Shannon Withem

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Shannon Withem
Born: (1972-09-21) September 21, 1972 (age 44)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 18, 1998, for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
September 18, 1998, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
Earned run average 3.00
Win–loss record 0-0
Strikeouts 2

Shannon Bolt Withem (born September 21, 1972 in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is a former professional baseball pitcher. He appeared in one game in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays on September 18 during the 1998 Toronto Blue Jays season. Shannon also pitched in the Japanese major leagues in 1999.

Amateur career[edit]

Withem had 7 no-hitters in high school and once struck out every batter in a 7-inning no-hitter in high school.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

Withem was drafted in the 5th round of the 1990 Major League Baseball draft by the Detroit Tigers. He pitched in the Tigers' organization until 1995, then spent the 1996–97 seasons in the New York Mets farm system. He was signed the Blue Jays after the 1997 season. After going 17-5 with the Syracuse Chiefs, the Blue Jays' top farm team, he was called up in September. In his lone major league appearance, he pitched three innings in relief of Kelvim Escobar, giving up one run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.[1]

After being released by the Blue Jays after the 1998 season, Withem signed with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in 1999. That season, he had a record of 6-7 with a 5.76 earned run average in 17 games. He was re-signed for the 2000 season, but hurt his elbow and did not pitch that season.[2] The injury effectively ended his career, as he never pitched professionally after that.

After baseball[edit]

Withem is now a senior sales executive for OnlineTech in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[citation needed]


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