Mark Langston

Mark Langston
Pitcher
Born: August 20, 1960 (1960-08-20) (age 51)
San Diego, California
Batted: Right Threw: Left 
MLB debut
April 7, 1984 for the Seattle Mariners
Last MLB appearance
September 24, 1999 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
Win–Loss record     179–158
Earned run average     3.97
Strikeouts     2,464
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Star selection (1987, 1991, 1992, 1993)
  • 7× Gold Glove Award winner (1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)

Mark Edward Langston (born August 20, 1960 in San Diego, California) is an American former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He pitched for the Seattle Mariners (1984–1989), Montreal Expos (1989), California and Anaheim Angels (1990–1997), San Diego Padres (1998), and Cleveland Indians (1999). During a 16-year baseball career, Langston compiled 179 wins, 2,464 strikeouts, and a 3.97 earned run average.

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Baseball career

In 1989, Langston was involved in the trade which sent him to Montreal and Randy Johnson to the Mariners.

In 1990, he pitched the first seven innings for a 2–0 combined no-hitter with Mike Witt. Witt, who had pitched a perfect game back in 1984, tossed the final two frames. This combined no-hitter remained the last one in Angels history until Ervin Santana pitched a no-hitter on July 27, 2011.[1]

In the 1998 World Series, Langston's 2–2 pitch to Tino Martinez appeared to be over the plate, but was called ball 3;[2] Langston's next pitch was hit for a grand slam in the seventh inning of Game 1 to give the New York Yankees a 9–5 lead. The Yankees went on to sweep the San Diego Padres in four games.

Noted for his pickoff move to first base, his 91 career pickoffs were, at the time of his retirement, the most in baseball history. Today, he has the fourth-most pickoffs in baseball history, behind only Kenny Rogers, Terry Mulholland and Andy Pettitte, all of them also left-handed pitchers.

Mr. Langston has a daughter who is involved in equestrian sports, according to Victoria Clarke, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under Donald Rumsfeld.

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