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July 15, 2005

Marty Bystrom

Marty Bystrom, at age 21, came up in September 1980 with the Philadelphia Phillies and was an overnight sensation for the team that would eventually win the World Series. In six games, five of which were starts, he had a tidy ERA of 1.50.

Then arm problems came and he was one of the worst pitchers in the NL for a few years - including 1984 when the Phillies finally gave up on him and traded him to the New York Yankees on June 30, 1984.

What happened over the final three months of the 1984 season? Bystrom made 7 starts for the Yankees and had an ERA of 2.97. You could probably make a case that Marty Bystrom was the second or third best starting pitcher on the Yankees for the second half of 1984.

In 1985, Bystrom reverted to his terrible pitching form and only made 8 starts for the Yanks and that would be the last time he pitched in the major leagues. His big league pitching days were over before his 28th birthday.

There is no question, that in 1984, the Yankees caught lightning in a bottle with Marty Bystrom - an extremely rare grab, indeed.

As this is being penned, the 2005 Yankees are in desperate need for starting pitching. Will lightning strike twice in a bottle for New York? Can it happen again this season? Stay tuned.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at July 15, 2005 08:44 AM


5-6 times this season it's been irritating to watch a slightly above average pitcher (e.g., for Kanses City) look like Steve Carlton because he's "pumped up" to face the Yankees.

It's time for Redding to get "pumped up" himself and scatter 4 hits.

Posted by: Jason O. at July 15, 2005 09:52 AM

Well, if this game tonight can't pump him up, then nothing would.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at July 15, 2005 10:08 AM

if emotion counts for anything, Redding should be poised to pitch the game of his life. lifelong Yankee fan who readily offers he hates the Red Sox. no beating around the bush to protect his chances of playing for Boston someday. maybe he pulls one out of the hat tonight. considering all the out-of-leftfield performances by no-name mediocrities and rookie call-ups against us in recent seasons, isn't it the Yankees' turn to befuddle a sinking-ship Red Sox team with an out-of-the-blue shocker. 6 solid innings of 2 run ball is all I ask.

Posted by: JohnnyC at July 15, 2005 10:34 AM

I'd be happy with 6 and 4. That would keep the Yankees in the game. It's all you can ask.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at July 15, 2005 10:49 AM

To the wayback machine! Thanks Steve. Jeez, 1984, some 21 years ago. Man, am I getting old... lol. That was the year the Tigers ran off that 35-5 start, putting the divisional race to bed early.

Part of what's "wrong" with Redding is that he can't control his emotions, so hopefully he doesn't get TOO pumped up (: Or if he does, he's able to focus his energy on his pitching.

Should be a pretty good game tonight

Posted by: Raf at July 15, 2005 11:05 AM