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Martin Eugene Bystrom (born July 26, 1958), is an American former professional baseball pitcher in Major League Baseball, who played for the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees, from 1980–1985.

Marty Bystrom
Pitcher
Born: (1958-07-26) July 26, 1958 (age 61)
Coral Gables, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
debut
September 7, 1980, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last appearance
September 9, 1985, for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Win–loss record29–26
Earned run average4.26
Strikeouts258
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Bystrom was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in December 1976.[1] At age 22, as a September call-up,[2] he made his MLB debut on September 7, 1980; Bystrom went on to win 5 games (including a complete-game shutout) that September,[3] en route to Philadelphia’s National League East Division championship.[4]

On June 30, 1984, the Phillies traded Bystrom, along with Keith Hughes to the Yankees for pitcher Shane Rawley.[1]

Following the 1985 season, Bystrom was granted free agency and was re-signed by the Yankees.[1] However, he would never again reach the big leagues, as he finished his career pitching in the farm systems of the Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Phillies, and Cleveland Indians, eventually retiring as an active player in 1989.[5] Because the 1994 MLB players' strike also affected 1995 spring training, he briefly attempted a comeback as a replacement player because, "No matter what, there's nothing quite so special as putting on a major-league uniform and playing baseball. I cherish this. I always did."[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Marty Bystrom Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "MLB Rotation: Phillies Most Memorable Call Up? Marty Bystrom in 1980". thegoodphight.com. August 26, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "1980 Pitching Gamelogs (Marty Bystrom)". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Madden, Bill (March 6, 1995). "Blame Game, Not Bystrom". nydailynews.com. New York Daily News. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  5. ^ "Marty Bystrom Minor League Statistics & History". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. Retrieved August 13, 2014.

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