Greg Minton

Greg Minton

Greg Minton
Born: (1951-07-29) July 29, 1951
Lubbock, Texas
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 1975, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1990, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 59–65
Earned run average 3.10
Strikeouts 479
Saves 150
Career highlights and awards

Gregory Brian Minton (born July 29, 1951) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played for the California Angels and San Francisco Giants.


Minton enjoyed a 16-year major league career, from 1975 to 1990, and was a member of the 1982 National League All-Star Team. His nickname, "Moon Man," stemmed from various escapades such as the hijacking of the team bus and the flooding of a minor league ballpark so he could leave Amarillo one day early at the end of the season.

Minton went three full seasons (26913 innings) without allowing a home run until John Stearns homered against him on May 2, 1982. This is the longest such streak in the post-1920 live-ball era. A crippling injury in 1979 caused Minton to alter his delivery. Instead of using his high leg kick, Minton shortened his stride to take pressure off his knee. The new delivery gave Minton a 92-mph sinker that batters were unable to drive. On August 14, 1986, Minton gave up the last of Pete Rose's Major League record 4,256 career hits.

After his career as a player, Minton was a pitching coach in the California Angels organization and managed the independent Lubbock Crickets for two years.

Minton is currently married to attorney and former USA Archery team member, Kari Jill Granville.

See also

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference