September 27, 1978 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|April 2, 2002 for the Chicago White Sox|
(through May 12, 2013)
|Earned run average||3.89|
|Olympic medal record|
|Gold||2000 Sydney||Team competition|
Jon Erich Rauch (born September 27, 1978) is an American professional baseball pitcher. At 6 feet 11 inches (2.11 m), he is the tallest player in Major League Baseball history. Rauch has over 30 tattoos.  He is also an Olympic Gold Medalist.
Early years 
Rauch attended and graduated from Oldham County High School. He grew up in Westport, Kentucky. Rauch played college baseball at Morehead State University, where he double majored in physics and business. He was also a member of the social fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon, KY Zeta Chapter.
Professional career 
Chicago White Sox 
In 2002, Rauch's first stint in the big leagues resulted in a 6.59 ERA in eight games and six starts. He did not play in the majors in 2003, then returned to the majors in 2004 after a strong Triple-A campaign. However, against major league batters he again posted a high ERA of 6.23. In July 2004, Rauch was traded to the Montréal Expos along with Triple-A reliever Gary Majewski for Carl Everett.
Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals 
On August 13, 2004, Rauch hit a home run against the Houston Astros off Roger Clemens, making him the tallest man ever to hit a home run in Major League Baseball. Despite a strong finish to the season in Montréal, Rauch was sent to the minors when the Expos moved to Washington. After putting up better numbers in the minors, Rauch finished the 2005 season with the Nationals, used mostly as a reliever, and going 2-4 with a 3.60 ERA.
In 2006, Rauch had his best season, posted a 4-5 record, a 3.35 ERA, and appearing in 85 games, second most in the NL.
In 2007, Rauch led the Major Leagues in appearances with 88. He finished the year with a 8-4 record, four saves, and a 3.61 ERA. His eight victories led the team in wins, a rarity in baseball for a relief pitcher.
On February 2, 2008, Rauch signed a two-year contract with the Nationals, worth a total of $3.2 million. Before being traded, Rauch spent most of the year as the closer in place of injured Chad Cordero.
Rauch won the first game in the history of Nationals Park.
Arizona Diamondbacks 
Minnesota Twins 
On April 2, 2010, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire named Rauch the team's closer, replacing the injured Joe Nathan. On April 6, 2010 Rauch earned his first save as a Twin with a perfect ninth with two strikeouts versus the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a 5-3 win. Rauch served as the team's closer through August, when the Twins acquired Matt Capps. During his time as closer, he saved 21 games in 25 opportunities.
After the Twins acquired Capps, Rauch returned to his previous role as a set-up man and long reliever.
Toronto Blue Jays 
On January 17, 2011 the Blue Jays signed Rauch to a one-year deal worth $3.5M that includes a club option for $3.75M in 2012.
After pitching in a game against the Seattle Mariners on August 15, 2011, Rauch was taken to a Seattle hospital for an emergency appendectomy. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 16, 2011. At the time of injury, Rauch led the Blue Jays in appearances (with 51), posting a 5-4 record with a 4.47 earned run average and 11 saves.
New York Mets 
Miami Marlins 
See also 
- "washingtonpost.com". washingtonpost.com. March 8, 2007. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- "ESPN - Rauch avoids arbitration, agrees to 2-year deal with Nationals - MLB". Sports.espn.go.com. February 2, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- Nobles, Charlie (April 19, 2008). "Until Cordero's better, Rauch to close". MLB.com. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
- "D-backs acquire right-hander Rauch from Nats for Bonifacio". Sports.espn.go.com. July 23, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- "Twins add bullpen help with Jon Rauch". Blogs2.startribune.com. August 28, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- "Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- "With Nathan out, Twins name Jon Rauch their closer". Usatoday.com. April 2, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- "Blue Jays sign reliever Jon Rauch | bluejays.com: News". Toronto.bluejays.mlb.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- "Blue Jays' Rauch undergoes appendectomy, placed on DL". Tsn.ca. August 16, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- DiComo, Anthony (December 6, 2011). "Mets revamp 'pen with two signings, SF trade; Amazin's ink Rauch, Francisco, deal Pagan for Torres, Ramirez". MLB.com. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
- Short, D.J. (May 18, 2013). "Marlins designate Jon Rauch for assignment". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
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- Bio from Washington's Website
- 2007 spring training highlight video from The Washington Post
- Haber, Brett. "What I've Learned: Jon Rauch", Washingtonian, August 1, 2008.