José Bautista (pitcher)
Born: July 25, 1964|
Baní, Dominican Republic
|April 9, 1988, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 25, 1997, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Earned run average||4.62|
Early and personal life
Bautista was born in Baní, in the Dominican Republic. He is observantly Jewish, born to a Dominican father and an Israeli mother. His mother's family was originally from Russia, as is his wife. Bautista and his wife maintain a kosher home, as do fellow Jewish former Major Leaguers Ken Holtzman and Jesse Levis. Despite the fact that a large number of Major Leaguers have been from the Dominican Republic, Bautista is the only player from their small Jewish community, that numbers around 300 persons.
Bautista was signed by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent in April 1981. In 1984 he was 13–4 with a 3.13 earned run average (ERA) for Columbia in the South Atlantic League, and in 1985, 15–8 with a 2.34 ERA for Lynchburg in the Carolina League.
He pitched for seven years in the New York Mets system before being selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the December 1987 Rule 5 draft. He joined the Orioles rotation in 1988, spending four years with them before moving to the Chicago Cubs (1993–94), San Francisco Giants (1995–96), Detroit Tigers (1997) and St. Louis Cardinals (1997).
As a rookie, he went 6–15 with 76 strikeouts and a 4.30 ERA in 1712⁄3 innings pitched, including 25 starts and three complete games. That was his best season as an Oriole. He holds the MLB record for fewest number of pitches in a complete game of 8 innings or more. He threw 70 pitches in a 1-0 Orioles loss to the Seattle Mariners on September 30, 1988.
He resurfaced as a relief pitcher with the Cubs in 1993, going 10–3 with a 2.82 ERA and 1112⁄3 innings in 58 appearances (7 as a starter). He kept batters to a .193 batting average in games that were late and close. That was his best Major League season.
After going 4–5 for Chicago in 1994 while pitching in 58 games (second in the league), he pitched with San Francisco the next two years and spent 1997 with Detroit and St. Louis in his last Major League season.
Bautista was the pitching coach of the Burlington Bees in 2001–02, the Idaho Falls Chukars in 2004–06 and the Burlington Royals in 2007. He also managed the Great Falls Voyagers, advanced A rookie team of the Chicago White Sox, was a roving instructor for Latin players in the White Sox farm system in 2010. Since 2011, he has served as the pitching coach for the Kannapolis Intimidators, an A-ball affiliate of the White Sox.
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