Mark Langston led the AL in strikeouts three of his first four seasons in the league. He joined the Seattle Mariners in 1984 and had a 17-10 record, a 3.40 ERA, and a league-leading 204 strikeouts in 225 innings. A sore arm put him on the disabled list for six weeks in 1985, when he was only 7-14. In 1986, Langston became one of the few pitchers ever to have more strikeouts than innings pitched, fanning 245 hitters in 239 1/3 innings. In 1987, he led the Major leagues with 262 strikeouts.
In 1990, Langston went to the AL’s California Angels as a free agent where he had his best season in 1991 with a 19-8 record and a 3.00 ERA.
Langston had 16-11 record and 3.20 ERA in 1993. During the 1994 season, he had surgery for bone chips in his elbow. After going 15-7 in 1995, he underwent knee surgery. He signed with the San Diego Padres as a free agent in 1998 but the elbow problems resurfaced and he was put on the disable list. He announced his retirement during spring training of 2000. Langston is now guiding young athletes to reach their dreams in the league.