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1992 Yankees Wiz '70's Gil Patterson

Gilbert Thomas Patterson

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"Yastrzemski . . . called him the best young pitcher he'd seen in the AL for a long time". - from an article about Gil Patterson

Gil Patterson was a first round draft pick in the second phase of the 1975 draft by the New York Yankees who pitched one year with the 1977 New York Yankees at age 21 and then was done in the majors due to arm pain. He had eight operations.

He began his career in fine form in the 1975 New York-Penn League, going 8-4 with a 1.95 ERA for the Oneonta Yankees. He was third in the league in wins, fourth in ERA and his 97 strikeouts (in 106 innings) led the NY-P. In '76, Gil moved up to the West Haven Yankees. In AA, he was 9-2 with a 2.07 ERA and allowed only 67 hits in 100 innings, throwing the Eastern League's only no-hitter of the season June 28 against the Williamsport Tomahawks. Had he qualified, he would have been fourth in the league in ERA. Promoted to the Syracuse Chiefs, Patterson was 7-2 with a 2.92 ERA and completed six of 10 starts. He was 2-1 with a 4.82 ERA for the Chiefs in '77 mixed in with his season in the majors.

He tried to come back in the low minors in the early 1980's, even trying to learn to pitch left-handed. The comeback started on a strong note as he was 5-2 with a 1.58 ERA for the 1980 GCL Yankees, finishing fourth in the Gulf Coast League in ERA. He was 1-4 with a 3.20 ERA for the '81 Fort Lauderdale Yankees and then 1-1, 1.33 for the 1982 Fresno Giants to complete his comeback bid. He was 33-16 in his minor league career.

He took a job parking cars at a restaurant that George Steinbrenner went to, and Steinbrenner offered him a job as a coach.

He began coaching in 1984 with the Oneonta Yankees, but was fired after the season for refusing to let Al Leiter pitch with a sore arm. He moved in 1991 to the Oakland Athletics organization. He was the pitching coach for the Madison Muskies in 1992-1993 and the West Michigan Whitecaps in 1994. In 1996, he was the roving minor league intructor. He joined the Arizona Diamondbacks organization as minor league pitching coordinator from 1997 to 2000. In 2001, he got a job with the Toronto Blue Jays as the bullpen coach (2001) and then as pitching coach (2002-2004). In 2005 he was a coach for the Columbus Clippers and in 2006 with the GCL Yankees. in 2010-2011 he was the minor league pitching coordinator for the A's.

His 1977 Topps rookie card (the only Major League card from his playing days) mistakenly pictured minor leaguer Sheldon Gill.

'"He's one of the best pitching coaches anywhere, because he knows how hard pitching is, and he knows what a pitcher goes through to get to the big leagues." - Al Leiter, speaking about Gil Patterson

Sources include 1976-1981 Baseball Guides, Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database


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