Tuesday, April 19, 2005
April 19th, 1964
Scott Kamieniecki Born
Hey! Its Scott Kamieniecki, someone like John Habyan of whom I have not terribly clear (or fond) memories pitching for some lousy early 90s Yankee teams but whose name sure is harder to spell. Kamieniecki was a 14th round pick of the Yankees in the 1986 draft and made his debut in 1991, and moved into a role as a full-time started in 1992, and was unlucky to go 6-14 with an ERA just ten percent worse than the league average, but I suppose that's what happens when you pitch for a team that loses eighty-six games. In 1993 Kamieniecki improved his ERA to better than league average and went 10-7, but it was really just a warm up for 1994, when Kamieniecki went 8-6 with a career best 3.76 ERA before the strike came. He slipped slightly in 1995 but pitched well enough to earn a start in Game 4 of the ALDS that year, he didn't pitch well but thanks to the Yankees offense left the game in a position to be its winner. Kamieniecki barely pitched at all in 1996, appearing in just seven games (five starts) while posting an 11.12 ERA, with his season ending before Memorial Day prior to injury.
Kamieniecki became a free agent after that season and signed with his former team's biggest divisional rival the previous year, the Baltimore Orioles. Serving as one of manager Davey Johnson's starters, Kamieniecki pitched relativlely well for an Orioles team that went wire-to-wire AL East champions, going 10-6 with a 4.01 ERA. He also pitched well in the playoffs, although he did not pitch in Baltimore's victory in the ALDS over Seattle (Johnson choose to pitch Mike Mussina on short rest instead) but threw eight scoreless innings in the ALCS loss to Cleveland with an effective relief appearence in Game 2 and five shutout innings in a Game 5 start.
Kamieniecki suffered through an ineffective and injury ridden 1998 and 1999, pitching just over fifty innings each year and left as a free agent after the 1999 season to go to the Indians. Kamieniecki could not find his form however, and even the usual Mr. Pitching Fix-It, Leo Mazzone, could not revive Kamieniecki's career and he retired after the 1999 season, finishing with a career record of 53-59 and 4.57 ERA.