James with the Atlanta Braves
November 9, 1981 |
|September 28, 2005, for the Atlanta Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 25, 2011, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Earned run average||4.53|
He was signed by the Braves on July 29, 2002, after he was selected in the 20th Round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2003, he was named the Danville Braves' Pitcher of the Year, with a 1.25 earned run average and 68 strikeouts.
In 2004, he was named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year, while playing for the Rome Braves, and was also named the April Player of the Month. He led the Braves minor league organization in wins. James also had the lowest ERA in his league. During May of 2004, opponents only hit .109 against him.
James began the 2005 season with the Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Later in the season, he went 9-1 with a 2.01 ERA with the AA Mississippi Braves. On September 28, 2005, he was called up to the majors and made his debut against the Colorado Rockies.
On June 25, 2006 James made his debut as a starter for the Atlanta Braves against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays going eight innings and allowing only one run with eight strike outs. He proceeded to win eleven of his eighteen starts with a 3.78 ERA.
James went a disappointing 11-10 while leading the league in home runs allowed with 32 in the 2007 season which also included his first disabled list stint.
As of May 18, 2008, James has spent the season up and down from Triple-A and has had 5 major league starts going 2-3 with an ERA of 8.22.He was again optioned down to Triple-A Richmond on May 16, 2008, following a rocky start against Philadelphia.
James underwent surgery on his shoulder in September 2008, repairing a torn labrum as well as a torn rotator cuff. James said he first felt problems in 2007, but "nothing was found" in his MRIs.
James was non-tendered by the Atlanta Braves on December 12, 2008, making him a free agent. In 64 appearances (55 starts) with the Braves, he was 24-19 with a 4.53 ERA, striking out 242 in 326 innings.
James missed all of 2009 recovering from the surgery, and on January 25, 2010, James signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals. He began the year in Triple-A Syracuse's rotation, but after 5 starts, he was demoted to Double-A Harrisburg, where he spent the rest of the year in their bullpen. He did make a start on June 10, pitching 5 innings as part of a 7-inning no-hitter. In 26 appearances (7 starts) in 2010, he was 10-1 with a 2.32 ERA, striking out 69 in 66 innings.
On December 20, 2010, James signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Twins. He was assigned to Triple-A Rochester to begin 2011 after giving up 6 runs in 8 innings during Spring Training. James made 19 appearances in the Red Wings bullpen before he had his contract purchased on May 28, 2011. He was 1-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 37 strikeouts, used mainly as a long reliever. He made 4 scoreless appearances with the Twins before being optioned back to Rochester on June 16 when Glen Perkins returned from the disabled list. He had another 4-game stint with the Twins in July before spending the rest of the year in Rochester. In 8 games with Minnesota, he had a 6.10 ERA in 10.1 innings, striking out 8. In 38 appearances with Rochester, he was 3-2 with a 2.30 ERA, striking out 67 in 62.2 innings. He was designated for assignment on September 6 after he wasn't recalled when the rosters expanded, and he became a minor league free agent after the season.
New York Mets
On December 15, 2011, James signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets. He began 2012 with Triple-A Buffalo, where in 18 appearances, he was 0-1 with a 4.57 ERA, striking out 22 in 21.2 innings. He was released on July 5, 2012, and he retired soon thereafter.
- During previous offseasons, he has worked as a home installation technician for Lowe's hardware stores. However, at the end of the 2007 season, James said he would not continue to work in the offseason.
- While in college, James was bitten by a copperhead, a venomous snake, and never sought medical treatment.
- He went to Clay Elementary, Lindley Middle and Pebblebrook schools in Mableton Ga.
- Ditota, Donna (April 23, 2010). "Chuck James' pitching odyssey takes big step in Syracuse". The Post-Standard.
- Morrow, Geoff (June 11, 2010). "Senators' no-hitter earns Harrisburg a doubleheader split in Altoona". The Patriot-News.
- Twins call-up Chuck James, NBC Sports, May 28, 2011.
- Neal III, La Velle E. (June 16, 2011). "Mauer, Perkins activated. Dinkleman, James to Class AAA Rochester". Star Tribune.
- Dierkes, Tim (September 6, 2011). "Twins Designate Chuck James For Assignment". MLB Trade Rumors.
- "Mets sign LHP Chuck James". Mets Press Release. December 15, 2011.
- James, Chuck (July 9, 2012). "Life after baseball is very different". Twitter.
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