Thursday, March 22, 2012

Player Profile: Kevin Appier

I have 64 cards of Kevin Appier. This one is from 1992 Upper Deck.

Playing career: Kevin Appier pitched sixteen seasons in the major leagues, mostly with the Royals, going 169-137 with a 3.74 ERA. His best season was 1993, when he went 18-8 and led the American League with a 2.56 ERA. Injuries prevented him from duplicating this success, but he remained a decent, though no longer great, pitcher for several years. He led the American League in wild pitches in 1997 and in walks allowed in 2000. He won a World Series ring with the Angels in 2002, despite a terrible postseason in which he was 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA.

My memories: Appier was kind of the generic 1990’s pitcher. I’ve read that he was underrated because he pitched in Kansas City but outside of 1993 that wasn’t really the case. He pitched for some big market teams later in his career and didn’t impress.

Where he is now: Operates a ranch in Paola, KS.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Kevin Ap, between Kevin Appel, an LA-based artist, and Kevin Apuzzio, a New Jersey firefighter who died in action last year. There do not appear to be any other prominent Kevin Appiers.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Greg Aquino.

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