By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Long-time MLB pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre has passed away. He was 77.
He died on Sunday night in Seattle, Washington. Stottlemyre battled bone marrow cancer in recent years.
He was last a pitching coach with the Seattle Mariners in 2008. He also served as the New York Yankees pitching coach from 1996 through 2005.
Stottlemyre was the Houston Astros pitching coach in 1994 and 1995. He began his coaching career as a pitching coach with the New York Mets from 1984 through 1993.
He also served five seasons as the Mariners roving instructor from 1977 through 1982.
He also spent his entire career as a player with the Yankees, where he played from 1964 through 1974. Stottlemyre went 164-139 with a 2.97 ERA in his career.
He made his debut with the Yankees on Aug. 12, 1964. His final game was played on Aug. 16, 1974.
His highlights include five World Series Championships. He also was a five-time All-Star. He is a Monument Park honoree by the Yankees.
Stottlemyre’s best season with the Yankees was in 1968. He went 21-12 with a 2.45 ERA in 36 starts. He also had 19 complete games and six shutouts in 278 2/3 innings.
He had two seasons — his first and last season — where he had not win more than 10 games in a season.
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