January 4, 1971 |
|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|August 22, 1998 for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 2006 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Earned run average||4.70|
Christian Matthew "Chris" Michalak (born January 4, 1971 in Joliet, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. When Michalak played for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2001, he was popular with fans for his relatively advanced age at which he made his major league debut, appearing as a sort of underdog, as well as having the best move in all of baseball for throwing out a potential base-stealer at first base. Michalak played for the Washington Nationals Triple-A affiliate, the Columbus Clippers, in 2007. On June 14, 2008, Michalak signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins and was assigned to their Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes. After his release from the Marlins organization, he signed with the Oakland Athletics and assigned to their Double-A affiliate, the Midland RockHounds, on August 2, 2008. He became a free agent at the end of the season. On April 26, 2009, Michalak signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.
On December 4, 2009, Michalak was named the pitching coach for the Hagerstown Suns.
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