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|Born: April 29, 1971 |
Fayetteville, North Carolina
|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|September 11, 1992 for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 22, 2004 for the San Diego Padres|
|Earned run average||4.80|
|Career highlights and awards|
Sterling Alex Hitchcock (born April 29, 1971 in Fayetteville, North Carolina) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He played from 1992 to 2004, mostly with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres.
Sterling never played in college due to the fact he was drafted out of high school in 1989. He attended Armwood High School in Seffner, Florida where his jersey is retired in the trophy case.
Hitchcock is best remembered for his performance in the 1998 playoffs with the Padres, in which he was named the NLCS MVP. He was the winning pitcher in both of his starts with a 0.90 ERA in the NLCS. Overall in the 1998 playoffs he was 3-1, allowing 3 runs in 22 innings (1.23 ERA) with 32 strikeouts.
Three years later, Hitchcock was the winning pitcher for the Yankees in Game 5 of the 2001 World Series.
During the regular season, Hitchcock's career-best win-loss record was 13-9 with Seattle in 1996. His career-best ERA was 3.93 with the Padres in 1998. He was drafted by the Yankees in 1989 and made his Major League debut in 1992, pitching his first full season in 1994. He was traded to the Mariners after the 1995 season in the deal that sent Tino Martinez and Jeff Nelson to the Yankees. The following winter, the Mariners sent him to San Diego for Scott Sanders. His successful years with the Padres were followed by struggles with injuries. The Padres sent him back to the Yankees in mid-2001 for two minor leaguers. Later he pitched briefly with the St. Louis Cardinals before finishing his career with the Padres.
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