Michael James LaCoss (born May 30, 1956, in Glendale, California), is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball.

Baseball career

LaCoss was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the third round of the 1974 amateur draft. He played for the Cincinnati Reds (1978–81), Houston Astros (1982–84), Kansas City Royals (1985), and San Francisco Giants (1986–91). He batted and threw right-handed.

An All-Star in 1979, LaCoss posted a 98–103 career record with 783 strikeouts and a 4.02 ERA in 1739-2/3 innings pitched.

In 1987 he was ninth in the National League with 13 wins.

LaCoss recorded two home runs his entire career, in consecutive at-bats in 1986. The first was off Dane Iorg, a utility player who entered the game to pitch for the San Diego Padres near the end of an 18–1 Giants blowout. The next came off Cincinnati Reds ace Tom Browning in the next game.

Personal life

Mike owned and operated Mike LaCoss Enterprises Inc, YESS Foundation, and a website called ibaseballchannel.[1] From 1994-1998, LaCoss worked as a guest pitching coach to the Cosumnes River College baseball team located in Sacramento, CA. LaCoss collaborated with his fiery long-time friend and CRC baseball coach Tony Bloomfield to teach pitchers a split-finger changeup.


  1. ^ "Mike LaCoss Profile". Retrieved 2 January 2014. 

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