Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gabe White and The Mile High Club

Happy birthday to former Expos, Reds, Rockies, Yankees, and Cardinals pitcher Gabe White, who turns 41 today.

2001 Topps Gold #681, Gabe White

According to "exhaustive" research--I searched B-R.com and checked HR logs--Gabe belongs to a metaphorical Mile High Club of Colorado pitchers who hit their only career homer at Coors Field. Here's that list of exclusive gentlemen and who they victimized.
  • May 7, 1995: Bill Swift vs. Hideo Nomo (LAD), COL lost 12-10
  • April 13, 1997: Darren Holmes vs. Carlos Perez (MON), COL lost 8-3
  • June 9, 1999: Curt Leskanic vs. Rafael Carmona (SEA), COL won 16-11
  • May 26, 2000: Masato Yoshii vs. Francisco Cordova (PIT), COL lost 2-1
  • June 10, 2000: Gabe White vs. Matt Perisho (TEX), COL won 12-6
  • May 18, 2002: Denny Stark vs. Kevin Millwood (ATL), COL won 7-3
  • July 10, 2003: Darren Oliver vs. Brian Powell (SFG), COL won 11-3

Swift and Leskanic both hit 3-run shots in shoot-out games, but Yoshii's added the most Win Probability (.145) because his homer tied a close game in the 6th inning. And hey, each one counts, even if it's 5280 feet up!

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