Jan 21, 2016

Former Early Nineties Mets Pitcher With the All Time Consecutive Losing Streak: Anthony Young (1991-1993)

Anthony Wayne Young was born on January 19, 1966 in Houston, Texas. The tall 6’2” right hander was signed by the New York Mets down in the 38th round of the 1987 draft.

He was the AA 1990 Pitcher of the Year for Jackson, in the Texas League going 15-3 with a 1.65 ERA. The next season he was pitching at Tidewater going 7-9 when he got an August call up to the big leagues. Young began, what would be a memorable but frustrating, hard luck career.

He debuted on August 5th, 1991 relieving Pete Schourek at Shea Stadium in a game against the Chicago Cubs. He allowed a run in two innings of work finishing up a 7-2 Mets loss. He got his first start in Atlanta at the end of August, allowing just two runs in six innings but it was enough for his first career loss. 

In his next start he beat the Houston Astros at Shea Stadium, allowing one run in seven innings with seven strike outs. After a 2-1 victory over the Cubs Young lost his last four starts on the year, finishing his year at 3-5 with a 3.10 ERA.


At the start of the 1992 season, Young won his first start of the year, a complete game six hit one run win over the Cardinals in St. Louis. He also won a game in relief at Montreal, finishing up the final three innings of work. He finished April at 2-0 with a 2.96 ERA in four appearances.

Then all the bad luck in the world fell upon him. It began with a 5-3 loss in Cincinnati to the Reds on May 6th, which led to a three game losing streak. In June he lost five straight decisions although he had allowed two runs or less in four of six outings. His ERA was at 4.65 & he was pitching out of the bullpen by July. 

There was a break over the next two months as he would become the teams closer earning eleven saves & two holds.

In September things went downhill, he blew five opportunities where he could have earned wins in relief. He was beaten twice in Cincinnati on a Labor Day weekend road trip. He took a loss at Montreal & then at home to the Cardinals & the Phillies on the last home stand of the year.

He finished the season at 2-14 with a .125 winning %. He earned 15 saves (tenth best in the NL) in 52 appearances striking out 64 batters & walking 31, posting a 4.17 ERA. He did not earn a winning decision since May & was credited with fourteen straight losses. That year the Mets finished fifth at 72-90 under Jeff Torborg.

In 1993 things did not get better for Anthony Young. In the third game of the season he came into a tied game against the Houston Astros & gave up four runs including a three run HR to Ken Caminitti taking his first loss of the new year.

In his next decision the San Diego Padres scored an 8th inning run to break an 8-8 tie earning him his second loss. He took three mores losses in relief & was 0-5 when Dallas Green took over the club at manager from Jeff Torborg. At the start of June, Young was put back into the rotation but his misfortunes still continued.

In his first start on June 1st, he did not allow any runs in six innings of work. Unfortunately the Mets didn't score any runs either, so he earned no decision upon his exit although the Mets still lost 8-3 at Wrigley Field. Young the lost seven straight starts & by July 7th, he found himself at 0-12. 

He was then put back in the bullpen where he earned two holds, then had a break on July 23rd when he came in to a 7-5 game at Dodger Stadium in the 8th inning. He pitched two scoreless innings as the Mets scored three runs in the top of the 9th earning him a save. The good luck didn't last too long, as two days later he went into the record books, on a losing note.

On July 24,1993 Young came in to an 8th inning 4-4 tied game at Dodger Stadium. In the 9th inning he walked L.A.'s Dave Hansen with the bases loaded, which scored the winning run to end the game. It was his 13th loss of the year but also gave him his record 27th straight losing decision.

Young was devastated, after the game he could be found by his locker in the usual head in hands sulking position.

This was the infamous night, where Vince Coleman threw an M-80 fire cracker out the window of the Dodgers Eric Davis' car exiting the Dodger Stadium Parking Lot. It exploded near a bunch of fans waiting for autographs, injuring a two year old girl & an eleven year old boy. Coleman was put on probation, suspended & soon traded.


As for Anthony Young, in his defense, seven of his 1993 losses were by two runs or less and four of them were in one run games. He certainly was suffering from poor run support as well, as these Mets finished a horrid seventh place.

During the losing streak many fans stood by him, sending him all sorts of good luck charms in the mail. Former 1960's Mets pitcher Jack Anderson had previously held the club record for consecutive losses. When Young snapped the losing streak & broke Anderson's record, he personally sent Young a message that read "I hope you win 27 in a row ".

Three days later on July 28th, at Shea Stadium, Young came into a 3-3 tied game against the Florida Marlins in the 9th inning. Sure enough he gave up a run. But the Met's actually rallied off Brian Harvey for a comeback. First Ryan Thompson singled to drive in Jeff McKnight. Then veteran Eddie Murray, doubled to score two runs with a walk off win. More importantly Young got credited with a victory.


The win streak didn’t last too long though, as he had two more losing decisions n mid August before missing most of the rest of the season with injury. He ended up at 1-16 with three saves & a 3.77 ERA. He made 39 appearances struck out 62 batters walked 42 over 100 innings of work. In the off season he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Jose Vizciano.

In Chicago he was used as a reliever & went 7-10 over two years with two saves, posting a 3.80 ERA. In 1996 he signed with the Houston Astros where he was 3-3 in 28 games. In 1997 he was out for the season with arm troubles & was never able to return. 


In his six year career he was 15-48 with a respectable 3.89 ERA, striking out 245 batters & walking 167 in 460 innings pitched over 181 appearances.

Retirement: When his playing days ended he was just 30 years old. Young then went to work in a chemical plant for eight years. He missed the game & began to coach youth baseball in Kingwood, Texas.

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