Dessens with the New York Mets in 2009
|Born: January 13, 1971|
|MLB: June 24, 1996, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|NPB: 1999, for the Yomiuri Giants|
|NPB: 1999, for the Yomiuri Giants|
|MLB: October 2, 2010, for the New York Mets|
|Earned run average||4.44|
|Earned run average||3.86|
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Baseball career
- 2.1 Pittsburgh Pirates
- 2.2 Yomiuri Giants
- 2.3 Cincinnati Reds
- 2.4 Arizona Diamondbacks
- 2.5 Los Angeles Dodgers
- 2.6 Kansas City Royals
- 2.7 Second Stint with Dodgers
- 2.8 Milwaukee Brewers
- 2.9 Colorado Rockies
- 2.10 Second Stint with Pirates
- 2.11 Diablos Rojos del Mexico
- 2.12 Atlanta Braves
- 2.13 New York Mets
- 2.14 San Francisco Giants
- 3 Post Playing
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Elmer Dessens was born on January 13, 1971 in Hermosillo, Mexico. At age 10, he worked as a newspaper boy. Dessens graduated from Carrera Technical High School. He is married to Lorenia and has three sons, Elmer Jr., Erick, Edward Dessens enjoys fishing and is a Los Angeles Lakers fan.
During the 2002–03 offseason, Dessens was involved in a four-team trade that sent him to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Dessens stayed with the Diamondbacks until August 2004, when the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired him for a minor leaguer to bolster their bullpen for the stretch run. That October, Dessens pitched in the postseason for the first and, to date, last time, appearing in one game during the Dodgers' Division Series loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Dessens pitched one more season for the Dodgers, then became a free agent in the offseason.
Kansas City Royals
Prior to the 2006 season, Dessens signed with the Kansas City Royals.
Second Stint with Dodgers
In July, the Dodgers reacquired Dessens from the Royals for pitcher Odalis Pérez and two minor leaguers, again to bolster their bullpen. While the Dodgers did win the wild card that season, Dessens did not appear as the Dodgers were swept in the Division Series to the New York Mets.
In early August he was released by the Brewers, but a few days later he signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies. He started 5 games for the Rockies, going 1–1 with a 7.58 ERA. He became a free agent at the end of the season.
Second Stint with Pirates
Diablos Rojos del Mexico
After pitching (and winning) the final game of the league championship against the Sultanes de Monterrey, he signed a major league contract with the Atlanta Braves in August. After the season, Dessens again became a free agent.
New York Mets
In February 2009, Dessens signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets. Dessens made his Mets debut on June 23, 2009 against the St. Louis Cardinals. He was designated for assignment on July 30. He had his contract purchased on August 6, 2009, when Jon Niese was placed on the 60-Day disabled list.
In December 2009, Dessens signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets for the 2010 season.
San Francisco Giants
On February 8, 2011, it was reported that Dessens had signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants that included an invitation to spring training. However, on February 14, it was reported that the deal fell through.
He is currently an assistant pitching coach for the Arizona League Reds.
- "Player File". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
- Press release (2008-08-27). "Braves agree to terms with Elmer Dessens". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
- Miller, Doug (2009-02-05). "Mets sign Dessens to Minors deal". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
- Street, Jim (2011-02-08). "Giants add veteran Dessens to bullpen mix". San Francisco Giants. Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
- Schulman, Henry (2011-02-15). "No trick: Wilson casual with Series-winning ball". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-06-18.