Today in Tribe History: February 23, 1976

Former Cleveland Indians pitcher Scott Elarton is born in Lamar, Colorado.

The 6’7” right-hander spent ten years in the Majors, including parts of three seasons in an Indians uniform. After starting his career with the Houston Astros and showing some promise, including a breakout 17-7 season in 2000, injuries slowed him and he was dealt to the Colorado Rockies.

After several years in Colorado, he was released in May of 2004 and signed by the Indians the next day. He spent parts of the next two seasons with Cleveland, working 52 games as a starting pitcher with an ERA over 4.50. After an 11-9 season with a 4.61 ERA in 2005, he became a free agent and signed with the Kansas City Royals.

Elarton spent parts of two seasons with the Royals before his release in July of 2007. He signed with the Indians again a week later, but lasted just one month with the club, working eight games out of the bullpen. He was resigned prior to the 2009 season but instead sat out the whole season. He eventually returned to the game, pitching in the minors with the Chicago White Sox in 2010 and the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012 and the independent Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters in 2013.

Since retiring, he has worked as a minor league pitching coach in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system.

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