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This Day in Pirate History - 10/30   
Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

Born today in 1960 was a player who some Pirate fans might want to forget. Today is his birthday, so we will remember Lee Tunnell. He made his debut as a September call up in 1982 at the age of just 21.

Lee looked at least promising from the beginning, going 1-1 with a sub 4.00 era. During his rookie year, he helped the 83 team along with veteran starters John Candeleria, Rick Rhoden and Larry McWilliams, to a 2nd place finish. Tunnell finished with an 11-6 record and a 3.65 era. He also finished tied for 5th in the league in shutouts.

Unfortunately, as Lee Tunnell went, so went the Bucs. After losing his starting job, Tunnell finished the season in the bullpen with just a 1-7 5.27 record and the Bucs finished in 6th place (also known as last in the east).

It got worse the next year, Tunnell's last season with the team. He finished 4-10 and the Bucs lost 100 games for the first time since 1954.

Even though he was still playing at the time, Lee's career was resurrected in 1987 in the form of Mike Dunne who had a very similar career record. From beginning to end, the two were about the same (Tunnell 22-28 4.23 era Dunne 25-30 4.08 era). On this day though, let's remember the 1983 season of Lee Tunnell.

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