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Rob Dibble

Pitcher
Born: January 24, 1964 (1964-01-24) (age 45)
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Batted: Left Threw: Right 
MLB debut
June 29, 1988 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1995 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Career statistics
Win–Loss record     27–25
Earned run average     2.98
Strikeouts     645
Saves     89
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Robert Keith Dibble (born January 24, 1964 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He is a graduate of Southington High School in Southington, Connecticut.

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Baseball career

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Cincinnati Reds

A promising young pitcher with a blazing fastball that often exceeded 99 mph, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the 1983 amateur draft, and made his debut with the Reds on June 29, 1988.

On June 4, 1989, Dibble struck out three batters on nine pitches in the eighth inning of a 5–3 win over the San Diego Padres. Dibble became the 14th National League pitcher and the 22nd pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the nine-strike/three-strikeout half-inning.

He was an MLB All-Star in 1990 and 1991, and was the 1990 NLCS Most Valuable Player (along with fellow "Nasty Boy" Randy Myers). Also in 1990, Dibble and his Reds won the World Series by beating the Oakland Athletics 4 games to 0.

As a member of the Cincinnati Reds, the reliever recorded his 500th career strikeout in fewer innings—368—than any other pitcher in modern baseball history. Nolan Ryan, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax and Lee Smith all needed more than 500 innings to strike out 500 batters.

Temper tantrums

During his career Dibble often was known for his temper. After one game, he threw a baseball into the outfield seats at Cincinnati and struck a lady. He was also involved in a brawl in 1991 with Astros shortstop Eric Yelding. That same season he was caught attempting to throw a baseball into the back of Cubs outfielder Doug Dascenzo as he ran down the first base line. Finally, Dibble was involved in a locker room brawl with Reds manager Lou Pinella after a game. In a "turn back the clock" game against the Mets at Shea Stadium in 1992, Dibble gave up a walk-off homer to Bobby Bonilla, and was seen on National TV ripping the old timers jersey off leaving the field.

Later career

Dibble required surgery to his pitching arm in 1994, and missed the entire season as a result. Dibble signed with the Milwaukee Brewers and also played with the Chicago White Sox. He signed with the Chicago Cubs at the end of the 1995 season, but didn't appear in a game. He signed with the Florida Marlins for the 1996 season, but missed the entire year due to injury[1], and retired soon after.

Broadcasting career

In 1998, Dibble joined ESPN as a baseball analyst, working mostly on the radio show hosted by Dan Patrick. Dibble worked on The Best Damn Sports Show Period as a co-host until 2008, when he left to join FOX on their Saturday baseball program as an analyst. Dibble also spends time as a co-host/analyst of The Show on XM Radio. The Show, with co-host Jody MacDonald, formerly Casey Stern and before him Kevin Kennedy, is a Monday-Friday 3 p.m.–6 p.m. (Eastern time) baseball show (on XM Channel 175/Sirius channel 210) that discusses current events in the sport. In addition to the radio show, Dibble and Kennedy serves as co-analysts for FOXSports.com on a weekly video segment entitled "Around the Bases." served as a Little-League baseball coach in Avon, CT during the 2001 season. Dibble also is a co-host with former Major League player Denny Hocking on Fox Sports Radio Sunday night programming. In 2009, Dibble signed a 3-year contract to replace Don Sutton as the color voice of the Washington Nationals on MASN.[2]

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Preceded by
Will Clark
National League Championship Series MVP
(co-MVP with Randy Myers)

1990
Succeeded by
Steve Avery

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