Kipper pitched for eight seasons in the majors, coming up with the California Angels in 1985, then with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1985-1991 and finally with the Minnesota Twins in 1992. In 271 games he went 27-37 with a 4.34 ERA. While he began his career as a starter, Kipper’s best seasons came while working in the Pirates’ bullpen. He won three games and had four saves to go along with a 2.93 ERA in 1989, which was arguably his single best season.
Kipper threw his complete game shutout on April 16, 187 at Wrigley Field. He gave up four hits and struck out eight to lead the Pirates to a 6-0 win.
Kipper pitched in one game of the 1991 National League Championship Series for the Pirates. He threw two innings and gave up one run in Game 3 which Pittsburgh lost 10-3 to the Atlanta Braves.
Following his playing career Kipper became a coach. He has worked for the Boston Red Sox organization since 1999. He was the team’s bullpen coach in 2002 and again, on an interim basis, in 2015.
Bob Kipper – career stats