If you love statistical oddities as I do, consider the last three outings by Orioles lefty reliever Tim Byrdak. In two of the appearances he was charged with six earned runs combined while only recording two outs. Ouch! But in between, the 32-year-old picked up his first major league victory with a one-out appearance against the Angels.
The win came in his 93rd major league appearance, in a big-league career that stretches back to 1998. Byrdak split 2003 pitching in the Northern League for Joliet, IL and Gary, IN. The story gets so juicy I will be writing about it in more detail in this Thursday's Independent Baseball Insider.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
TIM BYRDAK WON'T FORGET FIRST WIN
Former chief spokesman for Major League Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth. Six years as publicity director for the Kansas City Royals, and a background in newspaper, radio and television. Started Wirz & Associates, a sports PR and consulting firm, in 1985. Has written extensively on Independent Baseball since 2003.