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Former big leaguer Frank Pastore in coma after wreck

Nov 21, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

Frank Pastore

Frank Pastore, who spent seven of his eight major league seasons with the Reds from 1979-86, is in a coma after after being injured in a car accident Monday night.

“I just hope everyone is praying for him. This is a shock to all of us,” Pastore’s mother-in-law told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.  “He’s a very good person. A Christian person. At this time, it’s very hard. He’s loved by everyone.”

Pastore was driving a motorcycle when he was struck by a car. According to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Aaron Knarr, the driver of the car lost control and hit Pastore’s Honda Shadow in the car pool lane. The driver of the car wasn’t hurt and was not intoxicated.

Pastore, 55, hosts a radio show on a Christian station based in Los Angeles. He went 48-58 with a 4.29 ERA in 139 starts and 81 relief appearances in his major league career, which concluded with the Twins in 1986. He had his best season in 1980, going 13-7 with a 3.27 ERA in 27 starts for Cincinnati.

  1. irishdodger - Nov 21, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Prayers for a full recovery.

  2. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 21, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Very sad. Praying.

  3. gosport474 - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Thought I would pass this along:
    Pastore held the official record for completing the 72-ounce steak meal challenge at The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, having eaten the entire meal in 9½ minutes in May 1987 (this was his 7th successful completion of the feat) until March 24, 2008, when competitive eating champion, Joey Chestnut, finished the meal challenge in 8 minutes 52 seconds. Pastore congratulated Chestnut on air shortly afterward.[4] His record was featured on The Travel Channel’s show Steak Paradise.

  4. escapingexile - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Sending prayers your way Mr. Pastore. Twenty some odd years ago, he used to give pitching lessons out of his backyard which had a mound built into it. As a young man, I was fortunate enough to make his acquaintance. His life lessons were far more valuable than anything and I carry them with me to this day.

  5. pisano - Nov 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    I remember him well, and pray for his full recovery.

  6. westcoastredbird - Nov 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Praying for your speedy and full recovery. I’ve listened to him on KWAVE in SoCal. What a great Christian man!

  7. westcoastredbird - Nov 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    My girlfriend was quick to point out he’s on KKLA not KWAVE. God bless Frank!

  8. mazblast - Nov 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    One of the good guys. Even though I live in Cincy and have never been a Reds fan, I always liked him. I’m rooting for his full recovery.

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