|Born: August 9, 1970|
Bryan, Texas, U.S.
|MLB: April 4, 1992, for the Minnesota Twins|
|NPB: July 15, 1997, for the Yokohama BayStars|
|NPB: September 9, 1998, for the Yokohama BayStars|
|MLB: September 27, 2003, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||5.47|
|Earned run average||5.34|
Patrick Lavon Mahomes (born August 9, 1970) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball from 1992 to 2003 with the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Mahomes also pitched in two seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, 1997 and 1998, with the Yokohama BayStars. He last played with the Grand Prairie AirHogs of the independent American Association in 2009.
Early life and amateur career
Mahomes was born in Texas, one of three children of Johnny and Cindy Mahomes. His father worked for a local oil company and coached Mahomes' youth baseball team. His mother worked as a nurse until Mahomes was seven years old when she suffered a car accident which left her requiring the use of a wheelchair.
Mahomes attended Lindale High School in Lindale, Texas where he played baseball, football and basketball. He was an intense competitor and, according to his parents, would cry or refuse to eat or talk after every loss in high school. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and had the second-highest grade point average in his graduating class.
Mahomes was only 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) as a high school junior but earned all-state honors as a football quarterback and averaged 30 points per game in basketball nonetheless. On the baseball field, he played shortstop and pitched. He received scholarship offers to play all three sports collegiately but most strongly considered a scholarship offer to play college baseball and walk on to the basketball team at the University of Arkansas.
Early minor league career
Mahomes began his professional career with the Elizabethton Twins in 1988 as a starting pitcher. Over the next few years, he worked his way up through the Twins farm system, reaching Triple-A in 1991 with the Portland Beavers.
Mahomes made his major league debut with the Twins in 1992. He made the team out of spring training, and started the sixth game of the season, on April 12 against the Texas Rangers, pitching six innings and getting a no decision. He notched his first major league win in his next start, on April 21 against the Seattle Mariners. Mahomes played with the Twins into the 1996 season, appearing in a total of 114 games (51 starts) during five seasons while compiling an 18–28 record with 5.82 ERA, with 217 strikeouts in 366+2⁄3 innings. The Twins traded Mahomes to the Red Sox on August 26, 1996, in exchange for a player to be named later (which turned out to be pitcher Brian Looney).
Boston Red Sox
Mahomes pitched a total of 21 games (all in relief) during the 1996 and 1997 seasons with Boston, registering a 6.85 ERA with 3–0 record and 11 strikeouts in 22+1⁄3 innings. He was released by the Red Sox on June 27, 1997.
Mahomes played for the Yokohama BayStars of Nippon Pro Baseball, arriving with them midway through the 1997 season, and pitched with them through 1998.
New York Mets
Mahomes was signed by the Mets in December 1998. He went 8–0 in the 1999 season during 39 relief appearances, and helped the Mets reach the playoffs. Mahomes made four relief appearances during the postseason, recording a 2.25 ERA in eight innings pitched while striking out four, as the Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS. In 2000, Mahomes was 5–3 in 53 appearances (five starts), and while the Mets reached the 2000 World Series, Mahomes was left off the Mets' playoff roster. In his two seasons with the Mets, Mahomes appeared in 92 regular season games (five starts) with a 4.74 ERA, 13–3 record, and 127 strikeouts in 157+2⁄3 innings. He became a free agent in December 2000.
Mahomes signed with the home state team Texas Rangers in January 2001. During the 2001 season, he appeared in 56 games (four starts) with a 5.70 ERA and 7–6 record, while striking out 61 in 107+1⁄3 innings. Mahomes again became a free agent in November 2001.
In January 2002, Mahomes signed with the Cubs. He made 16 appearances (two starts) during the 2002 season, with a 3.86 ERA and 1–1 record, striking out 23 in 32+2⁄3 innings. Mahomes became a free agent in October 2002.
Mahomes was signed by Pittsburgh in January 2003. He made nine appearances (one start) with the Pirates during the 2003 season, recording an 0–1 record with 4.84 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 22+1⁄3 innings. This would prove to be his final season playing in MLB. Mahomes again became a free agent in September 2003.
Overall, Mahomes pitched 11 seasons in MLB, making a total of 308 regular season appearances (63 starts) with a 42–39 record, 5.47 ERA, and 452 strikeouts in 709 innings pitched. He had 43 at bats during his career, with 11 hits (.256 batting average) and four RBIs.
Minor league journeyman
In 2003, Mahomes pitched primarily for the Pittsburgh Pirates AAA affiliate, the Nashville Sounds, while appearing in nine games for the Pirates. In 2004, he split the season between three organizations, pitching for the Edmonton Trappers in the Montreal Expos farm system, the Albuquerque Isotopes in the Florida Marlins system, and then again at Nashville at the end of the season.
After spending 2005 with the Las Vegas 51s in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Mahomes turned to the independent leagues, starting 2006 with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. After going 11–4 with a 3.87 ERA, he signed with Kansas City Royals in August, but was released a month later.
Mahomes began the 2007 season with the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association. On August 24, the Toronto Blue Jays signed him, and he appeared in three games for the Syracuse Chiefs before becoming a free agent at the end of the season. Mahomes signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League in 2008, but only appeared in two games for them before returning to Sioux Falls. He split the 2009 season between Sioux Falls and Grand Prairie.
Mahomes has two children with his ex-wife: Patrick II, who is a quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Jackson, who is a social media influencer. Patrick II goes by Patrick to avoid being confused with his father.
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- Pura Pelota (Venezuelan Winter League)