RHP 1977, 79-80, 82, 84, 86 Mets , Yankees, Twins, Orioles, Tigers
The Mets first called up Pacella in 1977, the year he pitched a no-hitter for Jackson
(Texas League) against Tulsa in April. The Brooklyn native had no great success for
the Mets, but threw with such effort that his cap fell off after nearly every pitch.
The Mets traded him with infielder Jose Moreno to the Padres for former Cy Young
winner Randy Jones in December 1980.
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» May 12, 1982: In their 2nd major trade in as many days, the Twins deal C Butch Wynegar and P Roger Erickson to the Yankees for IF Larry Milbourne, minor leaguers John Pacella and Pete Filson, and cash. The Twins' frugal owner, Calvin Griffith, is roundly criticized for the deals, in which he appears to be unloading high-salaried veterans at the expense of a winning ball club. |
» July 15, 1982: Detroit collects nine hits and drops 11 runs on the Twins in the first inning enroute to an 18–2 smackdown of the Twins. Dan Petry is the winning pitcher. Brookens and Trammell hit back-to-back home runs off reliever John Pacella.
» September 12, 1982: With Minnesota leading 7–4 in the bottom of the 4th, Terry Felton relieves Twins starter Brad Havens. Felton leaves in the bottom of the sixth with one out, runners on first and second and his team clinging to a 7-6 lead. Both runners score and by the time the Royals are through, instead of his first ML win, Felton ended up charged with his 16th (and final) career loss. Kansas City wins royally, 18–7, one of the biggest comebacks of the decade. John Pacella, who takes over in the 8th, surrenders back-to-back dingers to Havens and White, tosses two wild pitches, and allows six runs. Willie Aikens adds a pair of homers for KC.