Troy Percival

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Troy Eugene Percival

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Biographical Information[edit]

Troy Percival and Eric Show are the two most prominent major league pitchers to come out of the University of California, Riverside.

On September 30, 2007, he made the first start of his career for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Pittsburgh Pirates; he pitched only the 1st inning, and the Cards used nine pitchers to get through the game. At age 37, he was one of the 10 oldest pitchers to make his first start in the majors. It came after 638 relief appearances, and he would make 64 more appearances out of the bullpen over the last two years of his career without getting another start.

He allowed the first home run to be reviewed by instant replay, surrendering a shot to Alex Rodriguez on September 3, 2008. The home run call by Brian Runge was upheld.

In 2015, Percival became the head coach at his alma mater, the University of California, Riverside. His son, Cole Percival, pitched there in 2018 and 2020 and was coached by the senior Percival. Cole began his professional career in 2021 after being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization the previous September.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 4-time AL All-Star (1996, 1998, 1999 & 2001)
  • 30 Saves Seasons: 8 (1996 & 1998-2004)
  • 40 Saves Seasons: 2 (1998 & 2002)
  • Won a World Series with the Anaheim Angels in 2002

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