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Ex-Yankee Steve Kline dies at age 70.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.


Game 11 Pregame Notes. The Rivalry continues, a milestone for Andy.

Andy Pettitte’s win last night was his 165th as a Yankee, passing Mel Stottlemyre on the Yankees all-time list. Next up…Bob Shawkey’s 168 and Ron Guidry’s 170.

Yanks in Fenway this weekend. Obviously Yankee fans would like a sweep but obviously it is far too early to take anything out of this series.

Wang vs. Buchholz tonight. The Yanks have never seen Buchholz so it’ll be interesting.

Mussina tomorrow afternoon (Fox, 3:55), and Hughes Sunday night ESPN game. Which means YFCR will be like a pre-game show.

Wang and Mussina are set up for the 2-game series at the Stadium next mid-week. What I would do after the April 21 off day is to push Ian Kennedy back. Go with Pettitte on his regular day. That way you have Andy splitting the youngsters. Hopefully Andy would then serve as a “stopper,” just in case. It would be good to split the youngsters up so they don’t go back-to-back.

Jeter is expected to be out all weekend.

Can’t write much now. I have an appt. this morning. I did add a few comments to the end of the comment board from last night’s game.

Back. See that Steve Kline was signed by the Phils for bullpen help. He was 1-2, 4.70 for the Giants last year. Yankee fans may remember ANOTHER Steve Kline—the one who went 16-9, 2.40 for the 1972 Yanks.

The A’s DFA’d Dan Johnson. He hit .236 with 18 HR for the A’s last year.