Chuck James

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Chuck James
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James, warming up before a game with the Braves in April 2007
Free agent
Pitcher
Born: (1981-11-09) November 9, 1981 (age 32)
Atlanta, Georgia
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 28, 2005 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through 2011)
Win–loss record 24-19
Earned run average 4.53
Strikeouts 242
Teams

Charles Hamilton "Chuck" James (born November 9, 1981) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent.

Playing career[edit]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

He was signed by the Braves on July 29, 2002, after he was selected in the 20th Round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2003, he was named the Danville Braves' Pitcher of the Year, with a 1.25 earned run average and 68 strikeouts.

In 2004, he was named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year, while playing for the Rome Braves, and was also named the April Player of the Month. He led the Braves minor league organization in wins. James also had the lowest ERA in his league. During May of 2004, opponents only hit .109 against him.

James began the 2005 season with the Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Later in the season, he went 9-1 with a 2.01 ERA with the AA Mississippi Braves. On September 28, 2005, he was called up to the majors and made his debut against the Colorado Rockies.

He started the 2006 season in the Atlanta bullpen, and also spent some time playing for the AAA Richmond Braves.

On June 25, 2006 James made his debut as a starter for the Atlanta Braves against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays going eight innings and allowing only one run with eight strike outs. He proceeded to win eleven of his eighteen starts with a 3.78 ERA.

James went a disappointing 11-10 while leading the league in home runs allowed with 32 in the 2007 season which also included his first disabled list stint.

As of May 18, 2008, James has spent the season up and down from Triple-A and has had 5 major league starts going 2-3 with an ERA of 8.22.He was again optioned down to Triple-A Richmond on May 16, 2008, following a rocky start against Philadelphia.

James was non-tendered by the Atlanta Braves on December 12, 2008, making him a free agent.[1]

Washington Nationals[edit]

On January 25, 2010, James signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.

Minnesota Twins[edit]

On December 20, 2010, James signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Twins. He had his contract purchased on May 28, 2011.[2]

New York Mets[edit]

On December 15, 2011, James signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets. He was released on July 5, 2012.

Trivia[edit]

  • During previous offseasons, he has worked as a home installation technician for Lowe's hardware stores.[3] However, at the end of the 2007 season, James said he would not continue to work in the offseason.[4]
  • Shortly before the 2002 draft, he broke both of his wrists while attempting to dive off of a roof and into a swimming pool.
  • While in college, James was bitten by a copperhead, a venomous snake, and never sought medical treatment.[5]
  • He went to Clay Elementary, Lindley Middle and Pebblebrook schools in Mableton Ga.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20081212&content_id=3715531&vkey=pr_atl&fext=.jsp&c_id=atl
  2. ^ Twins call-up Chuck James, NBC Sports, May 28, 2011.
  3. ^ OnlineAthens.com | Sports | Blue-collar Brave: Chuck James back to mound after installing windows, doors 02/21/07
  4. ^ http://www.ajc.com/braves/content/sports/braves/stories/2007/09/29/bravesnot_0930.html
  5. ^ Furman Bisher: Left-handed catcher almost overlooked | Sports Columnists | ajc.com

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