January 20, 1978 |
|June 29, 2003, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 28, 2003, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Earned run average||5.44|
|Innings pitched||41 1⁄3|
Christopher Peter Mears (born January 20, 1978) is a retired Canadian professional baseball pitcher who currently serves the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball as a scout. In September 2015, Mears was promoted from Midwestern United States area scout to the Red Sox' national pitching cross-checker. The native of Ottawa, Ontario, threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and weighed 190 pounds (86 kg) (13 stone, 8 pounds) during his active career.
Mears attended Lord Byng Secondary School in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was a fifth-round selection of the Seattle Mariners in the 1996 Major League Baseball draft. He spent seven seasons in the Mariners' farm system, making it as far as their Double-A San Antonio Missions farm club before drawing his release following the 2002 season. Shortly thereafter, Mears signed with the Detroit Tigers and opened 2003 with Detroit's Triple-A team, the Toledo Mud Hens. He spent the first two months of the 2003 season in Toledo before having his contract purchased by the Tigers on June 29.
Mears spent his first nine weeks of big-league service in the Detroit bullpen, pitching fairly effectively and posting five saves. At the beginning of September, he was placed in Detroit's starting rotation, but his starting tenure was short-lived. The 2003 Tigers, who finished with the worst record in baseball since the 1962 Mets, were desperate for reliable pitching, but Mears proved inadequate as a starter, never pitching more than 4 1⁄3 innings per outing and racking up an earned run average over 10. After three starts, he spent the remainder of the 2003 season in the Tigers bullpen. His season total of five saves tied him for the team lead with Franklyn Germán.
Mears was returned to the minor leagues by Detroit for the 2004 season, before being released at season's end. He was part of Team Canada in the 2004 Summer Olympics, who finished in fourth place. Mears split 2005 between the Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves before retiring following the season.