Podcast: Bill Latham

PODCAST: BILL LATHAM

Bill Latham pitched parts of two seasons in the majors, appearing in seven games for the New York Mets in 1985 and seven games for the Minnesota Twins in 1986. He was originally drafted by the expansion Seattle Mariners in 1977, but did not sign. Instead he pitched for Auburn University getting signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Mets in 1981.

After climbing the minor league ladder, winning 12 games at the A – AA levels in 1983 while pitching for the Mets minor league affiliates in Lynchburg and Jackson, Latham was promoted to AAA Tidewater in 1984 where he pitched exceptionally well (11-3/3.06 ERA).

In 1985, Latham had a good Spring Training and found himself going North with the Mets on the 25-man roster. On April 15th he made his MLB debut, giving up three runs on three hits against the Pirates, in Pittsburgh, taking a 4-1 loss.

Latham made a relief outing pitching two scoreless inning against the Phillies, but with such a talented staff was sent down to AAA Tidewater, his tenure in New York ended.

He came back for one game on July 27th, having the best day of his brief MLB career, pitching seven innings, striking out four Houston Astros, allowing three runs in 7-3 win at Shea Stadium. It marked his first MLB win  and first (and only) MLB hit.

He would go back down to Tidewater, going 13-8 with a 2.68 ERA and was brought back up in September. He made four appearances and took two losses, one in a start to the Montreal Expos on October 6th the final game of the regular season.

In January 1986, he was traded along with outfielder Billy Beane and Joe Klink to the Minnesota Twins for Tim Teufel and minor leaguer Pat Crosby.

Latham went 0-1 in seven games for Minnesota, then was traded Latham was 1-4 lifetime in the majors with 18 strike outs 13 walks & a 5.35 ERA in 14 games. In the minor leagues he was 63-51 in 164 games over eight years.

Latham retired after the 1988 season and quickly became the pitching coach for the Mets rookie league team in Port St. Lucie. After seven seasons coaching in the Mets system, Latham joined the scouting staff of the Los Angeles Dodgers and, later, the Boston Red Sox.

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