Jim Umbarger

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Jim Umbarger
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Born: (1953-02-17) February 17, 1953 (age 69)
Burbank, California
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 8, 1975, for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1978, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record25–33
Earned run average4.14

James Harold Umbarger (born February 17, 1953) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He attended Grant High School in Van Nuys, California, and was the 33rd pick in the 1971 Major League Baseball draft by the Cleveland Indians, but opted to attend Arizona State University. In 1974, The Sporting News named Umbarger as honorable mention on the All-America team. He was later selected in the 16th round of the 1974 Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers.

Umbarger made his major league debut in April, of 1975, with the Rangers, and had a successful rookie season for the team, going 8-7 in 56 games (12 of them starts, with 2 shutouts), with a 4.12 ERA. The following season, Umberger started 30 games for the Rangers, going 10-12 (with 3 shutouts) with a 3.15 ERA.

Prior to the 1977 season, Umbarger was traded to the Oakland Athletics, along with Rodney Scott, for outfielder Claudell Washington.[1] Umbarger was sold back to the Rangers August 24, 1977. Umbarger finished the 1977 season with the Rangers and returned for the 1978 campaign, appearing in 32 games and posting a 4.88 ERA. The 1978 season would be Umbarger's last in the major leagues.