Name: Doug Corbett
Position: Relief Pitcher
Years Played As an Angel: 1982-1986
Angels’ Stats: 14-14, 3.68 ERA, 98 Games finished, 22 Saves
Career Stats: 24-30, 3.32 ERA, 216 Games finished, 86 Saves
How He Was Acquired: Acquired along with Rob Wilfong in a trade with the Minnesota Twins for Tom Brunansky, Mike Walters and $400,000 on May 12, 1982.
Why You Should Know Him: Doug Corbett was acquired to be the Angels’ savior in the bullpen in California’s AL West winning 1982 campaign. On a team that featured four former AL MVPs and name players at every position, Corbett came over from the Twins and promptly laid an egg, going 1-7 with a 5.05 ERA in 33 games, notching just eight saves.
Corbett cost the Angels promising outfielder Tom Brunansky, who went on to star for the Twins for several years. He did rebound to go 5-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 1984 and 4-2 with a 3.66 ERA in 1986, and actually got the win in one of the Angels’ three playoff victories over Boston that year.
Memorable Moments/Games: Corbett was the pitcher of record in the forgotten game before the dreaded Donnie Moore game. Like the Red Sox, the Angels erased a three-run deficit in the ninth inning to win in extra frames, overcoming a 3-0 hole to Roger Clemens with three in the ninth and one in the 11th. Corbett pitched from the eighth inning on to get the win, putting the Angels on the doorstep of their first ever World Series appearance, which unfortunately took 16 more years to happen.
Anecdotes and Quotes: Corbett once signed as a free agent with the 1975 Big Red Machine in Cincinnati. It could be argued that he was acquired by two of the scariest everyday lineups of the last 40 years, though he never appeared in a game for the Reds.
Where is He Now?: Corbett pitch in the short-lived Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989 and 1990 and is now coaching in his home state of Florida.