Mike Kinnunen

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Michael John Kinnunen

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Biographical Information[edit]

Mike Kinnunen, a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles in the 1980s, holds the major league record for most pitching appearances without a decision of any kind (win, loss or save). He appeared in 48 games in his career, spanning 51 2/3 innings. His 51 2/3 IP places him 3rd on the all-time list of innings pitched without a decision, behind Don Rowe (54 2/3) and Tom Qualters (52 2/3).

Mike is married and lives in Carolina, Puerto Rico. He works as the person in charge for the playing field of the Roberto Clemente Amateur Stadium of Carolina.

Also, Mike played for the Caguas Creoles and the Mayagüez Indians of the Puerto Rico Winter Baseball League.

Kinnunen was a star for Team USA in the 1978 Amateur World Series, when the US won a Silver Medal. Mike went 3-0 and had a 0.45 ERA, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) in 20 IP. He fanned 17 and allowed only 9 hits, though he walked 9. He tied Braudilio Vinent and Mark Thurmond for third in the Series in wins, trailing Shigekazu Mori and Dong-won Choi. He led the Series with two shutouts.

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