Thursday, December 10, 2009

Name: Kevin Appier
Nickname: Ape
Position: Pitcher
Throws: Right
Bats: Right
Number(s): With Angels (27,55)

Years Played As an Angel: 2002-2003

Angels’ Stats:
W-L 21-19
ERA 4.48
ERA+ 98
Strikeouts 182
WHIP 1.409
K/9 5.8
K/BB 1.82

Career Stats:
W-L 169-137
ERA 3.74
ERA+ 121
Strikeouts 1994
WHIP 1.294
K/9 6.9
K/BB 2.14

How He Was Acquired: Acquired from the New York Mets in an exchange of bad contracts for Mo Vaughn on December 27th, 2001.

Why You Should Know Him: He was one of the better pitchers in the American League during the early 1990s with the Royals, finishing 3rd in the Cy Young voting in 1993. Started for the Angels during their championship run in 2002.

Memorable Moments/Games: Started the decisive game 6 of the 2002 World Series, shutting out the Giants for 4 innings before giving up 3 runs in the 5th. Also remembered by Angels fans for getting into a heated argument with manager Mike Scioscia after being removed from a game in 2003 which resulted in him being released from the club.

Anecdotes and Quotes: Was one of several players from Southern California to play on the Angels during the 2002. Was born in Lancaster, CA and attended Antelope Valley High School.

Where is He Now?: After coming back to complete the 2003 season with the Royals, he subsequently struggled with several clubs before calling it quits for good.

Contributed by Thomas Crow - Contributor
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