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David Brian Cone (born January 2, 1963 in Kansas City, Missouri) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Cone won the American League Cy Young Award in 1994 as the ace of the Kansas City Royals, and pitched a perfect game as a member of the New York Yankees.
He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, and is currently a color commentator for the Yankees on the YES Network.
Born: January 2, 1963 (1963-01-02) (age 45)
Kansas City, Missouri
Batted: Left Threw: Right
June 8, 1986
for the Kansas City Royals
May 28, 2003
for the New York Mets
Win-Loss Record 194-126
Earned run average 3.46
Kansas City Royals (1986, 1993-1994)
New York Mets (1987-1992, 2003)
Toronto Blue Jays (1992, 1995)
New York Yankees (1995-2000)
Boston Red Sox (2001)
Career highlights and awards
5x All-Star selection (1988, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999)
5x World Series champion (1992, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000)
1994 AL Cy Young Award
1998 Hutch Award
Pitched perfect game on July 18, 1999
Cone was drafted by the Royals in the 3rd round of the 1981 amateur draft and made his Major League debut on June 8, 1986. Prior to the 1987 season, however, he was traded with Chris Jelic to the New York Mets for Ed Hearn, Rick Anderson and Mauro Gozzo. The following season, Cone split time between the bullpen and the starting rotation and enjoyed marginal success, going 5-6.
Cone's first exceptional year came in 1988 when he went 20-3 with a 2.22 ERA, leading the Mets to the postseason, where they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers (despite the fact that the Mets came in as heavy favorites) and the man who won the Cy Young over Cone, Orel Hershiser.
It was this reputation which led to Cone's becoming a popular trade commodity during deadline deals as his pitching down the stretch was highly sought by contending teams. He was twice a part of mid-year deals, being shipped from a losing team to a contending team in 1992 and 1995. Cone compiled an 8-3 postseason record over 21 postseason starts and was a part of five World Series championship teams (1992 with the Toronto Blue Jays and 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000 with the New York Yankees). He had a career postseason ERA of 3.80.
In addition to the 1988 campaign, Cone also enjoyed a 20-win season in 1998, setting a Major League record for the longest span between 20-win seasons. He led the National League in strikeouts in 1990 and 1991, but his 261 strikeouts in 1992, split between the two leagues, were a personal best. On August 30, 1991, Cone struck out three batters on nine pitches in the fifth inning of a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds; Cone became the 16th National League pitcher and the 25th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the nine-strike/three-strikeout half-inning. He won the American League Cy Young Award in the strike-shortened 1994 season, going 16-5 with a 2.94 ERA.
Cone was diagnosed with an aneurysm in his arm in 1996 and was on the disabled list for the majority of the year. In his comeback start that September against the Oakland Athletics, Cone pitched a no-hitter through seven innings before he had to leave due to pitch count restrictions. Mariano Rivera allowed a single which broke the no-hitter up.
Cone's performance faded dramatically in his final years. After pitching a perfect game on July 18, 1999, against the Montreal Expos, he seemed to suddenly lose effectiveness, and in 2000 he posted the worst record of his career, 4-14, while seeing his ERA balloon to 6.91, more than double his mark the previous year. In spite of his ineffectiveness, Cone was brought in during Game 4 of the 2000 World Series to face the Mets' Mike Piazza, a controversial decision at the time -- Denny Neagle had given up a home run to Piazza in his previous at-bat, but was pitching with a lead and only needed to retire Piazza to go the minimum five innings to be eligible for a win. Cone induced a pop-up to end the inning.
In 2001 Cone pitched for the rival Boston Red Sox, performing with mixed but mostly positive results, including a 9-7 win-loss record and a 4.31 ERA. His 2001 season included a suspenseful 1-0 loss against Yankees ace Mike Mussina wherein Cone pitched 8.1 innings giving up one unearned run, keeping the game close even as Mike Mussina came within one strike of completing a perfect game, which would have made Cone the first pitcher to pitch a perfect game and be the losing pitcher in another. He sat out the 2002 season, but attempted a comeback in 2003 . Pitching again for the New York Mets, the results were no better - he went 1-3 in 4 starts with a 6.50 ERA. He announced his retirement soon after his last appearance for the Mets on May 28, citing a chronic hip problem.
Following his retirement, Cone was offered a broadcasting position with the Mets, but opted to remain home with his family.
In 2008, David Cone became a commentator for the YES Network, the cable outlet for New York Yankees games, as an analyst and host of Yankees On Deck.
All-Star (1988, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999)
American League Cy Young Award winner (1994)
Finished 9th in American League MVP voting (1994)
Finished 10th in National League MVP voting (1988)
Finished 3rd in National League Cy Young Award voting (1988)
Finished 4th in American League Cy Young Award voting (1995, 1998)
Finished 6th in American League Cy Young Award voting (1999)
Pitched 16th perfect game in history and the first perfect game in the history of interleague play (for New York Yankees, 18 July 1999 vs. Montreal Expos)
.606 Won-Loss % ranks 95th on MLB All-Time List
7.77 Hits Allowed per 9 Innings Pitched ranks 60th on MLB All-Time List.
8.28 Strikeouts per 9 Innings Pitched ranks 17th on MLB All-Time List.
2,668 Strikeouts ranks 21st on MLB All-Time List.
419 Games Started ranks 97th on MLB All-Time List.
258 Home Runs Allowed ranks 78th on MLB All-Time List.
1,137 Walks Allowed ranks 63rd on MLB All-Time List.
149 Wild Pitches ranks 26th on MLB All-Time List.
106 Hit Batsmen ranks 50th on MLB All-Time List.
New York Yankees All-Time Leader in Strikeouts per 9 Innings Pitched (8.67).
Holds New York Yankees single season record for most Strikeouts per 9 Innings Pitched (10.25 in 1997).
Struck out 19 batters in one game, October 6, 1991
Hutch Award 1998
David Cone's perfect game was only the second interleague perfect game in Major League history (Don Larsen, 1956 World Series.)
Sat in the right field bleachers at Yankee Stadium with the Section 39 Bleacher Creatures at the Yankees home opener in 2002 and participated in their famous roll call.
Source: Wikipedia.org at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Cone
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