Ex-Yankee Steve Kline dies at age 70.

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Steve Kline, a RHP who won 16 games with a 2.40 ERA for the 1972 Yankees, died June 4 at the age of 70.

Kline pitched for the Yankees from 1970-1974, and was included in the trade in which the Yanks gave up a bunch of pitchers for Chris Chambliss. After pitching for the Yanks and Indians in 1974, Kline was out of the majors for two years before coming back briefly in 1977 with the Braves.

Kline’s best years were his first three. In 1970, he was with the Yanks for half the season, going 6-6, 3.41 in 15 starts, with one relief appearance, ERA+ 104.

He went 12-13, 2.96 in 1971, ERA+ 111 in 30 starts, one relief appearance.

In 1972, he went 16-9, 2.40, ERA+ 123 in 32 starts. He pitched over 200 innings in both 1971 and 1972.

He turned just 25 after that 1972 season, but his career went downhill from there. After going 34-28, 2.80 from 1970-1972, ERA+ 114, he went 9-17, 4.61, ERA+ 81 for the rest of his career.

He finished his career 43-45, 3.26, ERA+ 102. His 162 game average was 12-13, 3.26.

As a hitter, he hit .124.


One response to “Ex-Yankee Steve Kline dies at age 70.

  1. Steve Kline had a remarkable year in 1972. Although he won 16 games and had an ERA of 2.40, he only struck out 58 hitters in 236 innings! I really rooted for him at the time and hoped he would come back after injuries in 1973 and 1974.

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