Originally written on The Flagrant Fan  |  Last updated 10/20/14
Latroyhawkins
The surprise isn't that LaTroy Hawkins is still pitching in the major leagues. The surprise is that anyone would sign a 39 year old pitcher that isn't left-handed. If reports are correct, Hawkins has signed a one year deal with the Angels for $3 million pending a physical. If the deal becomes finalized it will mean an eighteenth season for Hawkins with his ninth different team. It will also be his fifth free agent contract. All this comes to a pitcher who started out with the Twins as one of the worst starting pitchers ever. It was fortunate for LaTroy Hawkins that the Twins didn't simply discard him after the 1999 season. Instead, the Twins converted Hawkins to the bullpen where they found he was pretty decent. How bad was LaTroy Hawkins as a starter? He made 98 starts at the beginning of his career covering 521 and a third innings. In those innings, he gave up 357 earned runs. on 680 hits. Ouch. His ERA in those starts was 6.16 and his hits per nine were 11.73. He als...
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