Bob Tewksbury

Position: Pitcher

Teams:

  • New York Yankees (1986-1987)
  • Chicago Cubs (1987-1988 )
  • St. Louis Cardinals (1989-1994)
  • Texas Rangers (1995)
  • San Diego Padres (1996)
  • Minnesota Twins (1997-1998 )

Notables:

  • Drafted in the 19th round of the 1981 amateur draft (New York Yankees)
  • NL All-Star in 1992 (starting pitcher)
  • 16-5 with a 2.16 ERA in 1992 (233 innings pitched)
  • Led NL in Win/Loss %, walks per 9 innings pitched, and strikeout to walk ratio in 1992
  • 3rd in Cy Young Voting in 1992
  • Led the NL in BB/9 IP and K/BB ratio again in 1993
  • 110-102, 3.92 ERA for his career

Tewksbury put together a string of 4 great seasons with the Cardinals from 1990 to 1993, including one incredible season (1992). As a result, in 1994 he signed a $3.5 million dollar contract with the Cardinals, which was about 1/4th of what he made in his entire career. He had a 5.32 ERA that year and never came close to matching the production of his early ’90’s seasons ever again. (Tewksbury’s career stats)

Tewksbury struggled with numerous shoulder problems over the course of his career in the Major Leagues. His shoulder problems eventually caught up to him in 1998 when he was forced to retire with the Minnesota Twins.

In 1997, Tewksbury threw an Eephus pitch, joining an elite few who have thrown “the junkiest pitch in baseball.” He threw it to Mark McGwire. (McGwire grounded out on the pitch – twice.) Watch an Eephus pitch in action (thrown by the Yankees’ Dave LaRoche):

He has done lots of work for the Boys and Girls Club of America and local children’s hospitals. His philanthropic efforts made him very well-liked among fans and peers.

In 1994, Tewksbury even made a cameo in the movie “The Scout“.

Tewksbury has appeared as a commentator for the Boston Red Sox on the New England Sports Network. He is now the sports psychology coach for the Boston Red Sox organization. His job is to help the team’s minor league players reach their “on-field potential by maximizing their mental performance.”

Here are a couple of interviews with Tewksbury about his job with the Red Sox:

Baseball Prospectus

MLB.com

Sources:

Baseball-Reference

Wikipedia

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