Fogg pitching for the Reds in 2008.
December 13, 1976 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|September 2, 2001 for the Chicago White Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 4, 2009 for the Colorado Rockies|
|Earned run average||5.03|
Joshua Smith Fogg (born December 13, 1976) is a former american league baseball player who has been a pitcher for nine Major League Baseball seasons. Fogg played college baseball for the University of Florida, and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the third round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his Major League debut for the White Sox on September 2, 2001, and has also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Colorado Rockies and the Cincinnati Reds.
Fogg accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Andy Lopez's Florida Gators baseball team from 1995 to 1998. As a senior in 1998, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, having received first-team honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Fogg will be inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in spring 2013.
He began his career with the Chicago White Sox for which he appeared in 11 games in 2001. He was traded along with Sean Lowe to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Todd Ritchie. Fogg pitched for the Pirates for 4 seasons, compiling a 39-42 record. His best season came in his rookie season, when he went 12-12 with a 4.35 ERA in 33 starts, all career bests.
He signed with the Rockies in 2006, that season he went 11-9 with a 5.49 ERA in 31 starts. In Coors Field, he was 6-4 despite having an ERA over 6.00 in 15 starts in 2006.
The most impressive start of Fogg's career came on June 30, 2006, against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. While pitching for the Rockies, Fogg threw a two-hit complete game shutout while facing the minimum 27 batters. All three Mariners who reached base (Adrián Beltré and Kenji Johjima on singles and Raúl Ibáñez on a walk) were erased on double plays by infielders Garrett Atkins, Clint Barmes, Jamey Carroll, and Todd Helton.
The following season, the Rockies made the Playoffs and the World Series, Fogg pitched in 3 games in the playoffs, going 2-1, his loss came in the World Series against the Red Sox who pounded Fogg for 6 runs on 10 hits in less than 3 innings.
During the 2007 season, Fogg acquired the nickname "Dragon Slayer" after he pitched and won against many of the best pitchers in the majors including Brandon Webb and Curt Schilling.  Fogg started Game 3 of the 2007 World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
On February 21, 2008, Fogg signed a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds. He made an impressive return to the Rockies after one season with the Reds,in which he was 2-7 with a career worst 7.58 ERA in 22 games for the Reds.
Once called up by the Rockies, he pitched mostly out of the bullpen, appearing in a total of 24 games with 1 start.
On January 29, 2010, Fogg signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets with an invite to spring training. He was released on March 20. Fogg signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on March 31, 2010, but was released on July 2. Soon after his release, he retired from baseball.
- Major League Baseball, Players, Josh Fogg. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
- Baseball-Reference.com, Players, Josh Fogg. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
- "9 UF Greats Join Hall," The Gainesville Sun (September 10, 2012). Retrieved September 11, 2012.
- "Reds sign right-hander Josh Fogg". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
- Rockies, Fogg, Agree to Minor League Contract Yahoo Sports, February 2, 2009
- Denver Post http://blogs.denverpost.com/rockies/2010/01/29/turnbow-passes-on-rockies-offer-will-sign-elsewhere/
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- CBS profile
- Jake Peavy and Josh Fogg meet in playoff game for NL Wild Card - Yahoo! Sports