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Timothy Wayne Belcher

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Pitcher Tim Belcher was the first overall pick in the 1983 amateur draft by the Minnesota Twins, but he did not sign with the club. He instead joined the USA national team in the Pan-American Games and 1983 Intercontinental Cup (winning a Silver Medal). He was eligible for the draft again in January 1984 and was selected first overall by the New York Yankees, in what was considered a major coup. However, because of a front office mix-up, his name was left off the team's protected players' list for the free agent compensation draft and he was selected by the Oakland Athletics on February 8, 1984. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was livid over this development and blamed young general manager Murray Cook for it and fired him shortly afterwards.

Belcher pitched two one-hitters. The first was on July 21, 1990, against the Pittsburgh Pirates as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The lone hit was a 4th-inning single by Jay Bell. His second one-hitter was on May 26, 1993 as a member of the Cincinnati Reds against the Atlanta Braves. The lone hit in that game was a first-inning double by Deion Sanders. He also threw three two-hitters in his career. His career high in strikeouts was 13 on September 20, 1992 with the Reds against the San Diego Padres.

He threw a "rising" fastball and a slider.

Belcher retired during Spring Training 2001 due to an elbow injury. Since then, he has worked in the Cleveland Indians front office. In 2010, he was named the team's pitching coach, retiring aft the end of the 2011­ season.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 1988 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • NL Complete Games Leader (1989)
  • NL Shutouts Leader (1989)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 3 (1989, 1992 & 1996)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 7 (1989, 1991-1993 & 1996-1998)
  • 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 1 (1989)
  • Won a World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988

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