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Former Brewers pitcher Mike Potts, now a NC State Trooper, shot four times (but will be OK)

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Posted: February 24, 2013, 8:27 AM Post
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In 1996, "Mike" Potts, now Michael, appeared in 24 games in relief for the Brewers (stats).

A state trooper in North Carolina, you will find many articles on his recent scare (shot four times at a traffic stop) here.

But this article in particular details his Brewers connection.

Thankfully he's expected to make a full recovery and is currently out of the hospital. So lucky.


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Posted: February 24, 2013, 11:05 AM Post
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Mass, the last link appears to be broken.

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Posted: February 24, 2013, 1:07 PM Post
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Link still works, maybe a browser issue, here's the text:

DURHAM — After being shot in the face, hand and shoulder during a traffic stop on U.S. 70 in Durham on Feb. 18, state Trooper Michael Potts has been big news. But he had an earlier brush with fame.

Back in 1992, Potts was a 22-year-old pitcher for the Durham Bulls looking to make the roster for the Atlanta Braves.

On a Class-A team that boasted names like Carlos Reyes and a baby-faced Larry “Chipper” Jones, former Bulls manager Matt West remembers the power that the 5-foot-9 Potts possessed.

“There’s an old adage that once you wear a uniform together you’re only a phone call away from being right back where you were,” West said of his relationship with Potts. “Mike was a very talented left-handed pitcher. Not a big guy, but had a strong arm.”

With the Bulls in 1992, Potts pitched in 30 games, starting 21, and went 6-8 with a 4.02 earned run average. Four years after that season in Durham, the southpaw made it to the major leagues as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.

He made his big league debut on April 6, 1996, against the Seattle Mariners. Potts pitched in one inning, allowing two hits and no runs.

His luck would quickly run out, though, as Potts appeared in 24 games, allowing 58 hits in 45 1/3 innings and finished with an ERA of 7.15 and a record of 1-2. He played his final big league game on July 15, 1996.

Even at the height of his career as a pitcher, West remembers discussions he had with Potts about his future. “Even during that time, believe it or not, he would have conversations with me about his passion for law enforcement,” West said. “Here was a guy with his entire career ahead of him in his 20s, and he already knew what he wanted to do when it was over.”

During the major league baseball strike in the 1994-95 season, Potts returned to Durham and took a part-time job as a security guard just a season before he would be called up to the big leagues.

By 1998, Potts made the decision to end his baseball career and began his career in law enforcement.

Now, 15 years after hanging up his cleats for the final time, the 42-year-old Potts was shot four times during a traffic stop. Authorities arrested a Vermont man with a long criminal record, wanted for escaping from a prison furlough program in that state, and charged him with Potts’ shooting.

Though he has been released from Duke University Hospital, Potts is still recovering from his wounds.

West said he has tried to reach out to Potts’ former teammates from the Bulls, and he plans to reconnect with him at his home. “He and I have reconnected a number of times over the past few years,” West said. “I couldn’t be more proud that not only had he achieved his goals, but that there is someone like Mike Potts out there protecting us.”


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Posted: February 24, 2013, 11:56 PM Post
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I remember watching Potts pitch for us when I was a kid... on some very bad Brewers teams. Glad to hear that he's expected to recover from this.


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Posted: February 25, 2013, 2:06 PM Post
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I remember watching Potts pitch for us when I was a kid... on some very bad Brewers teams. Glad to hear that he's expected to recover from this.


That 96 Brewer team was better than you remember. They scored a whopping 894 runs. That's more than the 82 Brewers who scored 891.

Unfortunately the pitching was as bad as the hitting was good.


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Posted: February 25, 2013, 6:18 PM Post
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JohnBriggs12 said:
DocLuna7 said:
I remember watching Potts pitch for us when I was a kid... on some very bad Brewers teams. Glad to hear that he's expected to recover from this.


That 96 Brewer team was better than you remember. They scored a whopping 894 runs. That's more than the 82 Brewers who scored 891.

Unfortunately the pitching was as bad as the hitting was good.


You are right. That team wasn't terrible by 1993-2004 Brewers standards and came close to .500 at least. The Vaughn for Newfield, Villone, and Florie trade probably kept them from being even more successful offensively.


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Posted: February 25, 2013, 7:07 PM Post
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JohnBriggs12 said:
DocLuna7 said:
I remember watching Potts pitch for us when I was a kid... on some very bad Brewers teams. Glad to hear that he's expected to recover from this.


That 96 Brewer team was better than you remember. They scored a whopping 894 runs. That's more than the 82 Brewers who scored 891.

Unfortunately the pitching was as bad as the hitting was good.

How does that compare to the rest of the league. 82 and 96 were drastically different run scoring environments.

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Posted: February 25, 2013, 7:57 PM Post
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Good to hear that he's recovering. He's one of those guys who I remember more than his play warranted... I would have thought that he was around for more than part of a year.

That '96 team did have a very good offense. In particular, Vaughn was on a tear before he was traded. Once McDonald was hurt, they had absolutely no pitching however.


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Posted: February 25, 2013, 8:15 PM Post
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Saw that on the local news and I honestly had no idea he played for the Brewers. Glad to see he'll be fine.


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