Rob DibbleRob Dibble PitcherBorn: January 24, 1964(1964-01-24) (age 44) Batted: Left Threw: Right MLB debut June 29, 1988
for the Cincinnati RedsFinal game September 30, 1995
for the Milwaukee BrewersCareer statistics Record 27-25 ERA 2.98 Saves 89 Teams
- N.L. All-Star: 1990-91
- 1990 NLCS MVP
- 1 Cincinnati Reds
- 2 Later career
- 3 Career after playing
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
A promising young pitcher with a blazing fastball that often exceeded 99 MPH, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the 1983 amateur draft, and made his debut with the Reds on June 29, 1988.
On June 4, 1989, Dibble struck out three batters on nine pitches in the eighth inning of a 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres. Dibble became the 14th National League pitcher and the 22nd pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the nine-strike/three-strikeout half-inning.
He was an MLB All-Star in 1990 and 1991, and was the 1990 NLCS Most Valuable Player (along with fellow "Nasty Boy" Randy Myers). Also in 1990, Dibble and his Reds won the World Series by beating the Oakland Athletics 4 games to 0.
During his career Dibble often was known for his temper. After one game, he threw a baseball into the outfield seats at Cincinnati and struck a lady. He was also involved in a brawl in 1991 with Astros shortstop Eric Yelding. That same season he was caught attempting to throw a baseball into the back of Cubs outfielder Doug Dascenzo as he ran down the first base line. Finally, Dibble was involved in a locker room brawl with Reds manager Lou Pinella after a game. In a turn back the clock game against the Mets at Shea Stadium in 1992, Dibble after giving up a homer to Bobby Bonilla took himself out of the game but not before ripping the old timers jersey off before leaving the field.
He also pitched for the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers (both in 1995). He required surgery to his pitching arm in 1994, and missed the entire season as a result. Dibble signed with the Chicago Cubs prior to the 1995 season, but didn't appear in a game. He signed with the Florida Marlins for the 1996 season, but missed the entire year due to injury, and retired soon after.
Career after playing
In 1998, Dibble joined ESPN as a baseball analyst, working mostly on the radio show hosted by Dan Patrick. As of 2005, Dibble is working on The Best Damn Sports Show Period as a co-host. Dibble also spends time as a co-host/analyst of The Show on XM Radio. The Show, with co-host Kevin Kennedy, is a Monday-Friday 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Eastern time) baseball show (on XM Channel 175) that discusses current events in the sport. Dibble also served as a Little-League baseball coach in Avon, CT during the 2001 season.
Will ClarkNational League Championship Series MVP(with Randy Myers)
Manager 41 Lou Piniella