Seattle Mariners Top Ten Starting Pitchers in Franchise History
By Ben Garza
10. Jim Beattie
Jim Beattie came to the Mariners in 1980 with a bit of a pedigree. As a rookie he helped the New York Yankees win the World Series in 1978 by winning game one of the ALCS against the Kansas City Royals and pitched a complete game win in game five of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. After the 1979 season, Jim Beattie, Rick Anderson, Juan Beníquez and Jerry Narron were traded to the Seattle Mariners for Ruppert Jones and Jim Lewis.
The 6-foot-5 right hander did not have the best career with the Seattle Mariners. Although he spent some time in the bullpen and down in Triple-A, he made the list for several reasons. He had his moments and he was a workhorse for seven years. He won 43 games and lost 75.
The South Portland, Maine product pitched 944.2 innings for the Mariners and over that span he earned a 4.14 ERA and a 1.413 WHIP. He had 30 complete games including six shutouts which rank 4th and 6th respectively with the Mariners all-time. He ranks 5th all-time for the Mariners in FIP at 3.81. Beattie also ranks 8th all-time in pitchers WAR with 14.3 for the Seattle Mariners.
Jim Beattie pitched the first Seattle Mariners one-hitter on September 23, 1983. Other than U.L. Washington’s single in the third, Beattie was perfect. That’s how close he came to pitching the first perfect game in Mariners history. Instead he gets the honor of the first one-hitter.
On July 25th 1984 he was pitching a scoreless game against the Angels through nine innings. He went back out in the 10th inning and after two outs gave up the game winning single. He smashed a water cooler and wouldn’t talk to reporters after the game. His career began to take a nose dive after that incident.
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