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11. Mark Langston

11. Mark Langston
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 20, 1960 in San Diego, CA USA
  • Weight: 177 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: April 07, 1984
  • Final Game: September 24, 1999
  • Gold Glove - 1987
  • Gold Glove - 1988
  • Gold Glove - 1991
  • Gold Glove - 1992
  • Gold Glove - 1993
  • Gold Glove - 1994
  • Gold Glove - 1995
 
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Mark Langston was a second round pick in 1981 and would debut with the Mariners in 1984, where he had a stellar rookie campaign.  The product of San Jose State went 17-10 and would lead the AL in Strikeouts with 204.  He was the runner-up to the Rookie of the Year, coincidentally losing to his teammate, Alvin Davis.

Langston would suffer the sophomore jinx in 1985 with a losing record (7-14) and an ERA over 5, but in the two years that came after, he would again lead the AL in Ks.  1987 was especially sweet for the flamethrower as he would strike out a career-high 262 batters with 19 Wins.  That year, he made the All-Star team, finished fifth in Cy Young voting, and won his first of two straight Gold Gloves.  He would throw for 235 Strikeouts in 1988.

He would be traded to the Montreal Expos in the 1989 mid-season transaction that would net Randy Johnson in return.  Langston would later go to three straight All-Star Games (1991-93) with the California Angels.  As a Mariner, Langston went 74-67 with 1,078 Strikeouts.  Had he not been traded for Johnson, we think his legacy in Seattle would be stronger.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round of the Amateur Draft 6/8/81.
  • Departed: Traded to the Montreal Expos with a Player to be Named Later (which would be Mike Campbell for Gene Harris, Brian Holman and Randy Johnson 5/25/89.
  • Games Played: 210
  • Notable Statistics: 74 Wins
    67 Losses
    210 Games Started
    4.01 ERA
    34 Complete Games
    1,197.2 Innings Pitched
    1,078 Strikeouts
    3.93 FIP
    1.372 WHIP 
    19.2 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (1987)
    Gold Glove (1987 & 1988)
    Most SO/9 (1984, 1986 & 1987)
    Most Strikeouts (1984, 1986 & 1987)
    Most Assists by a Pitcher (1988)

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