Colorado Rockies RHP LaTroy Hawkins pitched in his 1,000th MLB game Saturday, becoming just the 16th hurler to reach that milestone.
Hawkins had an impressive 1993 season in the Midwest League, going 15-5 with a 2.06 ERA, 179 strikeouts and 41 walks in 157.1 IP for the Fort Wayne Wizards. He pitched four complete games, including three shutouts, and gave up only five home runs.
RHP LaTroy Hawkins pitched for the Fort Wayne Wizards in 1993. (Photo from It’s All Relative blog of the Fort Wayne TinCaps)
To commemorate Hawkins’ 1,000th-game milestone, the Rockies gave him a team-signed bottle of Dom Perignon champagne. (See photo at end of post.)
The all-time leader in MLB pitching appearances is LHP Jesse Orosco (1,252 games). He didn’t pitch in the Midwest League on his way up to the major leagues, but he made two rehab appearances with the Peoria Chiefs in 2000.
Of the 14 pitchers who rank between Orosco and Hawkins, four played in the Midwest League.
LHP Mike Stanton (No. 2 on the list with 1,178 games) went 11-5 with a 3.62 ERA and 160 strikeouts in 154 IP for the 1988 Burlington Braves. He also pitched an inning for the 2007 Dayton Dragons.
RHP Trevor Hoffman (No. 10 with 1,035 games) went 1-1 with a 1.87 ERA, 12 saves and 52 strikeouts in 33.2 IP for the 1991 Cedar Rapids Reds.
RHP Roberto Hernandez (No. 13 with 1,010 games) went 9-10 with a 3.17 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 164.2 IP for the 1988 Quad City Angels. He also pitched in seven games for the 1987 Quad City Angels and four games for the 1989 South Bend White Sox.
RHP Rich “Goose” Gossage (No. 15 with 1,002 games) went 18-2 with a 1.83 ERA and 149 strikeouts in 187 IP for the 1971 Appleton Foxes. (That included 15 complete games and seven shutouts!) He also pitched in 10 games for the 1970 team and two games for the 1974 team.
LaTroy Hawkins holds the team-signed bottle of Dom Perignon he received from the Rockies. (Photo tweeted by the Colorado Rockies)
Hawkins did not pitch in Colorado’s final game of the season Sunday.