Graeme Lloyd

Graeme Lloyd

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Graeme John Lloyd (born 9 April 1967 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who had a ten year career from 1993 to 2003.

Playing career

He played with the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals all of the American League and the Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins and New York Mets all of the National League. He is believed to be the fourth native Australian to pitch in Major League Baseball.

Lloyd was used exclusively as a relief pitcher during his ten years in the major leagues. He ended his career with 30 wins against 36 losses, 17 saves, and 97 holds. At his peak, Lloyd threw a sinking fastball that reached per hour and a slider. Later in his career, he added a palmball to his repertoire.

For much of his career, he was used as a matchup lefty, or LOOGY (lefty one out only guy). This type of pitcher is used against an opposing team's star left-handed hitter(s) late in a game. Lloyd excelled in this role for the New York Yankees in 1998 when he posted a career-best 1.67 ERA. This effectiveness led to the Toronto Blue Jays demanding that Lloyd be included in a package anchored by starting pitcher David Wells when the Yankees traded for Toronto starting pitcher Roger Clemens.

Lloyd missed the entire 2000 season while recovering from arthroscopic surgery. In 2001, he received the Tony Conigliaro Award.

International career

Lloyd represented his native Australia at the Olympic Games in Athens in...
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