Former MLB pitcher Andy Ashby will sign autographs Saturday, Aug. 22 at Sunday Dispatch booth

Staff reports | August 15th, 2015 12:10 pm

The Sunday Dispatch booth (booth 47) at the Tomato Festival is always a hit. This year, however, the Dispatch is bringing star power to its stand.

Former Major League Baseball player Andy Ashby will sign autographs and pose for pictures from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22. The Dispatch will provide each person with an 8x10 photo of Ashby to sign. For each autograph, a donation of any amount is asked. Dispatch Dollars may be used.

All proceeds from the Sunday Dispatch booth on Saturday will go directly to the Jenkins Township Little League. Ashby’s four daughters, Ashton, Madison, Eastin and Taryn, all played Little League for Jenkins Township and all four have attended Pittston Area High School or Scranton Prep with a focus on sports.

While playing for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons in Moosic, Ashby met his wife, the former Tracy Tigue. When he retired, Ashby made a home in the Grreater Pittston area in which he played early in the 1991 and 1992 seasons on the last step before debuting in, then settling into, his career in the majors. The family now resides in Jenkins Township in the Pittston Area School District, the school from which Tracy graduated.

San Diego, where Ashby had his greatest successes, became the family’s second home. Ashby worked 20 Padres broadcasts last summer as a studio analyst for Fox Sports San Diego and is doing eight more this summer.

Eastin, Madison, Taryn and Ashton are responsible, however, for the bulk of the time Andy spends watching and analyzing sports these days. Their multiple sports interests, including occasionally as opponents or on teams playing in different places on the same nights, make it challenging, but Andy and Tracy are there cheering on their daughters at the vast majority of their events and performances.

Former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and major league pitcher Andy Ashby, center, huddles with his family on the mound at PNC Field in Moosic. From left, daughters Ashton, 14; Madison, 17; wife Tracy, daughters Eastin, 18; and Taryn, 15.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_SD_Ashbys_3.jpgFormer Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and major league pitcher Andy Ashby, center, huddles with his family on the mound at PNC Field in Moosic. From left, daughters Ashton, 14; Madison, 17; wife Tracy, daughters Eastin, 18; and Taryn, 15. Bill Tarutis File Photo | For Sunday Dispatch
A donation at the Sunday Dispatch booth on Saturday, Aug. 22 will get you this photo autographed by former Major League Baseball player Andy Ashby. Proceeds benefit the Jenkins Township Little League.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_AndyAshby.jpgA donation at the Sunday Dispatch booth on Saturday, Aug. 22 will get you this photo autographed by former Major League Baseball player Andy Ashby. Proceeds benefit the Jenkins Township Little League. Bill Tarutis File Photo | For Sunday Dispatch
Former MLB pitcher will sign autographs Saturday

Staff reports

A look back at Andy Ashby’s professional baseball career:

- Debuted in minors as an 18-year-old in 1986 with the Bend Phillies half-season Class A team in the Northwest League.

- Played his final game with Portland Beavers in Class AAA Pacific Coast League in August, 2005 at 37 years of age.

- Completed six games with three shutouts while winning 11 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons in 1991.

- Went 11-14 with 3.38 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 194 1/3 innings with Red Barons in 1991 and 1992.

- Made Major League debut with Philadelphia Phillies June 10, 1992.

- Final Major League game in 2004 with San Diego Padres.

- Teams: Philadelphia (1991-1992, 2000); Colorado Rockies 1993; San Diego (1993-1999, 2004); Atlanta Braves (2000); Los Angeles Dodgers (2001-2003).

- Ranked third in National League with 2.94 ERA in 1995 with San Diego.

- Best season was 17-9, 3.34 ERA with National League champion Padres in 1998.

- Pitched in playoffs for San Diego in 1996 and 1998 and Atlanta in 2000.

- Career playoff stats: 0-1, 4.71, 7 games, 5 starts, 28 2/3 innings, 20 strikeouts.

- Started Game 2 of 1998 World Series, taking loss against New York Yankees.

- Appeared in 1998 and 1999 All-Star Games.

- Career Major League stats: 98-110; 4.12 ERA; 1173 strikeouts; 1810 2/3 innings; 309 games; 285 starts.

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A look back at Andy Ashby’s professional baseball career:

- Debuted in minors as an 18-year-old in 1986 with the Bend Phillies half-season Class A team in the Northwest League.

- Played his final game with Portland Beavers in Class AAA Pacific Coast League in August, 2005 at 37 years of age.

- Completed six games with three shutouts while winning 11 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons in 1991.

- Went 11-14 with 3.38 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 194 1/3 innings with Red Barons in 1991 and 1992.

- Made Major League debut with Philadelphia Phillies June 10, 1992.

- Final Major League game in 2004 with San Diego Padres.

- Teams: Philadelphia (1991-1992, 2000); Colorado Rockies 1993; San Diego (1993-1999, 2004); Atlanta Braves (2000); Los Angeles Dodgers (2001-2003).

- Ranked third in National League with 2.94 ERA in 1995 with San Diego.

- Best season was 17-9, 3.34 ERA with National League champion Padres in 1998.

- Pitched in playoffs for San Diego in 1996 and 1998 and Atlanta in 2000.

- Career playoff stats: 0-1, 4.71, 7 games, 5 starts, 28 2/3 innings, 20 strikeouts.

- Started Game 2 of 1998 World Series, taking loss against New York Yankees.

- Appeared in 1998 and 1999 All-Star Games.

- Career Major League stats: 98-110; 4.12 ERA; 1173 strikeouts; 1810 2/3 innings; 309 games; 285 starts.


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