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Mike Scott
Pitcher
Born: April 26, 1955 (1955-04-26) (age 54)
Santa Monica, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 18, 1979 for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
April 13, 1991 for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
Win-Loss record     124-108
Earned run average     3.54
Strikeouts     1,469
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Michael Warren Scott (born April 26, 1955 in Santa Monica, California) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets and — most notably — the Houston Astros. He won the National League Cy Young Award in 1986. Scott is part of a select group of pitchers that have thrown a no-hitter and struck out 300 batters in the same season.

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Early career

Scott made his Major League debut with the Mets in 1979. The Mets traded Scott to the Astros for Danny Heep on December 11, 1982. By the end of the 1982 season, Scott had compiled a 14-27 major league record and was happy to be traded away from the poorly-managed Mets that featured a four-man starting pitching rotation. Scott continued to struggle in his first two seasons with the Astros, going 15-17.

The turning point in Scott's career came in 1985, when he became a student of legendary pitching coach Roger Craig. Craig taught Scott the split-finger fastball, a pitch he had made famous while coaching the pitchers of the 1984 World Series champion Detroit Tigers. Scott became an 18-game winner in 1985 and was rewarded with a new three-year deal with the Astros, valued at around two million dollars.

1986

Scott had his most successful and controversial season in 1986, when he posted an 18-10 record with a 2.22 ERA, striking out a league-leading 306 batters. He was accused of using the illegal tactic of scuffing the baseball[1][2] but was never caught doing so. In addition, on September 25 of that season, he threw a 2-0 no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants at the Astrodome to clinch the National League West division title for the Astros. (This game was voted one of the top-5 games played in the Astrodome after the Astros moved to Enron Field following the 1999 season.)[3]

Scott's outstanding form continued into the postseason, when Houston faced the Eastern Division champion New York Mets in the 1986 National League Championship Series. The Astros lost the series, 4 games to 2, but those two Astros' victories were courtesy of Scott's overwhelming starting pitching performances in Games 1 and 4. In fact, so dominating was Scott against the Mets' batting order in those two games that Game 6 was considered something of a "must win" for the Mets' pennant hopes; a Game 6 loss to the Astros would have meant that New York would again face an apparently-unbeatable Mike Scott in a deciding Game 7. The Mets did win that Game 6—averting another Mike Scott appearance—to win the league pennant

In recognition of his regular season performance, Scott was awarded the 1986 National League Cy Young Award as the league's best pitcher. Additionally, Scott was voted the NL 1986 NLCS MVP, the first time in NLCS history that a member of the losing team was so honored.

Later career

Mike Scott was honored alongside the retired numbers of the Houston Astros in 1992.

In 1987, Scott was the National League starter in the All-Star Game, and threw two scoreless innings. He was also the opening day starter for the Astros.

In 1988, Scott once more was named the Astros' opening day starter. On June 12, he was denied a second no-hitter when the Atlanta Braves' Ken Oberkfell singled to right with two outs in the ninth inning.

In 1989, Scott won 20 games and finished second in NL Cy Young Award voting, behind reliever Mark Davis of the San Diego Padres. He was for the third consecutive time, the opening day starter for the Astros.

Injuries began to plague him shortly thereafter. Scott retired after the 1991 season. As of the 2006 season, Mike is third all-time for the Astros in wins (110) and fourth in strikeouts (1318), and in 1992 his jersey #33 has been retired by the Astros.[4]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dwight Gooden
National League ERA Champion
1986
Succeeded by
Nolan Ryan
Preceded by
Dwight Gooden
National League Strikeout Champion
1986
Succeeded by
Nolan Ryan
Preceded by
Dwight Gooden
National League Cy Young Award
1986
Succeeded by
Steve Bedrosian
Preceded by
Ozzie Smith
National League Championship Series MVP
1986
Succeeded by
Jeff Leonard
Preceded by
Orel Hershiser & Danny Jackson
National League Wins Champion
1989
Succeeded by
Doug Drabek
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