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Mel Stottlemyre

Mel Stottlemyre

Yakima Valley College
Class of 1994

Pitcher for YVCC's baseball championship teams in 1960 and 1961, pitching a one-hit shutout during the 1961 WSJCAC playoffs. Went on from there to an eleven year career with the New York Yankees, going 164-139 with a 2.97 ERA. Started three games in the 1964 World Series. Was a 5× All-Star selection (1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970) and a 5× World Series champion as a pitching coach (1986, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000). In 1977, Stottlemyre re-emerged in baseball as a roving instructor for the Seattle Mariners. After five seasons in that position, he was hired by the New York Mets as the pitching coach for ten years (including the 1986 World Series championship team) and then followed by a two-year stint as the Houston Astros pitching coach. In 1996, Stottlemyre joined the Yankees coaching staff along with the incoming manager Joe Torre. Under Torre, Stottlemyre lowered the team ERA from 4.65 in 1996 to 3.84 in 1997 and then to 3.82 in 1998. Under Stottlemyre, the Yankee team averaged an ERA of 4.23 from 1996 to 2005. After 10 seasons in New York and four World Series victories, Stottlemyre resigned his coaching position on October 12, 2005.

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