Alan Embree

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Alan Embree
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Pitcher
Born: (1970-01-23) January 23, 1970 (age 44)
The Dalles, Oregon
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 15, 1992 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
July 10, 2009 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
Games pitched 882
Win–loss record 39–45
Earned run average 4.59
Strikeouts 691
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Alan Duane Embree (born January 23, 1970, in The Dalles, Oregon) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. Embree played for the Cleveland Indians (1992–1996), Atlanta Braves (1997–1998), Arizona Diamondbacks (1998), San Francisco Giants (1999–2001), Chicago White Sox (2001), San Diego Padres (2002 & 2006), Boston Red Sox (2002–2005), New York Yankees (2005), Oakland Athletics (2007–2008), and the Colorado Rockies (2009). He bats and throws left-handed, and was used as a left-handed specialist. His nickname is "The Gas".

High school years[edit]

Embree attended Prairie High School in Brush Prairie, Washington and was a letterman in football, basketball, baseball, and volleyball. In baseball, he won All-Conference honors.

Professional career[edit]

Embree relies primarily on two pitches: a 90 to 95 MPH four-seam fastball, and a sharp slider that is very effective when he can keep it down. In his younger days, Embree's fastball was clocked as high as 96 to 98 mph. During his time with the Red Sox, he began to throw his fastball at slightly lower velocity in order to avoid injuring his arm. He also refined his slider into an effective pitch, whereas before, he had relied almost exclusively on his blazing fastball. He is particularly difficult for left-handed hitters, and he is not afraid to throw inside. An excellent fielder, he has a good move to first that keeps runners close.

From 1992 through 2004, Embree had posted a 28-28 record with a 4.38 ERA and seven saves in 568 games.[1]

In 2004, Embree recorded the final out against the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS. The Red Sox went on to win the World Series and Embree received his World Series ring on Opening Day, 2005.

In 2005 with the Boston Red Sox, Embree's record was 1-4 with a 7.65 ERA in 43 outings.[1] As a result of these sub-par numbers, Embree was designated for assignment on July 19.[2] He was signed by the New York Yankees on July 30 to replace Buddy Groom who was designated for assignment.[3]

On December 6, 2006 it was announced that Embree agreed to a two-year deal with the Oakland Athletics including an option for the 2009 season.[4] Embree spent the bulk of his time serving as the team's closer while Huston Street was injured for a prolonged period.[5]

On December 13, 2008 it was announced that Embree had agreed to a one-year deal with the Colorado Rockies for the 2009 season and an option for the 2010 season.[6]

On July 7, 2009 Embree became only the second pitcher since 1990 to be awarded a win without throwing a single pitch. This is because he was able to pick a man off at 1st base.[7]

On July 10, 2009, Embree's right tibia was broken after he was struck in the leg by a line drive off the bat of Atlanta Brave Martín Prado. The injury required surgery and caused Embree to miss the rest of the 2009 season.[8]

On March 20, 2010, the Boston Red Sox signed Embree to a Minor League contract with a Major League Spring Training invitation.[9] Embree had a clause in his contract that would grant him a release by April 15 if he was not on the major league roster. He opted to remain with the Boston organization and was called up on April 28. However, he was designated for assignment on May 1 without appearing in a game.[10]

On May 11, 2010, the Chicago White Sox signed Embree and assigned him to the Triple A Charlotte Knights.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Alan Embree - Oakland Athletics - Career Statistics - MLB - Yahoo! Sports
  2. ^ "Red Sox acquire Adam Hyzdu". MLB.com. July 19, 2005. Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Yankees sign left-handed pitcher Alan Embree". MLB.com. July 30, 2005. Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ ESPN.com news services (December 8, 2006). "Piazza joins A's, who also add Embree". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ Urban, Mychael (May 24, 2007). "Gaudin, A's shut out White Sox". MLB.com. Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Rockies agree to terms with LHP Alan Embree on one-year deal". MLB.com. December 13, 2008. Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ Renck, Troy E. (July 8, 2009). "Nationals' bloopers hand Embree win without a pitch". The Denver Post. Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Rockies' Embree out for year". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 11, 2009. Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Red Sox sign LHP Alan Embree to a Minor League contract with a Major League Spring Training invitation". Boston Red Sox. March 20, 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  10. ^ Red Sox Designate left-hander Alan Embree for assignment

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