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David Cone

David Brian Cone (born January 2, 1963 in Kansas City, Missouri) was a Major League Baseball player. Armed with a wicked fastball and tremendous instinct on the mound, Cone earned a legion of some of the most devoted fans in major sports, dubbed "Coneheads", who seemed to follow him no matter which team for which he played. Cone, a right-hander, was regarded as one of the top strikeout pitchers in the Majors during the late 1980s and early 1990s and won the American League Cy Young Award in 1994 for the Kansas City Royals.

Table of contents
1 Early career
2 Best years
3 Accomplishments
4 Teams
5 External links

Early career

David was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 3rd round of the 1981 amateur draft and made his Major League debut on June 8, 1986. Prior to the 1987 season, however, he was traded with Chris Jelic to the New York Mets for Ed Hearn, Rick Anderson and Mauro Gazzo. The following season, David split time between the bullpen and the starting rotation and enjoyed marginal success, going 5-6.

Best years

David's first exceptional year came in 1988 when he went 20-3 with a 2.22 ERA, leading the New York Mets to the postseason, where they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Over the next dozen years, David became accustomed to leading teams to the postseason and became known as a "big game" pitcher. It was this reputation which led to his being a popular trade commodity during deadline deals as his pitching down the stretch was highly sought by contending teams; he was twice a part of midyear deals, being shipped from a losing team to a contending team in 1992 and 1995. David compiled an 8-3 postseason record over 21 postseason starts and was a part of five World Series championship teams (1992 - Toronto Blue Jays; 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 - New York Yankees). He had a postseason ERA of 3.80.

His best personal years came in the early-to-mid-90s. He won 20 games twice, in 1988 and 1998, and led the National League in strikeouts in 1990 and 1991. His 261 strikeouts in 1992, split between the two leagues, were a personal best. He won the American League Cy Young Award in the strike shortened 1994 season, going 16-5 with a 2.94 ERA.

David's career faded dramatically in his later years. In 2000 he posted the worst record of his career, 4-14, while seeing his ERA double from the previous year's to 6.91 (up from 3.44). David retired after the 2001 season but attempted a comeback in the 2003 season. Pitching for the New York Mets, the results were no better -- he went 1-3 in 4 starts with a 6.50 ERA. He retired, again, in the off-season.



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