Eric Milton was born on Monday, August 4, 1975, in State College, Pennsylvania. Milton was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 5, 1998, with the Minnesota Twins. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Eric Milton baseball stats page.
"One by one they called. The first to phone free agent Eric Milton was Reds manager Dave Miley. Then it was first baseman Sean Casey . Next was closer Danny Graves , followed by starter Paul Wilson . Then Miley again. 'Relentless,' Milton says of the team's off-season pursuit. 'Someone was calling every day, telling me that I should go to Cincinnati . It was nice to feel that needed.'" - By Albert Chen in Sports Illustrated (April 4, 2005, '4 Cincinnati Reds', Source )
Eric Milton Autograph on a 1998 Topps (#156)
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|1998 Minnesota Twins||41||$170,000.00||-||-|
|1999 Minnesota Twins||41||$240,000.00||-||-|
|2000 Minnesota Twins||21||$285,000.00||-||-|
|2001 Minnesota Twins||21||$2,150,000.00||Stats||-|
|2002 Minnesota Twins||21||$4,000,000.00||-||-|
|2003 Minnesota Twins||21||$6,000,000.00||-||-|
|2004 Philadelphia Phillies||21||$9,000,000.00||-||-|
|2005 Cincinnati Reds||22||$5,333,333.00||-||-|
|2006 Cincinnati Reds||22||$9,833,333.00||-||-|
|2007 Cincinnati Reds||22||$10,333,333.00||-||-|
|2009 Los Angeles Dodgers||28||$650,000.00||-||-|
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Besides both being former Major League pitchers, what do Eric Milton and hall of famer Robin Roberts have in common? They are the only two Philadelphia Phillie pitchers to surrender more than forty home runs in a single season to opposing batters. Each one holds a team record:
Robin Roberts , a right-handed pitcher, surrendered forty-one home runs in 1955, the first time any Phillies pitcher had allowed opponents to hit 40+ home runs in a single season. Roberts duplicated the feat again in 1956 (46 HRA) and once more in 1957 (40 HRA), the franchise record remains forty six through today.
Eric Milton, a left-handed pitcher, surrendered forty-three home runs in 2004, the first time any Phillies lefty had allowed opponents to hit 40+ home runs in a single season and the franchise record for home runs allowed by a lefty in a season through today.
Did you know that Eric Milton, on September 11, 1999 , threw the fourth no-hitter in Minnesota Twins history? Too easy? Did you know the 11:06 AM start time made it the only no-hitter thrown well before lunch time? Let's see why:
Eric Milton No Hitter. September 11, 1999 .
If there was ever a no-hitter pitched under unusual circumstances, it was the one hurled by Eric Milton on Saturday, September 11 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Taking the hill for the Twins , who held third place in the American League's Central Division, Milton carried a 6-11 record as he faced Ramon Ortiz (1-1) and the Anaheim Angels , the AL West Division's last place team.
A crowd of 11,222 showed up to watch, which wasn't bad considering the time of day. Moved up so that the field could be readied for a college football game that night, the game started at 11:06 a.m. That made Milton's gem the earliest time of day a no-hitter was ever pitched.
Because of a game the previous night, the Angels rested most of their starters. Anaheim's starting lineup included four players who had been called up in September and one who had joined the club in August.
Mixing curves and changeups with a blazing fastball, the 24-year-old Milton mowed down the inexperienced opposition with little trouble. Only five balls were hit out of the infield, and there was just one hard-hit ball. Milton, who had taken three no-hitters into the sixth inning as a rookie in 1998, struck out a career high 13 while walking two. He fanned two batters in an inning four times.
The only hard-hit ball off Milton came in the first first inning. After Jeff DaVanon struck out and Orlando Palmeiro walked to begin the inning, Todd Greene laced a hard lined to left field. Left fielder Torii Hunter momentarily lost the ball, but recovered in time to make the catch. Troy Glaus then fouled out to end the inning.
The Twins gave Milton all the runs he needed in the first when Matt Lawton scored on a triple by a Terry Steinbach . For good measure, Minnesota scratched out three more runs in the second with the help of an RBI single by Denny Hocking , who added a two-run homer in the fifth. Steinbach and Corey Koskie combined doubles in the eighth. Following Hocking's homer, Ortiz was ejected from the game after hitting Lawton with a pitch.
Milton fanned two batters in the second, third, sixth and seventh. The only other Angel to reach base came in the third when DaVanon walked with two outs. Steinbach threw him out attempting to steal second.
Milton retired the last 18 batters he faced. Cruising into the eighth with a 6-0 lead, he retired Steve Decker on a ground out to second, Matt Luke on a strikeout and Bret Hemphill on a pop up to second.
In the ninth, still recording speeds of 94 miles-per-hour on his fastball. Milton got Trent Durrington on a pop up to first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to start the inning. Next up was Andy Sheets , and he grounded out to Cleatus Davidson at second.
The final out was recorded when Milton got DaVanon to swing and miss on a 3-2 pitch. It was the 10th swinging strikeout of the game for the Twins pitcher, and sent the small crowd of fans home happy that they had gotten up early to see the game.
Eric Milton, one year after being traded by the Philadelphia Phillies , surrendered forty-home runs again, this time in a Cincinnati Reds uniform, and like Robin Roberts , became the first player in team history to allow forty-home runs in a single season, matched once since by Bronson Arroyo in 2011, who set the franchise record when he gave-up forty-six homers.