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Mike Boddicker

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Michael James "Mike" Boddicker (born August 23, 1957, Cedar Rapids, Iowa [1]) was a right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles (1980–1988), Boston Red Sox (1988–1990), Kansas City Royals (1991–1992), and Milwaukee Brewers (1993). He was the ALCS MVP in 1983 and was an American League All-Star in 1984.

Early yearsEdit

Boddicker was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on August 23, 1957.[2] His ancestors emigrated in 1861 from the Province of Westphalia, which was situated in current-day Germany, and were among the original settlers of Norway, Iowa, where he was raised. He was the youngest of five children to Harold and Dolly. His father, who was commonly known as Bus, operated a travelling hammermill for grain milling before becoming a custodian at the local elementary school.[3]

Baseball careerEdit

Boddicker's pitching repertoire, once called "Little League slop" by Rod Carew, featured off-speed pitches and deception to compensate for a lack of power.[4] He was able to throw from three different arm angles. He had a fastball that never came close to reaching 90 miles per hour. The one pitch that made him famous was the fosh, which he called "a glorified changeup." Another one he used with success was the slurve. Tony Phillips once commented, "What I noticed about him is that he lets you get yourself out. I find myself sometimes actually jumping at his pitches, being overanxious because he doesn't throw very fast, and I wind up popping the ball up."[5]

Boddicker had a W-L record of 134-116 with a 3.80 ERA during his career. His best season was 1984 when he went 20-11 with a 2.79 ERA (leading the American League in both wins and ERA). He also won the Gold Glove Award in 1990.

In the 1983 postseason with the Baltimore Orioles, Boddicker pitched brilliantly. With his team down 1-0 in both the ALCS and World Series, Boddicker pitched his team out of the hole by winning Game 2 of the ALCS 4-0 vs the Chicago White Sox (complete game shutout) and Game 2 of the World Series 4-1 vs the Philadelphia Phillies en route to a world championship.

On July 29, 1988, Boddicker was traded from the Orioles to the Boston Red Sox for OF Brady Anderson and pitcher Curt Schilling. Boddicker went 7-3 down the stretch for the Sox, helping them win the AL East crown that year. He went 15-11 in 1989 and had a stellar season in 1990, going 17-8 with a 3.36 ERA while helping the Red Sox win another division title.

Later yearsEdit

FamilyEdit

Mike has a wife, Lisa and four children: daughters, Stephanie and Brittany, and sons, Cory and James. He has a grandson.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by:
Fred Lynn
American League Championship Series MVP
1983
Succeeded by:
Kirk Gibson
Preceded by:
Rick Honeycutt
American League ERA Champion
1984
Succeeded by:
Dave Stieb
Preceded by:
LaMarr Hoyt
American League Wins Champion
1984
Succeeded by:
Ron Guidry
Preceded by:
Bret Saberhagen
American League Gold Glove Award (P)
1990
Succeeded by:
Mark Langston

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