Bobby Witt

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Robert Andrew Witt

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bobby Witt was signed as a 1st round pick in the 1985 amateur draft by the Texas Rangers and scouting director Sandy Johnson.

On June 30, 1997, Witt became the first American League pitcher in 25 years to hit a home run. It came off Ismael Valdez in an interleague game at Dodger Stadium. It was also the first home run by a pitcher in Rangers history, as no pitcher had gone deep in the one season the Rangers were in existence before the introduction of the designated hitter in 1973. It would be almost 20 years before another Rangers pitcher hit a homer, with Yu Darvish pulling the trick in 2016.

Witt's brother Doug Witt has been a bullpen catcher and a scout. His daughter Nikki married pitcher James Russell, whose father Jeff Russell had been a teammate of Bobby's.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1990 & 1996)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1990, 1993 & 1997)
  • 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 1 (1990)
  • Won a World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001

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