John Foster (baseball)

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John Foster
Relief pitcher
Born: (1978-05-17) May 17, 1978 (age 39)
Stockton, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 14, 2002, for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 2005, for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 7-2
Earned run average 4.90
Strikeouts 54

John Norman Foster (born May 17, 1978) is a Major League Baseball pitcher.


Foster was signed by the Atlanta Braves during the 2005 season to provide the Braves with a left-handed relief pitcher, after the Braves had trouble with their Opening Day left-hander, Tom Martin. During the 2005 season, Foster posted a career low 4.15 ERA while working 34.2 innings in 62 games (both career highs). He also had career highs in walks (19) and strikeouts (32), as well as recording a career high 1 save.

Foster was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 25th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball draft. Foster began his big league career with the Braves in 2002, after being called up from the Triple-A Richmond Braves. In his rookie season, he went 1-0 with a 10.80 earned run average and 6 strikeouts.

On December 16, 2002, Foster was traded, along with Wes Helms, to the Milwaukee Brewers for Ray King. With Milwaukee, he went 2-0, with a 4.71 ERA and 16 strikeouts.

In 2005, after being picked by the Chicago Cubs in the Rule 5 draft in 2004 and undergoing surgery on a torn labrum, Foster returned to the Braves when his contract was purchased from Triple-A Richmond.

On October 11, 2006, Foster was released by the Atlanta Braves. On October 30, 2007, Foster signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals. In late March 2009 at the end of spring training Foster retired from professional baseball.

On June 1, 2009, it was announced that Foster would be the new pitching coach for the Newport Gulls baseball team of the NECBL.

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