Bret Saberhagen

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Bret William Saberhagen (born April 11, 1964 in Chicago Heights, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher.


Saberhagen was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 19th round of the 1982 amateur draft and made his Major League debut on April 4, 1984. He made an immediate impact with the team, compiling a 10-11 record and 3.48 ERA. The Royals made the postseason but lost to the Detroit Tigers. Saberhagen pitched well in his only postseason start, giving up two runs in 8 innings.

In 1985, the 21-year-old Saberhagen established himself as the ace of the staff, going 20-6 with a 2.87 ERA, leading the Royals to a World Series championship (and being named MVP of the Series along the way), and winning the American League Cy Young Award --a reward he would earn again in 1989, after going 23-6 with a 2.16 ERA.

Saberhagen enjoyed mixed success during the rest of his career, including the years in between his Cy Young awards. In fact, he had three losing records (1986, 1988, 1990), during a span generally considered his most productive years. On the other hand, he posted several solid seasons otherwise, winning 14 games for the New York Mets in the strike shortened 1994 season and winning 15 games for the Boston Red Sox in 1998. Also in 1994, he had more wins than walks; no other pitcher (as of 2005) pitching more than 150 innings had accomplished this feat since 1919. [1]

After missing the entire 2000 season, Saberhagen made a comeback in 2001 but pitched in only three games. He retired at the end of the season.

In 2005, he was inducted into the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame.



  • Kansas City Royals (1984-1991)
  • New York Mets (1992-1995)
  • Colorado Rockies (1995)
  • Boston Red Sox (1997-1999, 2001)

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