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Steve Bast

1984 Alaska Goldpanners
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Position Starting Pitcher
Out of Southern California
BirthplaceLa Verne, CA
Prep Damien HS
1983 Draft 3rd Rd., 77th Overall (CAL)
1986 Draft 5th Rd., 121st Overall (BOS)
 

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Pitcher turned Physician
Pitcher Steve Bast climbed as high as Triple A baseball in the early 1990’s. No one probably ever heard of him again since those days in Pawtucket, until Monika Guttman featured him in an article. Ms Guttman is a former contributing writer to HSC Weekly, USC Trojan Family, Norris Cancer Center Report and USC Health at the University of Southern California. She recently wrote about Bast in an article “Alumnus and former Red Sox pitcher returns to USC as a physician”.

As a professional pitcher, the southpaw faced the likes of Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson in the minor leagues. But he never dreamt of striking them out. By his own admission, baseball was a stepping-stone to setting bones, not setting records.

Bast signed with the Red Sox in 1986 after three years at USC. After five years in the Boston organization, he applied for and was accepted in to the USC medical school program. Playing minor league ball was no longer glamorous, especially with a wife and young son. His last year of professional ball was also his first year of medical school at the University of Southern California. After juggling the two careers for one year, he finally decided that there was more to life than playing baseball.

Bast is now a resident student in orthopedics at USC. His first article, "Upper Extremity Blood Flow in Collegiate and High School Baseball Pitchers” was published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Despite a totally different kind of career, Bast has been able to draw similarities between sports and medicine.

"On a team, you're only as good as the people who surround you in the outfield and the infield, " he said in Ms. Guttman’s article. "In medicine, you're only as good as the people who assist you, as good as your patient compliance, as good as your mentors and teachers." According to Bast, the camaraderie in the medical profession is similar to sports teams and athletes. Like sports, medicine prepared Bast for life. It taught him how to accept disappointment and mistakes, along with victory and defeat.

After three years of medical school, Bast was still debating between majoring in pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine. "I really enjoy working with kids," he said in Ms. Guttman’s article. Orthopedics appealed to him not because it was so tied in to sports but because "I'm a kind of a hands-on personality. I rebuilt my own car, I work in the yard. It's a field where your patients are usually pretty healthy, and there's not a lot of morbidity."

When it comes to baseball, Bast has not lost any of his senses. The smell of popcorn and the baseball field are still fresh in his mind. He still sees enthusiasm in the eyes of kids, especially when they are looking at a major league field or stadium. Steve Bast no longer clings to the dream of reaching the major leagues. But he is perceptive to see that same dream in today’s youth.
 

  • 1986 USC Steve Sicard Award

  • 1999-2000 Fellow, Orthopaedic Biometrics Laboratory

  • Our Towns; Where Dreams Of Glory Days Are Nurtured "McInnis, an outfielder from Framingham, Mass., and Steve Bast, a pitcher from Upland, Calif., are living with the Kirschners, benefiting from Mrs. Kirschner's mother-away-from-home attention."

1984 Roster | Dave Snow • Chris Smith | Tim Arnold • Steve Bast • Dion Beck • Brad Brink • Mike Campbell • Mark Davis • Mike Duncan • Tony Evers • Bien Figueroa • John Fishel • Tom Forrester • Jim Fregosi • Todd Gates • Bill Geivett • Jeff Kaye • Mike Knox • Jeff Koenigsman • Chad Kreuter • Kevin Kunkle • Vince Lopez • Davis May • Luis Medina (Louie) • Ward Merdes • Jose Mota • Steve Mueller • Page Odle • Jim Puzey • Fred Scott • Charlie Smith • Chris Smith • Ty VanBerkleo • Jeff Weatherby • Roger Williams • Greg Williamson • Steve Wilson • Mark Winner • Craig Worthington | All-Time Roster • All-Time Lineups


 

    

1984 Alaska Goldpanners
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PITCHING STATISTICS

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Professional Statistics

Year Team Org Level W L ERA G GS CG SH GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WP
1986 Elmira Bos A- 4 3 1.87 10 3 1 0 7 1 43.1 35 10 9 2 12 44 1
  New Britain Bos AA 1 3 3.61 9 6 2 0 2 0 42.1 33 21 17 4 20 27 3
1987 New Britain Bos AA 9 13 4.46 28 26 6 1 1 1 175.2 183 96 87 13 63 93 6
1989 New Britain Bos AA 3 4 2.43 8 8 1 1 0 0 59.1 50 16 16 3 12 32 1
  Pawtucket Bos AAA 6 4 4.37 18 17 0 0 0 0 105.0 121 59 51 19 46 75 4
1990 Pawtucket Bos AAA 7 16 5.65 25 23 2 0 2 0 146.2 158 97 92 21 64 91 11
Totals 30 43 4.28 98 83 12 2 12 2 572.1 580 299 272 62 217 362 26