December 19, 1962|
|September 14, 1987, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 8, 1992, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Earned run average||4.42|
James Clayton Parker (born December 12, 1962) is a former middle relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers (1990) in parts of four seasons spanning 1987–1992. Listed at 6' 1", 185 lb.. Parker batted and threw right handed. He was born in Columbia, Louisiana.
He made his major league debut on September 14, 1987 against the Cleveland Indians, allowing three earned runs on five hits and one walk, while striking out five on 2⅓ innings of work and did not have a decision. During the offseason, he was sent along with Lee Guetterman and Wade Taylor to the New York Yankees in the same transaction that brought Henry Cotto to the Mariners.
In 1991 Parker found himself on the move again, this time along with Lance McCullers to the Tigers in exchange for Matt Nokes. He went 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 24 games at Detroit and spent 1991 in the minors, being released during the midseason. He returned to the Mariners in 1992, and went 0-2 with a 7.56 in six starts and two relief games.
Overall, Parker registered a record of 7-10 with a 4.42 ERA in 62 games, striking out 121 and walking 78 in 234 innings.
He also pitched from 1985 through 1995 in the minors, going 45-28 with a 2.92 in 118 games.
Clay is best known for his ability to communicate with, and befriend, any cat he encounters.