Randy Myers

Randall Kirk Myers (born September 19, 1962), is an American former professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, and Toronto Blue Jays, between 1985 and 1998. He batted and threw left-handed.

Randy Myers
Randy Myers 1986
Myers in 1986
Pitcher
Born: September 19, 1962 (age 56)
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
MLB statistics
Win–loss record44–63
Earned run average3.19
Strikeouts884
Saves347
Teams
Career highlights and awards

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. 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 1986 World Series-winning team (although he did not appear on the Mets' postseason roster then, he was given a belated World Series ring nine years later in 1995[3]). Myers became a closer in 1988 as he platooned with Roger McDowell after Jesse Orosco left for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Myers was traded to the Reds in 1990 for closer John Franco, and became one of the league's elite closers and the most successful member of the Nasty Boys trio, which also included Rob Dibble and Norm Charlton, while being selected as an All-Star in 1990. In 1990 Myers won his second World Series ring as the Reds swept the Oakland Athletics. In 1991, the Reds experimented with Myers as a starter, a move that proved highly unsuccessful as he posted a record of 6 wins and 13 losses.[2]

In 1992, Myers became the closer for the Padres. After only one season in San Diego, Myers was a Cub in 1993 where he posted his best statistical season with a then National League record 53 saves. In a September 28, 1995 game vs. the Astros,[4] Myers was attacked by a fan at Wrigley Field after giving up a home run.[5] In 1994 and 1995, Myers earned his second and third All-Star selections. After the 1995 season, Myers became a member of the Orioles where he had two more solid seasons, highlighted by an All-Star selection in 1997, when he saved 45 games. Myers had 28 saves for the Blue Jays in his final season, 1998, before being traded back to the Padres after being claimed on waivers. Though he was under contract for both 1999 and 2000, he did not pitch in the Major Leagues after 1998.

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. As of the end of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, Myers ranks 12th all-time in saves.

In 2000, Myers earned a salary of US$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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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 season, but by 2011, thanks in large part of Myers' efforts fundraising and spearheading the program's revival, Clark again started playing baseball in 2011.[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Sports – Terminator -- Enigmatic Oriole Closer Randy Myers Is Tough For Hitters – And Teammates – To Figure Out – Seattle Times Newspaper". nwsource.com. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Randy Myers Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1995/12/25/sports/sports-people-baseball-86-series-rings-arrive-at-last.html
  4. ^ "BASEBALL; Fan Tussles With Myers on Field". The New York Times. September 29, 1995. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "Cubs Myers Is Attacked By Irate Fan". Wilmington Morning Star. September 29, 1995. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  6. ^ "SignOnSanDiego.com > Sports > Padres -- Club finally gets something for Randy Myers". signonsandiego.com. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "USATODAY.com – Long after deadline, deals keep coming". usatoday.com. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "General Mills: Page not found". generalmills.com. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  9. ^ "Thanks to a team effort, baseball is back at Vancouver's Clark College". OregonLive.com. Retrieved July 27, 2015.

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1988 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1988 season was the 27th regular season for the Mets. They went 100–60 and finished first in the NL East. They were managed by Davey Johnson. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

1989 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1989 season was the Phillies 107th season. The Phillies finished in 6th place in the National League East for the second consecutive season. It would also be Mike Schmidt's final season.

1990 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 1990 season was the Reds' 122nd season in American baseball. Starting with a club best nine straight wins to open the season, as well as holding the top spot in the National League West every game during the season, the Reds went 41-21 after 62 games, splitting the remaining 100 games 50-50 to end up with a 91-71 record. It consisted of the 91-71 Reds winning the National League West by five games over the second-place Dodgers, as well as the National League Championship Series in six games over the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the World Series in a four-game sweep over the overwhelming favorite Oakland Athletics, who had won the World Series the previous year. It was the fifth World Championship for the Reds, and their first since winning two consecutive titles in 1975 and '76.

1990 National League Championship Series

The 1990 National League Championship Series was played between the Cincinnati Reds (91–71) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (95–67). It was the first playoff appearance for both teams since 1979 and the fifth NLCS meeting overall with Cincinnati winning the Pennant in 1970, 1972, and 1975 while Pittsburgh won in 1979.

The Reds won the series, 4–2, and eventually went on to sweep the defending World Champion Oakland Athletics in the World Series. This was the only NLCS during the 1990s that did not feature the Atlanta Braves and was the first of four straight to feature either the Philadelphia Phillies or the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Between Game 2 (in Cincinnati) and Game 3 (in Pittsburgh), the teams took two days off instead of the usual one. That Sunday, October 7, the Pittsburgh Steelers needed to use Three Rivers Stadium for their scheduled game against the San Diego Chargers, so Game 3 (and by extension, the rest of the series) was pushed back a day.

1990 World Series

The 1990 World Series was the 87th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series and the conclusion of the 1990 Major League Baseball season. The Series featured the defending champions and heavily favored American League (AL) champion Oakland Athletics against the National League (NL) champion Cincinnati Reds. The Reds defeated the Athletics in a four-game sweep. It was the fifth 4-game sweep by the National League and second by the Reds after they did it in 1976, as well as the second consecutive World Series to end in a sweep, after the A's themselves did it to the San Francisco Giants in 1989. It is remembered for Billy Hatcher's seven consecutive hits. The sweep extended the Reds' World Series winning streak to nine games, dating back to 1975. This also was the second World Series meeting between the two clubs (Oakland won four games to three in 1972). As of 2018, this remains both teams' most recent appearance in the World Series.

Athletics manager Tony La Russa and Reds manager Lou Piniella were old friends and teammates from their Tampa American Legion Post 248 team.

1992 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1992 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in Major League Baseball. The Phillies finished sixth in the National League East with a record of 70 wins and 92 losses.

1992 San Diego Padres season

The 1992 San Diego Padres season was the 24th season in franchise history. It saw the team finish in third place in the National League West with a record of 82 wins and 80 losses. They also hosted the 1992 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

1997 American League Championship Series

The 1997 American League Championship Series (ALCS) pitted the Cleveland Indians, who won coming back against the defending World Series champion New York Yankees in the AL Division Series, and the Baltimore Orioles, who went wire-to-wire and beat the Seattle Mariners in the Division Series. The Indians stunned the Orioles, winning on bizarre plays or remarkable comebacks, and won the Series four games to two, but went on to lose to the Florida Marlins in the well-fought, seesaw, seven-game battle of the 1997 World Series. The Orioles had home field advantage, which was predetermined and assigned to either the East Division champions or their opponents in the Division Series.

Jimmy Holiday

Jimmy Holiday (b. July 24, 1934, Sallis, Mississippi, d. February 15,1987, Iowa City) was an American R&B singer and songwriter. He recorded for Everest Records in the 1960s and later moved to the New Orleans label Minit Records. His debut recording "How Can I Forget" reached the top ten on the R&B charts in 1963.Holiday's best-known composition is "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," co-written with Jackie DeShannon and Randy Myers. In the United States, it was DeShannon's highest-charting hit, reaching #4 on the Hot 100 in August 1969 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary charts. In late 1969, the song reached #1 on South Africa's hit parade.

Holiday died in 1987 in Iowa City of heart failure. He is survived by three daughters: singer-songwriter and performer Debby Holiday, poet Harmony Holiday, and Sara Holiday.

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The station currently airs a mix of local sport shows and is a Fox Sports affiliate. Local shows are hosted or co-hosted by Bud Schroeppel, Brad Bobo, Randy Myers and Kara Richey.

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List of Samurai Jack episodes

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List of The Powerpuff Girls episodes

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Nasty Boys (Cincinnati Reds)

The Nasty Boys were a trio of relief pitchers from the Cincinnati Reds: Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers. In 1990, the "Nasty Boys" were key figures in the Reds' charge to the World Series Championship. According to Rob Dibble, the "Nasty Boys" really was a fivesome including Tim Layana and Tim Birtsas. However, they have gone down in history as a trio.During the 1990 Cincinnati Reds season, Charlton, Dibble, and Myers combined for 44 saves (Myers with 31, Dibble with 11, and Charlton with 2) and 351 strikeouts, although some of Charlton's 117 strikeouts came as a starter, as he was moved to the rotation late in the season.The nickname was derived from the lyrics of the Janet Jackson song "Nasty." It was also a derivative of the Detroit Piston's "Bad Boys" name that was used during their 1989 NBA Championship season.

Nicole Matthews

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Norm Charlton

Norman Wood Charlton III (born January 6, 1963), nicknamed "The Sheriff", is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds (1988-1992, 2000), Seattle Mariners (1993, 1995-1997, 2001), Philadelphia Phillies (1995), Baltimore Orioles (1998), Atlanta Braves (1998), and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1999).

The left-handed Charlton was best known as being part of the infamous "Nasty Boys" relief pitching corps for the 1990 Reds team who won the World Series. Randy Myers and Rob Dibble were the other two members. The Boys were renowned for their clutch, shutdown performances, particularly during the playoff run; their blazing fastballs; and their bruising beanballs. Charlton is also famous in Cincinnati for plowing over Mike Scioscia to score a run in a nationally televised Sunday night game.Charlton was also a key member of the two most beloved Mariner teams. During the 1995 "Refuse to Lose" team that was the first Mariner team to reach the playoffs, he was the team's closer after a midseason trade. As a member of the 2001 team that won an MLB record 116 games, he was a lefty specialist, fleshing out a bullpen which also featured Japanese closer Kazuhiro Sasaki, Jeff Nelson, and fellow lefty Arthur Rhodes.

Before the 1998 season, Charlton signed a contract to join the Baltimore Orioles bullpen. Charlton was released on July 28. He signed with the Braves a few days later.

On October 22, 2007, the Mariners named him their bullpen coach. Charlton's contract, along with those of the remainder of the 2008 coaching staff, was not renewed following the hire of Don Wakamatsu as the club's field manager in November 2008.Charlton holds three degrees from Rice University.

Put a Little Love in Your Heart

"Put a Little Love in Your Heart" is a song originally performed in 1969 by Jackie DeShannon, who composed it with her brother Randy Myers and Jimmy Holiday. In the U.S., it was DeShannon's highest-charting hit, reaching number 4 on the Hot 100 in August 1969 and number 2 on the Adult Contemporary charts. In late 1969, the song reached number one on South Africa's hit parade. The song is used in the Gus Van Sant film Drugstore Cowboy.

The song rivaled the success of her signature song, "What the World Needs Now Is Love".

Randy Myers (animator)

Randy Myers (born March 29, 1967) is an American animator and animation director best known for his animation direction work on Samurai Jack and The Powerpuff Girls. His other works include The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Dexter's Laboratory, Cats Don't Dance, The Iron Giant, My Life as a Teenage Robot, The Fairly OddParents, Gravity Falls, G.I. Joe: Renegades, among others. He is supervising producer on We Bare Bears.

Randy Myers (golf trainer)

Randy Myers is a golf fitness instructor. He has been particularly interested in establishing a connection between physical fitness and the golf swing. He has pioneered the study of biomechanics, exercise physiology, core strengthening, and performance enhancement as they are related to golf.

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