Former Major League Baseball starting pitcher and 1988 U.S. Olympian, born September 19, 1967. First-round draft pick of the then-California Angels (now Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) in 1988 as a junior at University of Michigan. Born without a right hand, he would balance a left-handed glove on the stub of his right wrist while throwing each pitch, and then quickly switch it onto his pitching hand to field.
After pitching the gold medal-winning game for the US in Seoul, he jumped straight from college to the majors in 1989 with the Angels, and finished fourth in American League Rookie of the Year voting. Probably his finest seasons were 1991, when he finished 18-11 with a 2.89 ERA, and 1992, when he finished 7-15 with a 2.77 ERA (California's run support was nonexistent, hence the lopsided win/loss record). The next year, he was traded to the New York Yankees, and although he pitched a no-hitter on 4 September 1993 against the Cleveland Indians, his career's downslide began that year. As a power pitcher, his success could only last as long as his arm strength did, and he was unable to develop the finesse necessary to change pitching styles and save his career.
After spending 1993 and 1994 with the Yankees, he signed with the Chicago White Sox for the 1995 season but was traded back to the Angels at the trade deadline (31 July 1995). He suffered through a 2-18 year with a 7.48 ERA in 1996 (receiving a minor league demotion only in August, long after he could have used it to work on skills and regain his composure), after which he retired.
He attempted a comeback in 1998 with the White Sox; he climbed up the Sox's minor league ladder, and was promoted to the majors in September, going 5-0 with a 4.55 ERA. He signed with the Milwaukee Brewers for 1999, but pitched inconsistently and was released in July, after which he retired permanently. Of note during his time with the Brewers was that he had to bat; he posted a .095 batting average (2 for 21), with two singles, three RBI, and ten strikouts. Mostly he attempted to bunt, but when he was given the go-ahead to swing, he did so with his left arm only.
Nowadays he works as a motivational speaker.