|Born:August 20, 1978|
|August 8, 2006, for the Washington Nationals|
(through January 27, 2012)
|Earned run average||4.46|
Christopher Keith Schroder (born August 20, 1978, in Okarche, Oklahoma) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher who is currently in the Miami Marlins organization. He attended Oklahoma City University. Bob Carpenter coined him one of the 'er boys' along with Chris Booker and Ryan Wagner.
Always a big strikeout pitcher, Schroder had control problems. In 2006, he finally made it to the majors with the Washington Nationals, and appeared in 21 games, pitching 281⁄3 innings, with an astounding 39 strikeouts. But he also walked 15 and allowed 7 homers. All told, by the end of 2006, he had pitched 97 innings in Triple-A Columbus with 121 K's.
He started 2007 at Triple-A Columbus, and improved his home run problem—in 26 games he threw 33 innings, striking out 45; while he still had 18 walks, he did not surrender any home runs, posting an ERA of 1.64. On June 20, he was called up to the Nationals.
Schroder was the winning pitcher in the August 7, 2007, game between the Nationals and the San Francisco Giants. It was in this game that Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run off Schroder's teammate, Mike Bacsik, breaking the 33-year-old record held by Hank Aaron for most career home runs. The Nationals won 8-6.
He signed a one-year deal with the Athletics in November 2008. He did not make the 2009 Opening Day roster and was designated for assignment on April 8, 2009, to make room for newly claimed pitcher Dan Giese. In October 2009 Schroder was granted free agency. On January 11, 2010 Schroder signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins.