Former New York Mets pitcher Anthony Young died Tuesday at the age of 51 due to brain cancer.
He holds one of the more dubious records in Major League Baseball. Between 1992 and 1993, Young lost 27 consecutive decisions as a member of the Mets. Despite this, he became a fan favorite in New York, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.
Young had taken part in a Mets fantasy camp in recent years alongside fellow former Mets hurler Turk Wendell. Wendell said Young announced he had an inoperable tumor at this year’s camp.
“Anthony was a true gentleman,” Wendell said. “That was Anthony. He never ran away from anything.”
The Mets expressed their condolences Tuesday evening.
Even though the losses piled up for Young to a record amount, he wasn’t as bad as his wins and losses may have suggested. Young posted a 3.98 ERA between those two seasons, split between the rotation and the bullpen, while laboring to a 3-30 record.
He spent six seasons in the majors with three teams from 1991 through 1996. He had a career 15-48 record with 20 saves and a 3.89 ERA.