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What do Jim Abbott and Jered Weaver have in common?

A look back at the Angels left-hander, plus updates on Shohei Ohtani, Griffin Canning, and Jason Castro.

Jim Abbott circa 1989 Photo by Owen C. Shaw/Getty Images

Jim Abbott’s no-hitter from 1993 will be televised on on Thursday at 9 a.m. PT. Yes, Abbott was on the Yankees when he pitched the no-hitter, but his time with the Angels was still quite memorable and productive.

It’s inspirational and incredible that Abbott pitched 10 seasons in the majors despite having just one hand. But the left-hander refused to let that define him, and made other teams learn early that he couldn’t be taken advantage of. Mike Lupica saw Abbott in high school, and recalled this to

“One game when I was pitching in the ninth grade,” he told me the day I went to visit him, a week before he left for college, “they bunted on me eight times in a row. I threw out the last seven. That was the end of that.”

The Angels drafted Abbott out of Michigan in the first round, eighth overall, in 1988, and he was in their rotation the next year. Abbott’s best year with the Halos was in 1991, when he was 18-11 with a 2.89 ERA in 34 starts and 243 innings. He posted 7.6 WAR (the Baseball-Reference version).

Abbott followed that 142 ERA+ in 1991 with a 143 ERA+ in 211 innings in 1992. The Angels have only had nine pitcher seasons since 1990 with at least a 140 ERA+ in at least 200 innings. Abbott and Chuck Finley (three times) are the only Angels pitchers to do this more than once in the last 30 years. Jered Weaver was the last, in 2007.


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