Phil Coke

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Phil Coke
Phil Coke on June 9, 2013.jpg
Detroit Tigers – No. 40
Relief pitcher
Born: (1982-07-19) July 19, 1982 (age 31)
Sonora, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 1, 2008 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through April 5, 2014)
Win–loss record 17–25
Earned run average 4.28
Strikeouts 266
Saves 7
Career highlights and awards

Phillip "Phil" Douglas Coke (born July 19, 1982) is an American professional baseball left-handed pitcher with the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the New York Yankees.

Baseball career[edit]


Coke attended San Joaquin Delta College. He was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 49th round (1450th overall) of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign.

Minor leagues[edit]

He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 26th round (786th overall) of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft, and did sign.

He began his baseball career with the GCL Yankees in 2003. By 2007, Coke had also pitched for the short season Staten Island Yankees, Class-A Charleston RiverDogs, and Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees.

He made his Double-A debut with the Trenton Thunder in 2008, going 9–4 with a 2.54 ERA in 23 games (20 starts). Later that year in Triple-A with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, he pitched in 13 games (starting one) and went 2–2 with a 4.67 ERA.

Major leagues[edit]

New York Yankees[edit]

He made his major league debut on September 1, 2008, for the Yankees against the Detroit Tigers with a scoreless inning and strikeouts of Curtis Granderson and Miguel Cabrera. In 2009, Coke got his first World Series title after the Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in six games.

Detroit Tigers[edit]

On December 9, 2009, Coke was traded to the Detroit Tigers as part of a three team trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees.[1]

The Tigers signed Coke to a new contract on February 7, 2011. After spending all of his previous time in the major leagues as a relief pitcher, Coke was moved from the bullpen to the fifth spot in the starting rotation to start the 2011 season.[2] On June 30, after accumulating a 1–8 record, Coke was moved back to the bullpen.[3]

On January 16, 2012, Coke signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Tigers to avoid arbitration. He was eligible to earn an additional $50,000 based on appearances in the 2012 season.[4] On October 14 and October 16, 2012, Phil Coke earned saves against the Yankees in games 2 and 3 of the 2012 ALCS. On October 18 in Game 4 of the 2012 ALCS, Coke sent the Tigers to the World Series for the first time in 6 years by getting Jayson Nix to pop out to Prince Fielder for the final out of the game. Coke spiked his glove in celebration as he pushed the Tigers past his former team.

In the 2012 World Series, Coke pitched 3 13 innings, allowing one run. The only run Coke gave up in the entire postseason came in the top of the 10th inning of Game 4, and was the game and series winner for the World Champion San Francisco Giants. This came after Coke had struck out the side in the top of the 9th inning which, coupled with his appearances in Games 2 and 3 of the series, gave him a World Series record seven consecutive strikeouts.[5] Coke finished the 2012 postseason allowing one run in 10 23 innings (0.84 ERA) and striking out 13 batters.

Coke's strong 2012 postseason proved to be an anomaly. He struggled throughout the 2013 season, failing to thrive as either a setup man or a lefty specialist. On August 20, 2013, after an outing against the Minnesota Twins that typified Coke's trademark ineffectiveness, the Tigers demoted him to their Triple-A farm club in Toledo, a move which coincided with the team's promotion of left-handed reliever Jose Alvarez to the major league roster.[6]


  1. ^ By Bryan Hoch / "Granderson joins Yanks in three-way trade | News". Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ Starter Phil Coke agrees to terms with Tigers February 7, 2011
  3. ^ Tigers move Coke to 'pen, Furbush to rotation June 30, 2011
  4. ^ Dierkes, Tim (January 16, 2012). "Players Avoiding Arbitration: Monday". MLBTradeRumors. 
  5. ^ Cassidy, Jack (2012-10-29). "Phil Coke sets Tigers, MLB records in World Series". SBNation Detroit. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  6. ^ Iott, Chris (2013-08-21). "Detroit Tigers send Phil Coke to Triple-A Toledo to work on command, recall left-hander Jose Alvarez". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 

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