Andrew Bailey (baseball)

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Andrew Bailey
Andrew Bailey pitching in 2011.jpg
Bailey with the Oakland Athletics
New York Yankees
Pitcher
Born: (1984-05-31) May 31, 1984 (age 30)
Voorhees, New Jersey
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 6, 2009 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record 11–12
Earned run average 2.64
Strikeouts 218
Saves 89
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Andrew Scott Bailey (born May 31, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a member of the New York Yankees. Bailey won the 2009 American League Rookie of the Year Award while closing games for the Oakland Athletics. He was named to the 2009 and 2010 All-Star teams as well.

Baseball career[edit]

He was born in Voorhees, New Jersey and first played baseball at Paul VI High School in Haddon Township, New Jersey. He attended Wagner College in Staten Island.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

From Wagner College, he was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the sixth round (188th overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. Bailey started off the season on the Athletics' AA affiliate, the Midland Rockhounds. Bailey participated in the 2008 Arizona Fall League as a member of the Phoenix Desert Dogs. He made the Athletics Opening Day 25-man roster for the 2009 season as a long shot. Bailey was selected to represent the Athletics in the 2009 MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis. Bailey broke the Athletics rookie save record on September 12 against the Minnesota Twins with his 24th save of the season.

Bailey with the Boston Red Sox in 2013

After a final line of 26 saves and a 1.84 ERA, Bailey was named 2009 American League Rookie of the Year on November 16, 2009.[1]

On September 12, 2011, Bailey was hit right above the temple by a line drive in batting practice. He felt fine, passed concussion tests, and sat out the next few days. He returned to action to face the Tigers a few games later.[2]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

On December 28, 2011, Bailey and Ryan Sweeney were traded from Oakland to the Boston Red Sox for Josh Reddick and two minor leaguers (20-year-old third baseman Miles Head and 19-year-old righty Raul Alcantara).[3] On April 4, 2012, it was announced that Bailey would require reconstructive surgery on his right thumb and that he will begin the 2012 season on the disabled list. Bailey was not expected to pitch again for the Red Sox until after the All-Star break in July 2012.[4] Bailey made his 2012 debut with the Red Sox on August 14, pitching a third of an inning in a loss to Baltimore. Bailey finished the 2012 season with 1513 innings pitched, a 7.04 ERA, and a 1.89 WHIP.

Bailey began the 2013 season as a middle reliever with the Red Sox, but when closer Joel Hanrahan was injured in mid-April, Bailey took over the closer position.[5] Bailey complied 8 saves, a 3-1 record and a 3.77 ERA in 30 appearances until he suffered a shoulder injury that kept him from playing for the rest of the season. After the All-Star Break, MRIs tested positive that there was a torn capsule and damaged labrum in his throwing shoulder. He underwent shoulder surgery on July 24, ending his 2013 season.[6] After the 2013 season, Bailey was non-tendered by the Red Sox, making him a free agent.[7]

New York Yankees[edit]

On February 22, 2014, Bailey signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees with a $2.5 million salary if he made the major league roster and a club option for the 2015 season.[6][8] After numerous setbacks in his recovery from his shoulder injury, Bailey was ruled out for the 2014 season on August 17.[9]

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