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David Cone
Pitcher
Born: January 2, 1963 (1963-01-02) (age 47)
Kansas City, Missouri
Batted: Left Threw: Right 
MLB debut
June 8, 1986 for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
May 28, 2003 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
Win–Loss record     194–126
Earned run average     3.46
Strikeouts     2,688
Teams
Career highlights and awards

David Brian Cone (born January 2, 1963) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who pitched for the New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Cone won the American League Cy Young Award in 1994 as the ace of the Kansas City Royals, and pitched a perfect game as a member of the New York Yankees. Off the field, he was noted for his prominent role in the player's union during the 1994-95 baseball strike. He was the subject of the book A Pitcher's Story: Innings With David Cone by Roger Angell.

He lives in Stamford, Connecticut, and is formerly a color commentator for the Yankees on the YES Network.[1][2]

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Early life and career

Cone was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended high school at Rockhurst High School. However, he did not play baseball there because there was not an existing baseball program at the time for the high school. He was drafted by the Royals in the 3rd round of the 1981 amateur draft and made his Major League debut on June 8, 1986. Prior to the 1987 season, however, he was traded with Greg Hocevar to the New York Mets for Ed Hearn, Rick Anderson and Chris Davidson. The following season, Cone split time between the bullpen and the starting rotation and enjoyed marginal success, going 5-6.

Career

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Kansas City Royals : "Homegrown" Talent

Cone's first year was with the Kansas City Royals in 1986. His talent was coveted by the Mets and he was eventually dealt to them at year's end.

New York Mets : A Star in the Spotlight

Cone started his 1987 season with the defending World Series champion New York Mets's first exceptional year came in 1988 when he went 20-3 with a 2.22 ERA, leading the Mets to the postseason, where they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers (despite the fact that the Mets came in as heavy favorites) and the man who won the Cy Young over Cone, Orel Hershiser.

Cone spent nearly 6 years in a Met uniform, most of the time serving as the team's co-ace alongside Dwight Gooden while leading the National League in strikeouts in 1990 and 1991, but his 261 strikeouts in 1992, split between the two leagues, were a personal best. On August 30, 1991, Cone struck out three batters on nine pitches in the fifth inning of a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds and also tied a National League record in the season finale against the Phillies by striking out 19 batters; Cone became the 16th National League pitcher and the 25th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the nine-strike/three-strikeout half-inning, while his 19 strikeouts was the second-highest total ever recorded in a 9-inning game just behind the 20 K's games recorded Kerry Wood, Randy Johnson, and Roger Clemens (twice).

Toronto Blue Jays: First World Series Ring

However, the Mets had slipped from contention by the 1992 season, and he was eventually traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on August 27, after the non-waiver trading deadline, in exchange for future All-Star second baseman Jeff Kent and outfielder Ryan Thompson. The acquisition of Cone would be a major boon to Toronto, as he would help pitch the Jays to win the 1992 World Series over the Atlanta Braves. It was this reputation which led to Cone's becoming a popular trade commodity during deadline deals as his pitching down the stretch was highly sought by contending teams.

Kansas City Royals : Back Home

After his release by the Blue Jays, Cone signed with his hometown team of Kansas City. His career was noticeable, but the Royals never contended for a winning team.

It was while with Kansas City where Cone was elected to be the Major League Players Association's representative in negotiations with Major League Baseball in events that surrounded the 1994 Baseball Strike.

New York Yankees: Dynasty and Perfect Game

In 1995, the New York Yankees had been building up their team in to what would become a dynasty. As the Yankees strove to make the playoffs for the first time in 15 years, they sought a pitcher to help them win as they moved towards the post-season and traded for Cone. Cone compiled an 8–3 postseason record over 21 postseason starts and was a part of five World Series championship teams (1992 with the Toronto Blue Jays and 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000 with the New York Yankees). He had a career postseason ERA of 3.80.

Cone was diagnosed with an aneurysm in his arm in 1996 and was on the disabled list for the majority of the year. In his comeback start that September against the Oakland Athletics, Cone pitched a no-hitter through seven innings before he had to leave due to pitch count restrictions. Mariano Rivera allowed a single which broke the no-hitter up.

Cone enjoyed a 20-win season in 1998, setting a Major League record for the longest span between 20-win seasons. He won the American League Cy Young Award in the strike-shortened 1994 season, going 16-5 with a 2.94 ERA.

Cone's performance faded dramatically in his final years. After pitching a perfect game on July 18, 1999, against the Montreal Expos (the last no-hitter to date by a Yankee [1]), he seemed to suddenly lose effectiveness. The perfect game was the last shutout he would throw in his career.[3]

In 2000 he posted the worst record of his career, 4–14, while seeing his ERA balloon to 6.91, more than double his mark the previous year. In spite of his ineffectiveness, Cone was brought in during Game 4 of the 2000 World Series to face the Mets' Mike Piazza, a controversial decision at the time -- Denny Neagle had given up a home run to Piazza in his previous at-bat, but was pitching with a lead and only needed to retire Piazza to go the minimum five innings to be eligible for a win. Cone induced a pop-up to end the inning. It was the only batter he faced in the entire Series.

Boston Red Sox

In 2001 Cone pitched for the rival Boston Red Sox, performing with mixed but mostly positive results, including a 9-7 win-loss record and a 4.31 ERA. Despite playing for the Yankees most heated rival, Yankee fans welcomed him back to Yankee Stadium with a standing ovation. His 2001 season included a suspenseful 1-0 loss against Yankees ace Mike Mussina wherein Cone pitched 8.1 innings giving up one unearned run, keeping the game close even as Mike Mussina came within one strike of completing a perfect game, which would have made Cone the first pitcher to pitch a perfect game and be the losing pitcher in another.

Attempted Comeback with New York Mets

He sat out the 2002 season, but attempted a comeback in 2003 . Pitching again for the New York Mets, the results were no better - he went 1-3 in 4 starts with a 6.50 ERA. He announced his retirement soon after his last appearance for the Mets on May 28, citing a chronic hip problem.

Retirement

Upon retiring from baseball in 2001, Cone became a color commentator on the YES Network during its inaugural season. However, his comeback attempt with the crosstown rival Mets in 2003 infuriated Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and Cone was told he would not be welcome back. After his second retirement, Cone was offered a broadcasting position with the Mets, but opted to remain home with his family. [2]

In 2008, David Cone rejoined the YES Network as an analyst and host of Yankees on Deck.

On July 17, 2009, Cone testified as a witness (representing the Democratic Party) before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Supreme Court nomination hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor.[4] He read a prepared statement in support of Sotomayor's nomination which chronicled Major League Baseball's labor dispute of 1994 and the impact of the judge's decision which forced the disputants back to the bargaining table. Cone said, "It can be a good thing to have a judge in district court or a justice on the United States Supreme Court who recognizes that the law cannot always be separated from the realities involved in the disputes being decided."[5]

On January 7, 2010; it was reported that Cone will be leaving the YES Network in order to "spend more time with my family." A replacement has not been named.[6]

Hall of Fame candidacy

Cone became eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009. 75% of the vote was necessary for induction, and 5% was necessary to stay on the ballot. He received 3.9% of the vote and dropped off the ballot.

Accomplishments

  • All-Star (1988, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999)
  • American League Cy Young Award winner (1994)
  • Finished 9th in American League MVP voting (1994)
  • Finished 10th in National League MVP voting (1988)
  • Finished 3rd in National League Cy Young Award voting (1988)
  • Finished 4th in American League Cy Young Award voting (1995, 1998)
  • Finished 6th in American League Cy Young Award voting (1999)
  • Pitched 16th perfect game in history and the first and only regular season perfect game in the history of interleague play (for New York Yankees, 18 July 1999 vs. Montreal Expos)
  • .606 Won-Loss % ranks 95th on MLB All-Time List
  • 7.77 Hits Allowed per 9 Innings Pitched ranks 60th on MLB All-Time List.
  • 8.28 Strikeouts per 9 Innings Pitched ranks 17th on MLB All-Time List.
  • 2,668 Strikeouts ranks 21st on MLB All-Time List.
  • 419 Games Started ranks 97th on MLB All-Time List.
  • 258 Home Runs Allowed ranks 78th on MLB All-Time List.
  • 1,137 Walks Allowed ranks 63rd on MLB All-Time List.
  • 149 Wild Pitches ranks 26th on MLB All-Time List.
  • 106 Hit Batsmen ranks 50th on MLB All-Time List.
  • New York Yankees All-Time Leader in Strikeouts per 9 Innings Pitched (8.67).
  • Holds New York Yankees single season record for most Strikeouts per 9 Innings Pitched (10.25 in 1997).
  • Struck out 19 batters in one game, October 6, 1991
  • Hutch Award 1998

Career statistics

W L PCT ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H ER R HR BB SO WP HBP
194 126 .606 3.46 450 419 56 22 1 2898.2 2504 1115 1222 258 1137 2668 149 106

See also

Trivia

References

  1. ^ Costaregni, Susie, "Director grabs a coffee before daughter's wedding", June 24, 2006, "The Dish with susie" column in The Advocate page A2
  2. ^ http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/yankees/it_official_cone_gone_lUD67bB3l4xXgZLOzilBbL
  3. ^ The Yankee Years, pp.74-75 , Joe Torre and Tom Verducci, Doubleday Publishing, New York, ISBN 978-0-385-52740-8
  4. ^ http://judiciary.senate.gov/
  5. ^ http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/16/live-blogging-sotomayor-hearings-day-4/
  6. ^ http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/yankees/it_official_cone_gone_lUD67bB3l4xXgZLOzilBbL

External links

Preceded by
José DeLeón
National League Strikeout Champion
1990-1991
Succeeded by
John Smoltz
Preceded by
Roger Clemens
American League Wins Champion
1998
(with Roger Clemens & Rick Helling)
Succeeded by
Pedro Martínez
Preceded by
David Wells
Perfect game pitcher
July 18, 1999
Succeeded by
Randy Johnson

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