This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
I am rather excited to write this week's installment because it is about one of my favorite pitchers as he continues his comeback from a series of unfortunate events. After watching two outings from Alex Cobb this season, I am rather giddy about what he could accomplish coming off an awful run in Baltimore the last three seasons. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present:
Cobb has been in the majors since 2011, and has had a number of things happen to him throughout his career. His rookie season ended with a blood clot in his chest that necessitated the removal of one of his ribs. He came back to baseball in 2012 to replace the injured (shocker) Jeff Niemann and pitched in the front of the rotation in 2013 before taking an Eric Hosmer liner off the head and missing two months. I was at the game covering it for local radio, and to this day can remember the crack of the bat and the sickening thud of the ball striking Cobb on the mound as myself and maybe 8,000 people in the stands that night looked on. He resumed with a fine 2014 before Tommy John surgery was needed in spring 2015. He came back to pitch one more season in Tampa Bay before signing with Baltimore. Money is money, but the ballpark and division were a terrible fit for him and his numbers while with the club show it.
The Orioles traded Cobb to the Angels in the offseason