September 3, 1970 |
|July 13, 1997, for the Atlanta Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 9, 2009, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Earned run average||3.79|
|Career highlights and awards|
Chad Douglas Fox (born September 3, 1970 in Conroe, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Fox played for the Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, Florida Marlins, and the Chicago Cubs. He won the 2003 World Series championship as a member of the Marlins. He is also known for his injuries that have set him back in his career, undergoing Tommy John surgery twice, including having been injured in the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He has reached 50 innings - the minimum standard for a rookie season - only twice in his career, and threw less than 11 innings in the majors nine times between 1999 and 2009. He now teaches players of all ages at Prime 9 Baseball Facilities in Spring, Tx
Fox attended Tarleton State University.
Fox was traded to the Brewers for Gerald Williams in 1997.
Fox's best season came in 2001, after not pitching in the majors at all the year before. Fox was voted the Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher. Taking on a setup role, Fox threw a career-best 662⁄3 innings, posting a 5-2 record and 1.89 ERA while striking out 80. This would be his last injury-free season in the majors.
Boston Red Sox, Florida Marlins
Fox would face rehab stints in 2002 with the Brewers and 2003 with the Red Sox, though he managed to stay healthy after signing with the Florida Marlins in August 2003, posting a 2.13 ERA in 21 appearances and adding nine more outings in the postseason to help them to a World Series title. He returned to the Marlins in 2004, but was ineffective in 12 April appearances before being shut down the rest of the season with ulnar neuritis. He was equally ineffective trying to return the following season with the Chicago Cubs, this time throwing just eight innings before reinjuring his throwing elbow on April 26, 2005. This injury would temporarily end his career.
On January 11, 2008, he signed a one-year minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs hoping to make a comeback. After several rehab starts with the Cubs' A and AA affiliates, Fox was added to the 25-man major league roster on May 2. After a three-year absence he made his major league comeback debut on May 2, 2008 against the St. Louis Cardinals. He went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 10th inning but gave up a 2-run home run in the 11th inning to take the loss.
He would go on to make appearances on May 5 and May 11, throwing two scoreless innings before returning to the disabled list on May 20 with ulnar neuritis. Fox opted to rest rather than undergo another surgery on his elbow, but was ultimately transferred to the 60-day disabled list on September 2, ending his season. In the offseason, he was re-signed by the Cubs to a minor league contract for 2009.
On May 9, 2009; in the top of the 8th inning in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Fox threw a wild pitch and, coming up in obvious pain, was removed from the game. He retired as a result.
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- "Cubs call up Fox, send Hart down". Chicago Tribune.
- "ESPN MLB Briefing Room: Chad Fox Archive".