Steve Avery Speaker Profile
Former Atlanta Braves Pitcher
Steve Avery Biography
Steve Avery was born April 14, 1970 in Trenton, Michigan andis a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who was a young starwith the Atlanta Braves in the early 1990s.
After graduating from John F. Kennedy High School in Taylor, Michigan, Averywas drafted by the Atlanta Braves in June 1988. He made his first career starton June 13, 1990 against the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium and wasclobbered, giving up eight runs in 2.1 innings. He ended his rookie year with arecord of 3-11 in 21 starts with a 5.64 ERA. Along with Tom Glavine, JohnSmoltz, and Pete Smith, Avery was christened one of Atlanta's "YoungGuns," the name for the pitching staff with great potential but littleoffensive help.
The 1991 season was a magical year for both Avery and theBraves. The team went from worst to first while Avery compiled a record of 18-8with a 3.38 ERA. He gave the Braves their first win of the season, a 7-5 victoryover the defending world champion Reds. In the heat of the September pennantrace with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the 21 year-old Avery beat them twice, 9-1at home, and 3-0 on the road, pitching a complete game both times. Avery's lastwin of the regular season was a stellar performance against the Houston Astros.Avery threw a no-hitter for 6.2 innings until Luis Gonzalez broke it up with asingle.
Avery's amazing season continued with one of the greatestpostseason performances of all-time. He shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates for16.2 innings over two games and accumulated two 1-0 wins. His performanceearned him MVP honors for the 1991 NLCS. In the 1991 World Series, Avery earnedno decisions in two starts but pitched effectively in both Game 3 and Game 6.
In 1992, Avery lowered his ERA to 3.20, but his record felloff to 11-11, mostly due to the Braves' inability to score runs when hepitched. However, his playoff success continued when he took the mound againstthe Pirates in the 1992 NLCS. He extended his mastery over the Pittsburghoffense to 22.1 shutout innings before giving up five runs in the seventhinning of a Braves rout in Game 2. After lasting only 1⁄3 of an inning andgiving up four runs in his second start in Game 5, Avery kept the Pirates atbay in the crucial middle innings of Game 7 in relief of John Smoltz. Avery'sclutch performance kept the game close enough for Francisco Cabrera to performhis heroics in the ninth inning.
Avery started Game 3 of the 1992 World Series and was thelosing pitcher in the first World Series game ever played outside the UnitedStates. He pitched effectively but lost, 3-2 to the Toronto Blue Jays. In Game6, he was pulled after giving up a home run to Candy Maldonado in the fourthinning. Avery appeared on his way to another loss, but a Braves rally extendedthe game into the eleventh inning before the Blue Jays prevailed, winning theirfirst World Series and saddling the hard-luck Braves with their secondconsecutive World Series defeat.
With his career in a sudden and premature decline, Avery was granted freeagency and signed with the Boston Red Sox on January 22, 1997. He pitched twoyears for the Red Sox, going 16-14 over two seasons as the number two starterbehind Pedro MartÃnez. However, his ERA was 5.64, and he was clearly finishedas the brilliant pitcher who dazzled fans and batters in 1991.
He signed a one year contract with the Reds for the 1999season. He was 6-7 when he was lost for the rest of the year in July. He signedwith the Braves during spring training in 2000 and again during spring trainingin 2001, but failed to make the club each time.
In 2003, Avery made a brief comeback with the Detroit Tigersteam that threatened to break the 120-loss record of the 1962 Mets. He made 19relief appearances, including the final appearance of his career on July 20,2003, at U.S. Cellular Field against the Chicago White Sox. His final pitch wasa double play caused when Paul Konerko lined to Avery and he threw MagglioOrdÃ³Ã±ez out before he was able to get back to first base.
In an eleven-season career, Avery posted a 96-83 record with980 strikeouts and a 4.19 ERA in 15542⁄3 innings pitched.
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