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Charles Harrison Nagy

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In the 1988 Baseball World Cup, Charles Nagy was 1-0 with a tournament-best 0.00 ERA in 15 2/3 IP. He allowed only six hits and 7 walks and struck out 22. Nagy did not make the All-Star team for the Cup as Jim Abbott and Takehiro Ishii were selected instead. He was signed as a 1st round pick in the 1988 amateur draft by the Cleveland Indians and scouts Joe DeLucca and Joe Lewis Sr..

Nagy was known for his durability, never missing a start from October 3, 1993 to May 16, 2000. He was the starting pitcher for the American League in the 1996 All-Star Game. The first game of Nagy's consecutive starts streak was the final game played at Cleveland Stadium. In the 1992 All-Star Game, he became the last American League pitcher to collect a base hit, getting a lead-off single off Doug Jones with the AL leading 10-1 in the 8th inning; he went on to score on a single by Travis Fryman.

Nagy started 14 games in the post-season, all for Cleveland (he pitched a handful of games for the San Diego Padres in 2003 to complete his Major League career). However, he was winless in three World series starts, one against the Atlanta Braves in 1995 and two against the Florida Marlins in 1997. He won 129 games for the Indians overall, placing him 10th on the team's all-time list. At his best, from 1995 to 1999, he won at least 15 games and the Indians made it to the postseason every year.

On July 22, 1999, in a game versus Toronto at Jacobs Field, Nagy hit seventh in the batting order as the starting pitcher. This was due to Alex Ramirez originally hitting 7th in right field, but he was injured and not available for the game. Manny Ramirez -- the starting designated hitter that day -- moved from DH to right field before the first pitch of the game; thus the Indians lost their DH and Nagy had to hit. He went 0 for 2.

Nagy was a special assistant for baseball operations for the Indians in 2004 and 2005. He was the pitching coach for the Salt Lake Bees of the Pacific Coast League in 2006-2007 and the Columbus Clippers in 2010. In 2011, he became the pitching coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks, holding the position until the end of the 2013 season­.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 3-time AL All-Star (1992, 1996 & 1999)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 6 (1992 & 1995-1999)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 6 (1991, 1992 & 1996-1999)

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