Monday, February 07, 2005

 

February 7th, 1979

Jesse Orosco Sent to Mets

Jesse Orosco was sent to complete a trade which had earlier sent Jerry Koosman to the Twins. Orosco would make his debut for the Mets in April 1979 pitching in eighteen games (including two starts) and would, of course, not stop pitching until September 2003. Orosco did not pitch more than fifty-five innings the last thirteen seasons of his career despite averaging fifty-six appearances a season. Orosco's career was remarkable in its length; he pitched in four decades (70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s) and he was the oldest player in the league every year from '99 on. He pitched through the leadership of four Soviet leaders, the fall of Communism, through one President of Russia and into the term of another. Orosco's debut game was not covered by SportsCenter or Baseball Tonight because ESPN would not be on the air until September of that year. Orosco was forty-six when he retired, old for baseball but merely just middle-aged in life. One can only assume then that Jesse has many years left on this earth, but he finally does move on, it is only a matter of time before he is officially canonized as St. Orosco, the Patron Saint of Lefties




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