Rick Baldwin

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Rickey Alan Baldwin

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Pitcher Rick Baldwin played parts of three seasons in the majors with the New York Mets.

Selected by the Mets in the ninth round of the 1971 amateur draft, Baldwin made his pro debut that summer with the Marion Mets, going 4-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 10 outings. The following year, he went 12-8 in 27 starts for the Visalia Mets. After pitching at the Double A level in 1973 and 1974, he reached the majors in 1975, spending the entire season as part of the New York bullpen. He made his big league debut April 10th, holding the Philadelphia Phillies scoreless in an inning of work. In 54 appearances for the Mets, he went 3-5 with a 3.33 ERA and 6 saves.

Baldwin spent most of the 1976 campaign with the Triple A Tidewater Tides, going 8-4 with a 2.31 ERA in 46 games while leading the International League with 14 saves. He also made 11 appearances for the Mets that summer, posting a 2.38 ERA but earning no decisions. After starting 1977 back with Tidewater, he was back with New York in late May. In 40 games for the club, he was 1-2 with a 4.45 ERA and a save. Following the 1977 season, Baldwin was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 1977 Rule V draft. He split 1978 between the Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations but never made it back to the majors. He and his wife later became pastors during his retirement. He died in 2020 at the age of 67 from complications of COVID-19.

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