Sunday, November 20, 2005
Rockies Accquire Mike DeJean
I've actually written about DeJean before, and his mixed quality 2004 season. Today however, he earns his second blog for an accomplishment of a much longer time frame. DeJean was exchanged for Joe Girardi--a deal that worked out for the Yankees in 1996, of course--but didn't see any time in Colorado that year. In 1997 however, he made his debut. DeJean pitched well, posting a 3.99 ERA, mediocre at face value but actually thirty percent better than the league average at Coors Field. More relevantly, however, DeJean went 5-0 in fifty-five appearances. In 1998, DeJean would continue to pitch effectively for the
The real news of DeJean's season however, came on July 3rd, at
I'm the first to admit that this is a relatively obscure record, and not even one that necessarily demonstrates great capabilities as a pitcher (it's basically custom made for middle relievers) but someone has to hold the record, and the overall excellence of DeJean's performances those years in Colorado, he's as deserving as the next guy, probably even more so.