Thursday, September 5, 2013

1977 Topps Baseball #627 - Bob Myrick

  • Bob Myrick was drafted by the New York Mets in 1974. Bob advanced quickly through the Mets' farm system and was called up to the majors in May 1976.
  • Myrick was used mostly as a left handed middle reliever. In 1976 Bob was 1-1 with a 3.25 ERA in 21 games (1 start).
  • Bob stayed with the Mets for the entire 1977 season. He was a middle reliever and a spot starter.  Myrick had a decent season, especially considering how depleted and demoralized the Mets were that year. Bob was 2-2 with 2 saves and had a 3.61 ERA in 44 games (4 starts). Myrick had a stint on the disabled list in July due to a rib cage injury.
  • Myrick struggled with his confidence at the beginning of the 1978 season. He had a 3.25 ERA in 17 games, but he was also 0-3. On May 18, manager Joe Torre wanted to get Myrick some more confidence so he sent Bob to AAA Tidewater. No one knew it at the time, but Bob would not make it back to the majors.
  • Bob started the 1979 season on the disabled list due to tendonitis in his pitching shoulder. In mid-June Myrick was traded (with a minor leaguer) to the Texas Rangers for Dock Ellis. Bob spent the rest of the 1979 season with the AAA Tucson Toros. Myrick struggled in Tucson and was released after the season.
  • The Mets resigned Myrick for the 1980 season and sent him to Tidewater. In mid-June Bob was traded to the Chicago Cubs for a minor leaguer. Myrick spent the rest of the 1980 season in AAA Wichita and pitched well. It looked like he would have a good shot at making the Cubs roster in 1981.
  • Bob's shoulder problems flared up again in 1981. He spent some time in Wichita, but he struggled and was released. Myrick retired and went back to Mississipi to work in the family business (Economy Supply). 
  • Myrick continued with Economy Supply until he retired from the business in 2012. On August 23 , 2012 Myrick died of a heart attack.
  • Bob Myrick's SABR  biography
  • 1977 Stats: 2-2, 2 saves, 3.61 ERA in 44 games (4 starts)
  • 1977 Highlights:
    • Aug 5 - Earned the win in the Mets' 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Bob shut out the Giants in the final 1 1/3 innings and the Mets rallied in the 8th inning for the win.
    • Sept 18 - Combined with Craig Swan on a 4-hitter as the Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0. Bob got the save by pitching 2 1/3 innings of hitless ball.
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