Kyle Farnsworth

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Kyle Farnsworth
Kyle Farnsworth on July 24, 2012.jpg
New York Mets – No. 44
Relief pitcher
Born: (1976-04-14) April 14, 1976 (age 38)
Wichita, Kansas
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 29, 1999 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record 43–63
Earned run average 4.26
Strikeouts 945
Saves 54

Kyle Lynn Farnsworth (born April 14, 1976) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the Chicago Cubs (1999–2004), Detroit Tigers (2005, 2008), Atlanta Braves (2005, 2010), New York Yankees (2006–2008), Kansas City Royals (2009–2010), Tampa Bay Rays (2011–2013), and Pittsburgh Pirates (2013).

High school and college[edit]

Farnsworth graduated from Milton High School in Milton, Georgia, in 1994.[1] During high school, he played baseball, basketball, and football. He continued to play baseball in college at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. Farnsworth is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).[2]

Major league career[edit]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

Farnsworth was drafted in the 47th round by the Chicago Cubs in 1994. He played for the Cubs from 1999 to 2004.

Kyle was the winning pitcher in the final baseball game played at Three Rivers Stadium. That game was played 1 October 2000 between the Pirates and the Cubs.

First stint with the Detroit Tigers[edit]

On February 9, 2005, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Roberto Novoa, Scott Moore and Bo Flowers.

First stint with the Atlanta Braves[edit]

On July 31, 2005, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves for pitchers Zach Miner and Román Colón.

Farnsworth pitching for the New York Yankees in 2007.

New York Yankees[edit]

Following the season, Farnsworth signed with the New York Yankees, replacing Tom Gordon as the team's primary set-up man. The deal, worth $17 million over three years, was the second-highest offer Farnsworth received. The Texas Rangers reportedly offered a three-year, $16.5 million contract with a vesting option that would have taken the deal to $21 million, plus incentives.[3]

He struggled in the 2006 season, accumulating a 4.36 ERA. His struggles continued into the 2007 season.[4]

Second stint with the Tigers[edit]

On July 30, 2008, Farnsworth returned to the Tigers in a trade for Iván Rodríguez.[5]

Kansas City Royals[edit]

On December 13, 2008, the Royals reached an agreement with Farnsworth on a two-year, $9.25MM deal.[6]

Second stint with the Braves[edit]

On July 31, 2010, Farnsworth was re-acquired by the Braves along with Rick Ankiel.[7]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On January 15, 2011, Farnsworth agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. On February 5, 2013, Farnsworth signed a one-year contract worth $1.25 million.[8] He was designated for assignment on August 9, 2013 and released the next day.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Farnsworth signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 16, 2013 and recorded his first Pirates save against the Texas Rangers on September 11, 2013.

New York Mets[edit]

Farnsworth signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets on February 3, 2014.[9] He was released on March 23. On March 26 the Mets resigned Farnsworth to a minor league contract.[10] He was called up to the majors on April 2 to replace the injured Bobby Parnell.[11]


Farnsworth was involved in a brawl that occurred in the 2003 season when his former team, the Chicago Cubs, were playing the Cincinnati Reds. Reds pitcher Paul Wilson stepped out of the batter's box after an inside pitch, and started to yell at Farnsworth. Farnsworth then met Wilson a short distance from home plate, and speared him to the ground. He was suspended three games for his actions, but MLB reduced the suspension to two games.[12]

In the 2004 season, Farnsworth angrily kicked an electric fan in the Cubs' dugout after an outing in which he gave up six runs in one inning to the Houston Astros. Farnsworth ended up severely bruising and spraining his knee in the process, and was placed on the disabled list as a result.[13]

Farnsworth was involved in a bench-clearing fight in the 2005 season while playing for the Detroit Tigers, against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. After order appeared to have been restored, Farnsworth tackled Royals pitcher Jeremy Affeldt. Farnsworth was ejected from the game.[14]

On April 17, 2008, Farnsworth threw behind Boston Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez. While Farnsworth claimed that the ball slipped out of his hand as a result of trying to throw the ball as hard as possible, Ramirez was skeptical and surmised that the pitch was retaliation for Alex Rodriguez being plunked the prior night after hitting a home run in the game. Following Farnsworth's pitch, the umpire issued warnings to both dugouts that any ill-intentions from that point forward would result in ejections.[15]

On June 17, 2009, Farnsworth's left, non-pitching hand was bitten while he was breaking up a fight between two of his American bulldogs—Strike and Rambo. The cuts were deep enough to reach, but not cut, a tendon. Farnsworth later taped his finger, tucked it into his glove, and went to practice telling manager Trey Hillman that he could pitch. When asked which of his dogs bit him, Farnsworth replied: "I don't know. I reached in there and started grabbing dogs and throwing dogs. And one of them got me. One of those things that happens. It's never pretty. I've had to do it a few times, and it's ugly."[16]


  1. ^ Bowman, Mark. "Farnsworth bolsters bullpen". Retrieved April 2, 2014. "July 31, 2005" 
  2. ^ "Famous Mormons: Baseball". 
  3. ^ "Yankees, Farnsworth agree to 3-year, $17M contract". December 3, 2005. Retrieved July 28, 2009. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Yankees find their catcher for stretch, trade for Rodriguez". July 30, 2008. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Royals agree to terms with reliever Farnsworth on two-year deal". December 13, 2008. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ Dick Kaegel. "Royals deal Farnsworth, Ankiel for three". Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ Mooney, Roger (February 5, 2013). "Tampa Bay Rays officially sign Farnsworth, Kelly Johnson". Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ Ackert, Kristie (February 3, 2014). "Mets sign veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth to minor-league deal". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ Rubin, Adam (March 26, 2013). "Farnsworth re-signs, gets 'out'". Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Parnell on DL; Mets call up Farnsworth, Flores". Associated Press. April 2, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Farnsworth's suspension reduced to two games". July 18, 2003. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Cubs reliever to DL after angry kick". USA Today. August 28, 2004. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  14. ^ Beck, Jason (July 17, 2005). "Seven ejected in bench-clearing melee. Guillen, Bonderman, Farnsworth tossed from game.". Retrieved September 29, 2007. 
  15. ^ Anthony DiComo (April 17, 2008). "Farnsworth pitch to Manny causes stir". Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  16. ^ Brown, David. "Break it up! It's a dog-eat-reliever world for KC's Kyle Farnsworth". Retrieved April 13, 2011. 

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