Monday, May 16, 2011

Player Profile: Glenn Abbott

I have eight Glenn Abbott cards. This one is from 1981 Fleer.

Playing career: Glenn Abbott pitched eleven seasons for Oakland, Seattle and Detroit between 1973 and 1984. Pitched one inning of a combined no-hitter for the A's in 1975, and also pitched an inning for them in that year's ALCS. He was the longest tenured member of the Mariners' expansion draft, three times starting on opening day. In 1979 he struck out just 25 of 518 batters faced, the lowest total of any pitcher in the last 57 years.

My memories of him: He's a bit before my time - I only know him from his cards.

Where he is now: Has been a minor league pitching coach since 1990. Currently is coaching for the Mets' A-Ball team in Savannah.

Interesting facts: Missed the entire 1982 season due to meningitis. Participated in the 1975 Bazooka/Joe Garagiola Big League Bubble Gum Blowing Championship (he was eliminated in the first round). His son Todd pitched in the A's organization, reaching AAA.

Google autocomplete ranking: He is second when you type in Glenn Ab, between artist Glenn Aber and Glen Abbey, a mortuary in San Diego. Another prominent Glenn Abbott is the producer of the horro movies Monstar and South of Heaven.

Coming up next: Tomorrow's profile will be Jeff Abbott.

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