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Dennis Bryan Cook

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Dennis Cook had a long career as a journeyman starter and then reliever in the major leagues. He pitched 15 years for nine different teams (two of which he played for twice). He was an unusually good hitter for a pitcher, with a .264 lifetime batting average. He was also unusually good in post-season play, pitching 16 1/3 innings without giving up any earned runs, and with 16 strikeouts. He played in the 1997 World Series with the Florida Marlins and the 2000 World Series with the New York Mets. Although a member of the 2002 Anaheim Angels, he did not appear in the 2002 World Series which they won.

Cook was signed as an 18th round pick in the 1985 amateur draft by the San Francisco Giants and scout Andy Korenek. He started in the minors from 1985 to 1988. A highlight was in the Texas League in 1987, where he pitched in 16 games with an ERA of 2.13 and a record of 9-2. In 1988, when he went 11-9 with Phoenix in the Pacific Coast League, he had his first shot at the major leagues. The following year he was 7-4 with Phoenix. He was back in the minors for 21 games in 1991 in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and 12 games in 1993 in the Cleveland Indians organization. Lifetime in the minors, his record was 57-40.

Cook, who is of Swedish descent, coached for the Swedish national team in the 2009 Baseball World Cup and managed them in the 2010 European Championship and 2014 European Championship.

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