Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Sports Card Bust #29 - David Clyde
Imagine yourself allowing only three earned runs in 148 innings pitched and going 18-0 for the season. That's exactly what David Clyde did his senior year at Westchester High School in Houston, Texas back in 1972.
The Texas Rangers selected him with the first overall pick in the 1973 MLB Draft and gave him the highest bonus ever given to a draft pick at the time. Three weeks after his final high school game, Clyde made his MLB debut against the Minnesota Twins. In front of 35,000 fans at Arlington Stadium, he struck out eight batters, walked seven, allowed two earned runs, and gave up only one hit (a two run blast by Mike Adams) in route to his first career win.
That season, Clyde continued to draw fans to the ballpark, but unfortunately never lived up to the hype. By the age of twenty-six, he was completely out of baseball. He finished his career with a subpar 18-33 record and a 4.63 ERA. A lot of people, including Clyde, felt that the Rangers' decision to rush him to the majors was a mistake.
It's a shame that fans, especially Rangers fans, will never know what could have been.
But maybe the Nationals were on to something when they decided to shut down Strasburg early last season.
Happy Wednesday and sayonara!