Mel Stottlemyre, who pitched for the New York Yankees for 11 seasons and won 5 World Sequence titles as a pitching coach for the Yankees and the Mets, died Sunday in Seattle after battling most cancers for nearly 20 years. He was 77.
Stottlemyre’s spouse, Jean, instructed the New York Instances that he died as a result of issues of a number of myeloma, a kind of blood most cancers.
Enshrined in Monument Park by the Yankees on Outdated Timers Day in 2015, Stottlemyre had a profession file of 164-139 with a 2.97 ERA and 1,257 strikeouts from 1964-74. He won 20 video games or extra in a season on three events (1965, ’68 and ’69), misplaced 20 video games in a season (1966) and was a five-time All-Star choice. He had seven profession dwelling runs, together with an inside-the-park grand slam in 1965, and as soon as had 5 hits in a recreation.
“Right now on this Stadium, there isn’t a one which’s happier to be on this discipline than myself,” Stottlemyre stated after being shocked by the Yankees together with his plaque in 2015. “That is such a shock to me as a result of the period I performed in is an period the place, for probably the most half, the Yankees have tried through the years, I feel, considerably to neglect slightly bit. … If I by no means get to come to one other Outdated Timers Day, I’ll take these recollections and I am going to begin one other baseball membership, teaching up there, wherever they want me.”
After his enjoying profession, Stottlemyre was a scout with the Seattle Mariners earlier than he was employed because the pitching coach for the Mets in 1984. In 10 seasons there, he mentored the likes of Doc Gooden, Ron Darling and Sid Fernandez and won his first World Sequence ring in 1986.
After a two-season stint as pitching coach of the Houston Astros, Stottlemyre rejoined the Yankees in 1996 and rapidly factored into the group’s success as they won the World Sequence that season — the primary of 4 championships, together with three straight from 1998-2000, with him in that position. Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera had been a few of the pitching stalwarts of that period.
Stottlemyre resigned from the Yankees in 2005, and he served as pitching coach of the Mariners in 2008 earlier than retiring after that season.
The Yankees and folks related to the group expressed their condolences on social media Monday.
Mel’s reputation transcended generations, all of whom considered him as their very own. His plaque in Monument Park will perpetually serve to have a good time the importance of his legacy. We lengthen our deepest condolences to Mel’s spouse Jean & the whole Stottlemyre household. – Hal Steinbrenner pic.twitter.com/wc3X2jbiQ3
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) January 14, 2019
So unhappy to hear of the passing of Mel Stottlemyre a really respectable and variety man to say the least. Large pitching coach & pitcher in his day. #RIPMel
— Ken Singleton (@29alltime) January 14, 2019
Mel Stottlemyre was class personified. What a battle he waged with a number of myeloma. 20 years in the past he was given about 5 years. He by no means stopped combating. RIP.
— Michael Kay (@RealMichaelKay) January 14, 2019
He was greater than an incredible pitcher and implausible pitching coach. He was a father determine and touched so many in a constructive approach. We misplaced an incredible man. RIP Mel Stottlemyre
— David Cone (@dcone36) January 14, 2019
Two of his sons — Todd Stottlemyre and Mel Jr. — had been second-generation main league pitchers. One other son, Jason, died of leukemia at age 11.
“He’s the best champion that I ever met,” Todd Stottlemyre posted on Fb on Dec. 23 when his father was ailing. “… I like you pops.”