 Braves are the only team in MLB history to have five pitchers each strike out 150 batters in the same season. Glavine, the lone 20 game winner in the National League for that year, won the Cy Young Award.

1998 National League Championship Series

The 1998 National League Championship Series (NLCS), to determine the champion of Major League Baseball's National League, was played from October 7 to 14 between the East Division champion Atlanta Braves and the West Division champion San Diego Padres.

The Braves entered the playoffs for the seventh straight season with a franchise-record 106 regular season wins, an offense that hit 215 home runs, and a pitching staff made up of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Denny Neagle, and Kevin Millwood to the playoffs. However, they also carried the baggage of their embarrassing NLCS loss to the Florida Marlins the previous season. In the NLDS, the Braves swept Sammy Sosa and the Chicago Cubs.

After a 76–86 season in 1997, San Diego stormed out and took control of their division, finishing with a 98–64 record, their best in team history. The offense was led by the 50 home run club's newest member, Greg Vaughn, and by Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. The San Diego rotation was anchored by eighteen-game winner Kevin Brown, who helped Florida defeat Atlanta in the 1997 NLCS, along with All-Star Andy Ashby and the series MVP Sterling Hitchcock. Closer Trevor Hoffman saved an astounding 53 games in the regular season. The Padres defeated the favored Houston Astros in four games in the NLDS.

It was the seventh-consecutive NLCS appearance for the Braves and they would be heavily favored against the Padres.

The Padres would go on to the lose in a sweep to the New York Yankees in the World Series in four games.

1999 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 1999 season was a season in American baseball. During the season the Reds became a surprising contender in the National League Central, winning 96 games and narrowly losing the division to the Houston Astros, ultimately missing the playoffs after losing a one game playoff with the New York Mets.

2000 American League Championship Series

The 2000 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a matchup between the East Division champion New York Yankees and the Wild Card Seattle Mariners. The Yankees had advanced to the Series after beating the West Division champion Oakland Athletics in the ALDS three games to two and the Mariners advanced by beating the Central Division champion Chicago White Sox three games to none. The Yankees won the Series four games to two and went on to defeat the New York Mets in the World Series to win their third consecutive World Series championship, twenty-sixth overall.

2000 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 2000 season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League Central, although coming short at 2nd place. They had 85 wins and 77 losses. They were only the 2nd team in the modern era of baseball to not be shut out an entire season.The Reds were managed by Jack McKeon.

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.

2001 Colorado Rockies season

The Colorado Rockies' 2001 season was the ninth for the Rockies. They tried to win the National League West. Buddy Bell was their manager. They played home games at Coors Field. They finished with a record of 73-89, last in the NL West.

2005 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season

The 2005 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season was the team's eighth since the franchise was created. This season, they finished last in the AL East division, and managed to finish the season with the AL's third-worst record of 67-95. Their manager was Lou Piniella who entered his 3rd and last season with the Devil Rays.

Colorado Rockies all-time roster

This list is complete and up-to-date as of December 31, 2014.The following is a list of players, both past and current, who appeared at least in one game for the Colorado Rockies franchise.

Dan O'Dowd

Dan O'Dowd (born September 6, 1959) was the General Manager of the Colorado Rockies from September 20, 1999 to October 8, 2014. Before being hired by the Rockies, he spent 15 years working for the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians, working his way from Accounts Manager to Director of Baseball Operations / Assistant General Manager.

Kenosha Twins

The Kenosha Twins began play in the Midwest League in 1984 when the Wisconsin Rapids Twins relocated. The team played their home games at Simmons Field in Kenosha. The Twins won two Midwest League Championships, in 1985 and 1987, and were Northern Division champions for the first half of the 1988 season. In 1992, the team was sold, and the following the 1992 season, they moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana and became the Fort Wayne Wizards.

Midre Cummings

Midre Almeric Cummings (born October 14, 1971) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. Cummings played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1993-1997), Philadelphia Phillies (1997), Boston Red Sox (1998 and 2000), Minnesota Twins (1999-2000), Arizona Diamondbacks (2001), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2004) and Baltimore Orioles (2005).

Cummings was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (29th overall) of the 1990 Major League Baseball Draft. On March 17, 1992, he was traded by the Twins along with Denny Neagle to the Pirates for John Smiley, making his major league debut for the Pirates in 1993. In his fifth season with the Pirates, he was claimed off waivers by the Phillies on July 8. Cummings was released by the Phillies on February 24, 1998, and signed with the Cincinnati Reds three days later only to be claimed off waivers by the Red Sox in spring training. The Red Sox released him on March 30, 1999, and Cummings signed with the Twins on May 14. On August 31, 2000, he was traded to the Red Sox for minor leaguer Hector De Los Santos. Cummings became a free agent after the season and signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He helped the Diamondbacks win the 2001 World Series over the New York Yankees, scoring the tying run in the ninth inning during Game 7. It would be three years before Cummings played in the majors again, spending time in the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs minor league systems from 2002-2003. On February 10, 2004, he signed with the Devil Rays and batted .278 in 54 at bats that year. He was released after the season and signed with the Baltimore Orioles, but got only two at bats that year and retired after the season.

Mike Frank

Stephen Michael Frank (born January 14, 1975) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Cincinnati Reds in 1998 Wearing #34.


Neagle is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Anna Neagle, DBE (1904–1986), born Florence Marjorie Robertson, English stage and film actress and singer

Denny Neagle (born 1968), former Major League Baseball pitcher

Jack Neagle (1858–1904), professional baseball pitcher in the major leagues from 1879 to 1884

James Neagle (1760–1822), British engraver

Jay Neagle (born 1988), Australian rules footballer formerly with the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League

John Neagle (1796–1865), fashionable American painter, primarily of portraits, in Philadelphia

Lamar Neagle (born 1987), American soccer player

Lynne Neagle AM (born 1968), Welsh Labour & Co-operative politician

Merv Neagle (1958–2012), Australian rules footballer who represented Essendon and Sydney in the Australian Football League

Monk & Neagle, American CCM duo from Amarillo, Texas, composed of Trent Monk and Michael Neagle


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