Former Cal Pitcher Tyler Walker Gets First Major League Win
Sept. 10, 2002
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Former Cal pitcher Tyler Walker, who competed for the Bears from 1996-97 and was a second round pick of the New York Mets, earned his first major league win Saturday, Sept. 7. Walker pitched 5.0 innings with six hits, three runs, four walks and two strikeouts to help the Mets to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Walker's father, Ralph, who graduated from Cal's Boalt Law School in 1965, had flown to Philadelphia to see the game. It was Tyler Walker's first major league start.
'I liked everything I saw, his fastball and his curve,' New York Met manager Bobby Valentine about Walker, who originally came to Cal as a catcher. 'He threw a lot of pitches for five innings (98), but he did a heck of a job. Usually the sweat affects his curveball, but today (Saturday) I think it helped it. He left his fastball up in the zone a little. I'm pleased to be a part of his first Major League win, and I think there will be many more of them.'
Walker is one of four Bears who are currently competing in the majors. Other former Cal players in the Major Leagues include Jeff Kent of the San Francisco Giants, Doug Nickle of the San Diego Padres and Geoff Blum of the Houston Astros. Ryan Drese pitched several games for the Cleveland Indians this summer before being sent down to Triple AAA and Darren Lewis retired after being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.