Breslow with the Oakland Athletics
Boston Red Sox – No. 32
August 8, 1980 |
New Haven, Connecticut
|July 23, 2005 for the San Diego Padres|
(through July 26, 2015)
|Earned run average||3.24|
Career highlights and awards
Craig Andrew Breslow (pronounced BREHZ-loh; born August 8, 1980) is an American professional baseball left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played for the San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
As a senior at Yale University, where he majored in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, he led the Ivy League with a 2.56 ERA. He was drafted in the 26th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002, and debuted in the Major Leagues with the San Diego Padres in 2005.
Through 2013, he held major league batters to a .217 batting average with runners in scoring position (and .204 with two outs and runners in scoring position). While he was long considered a lefty specialist, he has been successful against right-handed hitters as well. Through 2013, lefties hit only .230 against him (while righties hit .222), with a .354 slugging percentage (.331 for righties). He was second in the American League in appearances by a pitcher in both 2009 (77 games) and 2010 (75 games).
Breslow was given the nickname "smartest man in baseball" by Minneapolis Star Tribune Twins beat writer La Velle E. Neal III, and Wall Street Journal reporter Jason Turbow wrote: "Judging by his résumé, Craig Breslow is the smartest man in baseball, if not the entire world." The Sporting News named him the smartest athlete on their top-20 list, in 2010. He stands 6'1" and weighs 185 lbs.
- 1 Early life
- 2 High school
- 3 College
- 4 Professional career
- 4.1 Milwaukee Brewers organization (2002–04)
- 4.2 Northeast League (2004)
- 4.3 San Diego Padres organization (2005)
- 4.4 Boston Red Sox organization (2006–07)
- 4.5 Cleveland Indians (2008)
- 4.6 Minnesota Twins (2008–09)
- 4.7 Oakland Athletics (2009–11)
- 4.8 Arizona Diamondbacks (2012)
- 4.9 Boston Red Sox redux (2012–14)
- 5 Pitches
- 6 Intelligence
- 7 Awards
- 8 Philanthropy
- 9 In media
- 10 Personal life
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 Further reading
- 14 External links
Breslow is Jewish, and attended Hebrew school. His family attended Congregation B'nai Israel in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he had his bar mitzvah in 1993. He has fasted while pitching on Yom Kippur, and noted: "Being Jewish is more difficult in baseball ... but I try to do what I can in terms of paying attention to holidays."
Breslow's father Abe Breslow is a teacher and the former department chair in Physical Education and Health, and boys tennis coach and girls soccer coach, at Trumbull High School. His mother, Ann Breslow, is a math teacher in Bridgeport.
In 1992 when he was 12 years old, his sister Lesley—two years older—was diagnosed with pediatric thyroid cancer, for which she had surgery to remove all of her thyroid gland (a thyroidectomy). "Something as traumatic as that has a lasting impact," Breslow said. "It confirmed my interest [in medicine]. Being a doctor went from being a prestigious profession to something that changes people's lives." The experience led Breslow to take an interest in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Later in life, Breslow formed a non-profit foundation to help children with cancer. In 2013 his sister was taking the drug synthroid and monitored by doctors, but leading an unrestricted life as a 20-year cancer survivor, and had given birth to two sons.
In baseball, he was the winning pitcher in the Class LL State Baseball championship game, playing with teammate and future Arizona Diamondbacks 2nd round draft pick, Jamie D'Antona. As a senior in high school, Breslow played in the Connecticut/Massachusetts All-Star game at Fenway Park. He was named to the 1998 New Haven Register All-Area team.
In soccer, he helped lead Trumbull High to their first-ever state tournament victory. In 1997, he was named to the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Boys First-Team Soccer Team. He was known for having an uncanny ability to score from very difficult and wide angles, and ranks among the school's all-time scorers. Scholastically he excelled as well, scoring 1420 on his SAT exam.
Breslow was captain of the Yale Bulldogs baseball team in the Ivy League. As a freshman in 1999, he pitched for the Middletown Giants of the New England Collegiate Baseball League; in November 2013 he was inducted into the NECBL’s Hall of Fame. As a junior, he led Yale in victories (3) and ERA (2.61; 3rd in the Ivy League), striking out 66 batters in 51⅔ innings (ranking 13th in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings). He earned All-Ivy honors that season, which included a 16-strikeout performance vs. Cornell, and a one-hit shutout at Harvard. As a senior, he led the Ivy League with a 2.56 ERA.
In 2002, Breslow was named a Jewish Sports Review College Baseball First Team All-American, along with future major leaguers Sam Fuld and Adam Greenberg. He graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.
Breslow reached the Major Leagues in 2005, the first Yale graduate to do so since Ron Darling (1983–95). He pitched his first game for San Diego on July 23, 2005. Breslow was also one of six Ivy Leaguers on major league rosters at the beginning of the 2009 season. In 2012, Breslow and catcher Ryan Lavarnway became the first Yale grads to be Major League teammates since 1949, and the first All-Yale battery in the major leagues since 1883.
Milwaukee Brewers organization (2002–04)
In 2002, Breslow ranked fifth in the Pioneer League with six wins, going 6–2 with a 1.82 ERA (54⅓ IP) in 23 appearances out of the pen for the Rookie-level Ogden Raptors. He struck out 56 in 54⅓ innings, and limited the opposition to a .218 average.
He then took the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and scored a 34 (the average score for medical school applicants was 28), and applied to NYU Medical School. But though the medical school accepted him, they would only let him start if he agreed to stop playing baseball. "I wasn't ready to give it up," he said. "I thought I could still get guys out." As of 2013, he was undecided as to whether after his baseball career ends he will attend medical school, or alternatively perhaps become involved in the front office side of baseball.
Northeast League (2004)
Breslow completed the 2004 season pitching for the New Jersey Jackals of the Northeast League, an independent baseball league. He held batters to a .204 average and recorded 37 strikeouts in 26⅓ innings, an average of 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings.
San Diego Padres organization (2005)
Signed by the San Diego Padres in 2005 for $1 out of a tryout camp, he excelled, getting $1,500 after making the Double-A Southern League Mobile BayBears, allowing a .212 average in 52 innings over 40 outings while striking out 47 and walking 17 with a 2.75 ERA. He earned his first big league callup on July 23, 2005. He was mistaken for the team batboy during his first day with the Padres. He became the 24th Yalie to play in Major League Baseball and the first to reach the major leagues since Ron Darling. "It wasn't until I was playing baseball in the big leagues that I thought I could play baseball in the big leagues," he said.
Breslow then split the rest of the season between San Diego, for whom he had a 2.20 ERA in 14 games, and the Triple-A Pacific Coast League Portland Beavers. The Padres non-tendered Breslow in December 2005.
Boston Red Sox organization (2006–07)
He was signed by the Red Sox, as a minor league free agent, to a minor league contract in January 2006.
In 2006, Breslow was named an International League (Triple-A) All-Star while with the Pawtucket Red Sox. In 67 innings of work for the season, he was 7–1 with a 2.69 ERA and struck out an average of 10.3 batters per nine innings. He was selected by his teammates as the PawSox Most Valuable Pitcher. He was promoted to Boston in the second half of the season, making him the fourth Jewish player (in addition to Kevin Youkilis, Gabe Kapler, and Adam Stern) to play for the Red Sox that year.
In 12 innings with the Red Sox in 2006, he posted a 3.75 ERA and had 12 strikeouts.
Off the field, he helped Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett win a bet against catcher Doug Mirabelli. Breslow calculated how many times a baseball spins when it's thrown 90 miles an hour from the pitcher's mound to home plate. "Josh wanted to know if I could figure out how many times a baseball spins on the way to the plate," Breslow said. "There's a lot of variables, but I put in some figures and came up with answers for a fastball, curve, or slider. It's rather simple once you do it."
Breslow earned a trip to the Triple-A All-Star game in July for the second straight season for the Pawtucket Red Sox. At the end of June, Breslow’s ERA was 1.55. But his final numbers for 2007 were 2–3, 4.06 ERA, 25 walks, 73 strikeouts in 68 innings. He was promoted to Boston on September 1, 2007, but did not make an appearance and was sent back to Pawtucket on September 2 to make room on the team roster for Jon Lester. Breslow was added to the postseason roster, and has a ring from winning the 2007 World Series — without pitching a game in the majors that year.
Cleveland Indians (2008)
On March 23, 2008, Breslow was claimed off outright waivers  by the Cleveland Indians and was added to the 40-man roster. Breslow was out of minor league options, so the Indians had to keep him on their big league club out of camp, or expose him to waivers again. Breslow won the final spot on the Indians' Opening Day roster. "He's strong," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "I want to be able to use him two innings. He's done that—if you look at his innings pitched the last couple of years versus appearances."
On May 23, after pitching in nine games, Breslow was designated for assignment.
Minnesota Twins (2008–09)
On May 29, 2008, the Minnesota Twins claimed Breslow off waivers. In 42 games for the Twins Breslow had a 1.63 ERA, and gave up only 24 hits in 38⅔ innings. Lefties hit .183 against him, with a .232 slugging percentage, and in save situations batters batted .100 against him, with a .100 slugging percentage. He did not give up a run in his last 14 appearances.
Breslow's aggregate 2008 ERA of 1.91 in 47 innings was ninth-best in the American League of all pitchers with at least 40 innings pitched, and second-best among AL lefty relievers. He held all batters to a .191 batting average, a .265 on-base percentage, and a .299 slugging percentage.
Playing for the Twins in 2009, Breslow held left-handers to a .211 batting average and right-handers to a .226 batting average, but battled control problems in 17 appearances.
The Twins figured they had a 50–50 chance of losing Breslow when they placed him on waivers in May 2009 to clear space on their 25-man roster for fellow left-hander Sean Henn. Oakland needed bullpen help and claimed Breslow before his 72-hour waiver period expired. Had he cleared, the Twins could have sent him to Triple-A Rochester. "We were hoping to keep him," said assistant general manager Rob Antony. "We lost a bullpen guy without trying to lose a bullpen guy," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I kind of got shocked when they told me."
Oakland Athletics (2009–11)
Searching for an experienced left-hander for their bullpen, the Oakland Athletics claimed Breslow off waivers on May 20, 2009. According to assistant general manager David Forst, the A's had tried to acquire him on other occasions. "I'm excited about taking a look at him," A's Manager Bob Geren said. "He's a left-handed guy that's experienced. He's had some success at this level." He was the A's key lefty out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season.
He was second in the AL in appearances in 2009, with 77. Batters hit only .143 against him when there were runners in scoring position. He held all batters to a .197 batting average, and a .289 on-base percentage.
Asked in 2010 whether there was a story behind his jersey number, Breslow said: "When you spend time with many organizations over 5.5 years, you don't really care what number you get."
He was second in the AL in appearances in 2010 for the second year in a row, appearing in 75 games (the fifth-highest single-season total in A's history). Only 7 of 33 inherited runners (21.2%) scored against him, third-best in the AL. He held batters to a .194 batting average, and a .272 on-base percentage. Opposing batters were 0-for-11 with zero RBIs against him with the bases loaded, which were the most bases-loaded at bats against an AL pitcher with zero RBIs since the stat was tracked beginning in 1974.
His 71 strikeouts were the most by a lefty reliever in Oakland history, breaking the mark of 69 set by Bob Lacey in 1977. He finished with a career-high 74⅔ innings; fourth among American League relievers. He was named the 2010 Most Valuable Jewish Pitcher by Jewish Major Leaguers, as Ryan Braun won hitter honors. Through 2010, he had in his career allowed only 33 of 151 (21.9%) of inherited runners to score, which was the fourth-best percentage among pitchers with 150 or more inherited runners since the statistic was first tracked in 1974.
Arizona Diamondbacks (2012)
Since Breslow was the last arbitration-eligible player for Arizona to be under contract, he avoided arbitration and a deal was made at $1.795 million. His salary was a $395,000 increase over the 2011 season.
In 40 games, and 43.1 innings, in 2013 for Arizona before being traded, he had a 2–0 record and a 2.70 ERA with 42 strikeouts, and limited opposing batters to a .233 batting average.
Boston Red Sox redux (2012–14)
On July 31, 2012, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Scott Podsednik and relief pitcher Matt Albers. In 23 innings in 2012 for the Red Sox, he struck out 19 and had a 2.70 ERA. He held opponents to a .206 batting average, and opposing lefties to a .184 batting average.
In January 2013, he signed a two-year contract with the Red Sox for at least $6.25 million. He received $2.325 million in 2013, and $3.825 million in 2014. The Red Sox had a $4 million option for 2015, with a $100,000 buyout.
He began the 2013 season on the disabled list with left shoulder tendinitis. After rehab outings with Double A Portland and Triple A Pawtucket, he was activated on May 7. He emerged as the Red Sox' primary set-up reliever.
In the 2013 regular season, he was 5–2 with a 1.81 ERA (third among left-handed relievers in the American League), in 61 games and 59.2 innings, and held opposing batters to a .228 batting average. His 0.65 ERA the second half of the season was fourth-best among major league relievers with at least 25 innings thrown. In his last 28 appearances of the regular season, he allowed only one run.
In the 2013 American League Division Series, he pitched 3.2 scoreless innings over 3 games, notching a win and allowing two hits and one walk while striking out four, as the Red Sox defeated Tampa Bay. In the 2013 American League Championship Series, he added 3.1 scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers, bringing his post-season total to 7 scoreless innings in 7 appearances, in which he held the opposition to a .130 batting average. Breslow wrote a blog during the 2013 post-season. He had a heavy workload during the 2013 playoffs as a primary setup man, pitching in 10 of the Red Sox' 16 games, throwing 126 pitches, and garnering a 2.45 ERA.
Breslow began the 2014 season on the disabled list, not making his first appearance until the season's 10th game, and compiled a 5.96 ERA in 60 appearances for the Red Sox. His performance contrasted sharply with his 2.82 ERA over the prior six seasons.
The Red Sox declined his $4 million option, buying him out for $100,000 and making him a free agent. The Red Sox were still in a position to re-sign Breslow for less money. General manager Ben Cherington said: "He has a lot of good qualities and we have a great relationship with him, so we'll see what happens."
On December 19, the Red Sox re-signed Breslow for one year, for $2 million.
Breslow's fastball ranges at 89–92 mph, and he has added a cut fastball in the mid-80s and a sinker. He also has a plus overhand curveball (70–75 mph), an average to above-average changeup, and a 78 mph slider/slurve. His ability to mix up his pitches is what makes him very effective.
Breslow was nicknamed the "smartest man in baseball" by Minneapolis Star Tribune Twins beat writer La Velle E. Neal III, and Wall Street Journal reporter Jason Turbow wrote: "Judging by his résumé, Craig Breslow is the smartest man in baseball, if not the entire world." In 2010 the Sporting News named him the smartest athlete on their top-20 list. In 2012, Men's Fitness named him one of the Top 10 Smartest Athletes in Professional Sports.
Referring to the reactions he has experienced to the plaudits, Breslow said: "There’s no end to the teasing I’ve taken". Red Sox manager John Farrell observed in 2013: "Breslow uses words in a normal conversation that I'm not used to."
As to the impact of his intelligence on his baseball performance, he admits that he analyzes video and looks for inefficiencies in the "kinematic system" of his delivery. At the same time, he often subscribes to the "keep it simple, stupid" principle.
- 2005 Southern League All-Star
- 2006 International League All-Star
- 2006 SoxProspects.com All-Star
- 2006 Pawtucket Red Sox Most Valuable Pitcher
- 2007 International League All-Star
- 2010 MLB Roberto Clemente Award Nominee
- 2010 Oakland Athletics Dave Stewart Community Service Award Recipient
- 2010 Finalist for the Hutch Award
- 2010 Trumbull High School Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee
- 2013 boSox Club Man of the Year
- 2013 MLB Roberto Clemente Award Nominee
- 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the Brotherhood of Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
The organization has teamed up with the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The foundation pledged $500,000, nearly all of which it has now donated, to the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital to help enhance their Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program. It has also made gifts to CureSearch for Children's Cancer, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Yale's Smilow Cancer Hospital, and others.
Breslow hopes to hold annual events in Connecticut and during spring training. His first benefit raised $100,000, and his second benefit more than $85,000. The charity has raised more than $1.5 million.
Breslow's collegiate career and his first year with the Brewers organization are partially discussed in the book Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit by Matt McCarthy. McCarthy and Breslow were friends and teammates at Yale, and were on rival Pioneer League teams during the 2002 season. He also starred in a parody of Rex Ryan's foot fetish video called "ihaveprettylefthand". 
Breslow invested $50,000 in a Boston-based startup company that designs bicycle-friendly business apparel called Ministry of Supply. The investment came after his fiancée bought him a shirt as a birthday present, Breslow took the shirt on the road and was so pleased with the performance he then bought two more shirts and a pair of pants. Then he decided to make the investment in the company.
- "Craig Breslow Stats, Fantasy & News". Boston Red Sox.
- Macpherson, Brian (September 17, 2013). "Craig Breslow, primary setup reliever". The Providence Journal. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- "2010 Oakland A's Expanded Game Notes" (PDF). Oaklandathletics.com. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- "Indians claim left-hander from Boston", Canton Rep
- "Craig Breslow Career Pitching Splits". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- La Neal III, Velle E., "Figuring out the R.A. Dickey signing," Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 26, 2008, accessed July 21, 2009.
- Slusser, Susan (May 21, 2009). "A's leading off". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- Melissa Lockard (May 20, 2009). "A's Claim Lefty; Move Ellis to 60-Day DL". scout.com. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- Turbow, Jason, "Who Has the Brainiest Team in Baseball?," The Wall Street Journal, July 16, 2009, accessed July 22, 2009
- "SN names the 20 smartest athletes in sports". Sporting News. September 23, 2010. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- Peter S. Horvitz (2007). The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes An Illustrated Compendium of Sports History and the 150 Greatest Jewish Sports Stars. SP Books. ISBN 1561719072. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- Elfin, David (November 16, 2011). "Is This the Golden Age of Jewish Baseball?". Moment Magazine. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- Kessler, Jack (August 12, 2010). "Oakland left-hander Craig Breslow is a relief pitcher and a mensch with his Strike 3 Foundation". Jweekly. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
- Judie Jacobson (October 9, 2013). "CT’s Craig Breslow up for award". Jewish Ledger. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
- Stacey Dresner (April 12, 2006). "Play ball! Native sons living their dreams". Jewish Ledger. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- Julian Garcia (June 22, 1998). "He's a Lock With Yale". NY Daily News. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
- Kevin Cullen (September 20, 2013). "New book honors Jewish baseball players". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- Chris Elsberry (September 14, 2008). "Cancer charity hits home for Twins' Breslow". NewsTimes. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- Leo, Aaron (December 18, 2010). "Major Leaguer Honored at Home". Trumbull, CT Patch. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- "A Man With the Tools to Beat Cancer; Twins Reliever Craig Breslow has the Research and Fundraising Capabilities to attack the Disease that Attacked his Sister," St. Paul Pioneer Press, February 13, 2009[dead link]
- Ostler, Scott (May 28, 2009). "A's reliever has medical career on hold". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
- Mark Emmons (August 16, 2009). "A's Breslow aiming to attend medical school". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
- Jeff Jacobs. "Red Sox Reliever Craig Breslow Fights To End Pediatric Cancer". Courant. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "Story behind Ind. Secretary of State commercial explained". WANE.
- Jane Lee (May 24, 2013). "Fighting cancer a way for Breslow to give thanks". Oakland.athletics.mlb.com. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- Bill Chuck (July 31, 2012). "Red Sox acquire Craig Breslow "the smartest man in baseball"". Billy-ball.com. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
- Leo, Aaron (December 18, 2010). "Major Leaguer Honored at Home". Trumbull, CT Patch. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
- Chip Malafronte (August 9, 2009). "Jamie D'Antona, Tokyo Yakult Swallows". New Haven Register. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
- "All-Time New Haven Register All-Area baseball teams". Gametimect.com. September 18, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
- "Records; boys soccer" (PDF). fciac.net. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
- "SN names the 20 smartest athletes in sports". Sporting News. September 23, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
- Clifford, Joe, "Breslow Joins The Tribe: Former Yale Captain Makes Indians' Opening Day Roster," CSTV, April 2, 2008, accessed June 29, 2015
- Garry Brown (September 27, 2013). "Baseball fan Garland Jeffreys will appear at Northampton's Iron Horse Music Hall". masslive.com. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- "Six Leaguers Taken in MLB Draft". Ivyleaguesports.com. June 5, 2002. Archived from the original on June 14, 2006. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Weinberg Named Baseball All-American". Unlvrebels.com. July 22, 2002. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "Craig Breslow named Red Sox nominee for 2013 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet". Mlb.com. September 16, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "Craig Breslow already chipping in for Red Sox". The Boston Globe. August 2, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- Donaldson, Jim (July 29, 2007). "A high degree of talent for PawSox". Providence Journal. Retrieved March 14, 2008.
- "Craig Breslow named Red Sox nominee for 2013 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet". Worldnews.com. September 17, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
- Cafardo, Nick, "Breslow to Indians," The Boston Globe, March 23, 2008, accessed July 22, 2009
- "Red Sox Reliever Craig Breslow Brings Brains and Jewish Faith to Mound". Forward. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
- Kerzel, Pete (May 19, 2010). "Carolina League notebook". minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
- "Six Leaguers Taken In MLB Draft". Ivy League Sports. June 5, 2002. Retrieved March 18, 2010.[dead link]
- Charles Condro (September 5, 2012). "Bulldogs in Beantown". Yale Daily News. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
- "Craig Breslow Stats, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio". Boston.redsox.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
- Amy Starensier Lee (September 20, 2013). "Q&A with Craig Breslow, Boston Red Sox". Hartford Magazine. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- Gordon Edes (February 26, 2006). "Doctoral candidate". Boston Globe. Retrieved March 14, 2008.
- Krasovic, Tom (December 10, 2005). "Padres peddle pitcher to Japan for tidy profit". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- Drew M. Kingsley (October 30, 2008). "Former Bulldog and Current Major League Pitcher Craig Breslow '02 Visits Yale: Breslow Captained 2002 Yale Squad, Now Pitches for Minnesota Twins". CSTV. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- Jesse Quinlan (March 16, 2008). "Breslow continues fight to strike out cancer". Connecticut Post. Retrieved March 18, 2008.[dead link]
- "Red Sox player gives math lesson"[dead link]
- "The New York Times". International Herald Tribune. March 29, 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
- "Major League Baseball Transactions: September 2007". MLB.com. Retrieved March 24, 2008.
- Jerry Holt (March 16, 2009). "Smart money's in Twins bullpen". Star Tribune. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
- Anthony Castrovince (March 24, 2008). "Indians eat Fultz's option: Left-hander's poor spring causes team to make change". MLB.com. Retrieved March 25, 2008.
- Amalie Benjamin (March 24, 2008). "Drew, for one, is having a blast: Latest homer a grand slam". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 25, 2008.
- Anthony Castrovince (March 23, 2008). "Indians claim Breslow off waivers". mlb.com. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Story behind Ind. Secretary of State commercial explained". WANE.
- David Zingler (June 6, 2008). "Meet Craig Breslow". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- Dorsey, David, "Pitcher puts medicine on hold," News-Press.com, March 24, 2009, accessed March 30, 2009
- "MLB Baseball Pitching Statistics and League Leaders". ESPN. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
- "Oakland Athletics 2011 Media Guide" (PDF). oakland.athletics.mlb.com. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
- Craig Breslow #56 RP. "Craig Breslow Stats, News, Photos – Oakland Athletics". ESPN. Retrieved October 7, 2010.
- Joe Stiglich (May 21, 2009). "A's claim left-handed reliever". Mercury News. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- Phil Miller (May 20, 2009). "Rest prescribed for Minnesota Twins' Glen Perkins". TwinCities.com. Retrieved March 16, 2010.[dead link]
- Joe Christensen (May 21, 2009). "A's claim Breslow on waivers". Star Tribune. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
- Aaron Gleeman (May 21, 2009). "Twins call up Swarzak, lose Breslow on waivers". Minnpost.com. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- Slusser, Susan, "A's claim Breslow from Twins," May 20, 2009, San Francisco Chronicle
- Slusser, Susan (May 21, 2009). "A's get a lefty for the bullpen". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "A's claim left-handed reliever". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
- Mychael Urban (October 16, 2009). "Making the grade: Relief corps, Beat writer Mychael Urban assesses A's bullpen". mlb.com. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Oakland Athletics Sortable Statistics". mlb.com. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
- "Craig Breslow 2009 Pitching Splits". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
- Mychael Urban (September 26, 2009). "Breslow helps kids through foundation". Mlb.com. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
- "Chat with Davis, Breslow, Bailey". ESPN. January 26, 2010. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Craig Breslow Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 7, 2010.
- Joe Stiglich (November 30, 2010). "A's finish season 81–81 by completing sweep of Seattle Mariners". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- "Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman named co-Jewish MVP". Dallas Morning News. January 14, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
- "Ryan Braun again selected as top Jewish player in baseball". San Diego Jewish World. November 12, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
- "Craig Breslow Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- Gilbert, Steve (December 9, 2011). "D-backs pick up Cahill, Breslow from A's". MLB.com. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
- Axisa, Mike (February 8, 2012). "Diamondbacks Avoid Arbitration With Craig Breslow". MLB Trade Rumors.
- Jon Erickson Jr. (July 31, 2012). "Yale: Breslow '02 Acquired by Red Sox; Lavarnway Call-Up Near". Yalebulldogs.com. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- Gordon Edes (January 19, 2013). "Source – Craig Breslow agrees to deal with Boston Red Sox". ESPN. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- "Red Sox sign left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow to two-year contract". Boston.redsox.mlb.com. January 24, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- "Breslow's deal with Red Sox worth $6.25 million". Boston.com. January 26, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- Macpherson, Brian (September 17, 2013). "Craig Breslow, primary setup reliever". The Providence Journal. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
- "Craig Breslow named Red Sox nominee for 2013 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet". Boston.redsox.mlb.com. September 16, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
- "Craig Breslow Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- Jeff Louderback. "Felix Doubront has the arm, but his attitude is questionable". BoSox Banter. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- Edes, Gordon. "12 notable player achievements – Boston Red Sox". ESPN. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- Evan Drellich (September 15, 2013). "The logic of Craig Breslow's 2-year contract and the future of a genius left-hander". masslive.com. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- Rohrbach, Ben. "Validation not required: Why perception doesn't concern Craig Breslow". WEEI. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- Doyle, Ricky. "Craig Breslow’s Importance No Longer Flying Under Radar and Other Red Sox Notes From Game 4 of ALDS". NESN. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
- "Former Yale Standout Breslow Heading to World Series". Ivyleaguesports.com. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "Craig Breslow Stats, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio". mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- Rohrbach, Ben. "Craig Breslow’s playoff blog: This is the reason we all play this game". Fullcount.weei.com. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
- Scott Lauber. "Red Sox decline Craig Breslow's $4 million option for 2015". bostonherald.com.
- "Craig Breslow not optimistic about option being picked up". Full Count.
- "Red Sox sign Craig Breslow to $2 million deal – HardballTalk". NBC Sports.
- Joe Christensen (April 23, 2009). "That's all for Fenway in 2009". Star Tribune. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
- Nathaniel Stoltz (July 9, 2009). "Fastballs of the Oakland A's". Bleacher Report. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
- "#32 Craig Breslow". SoxProspects.com. Retrieved March 14, 2008.
- "A's Claim Lefty; Move Ellis to 60-Day DL". Scout.com:. May 20, 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
- Dan Israeli (December 9, 2011). "Top 10 Smartest Athletes in Professional Sports". Men's Fitness. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
- Lindsay Berra (October 13, 2013). "'Smartest man in baseball' Craig Breslow knows pitching". mlb.com. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
- "Once a physicist: Craig Breslow". Iop.org. July 23, 2005. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
- "Sister inspires Clemente candidate Breslow". Oakland.athletics.mlb.com. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- "Craig Breslow to Receive Dave Stewart Community Service Award". Oakland.athletics.mlb.com. September 21, 2010. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- "Ten major leaguers up for Hutch Award". Fhcrc.org. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- Davidson, Susie (January 17, 2014). "Sox Pitcher Breslow Is Living His Dream". The Jewish Advocate. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
Breslow will receive the Brotherhood of Congregation Mishkan Tefila’s Distinguished Service Award on Jan. 22  at 6 p.m. at Congregation Mishkan Tefila, 300 Hammond Pond Parkway, Chestnut Hill
- "Cancer Research | Cancer Patients". Conquer Cancer Foundation. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- "Strike 3 group’s $500,000 pledge a real hit for Y-NH transplant unit-". The New Haven Register. April 6, 2009. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- "Oakland's Bailey pitching a different ball". Philly.com. December 13, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- "Breslow's gala raises $85,000". Connecticut Post. November 16, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- McCarthy, Matt (2009). Odd Man Out A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit. Penguin. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-670-02070-6.
- "ihaveprettylefthand". YouTube. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- "Jockularity for Saturday, Jan. 8". San Jose Mercury News. March 12, 2013. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
- "A's reliever Craig Breslow spoofs Jets coach Rex Ryan's foot fetish". USA Today. January 6, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
- "Video: A's Craig Breslow pokes fun at Rex Ryan with fetish parody". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
- "Even MLB Players Are Making Rex Ryan Parody Videos". Deadspin. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
- "Craig Breslow spoofs Rex Ryan fetish video". Sports Illustrated. January 6, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
- Martin, Claire (May 28, 2013). "Rolling Up Their Sleeves, as a Team". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved September 2, 2014.
- Ruttman, Larry (2013). "Craig Breslow: Major League Relief Pitcher, Yale University Graduate". American Jews and America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball. Lincoln, Nebraska and London, England: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 421–427. ISBN 978-0-8032-6475-5. This chapter in Ruttman's oral history, based on a March 5, 2008 interview conducted with Breslow for the book, discusses Breslow's childhood and family life, baseball career, commitment to charitable work, and Jewish education and values.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Craig Breslow on Twitter
- PawSox 2007 stats
- Hardball Times stats
- "Interview", January 30, 2006
- "Minor League's Top Jewish Prospects", MLB.com, May 10, 2006
- "Red Sox Give Breslow Glimmer of Hope", The Hartford Courant, February 24, 2007
- "Pitcher's route to Sox quite unusual route; Relief pitcher Breslow has degree from Yale", news-press.com, March 10, 2007
- "Buchholz no-no becomes high point, and ending, for Breslow in 2007", The New Haven Register, September 5, 2007
- "Warming up for the Jewish Boys of Summer", The Jewish Ledger, March 5, 2008
- "CT major leaguer builds cancer foundation", WTNH, October 8, 2008
- "Minnesota Twins pitcher Craig Breslow has the tools to beat cancer; Twins reliever Craig Breslow has the research and fundraising capabilities to attack the disease that attacked his sister", St. Paul Pioneer Press, February 12, 2009