Froback Thursday: Andy Hawkins

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Pitcher | Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Height: 6-4 | Weight: 200 | DOB: 1/21/1960 | Waco, Texas

Draft: Selected by the San Diego Padres in the 1st round (5th overall) of the 1978 June Amateur Draft

MLB Debut: 7/17/82 (San Diego Padres)

Seasons in San Diego: 1982-1988

Left: 12/8/88 – Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees

Career Stats: Major League & Minor League

Known for: After putting up rather mediocre numbers in the minors (4.27 ERA, 392 BB/458 K), Andy Hawkins first appeared on the scene with the Padres in 1982. He had his ups and downs during his 7 seasons in San Diego but overall was worth +5.3 WAR here. A member of the Padres 1984 National League Championship team, Hawkins became the first Padre pitcher to ever record a win in the World Series, winning Game 2 that year. It still stands as the only World Series win in Padres history unfortunately. 1985 was his finest season as a pro, going 18-8 with a 3.15 ERA. On July 1st 1990, while with the New York Yankees, Hawkins pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox yet lost. After cruising into the 8th, a throwing error by the third baseman Mike Blowers, followed by 2 walks and an error by left fielder Jim Leyritz (yes, THAT Jim Leyritz) cleared the bases, the score quickly ran up to 3-0. After another error, the White Sox held a 4-0 lead which the Yankees would not come back from. He ranks 7th on the Padres all-time wins (60) list and 8th in complete games (19). Today Hawkins currently resides as the bullpen coach for the Texas Rangers, a position he’s held since 2008.

What Ducksnorts sez: When you think of Andy Hawkins you don’t exactly think of “epic pitchers”. But on one day in 1988 Hawkins had an Epic Pitchers Duel against Orel Hershiser and the Dodgers. GY digs deep on this matchup, as both starting pitchers went 10 shutout innings that day.

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Other Froback Thursdays: Jose Arcia, Rich Folkers

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