December 27, 1975 |
St. Petersburg, Florida
|June 28, 1996, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 10, 2004, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Earned run average||4.61|
Jeffrey Charles D'Amico (born December 27, 1975, in St. Petersburg, Florida) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher from 1996 to 2004. D'Amico, sometimes nicknamed "Big Daddy" due to his six-foot seven stature, was a starting pitcher who played for the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cleveland Indians. His career record was 45 wins, 52 losses, 498 strikeouts and a 4.61 earned run average (ERA).
D'Amico was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round of the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft. After three seasons in the minor leagues, he made his debut on June 28, 1996, and spent the next six years with the Brewers. After missing all of 1998 and most of 1999 due to shoulder surgery, D'Amico had a career year in 2000. That season, his ERA hovered around 2.00 for much of the season and he contended for the NL ERA title. Needing just a few innings to qualify for the title on his last start of the season, he surpassed the 162 inning minimum threshold, but in the process gave up enough runs to lose the title. D'Amico finished third, behind Kevin Brown and Randy Johnson.
D'Amico was never able to follow up that success, however, as he struggled with injuries for the Brewers in 2001, before ending his career with stints on the Mets, Pirates, and Indians. He led the National League in losses during the 2003 with the Pirates, and was released by the Indians in June 2004 after posting a 7.63 ERA in 7 starts for them.
- "NATIONAL LEAGUE: ROUNDUP; Larkin and Harnisch Lead Reds Over Astros". The New York Times. July 20, 2000. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference