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Rick Lysander

Rick Lysander
Born: (1953-02-21) February 21, 1953
Huntington Park, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 12, 1980, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1985, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 9–17
Strikeouts 111
Earned run average 4.28

Richard Eugene Lysander is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He had a four-season career in the majors, spread out over six years.

Major League career

Lysander was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 1974, and he toiled in the minors for several years before finally pitching five games for the A's in 1980. He was then returned to the minors, and remained there for the rest of 1980 and all of 1981. Oakland traded him to the Houston Astros after the 1981 season, but Lysander never played in the majors for Houston. The Astros traded him on to the Minnesota Twins for Bob Veselic the following off-season, and in 1983 Rick was back in the majors. He remained with the Twins until 1985, after which he was released, ending his major-league career.

Post-MLB life

Lysander didn't give up on pitching entirely, and eventually found a home in the Senior Professional Baseball Association. In 1989 he pitched for the Bradenton Explorers, leading the league in saves with 11. In 1990, he moved on to the Daytona Beach Explorers, pitching in eight games without allowing an earned run. This earned him a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, and he pitched in ten games for the Syracuse Chiefs that season before retiring.

Rick's son, Brent, pitched in the A's minor league organization in 2007-08, and for the independent Lake Erie Crushers in 2009.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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