Detroit Tiger, Mark Fidrych passes away

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  1. Andy T.

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    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/news/tributes/obit_mark_fidrych.jsp

    So sad. Fidrych is my earliest memory of baseball. His 1976 rookie season was incredible. I was 6 years old then, and I first started paying attention to the game and this funny character that my dad was watching and listening to.
     
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    Fidrych was fun to watch. Very sad news.
     
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    The first time I heard of this guy, my first boss here at my current company who was from MI told me stories about this pitcher, she couldn't remember his name would talk to the ball, stomp around, and other crazy antics and she would tell me how crazy he was, I never even heard of him before. On mute I saw it last night and new exactly who he was, he seemed like quite the character, something a lot of players lack, personality.

    Bring back the "shoe on fire" "gum on hat" "headlock face pounding" routines......
     
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    I remember the guy. Looking at his career stats confirmed my memory that he had that one good year, his rookie year-- and even it was less 'great' than I remembered, and he was rarely seen for the next few years, then out after 5. Wasn't he something like a more recent version of Rube Waddell, a virtual psychotic who had some extraordinary ability, but his inability to commit to a disciplined routine ruined his career and eventually his life? Sorry if that wasn't the case, and maybe he just had misfortune with injuries.
     
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    Alcott, you aren't remembering correctly. Fidrych hurt his knee in Spring Training 1977 while shagging fly balls. That cost him most of the '77 season. When he tried to come back, he hurt his shoulder probably because his knee injury altered his delivery. And after he quit baseball, he ended up having a very happy life with a big family and a small business in MA. He owned a farm and trucking business. In fact, he died while working on one of his trucks - it fell on him apparently. Fidrych was a regular guy who connected with the fans by the way he played the game with his quirky joy.

    And his 1976 season was one of the more dominant rookie seasons in history. The '76 Tigers were pretty bad - he lost a lot of close games; otherwise his record may have been something like 24-4. He led the league in ERA and complete games with 24! He was a ground ball pitcher with great control and movement - comparable to a G. Maddux.
     
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    The Bird was more of a personality than he was a great player. '76 was unbelievable. After that he made 26 appearances and went 10-10. Sad loss though.
     
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    I remember Mark Fidych when I was kid age same as Andy T. was. He was so funny when he talked with ball before pitching.

    But, he have been injuries spent much of his career with Tigers. So, not much to watch him do pitching. I wish that he would have been health, and might have a great career record with Tigers for many years. He could have win 200 game swith Tigers by the time he retires. But injuries cut his career short. I miss him.

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