On Sunday, the baseball world lost another legend in former Yankees and Mets pitching coach and a former Yankees pitcher, Mel Stottlemyre, after a longer battle with bone marrow cancer. He was 77.
Stottlemyre started off his legendary career in 1964 as a pitcher for the New York Yankees. He would then go on to become a five time all-star throughout his 11 seasons with the team. Unfortunately for Mel Stottlemyre, he never won a World Series as a player, as he was on the Yankees during a time when they were going through a rough patch.
He put together a record of 164-139 with a career 2.97 ERA. At just 33 years of age, Stottlemyre’s career was cut short. A bad shoulder injury forced him to retire after the 1974 season. From there, Stottlemyer would go on to be one of the greatest pitching coaches the game of baseball has ever seen.
In 1986, Stottlemyre would win a World Series title with the New York Mets as their pitching coach. Ultimately, his legacy with the Yankees is what made him the legend he will be remembered as. In 1996, Stottlemyre rejoined the Yankees as their pitching coach and became a mentor to pitchers like Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera.
He quickly became a huge factor on the team as they won the 1996 World Series and would go on to win three more during his time with them. The Yankees of the 1990’s were considered by many the team of the decade, winning three straight titles from 1998-2000. Mel Stottlemyre is a huge part of that. It couldn’t have been done without their pitching coach.
In 2015, his legacy was cemented in history as the Yankees honored him with a plaque in monument park. The honor came as a surprise to Stottlemyre because of the era in which he played with the Yankees. The Fourth Quarter Sports team sends its deepest condolences to the Stottlemyre family and the Yankees organization, as we will never forget the legendary Mel Stottlemyre and what he’s done for baseball.