It also came after Kooiman threw one tight, or "at my face," as Stofski described it to The News.
"You can't get too emotional," Stofski told The News of his reaction to Kooiman. "That's what the pitcher wants."
Kooiman through that tight pitch two months into his professional career. His career didn't last much longer. It began and ended that year in rookie ball.
Kooiman's brief career began that year, signed by the Braves as an undrafted free agent out of Austin Peay University.
At Austin Peay, Kooiman threw three shutout innings in an April 1989 game. He led his team with a 3.76 ERA, 46 strikeouts and eight wins in 1990.
With the Braves, Kooiman played the season at Idaho Falls. He got into 15 games, all in relief. In 22.2 innings, he gave up 16 earned runs for a 6.35 ERA, marking the extent of his professional career.
- Deseret News, Aug. 27, 1990: Trappers sweep Braves with 10-2 win
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