Accardo with the Cleveland Indians
December 8, 1981 |
|May 4, 2005 for the San Francisco Giants|
(through 2012 season)
|Earned run average||4.30|
Jeremiah Lee Accardo (born December 8, 1981) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He has previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, and Oakland Athletics. Prior to playing professionally, Accardo attended Mesa High School and later Illinois State University.
San Francisco Giants
Accardo made his major league debut on May 4, 2005 by pitching one perfect inning in relief during a San Francisco Giants road game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Toronto Blue Jays
In 2006, he posted a combined 2–4 record with a 5.35 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 76 hits, 20 walks and 54 strikeouts in 69 innings of work.
In 2007, Accardo took the role of closer from Jason Frasor, who had only become the closer due to an elbow injury sustained by closer, B. J. Ryan. He began the season posting 21 consecutive scoreless innings until allowing 3 runs on May 26, 2007 in a game against the Minnesota Twins. On September 28, he recorded his 30th save of the year.
Accardo missed much of the 2008 season because of injury. He had a good spring training 2009 but did not make the Toronto Blue Jays 25-man roster for 2009. He started the 2009 season at Triple A Las Vegas 51s. On June 18, Accardo's contract was purchased by Toronto and he was promoted back to the Major Leagues to replace the injured Scott Downs. At the time, the Blue Jays' pitching staff continued to be hit by a string of injuries. He made his first 2009 major league appearance that day against the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies in an 8–7 Toronto win, with his fastball back to the 95 mph range, and earned the save. He then twice pitched effectively in the next Toronto series against the Washington Nationals.
It was decided that Accardo would be sent back to Triple-A Las Vegas but he was called right back on August 2, 2009 even before he had left the team hotel. He returned to replace Scott Downs who aggravated a previous left foot injury while pitching to Oakland Athletics' designated hitter, Jack Cust on Saturday, August 1. Downs was placed on the 15-day disabled list, but according to Manager Cito Gaston, he will not be back any time soon.
On December 3, 2010, the Blue Jays did not tender a contract to Accardo prior to the non-tender deadline, thereby making him a free agent.
On June 18, 2011, Accardo was designated for assignment. He elected free agency on October 11.
Accardo signed a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians on January 19, 2012. He was invited to the Indians' spring training camp. Accardo's contract was purchased by the Indians' on May 14, 2012. Accardo departed AAA Columbus after the Indians added him as a relief pitcher, replacing Dan Wheeler.
On Aug. 15, 2012, he signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics and was assigned to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. On September 23, the Athletics selected his contract from Sacramento, and he proceeded to make one appearance over the remainder of the season, allowing two runs in two innings in a relief outing against the Texas Rangers on September 27.
On Oct. 18, 2012, the A's announced that Accardo had cleared waivers and elected free agency rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A.
On February 5, 2013, he signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals. He was released on June 26, 2013 after struggling at Triple-A Syracuse, where he posted a 5.56 ERA in 222⁄3 innings.
Accardo throws four pitches. He leads with a four-seam fastball at 90–92 mph, and his main off-speed pitch is a splitter from 84–86. He also features a two-seam fastball (90–92) and a cutter (89–91). Right-handed hitters see his full repertoire, but he does not throw the cutter to left-handed hitters. Accardo relies heavily on the splitter with 2 strikes.
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