Steve Sparks (pitcher, born 1965)
July 2, 1965 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 28, 1995 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 2004 for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Earned run average||4.88|
Steven William Sparks (born July 2, 1965 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a former knuckleball-throwing right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher, who graduated from Holland Hall High School, then attended Sam Houston State University in 1987.
Sparks started his Major League career with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1995. He signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Angels in 1998 and was a free agent again in 2000. He signed briefly with the Philadelphia Phillies, but was released in spring training. Sparks started the 2000 season with the Detroit Tigers and had a career-high 14 wins for them in 2001. After starting the 2003 season with the Tigers, he briefly played for the Oakland Athletics and ended the season with the Toronto Blue Jays, before moving to the Arizona Diamondbacks for the 2004 season. He was signed by the San Diego Padres to a minor-league contract before the 2005 season. After the 2005 season, he was signed by the Houston Astros to a minor league contract, but after being cut, he retired at age 40.
- James, Bill; Neyer, Rob (2004-06-15). The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches. Simon and Schuster. p. 391. ISBN 9780743261586. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- Baseball Library website: Steve Sparks
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
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