Brandon Knight (baseball)

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Brandon Knight
Brandon Knight - Spring Training 2012.jpg
Starting pitcher
Born: (1975-10-01) October 1, 1975 (age 38)
Oxnard, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 5, 2001 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 18, 2008 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
Win-Loss 1-0
Earned run average 8.62
Strikeouts 24
Teams
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's baseball
Bronze 2008 Beijing Team

Professional[edit]

Brandon Michael Knight (born October 1, 1975 in Oxnard, California[1]) is an American professional baseball player. A right-handed pitcher, Knight plays for the Nexen Heroes in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Knight, who was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 1995 amateur draft,[2] appeared in 11 major league games for the New York Yankees in 2001 and 2002.[1]

From 2003-2005, Knight played for Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in Japan. He spent two years in Fukuoka, Japan playing for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks and one year in Sapporo, Japan playing for the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Upon returning to the United States, Knight signed and played in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization for the 2006 season.

In 2007, Knight signed with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League. Brett Jodie, the former Yankee pitcher, now the Patriots pitching coach noticed that Knight's release point was too high. After Knight modified his release point, his command and velocity improved. The Mets decided to purchase his contract and signed him to their Triple-A team (New Orleans Zephyrs) in New Orleans, Louisiana.[3]

While pitching for the New Orleans Zephyrs, Knight was selected to play for the U.S. Olympic team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.[3] Knight pitched in two baseball games at the Olympics, earning one win.[4] He earned a bronze medal as part of the U.S. team.

Knight made his first career major league start in Shea Stadium for the New York Mets on July 26, 2008, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He allowed four runs in the first inning, but settled down, and held the Cardinals scoreless through the next four innings. Though he left the game with the Mets leading 5-4, the bullpen was unable to hold the lead and Knight was denied his first major league win. He was designated for assignment the following day,[5] so that he could remain on the Olympic Roster. He was recalled to the Mets when rosters expanded in September. On July 24, 2009, the New York Mets released Knight so that he could sign with the Samsung Lions in South Korea. On August 4, 2010, he was released from Samsung Lions due to an injury.[citation needed]

Since 2011, Brandon has been playing with the Nexen Heroes Baseball Club of Seoul, South Korea. He is set to continue playing for them for the 2014 season. His current record in Korea is 47 wins and 36 losses with an ERA of 3.77.

Personal[edit]

Brandon Michael Knight was born in Oxnard, California. He was raised in Ventura, California and continues to reside there with his wife Brooke and four children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "player profile". Yahoo!Sports. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  2. ^ "player profile". milb.com. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  3. ^ a b Bontemps, Tim (2008-07-20). "Mets' Knight Olympic-bound". New York Post. Retrieved 2008-07-27. [dead link]
  4. ^ Baseball Men Best Pitchers
  5. ^ US Olympian Knight designated for assignment "US Olympian Knight designated for assignment". International Herald Tribune. 2008-07-27. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 

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