By the time he was just 21 years old Bret Saberhagen had already accomplished what many hope to over an entire career. Drafted directly out of Grover Cleveland High School in Reseda, California by the Kansas City Royals in 1982, Saberhagen made his major league debut in 1984 and by 1985 he was the Royals ace. Saberhagen went 20-6 with a 2.87 earned run average during the 1985 regular season en route to winning the American League Cy Young Award.
The Royals advanced to the World Series to face their cross-state rival St. Louis Cardinals and in the Series Saberhagen pitched a pair of complete games, including a shutout in the decisive game seven, to cap off his incredible age-21 season. He was named Most Valuable Player of the World Series. Saberhagen won a second Cy Young Award in 1989 after he led the A.L. with 23 wins, a 2.16 ERA and 12 complete games. After a pair of All-Star selections to go with his Cy Youngs, Saberhagen was traded to the New York Mets in 1992.
Saberhagen made a third All-Star Team with the Mets in 1994. After a stint with the Colorado Rockies Saberhagen signed with the Boston Red Sox prior to the 1997 season. He finished his career in Boston in 2001 after repeated arm injuries limited his time on the field and hampered his performance. Saberhagen missed all of the 1996 season and most of 1997 due to injury but won 15 games in 1998 and was named The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year and was also the recipient of the Tony Conigliaro Award.
Saberhagen was enshrined into the Royals Hall of Fame in 2005 and since then he has spent time coaching high school baseball in the Greater Los Angeles Area, he has opened a sports entertainment facility in New York state and has remained philanthropically active through his work with The Bret Saberhagen Make a Difference Foundation.
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