David Clyde was famous for making his major league debut weeks after his high school career ended after the Rangers took him first in the 1973 draft. He flamed out due to lack of control, both pitching-wise and self-wise. His quote in an interview back in the 90s:
“I thought nothing of having a few drinks after the game — that was the way things went. But I really wasn’t an alcoholic. Yeah, I did party a little too much at times, I’ll admit to that. But I thought it was just the major-league lifestyle.”
Sadly, the bottle is still a problem for Clyde. From the Houston Press:
David Eugene Clyde, one of baseball’s great “What if?” stories, was arrested for DWI this weekend in Harris County.
Clyde is 57 now and this is his first offense. So, normally, this wouldn’t be of any notice to anyone other than close family members and maybe his employer. But when you’re a famous phenom cum cautionary tale like David Clyde, people are going to notice these things for the rest of your life.
You hear a lot about pitchers tipping pitches. It’s often offered up post-facto as an excuse for poor performance by the pitcher himself or his own team. It’s sort of like the “best shape of my life” thing being offered in the offseason to talk about why the player got injured or played badly the previous year. “Smitty’s stuff is still great, he was just tipping his pitches,” said a source close to the player whose stuff is not really great anymore.
Which isn’t to say that pitchers don’t tip pitches. Of course they do. Opposing teams look for it, pick up on it and take advantage of it whenever they can. It’s just that (a) the opposing team has an interest in not talking about it, lest the pitcher STOP tipping its pitches; and (b) the guy actually tipping his pitches doesn’t want to talk specifically about it lest he starts doing it again.
Which is what makes this article at Sports Illustrated so interesting. In it Tom Verducci talks to an anonymous Houston Astros player who explains how Dodgers starter Yu Darvish was tipping his pitches during the World Series, leading to him getting absolutely shellacked in Games 3 and 7. The upshot: the Astros knew when a slider or a cutter was coming, they waited for it and they teed off.
Darvish is a free agent now. I’m guessing, whoever signs him, knows exactly what they’ll gave him work on the first day of spring training.