The Cubs, the Mets, the Astros and the baseball community received sad news today as it was reported that former pitcher Anthony Young has an “inoperable” brain tumor. Doctors are unsure if the tumor is malignant because they are unable to reach it.
Young is best known for his time with the Mets where he lost a major-league record 27 decisions in a row between 1992 and 1993. But Young wasn’t a bad pitcher, just a very unlucky one. In fact, Young’s ERA+ during his time with the Mets was 98, with 100 being league-average. When he was moved to the bullpen, he even managed to record 18 saves for the Mets. But he attracted a lot of attention in the New York media for his losing streak and even appeared on “The Tonight Show” when the streak ended.
With all the bad karma surrounding Young in New York, the Mets probably thought it best that he get a change of scenery and they dealt him to the Cubs at the end of Spring Training in 1994 for Jose Vizcaino. Young spent the 1994 season in the Cubs starting rotation and pitched out of the bullpen in 1995. He was 7-10 with two saves and a 3.87 ERA during his time in Chicago.
Young signed with the Astros as a free agent before the 1996 season and spent his final season in the majors in Houston’s bullpen.
We wish Young the best and are hoping he is able to beat this.