|Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 43|
March 16, 1983 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|September 21, 2004 for the Toronto Blue Jays|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||3.80|
|Career highlights and awards|
Brandon Paul League (born March 16, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. League was the closer for the Seattle Mariners in the 2011 season and is a one-time All-Star.
Toronto Blue Jays
He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 2001 MLB Draft out of Saint Louis School, and was signed on July 3, 2001. He made his major league debut on September 21, 2004 against the New York Yankees as he pitched a solid inning and a third.
Following League's breakout season in 2006, he engaged in strength conditioning during the offseason, and at the behest of the Blue Jays, did not pitch until spring training. As a result, he overdeveloped some shoulder muscles, resulting in a significant drop in his fastball velocity. League was placed on the 60-day disabled list and missed the majority of the 2007 season. Both his velocity and effectiveness recovered the following season.
On December 22, 2009, League was traded to the Seattle Mariners along with minor-league outfielder Johermyn Chávez for pitcher Brandon Morrow. He signed a one-year, $1.08 million contract for 2010. Because of an injury to David Aardsma, League started the 2011 season as the Mariners' closer. He was selected to his first All-Star game as a relief pitcher for the 2011 All-Star game. On June 8, 2012. League was one of six Mariners to throw a combined no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Safeco Field. After a series of blown saves, League was replaced by Tom Wilhelmsen as closer. In 2½ seasons with the Mariners, League had converted a total of 52 saves in 69 chances with a 3.26 ERA.
Los Angeles Dodgers
On July 30, 2012, League was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor leaguers Leon Landry and Logan Bawcom. He became the Dodgers closer in September after Kenley Jansen was sidelined with an irregular heartbeat. In 28 games with the Dodgers, he was 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA and 6 saves. On October 30, the Dodgers re-signed League to a three-year, $22.5 million deal with a vesting option worth $7.5 million for 2016. On June 11th, League was demoted from the closer role after blowing his fourth save in 17 chances, and he was replaced by Jansen. He was used primarily in low pressure situations the rest of the season. Overall, in 2013, he was 6-4 with a 5.30 ERA in 58 appearances, with 14 early season saves.
League's main pitch is a very hard sinker averaging 96 mph in the 2012 season. (In 2011, he had the hardest sinker of any relief pitcher, at 97.3 mph.) He also has an upper-80s slider that he uses primarily early in the count to right-handed hitters. He also has a splitter that he uses as a strikeout pitch. The splitter has a whiff rate of 55%.
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- "Notes: League headed to Syracuse". BlueJays.com. 2007-03-25. Retrieved 2008-07-11.
- Bastian, Jordan. Jays get Morrow, send League to M's, MLB.com. Published December 23, 2009. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
- Baker, Geoff. Felix Hernandez arrives in Seattle: deal done pending physical, press conference scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, Seattle Times. Published January 20, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
- "Aardsma Set to Pitch Again on Sunday". NBCSports.com. 2011-04-23. Retrieved 2011-04-30.
- Shelburne, Ramona (July 31, 2012). "Los Angeles Dodgers acquire Brandon League from Seattle Mariners". ESPN.com. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- Gurnick, Ken (October 30, 2012). "Dodgers ink League to three-year deal". Dodgers.com.
- "PitchFX Leaderboards". Baseball Prospectus. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
- "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Brandon League". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- Sogi, Francis Y. (2004). Riding the Kona Wave: Memoirs of A Japanese American. New York, New York: The Cheshire Press. p. xiii, 1, 163. ISBN 0-9762575-0-5.
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June 8, 2012
(with Millwood, Furbush, Pryor, Luetge, & Wilhelmsen)