Danny Graves

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Danny Graves MLB Career Stats

518 43-44 4.05 808.1 429 1.40

Danny Graves Bio

  • Full Name: Daniel Peter Graves
  • Nickname: Baby-faced Assassin
  • Born: 8/7/1973 in Saigon, Vietnam
  • Draft: 1994, Cleveland Indians, 4th rd. (101st overall)
  • College: Miami (FL)
  • Debut: 7/13/1996
  • Last Game: 5/9/2006
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MLB Career Stats 43 44 4.05 518 30 182 808.1 429 1.40


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Danny Graves Awards

NL All-Star

Year Team League
2000 Cincinnati NL
2004 Cincinnati NL

Lou Gehrig Award

Year Team League
2002 Cincinnati NL

Reds Ernie Lombardi MVP Award

Year Team League
2000 Cincinnati NL

Reds Johnny Vander Meer Award

Year Team League
2000 Cincinnati NL

Danny Graves Leaderboards


Season SV Rank
1998 8 21st in NL
1999 27 10th in NL
2000 30 5th in NL
2001 32 7th in NL
2002 32 11th in NL
2004 41 6th in NL
2005 10 21st in NL

Complete Games

Season CG Rank
2003 2 12th in NL


Season SHO Rank
2003 1 11th in NL


Season G Rank
1999 75 6th in NL
2000 66 24th in NL


Season H Rank
2003 204 13th in NL

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
2003 30 4th in NL

Daniel Peter Graves Bio Info

Daniel Peter Graves...he has four children, three sons (Austin 6/29/97; Trey 9/27/99; Jayden 1/29/02) and one daughter (Shea 7/12/86)...resides in Longwood, Fla...signed by Indians scout Gary Tuck...graduated from Brandon (Fla.) High School in 1991...was very active in the community with the Reds...on Sunday home games hosted underprivileged children as part of his Gravy's Train ticket program and was the local spokesman for Cincinnati's National Multiple Sclerosis Society's READaTHON program and an honorary board member of Hamilton County Special Olympics...was the Reds' recipient of the 2001 and 2003 Roberto Clemente Award...was named the 2003 recipient of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, sponsored by the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity...the award is presented annually to the MLB player who best exemplifies the giving character of the Hall of Famer, who was a member of the fraternity's Columbia University chapter...also involved in the Reds Rookie Success League, Reds Community Fund, Make-A-Wish Foundation, O'Bryonville Animal Shelter, United Coalition for Animals and The Scratching Post...VIETNAMESE HERITAGE: On July 13, 1996 with Cleveland, Graves became the first Vietnamese-born player to appear in the major leagues...he was born on a military base in Saigon on Aug. 7, 1973 to an American serviceman father and a Vietnamese mother who worked in the U.S. Embassy...the Graves family moved to the U.S. shortly before the fall of Saigon (April 30, 1975) when Danny was 14 months old...toured Vietnam in January of 2006 in a special delegation in conjunction with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to introduce baseball and promote healing and understanding between the United States and Vietnam...was accompanied by his Vietnamese mother, Thao, a teacher from Valrico, Fla., who made her first visit to southeast Asia in more than three decades to visit relatives still residing in that part of the world. 2006 After making Cleveland's Opening Day roster as a non-roster invitee to spring training, Graves was designated for assignment on May 13 and spent the rest of the year with Triple-A Buffalo...beat out Steve Karsay and Jason Davis for spot in the bullpen...went 2-1, 5.79 (14.0 ip, 9 er) in 13 relief appearances for Cleveland...allowed runs in just four of 13 outings, but permitted multiple runs three times...had just three strikeouts against five walks...team was 5-8 in his appearances...first batters went just 1-for-12 (.083), but he allowed three of eight inherited runners to score...did not convert lone save chance...pitched 0.2 scoreless inning in season opener April 2 at Chicago-AL, his first A.L. appearance since June 8, 1997 at Boston...earned win on April 5 at Chicago-AL, his first win for the Tribe since Sept. 23, 1996 vs. Minnesota...also won on April 21 at Kansas City...took loss and blown save in final outing May 9 at Kansas City, allowing three-run homer to John Buck, first batter faced, in the sixth inning after entering with a 6-4 lead...Tribe would lose that game 10-7...designated for assignment on May 13 when club recalled RHP Fausto Carmona and outrighted to Buffalo on May 18...went 1-1, 4.01 (51.2 ip, 23 er) for the Bisons...opponents were just 5-for-31 (.161) with RISP and two outs...had a 4.81 ERA (24.1 ip, 13 er) in his first 15 outings in the International League, then compiled 3.29 figure (27.1 ip, 10 er) in final 18 appearances...final outing of that opening stretch was lone start on June 29 (2) at Syracuse, allowing four runs in 4.0 innings. 2005 Graves made 20 appearances with the Mets after they signed him as a free agent following his release by the Reds, most of them when the Mets were behind or comfortably ahead. His work constituted improvement over his work with the Reds. His ERA with them had been 7.36 in 20 appearances and 18 1/3 innings. He produced a 5.75 ERA in 20 1/3 innings with the Mets. For the year, he allowed 20 walks and 59 hits -- nine of them home runs -- in 38 2/3 innings. 2004 Was an All-Star for the second time...with 41 saves and 59 games finished, both career highs, led the staff and ranked T6th in the National League in each category...fell 3 saves shy of Jeff Brantley's single-season record (44sv, 1996) and 3 games finished shy of that club record, shared by Jeff Shaw (1997) and Tom Hume (1980)...on 9/22 was diagnosed with strep throat and missed the last 12g of the season...from 8/19-9/2 missed another 12g while on the disabled list with lower back spasms...at the time of the back injury led the National League in saves (37)...converted 41-50 save opps...converted 37-46 chances prior to his disabling and all 4 chances after he came off the DL...earned 30 saves in the Reds' first 77g, when they went 42-35, and 11 saves in their last 85g, when they went 34-51...posted 33 saves during the first half of the season to earn a spot on the National League All-Star team...in the 8-7 win on 5/22 vs Hou earned his 20th save in the Reds' 42nd game, breaking Lee Smith's Major League record as the pitcher quickest to 20sv (Bal's 46th game, 1994)...in the 10-inning, 7-6 win on 6/1 at Fla earned his 25th save in the Reds' 52nd game, breaking Kazuhiro Sasaki's ML record as the pitcher quickest to 25sv (Sea's 62nd game, 2001)...in the 2-0 victory on 6/30 vs NYM earned his 30th save in the Reds' 77th game, breaking the ML record as the pitcher quickest to 30sv...the previous record of 30 saves in 82g was shared by LA's Eric Gagne (2002) and Atl's John Smoltz (2003)...in the 3-1 victory vs Col on 5/20 earned his 149th career save to become the club's all-time leader (LHP John Franco, 148sv, 1984-89)...from 5/20-6/2 converted saves in 9 consecutive apps,his best stretch of the season...finished the season by converting his last 5 save opps...only once blew saves in consecutive opps (6/5 vs Mtl, 6/12 at Cle)...on 5/5 vs Mil earned the 10-inning, 5-4 victory to snap his 10-game losing streak dating back to July 2003...the 10-game losing streak (7/5/03-4/27/04) was the longest by a Reds pitcher since LHP Jim Merritt went 0-13 from 8/30/70-8/3/71 and the longest by a Reds righthander since Bud Podbielan's 10-game skid in 1953...with 9 blown saves tied for the National League lead (Col's Shawn Chacon, Chi's LaTroy Hawkins) and ranked T2nd in the majors (10bs, Det's Esteban Yan)...his save conversion percentage was .820 (41-50), while the Major League average was .664. 2003

Didn't pitch after 9/2 because of inflammation in the back of his right shoulder...in his first full season in the rotation led the staff with a career-high 169.0 innings and finished second with 26 starts (Paul Wilson, 28gs)...ranked among National League leaders with 15 losses (T2nd), 30 homers allowed (T4th), 100 earned runs allowed (8th), 108 runs allowed (T8th) and fewest walks per 9 innings (2.2, T8th)...went 4-14, 5.33 in his 26 starts and 0-1-2, 5.14 in 4 relief apps...made 26 of his first 27 apps as a starter...finished the season with 3 straight relief apps (0-1-1, 6.00, 6ip, 4er)...was leading the staff in starts when he returned to the bullpen following a 9-3 loss at Ari on 8/ 21...earned his last victory on 7/1 at Pit (5-3 win) and in his last 10 starts and 3 relief apps of the season went 0-8, 6.18 (67ip, 46er), including 0-7, 6.20 in his last 10 starts...the 8-game losing streak was a career-high and the longest by a Reds pitcher since Dave Burba began the 1996 campaign 0-8...became the first Reds pitcher to lose 15 decisions since RHP Chris Reitsma went 7-15 in 2001...his winning percentage of .211 (4-15) was the third-lowest ever by a Reds pitcher with at least 15 decisions (Kent Peterson, 1948, 2-15, .118; Ewell Blackwell, 1952, 3-12, .200)...5 times was the victim of blown saves, most on the staff...made 10 quality starts (6ip, 3er)...in his 26 starts the Reds went 11-15...from 7/ 1-7/13 made 4 consecutive starts on 3 days' rest, the first of his career (1-2, 7.94, 22.2ip, 20er)...threw the first 2 complete games of his career, a 4-hitter in the 4-0 victory on 5/14 at StL and an 11-hitter in the 3-1 loss at NYM on 7/25...from 4/26-5/31 pitched into the seventh inning in 7 straight starts, the longest such streak by a Reds starter since RHP Jose Rijo did it in 21 consecutive starts from 5/17-8/25, 1993...that streak was snapped on 6/5 vs NYY, when he left after 3.0 innings with a blister on his right middle finger...from 5/2-5/14 won 3 straight starts...on 7/9 at Hou recorded his only career stolen base, the first by a Reds pitcher without the benefit of a double steal since Pete Schourek did it on 5/2/97 vs the Giants at Candlestick Park...during spring training didn't pitch from 3/9-3/16 because of inflammation in the patellar tendon of his right knee.

Career highlights: Was an All-Star in 2000...began his Major League career with 363 relief apps, then from 9/10/02-8/21/03 made 30 of his 31 apps as a starter...that stretch included 18 consecutive starts over 2 seasons until he saved the 14-inning, 7-4 victory at StL on 6/24/03, followed by 12 more starts until he saved the 8-5 victory vs StL on 8/29/03...made his most recent start in a 9-3 loss at Ari on 8/21/03 and finished last season with 3 consecutive relief apps (0-1-1, 6.00, 6ip, 4er)...in his career is 5-14, 4.97 in 30 starts and 34-22, 3.50 in 367 relief apps...his 131 career saves are a franchise record for a righthander, second all-time on the Reds' list to LHP John Franco's 148 saves...Graves and Franco are the only pitchers in club history with 3 consecutive 30-save seasons, 30 saves in more than one season and 20 saves in 4 straight seasons...in 2002 became the first pitcher to lead the staff in saves for 4 consecutive seasons since Franco did it from 1986-89 (29-32-39-32)...was the first righthander to lead the Reds in saves in 4 consecutive seasons since current bullpen coach Tom Hume did it from 1979-82 (17-25-13-17)...no pitcher ever led the Reds in saves in 5 straight seasons...his 10 saves in April 2002 were a franchise record for that month and his career high for any month...in 2003 became only the second pitcher since the inception of the modern save rule to throw a shutout after recording 100 career saves...Bos' Bob Stanley recorded 123 career saves before shutting out the Royals on 4/22/ 87...had Graves finished the 2003 season in the rotation, he would have become only the fifth pitcher since the inception of the save rule to lead his team in saves one season and in starts the next (WSox' Wilbur Wood in 1970-71, Tex' Danny Darwin in 1980-81, WSox' LaMarr Hoyt in 1981-82, Bos' Derek Lowe in 2001-2002)...his 469.2ip in relief from 1997-2002 was the third-highest total in the majors (Scott Sullivan 601.1, Shigetoshi Hasegawa 476.1)...following his All-Star season in 2000 was voted by the local chapter of the BBWAA the winner of the Ernie Lombardi Award as the club's Most Valuable Player and the Johnny Vander Meer Award as the club's Most Outstanding Pitcher...was the first Reds pitcher to win both awards since Danny Jackson in 1988 and the first righthander to do it since Mario Soto in 1983...was named the March of Dimes' 2000 Reds Player of the Year...in November 2000 participated in Major League Baseball's All-Star tour of Japan...in 1999 threw 111 innings to become 1 of only 3 Reds relievers to throw 100 innings in a season during the 1990s, joining Scott Sullivan (102ip in 1998, 113.2ip in 1999) and Jeff Shaw (104.2ip in 1994)...also in 1999 held opposing batters to a .162ba with RISP, best in the Major Leagues...in 1996 became the first Vietnamese-born player to appear in the Major Leagues...in 1995 and 1996, his first 2 professional seasons, received the Bob Feller Award as the Indians organization's top minor league pitcher...in 1995 was a Carolina League All-Star and was named the league's best reliever by Baseball America...his first 2 career hits were home runs at Hou's Minute Maid Park (solo on 5/13/00 off Mike Maddux, 2-run on 6/21/01 off Tony McKnight). 2002 In September was converted to a starter...finished the season 6-3, 3.50 with 32 saves in 64 relief apps and 1-0, 1.89 in 4 starts...made his first 64 apps out of the bullpen and, beginning 9/10, his last 4 apps in the rotation...led the club in saves, relief innings pitched (79.2) and games finished (54) while ranking second in overall apps...for the second straight season recorded a career-high 32 saves and for the third straight year produced at least 30 saves...for the second straight season converted 32-39 save opps...ranked among National League leaders in both saves (11th) and blown saves (7, 6th)...twice converted a season-high 9 consecutive save opps (4/10-4/30, 5/30-7/1)...with 7 victories and 32 saves contributed to half of the Reds' 78 victories...recorded his final save in the 5-4 win at Mil on 9/8, then finished the season in the rotation...his start on 9/10/02 vs Pit, a no-decision in the 3-0 victory (3ip, 2h, 0r, 0bb, 2k), snapped his string of 363 relief apps to begin his Major League career and a string of 302 consecutive professional relief apps dating back to a minor league start in May 1997...his 363 career relief apps before his first start were the most by a Major League pitcher since LA's Terry Adams also had 363 relief apps prior to his first start on 6/5/01 at Ari...several Major League pitchers made their first career starts after more than 400 relief apps, most recently Bal's Chuck McElroy on 9/2/2000 vs Oak after 603 career relief apps, the Major League record...in his 4 starts the Reds went 2-2 and scored 8 runs (2 r/g)...in his last start of the season, a 1-0 victory at Chi on 9/26, had 7 strikeouts in 6.0 innings, both career highs...on Opening Day vs Chi made his 300th career appearance...in the 3-2 victory at Pit on 4/11 recorded his 100th career save...on 7/2 vs Hou (10-inning, 6-5 loss) and 7/4 vs Mil (5-4 loss) was charged with losses in consecutive apps for the first time in his career...in relief retired the first batter 45-64 times (70%)...stranded 17-40 inherited baserunners...has successfully executed the first 2 sac bunt attempts of his career. 2001 With 6 victories and a career-high 32 saves contributed to 38 of the Reds' 66 wins (58%)...23 times threw more than 1.0 inning, with a season high of 3ip on 7/14 vs Cle...received the Rolaids Relief Man Award for April after posting a 0.00era (13.1ip) and converting 8-9 save opps...threw 14.2 innings before he allowed his first earned run on 5/5 (14th appearance)...converted 32-39 save opps...beginning 8/22 converted 12 of his last 13 save opps, including a season-high streak of 9 straight (8/22-9/27) that was snapped in a 7-6 loss on 9/28 vs Mtl in which he allowed 4 runs in the ninth inning...in his 7 blown saves did not hold ninth-inning leads of 3 runs (4x) and 2 runs (3x)...pitched in 6 bases-loaded situations and 5 times stranded all 3 baserunners...was on the mound when the Reds suffered their only walkoff loss of the season, an 11-inning, 4-3 loss at Ari in which he issued a 2-out, bases-loaded walk to pinch hitter Matt Williams...from 9/27-9/30 threw 4 calendar days in a row for the third time in his career (4d from 7/22- 7/25, 1999 & 5d from 9/6-9/10, 1999)...in that 4-day stretch had 3 saves and the 7-6 blown save/loss on 9/28 vs Mtl...on his 28th birthday, 8/7 vs SF, allowed a career-high 3 homers in the 11-inning, 5-3 loss (Barry Bonds, Andres Galarraga, Marvin Benard). 2000 In 66 relief apps went 10-5 with 30 saves and a 2.56era...earned his spot on the National League All-Star squad by going 9-1 with 14 saves and a 1.99era in 37g prior to the break...ranked fifth in the National League in saves and Rolaids Relief Man points...with 91.1 relief innings pitched ranked second in the NL to teammate Scott Sullivan (106.1ip) and fourth among all Major League relievers...ranked second to Sullivan in innings pitched for the second consecutive season...his career-high 8-game winning streak (4/8-6/4) was second in the NL to the 9-game winning streak of Col's Julian Tavarez (5/16-9/5)...ranked seventh in the NL with a club-high 57 games finished...converted 30-35 save opps, including his first 9 opps and his last 8 opps...with 10 wins and 30 saves, both career highs, he contributed to 40 of the Reds' 85 victories...led the staff in saves and with 10 victories tied Ron Villone for third on the staff (Parris 12w, Dessens 11w)...fell short in his bid to become the first pitcher to lead the Reds in both wins and saves since LHP Lee Grissom in 1937 (12w, 6sv) and the first righthander to do it since Paul Derringer in 1934 (15w, 4sv)...Hou's Doug Jones in 1992 was the last Major League pitcher to lead his team in both categories (11w, 36sv)...began the season 8-0, the best start by a Reds pitcher since Mike LaCoss went 8-0 in 1979...no Reds pitcher has won his first 9 decisions since Brooks Lawrence started a club-record 13-0 in 1956...his career-high 8-game winning streak was the longest by a Reds pitcher since Pete Harnisch's 8-game winning streak in 1999...no Reds pitcher has won more than 8 straight decisions since Tom Browning and John Franco had 11-game winning streaks in 1985...no righthander has done it since Tom Seaver's 11-game winning streak in 1979...converted his first 9 save opps and didnbt suffer his first blown save until a 3-2 walkoff loss on 6/13 at SF in which he allowed consecutive 2-out, RBI-singles to Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent...that loss at SF snapped his 8-game winning streak...in the 7-3 victory on 5/12 at Hou recorded his first Major League hit, an 11th-inning solo HR off Mike Maddux that snapped an 0-for-11 career start at the plate...his homer followed Pokey Reese's 3-run HR that snapped a 3-3 tie...suffered his last blown save in a 7-6 loss 8/27 at Fla in which he allowed a walkoff HR to Mike Lowell, then converted his last 8 saves opps...shut out opponents in 46-66 apps...retired the first batter 43-66 times (65%)...stranded 31-48 inherited baserunners (65%)...Reds went 42-24 when he pitched...on 9/27 at Mil allowed his first career grand slam (Raul Casanova)...on 8/6 vs Fla allowed back-to-back HR to Derrek Lee and Andy Fox, only the third time in his career he allowed 2hr in a game (7/10/98 at Ari, 7/22/99 vs StL)...on 5/15 at Hou allowed a pinch-hit HR to Daryle Ward...threw a scoreless second inning in the All-Star Game at Atlanta (Everett F8, IRodriguez 1B, Dye F7, Fryman K)...appeared in 4g during MLB's All-Star tour of Japan (0-0, 13.50, 4ip, 9h, 7r, 6er, 2bb, 2k). 1999 Led the club with 27 saves and 56 games finished ... held opposing batters to a .162 BA with RISP, best in the Major Leagues ... converted 27-36 save opps (75%) ... tied for the Major League lead with 9 blown saves ... with 111 IP ranked second to teammate Scott Sullvan (113.2 IP) among all National League relievers ... along with Sullivan was part of the first Reds duo with at least 100 innings each in relief since 1987 (Rob Murphy 100.2 IP, Frank Williams 105.2 IP) ... is 1 of only 3 Reds relievers this decade to throw 100 innings in a season, joining Sullivan (1999; 102 IP, 1998) and Jeff Shaw (104.2 IP, 1994) ... became the club's primary closer in September/October, when in 15g he posted a 2.91 ERA while converting 9-11 save opps ... recorded 9 of the club's 14 saves beginning 9/1, including a stretch from 9/8-9/15 in which he had 5 saves in 5 apps ... in September ranked third in the NL Rolaids Relief Man standings with 21 points (Wickman 24, Hoffman 23) ... 10 times overall faced bases-loaded situations and 8 times did not allow a run ... from 5/7-7/11 put together a career-high 5-game winning streak ... allowed 4 ER in his first 2 apps (1 IP), then posted a 2.78 ERA in 73 apps the rest of the season ... on 6/2 at NYM allowed a season-high 4 ER (1+ IP) that raised ERA to 4.25 from 3.34, then in his last 50 apps of the season beginning 6/7 posted a 2.52 ERA ... had one of his best stretches of the season from 8/10-9/10, when he posted a 0.48 ERA (18.2 IP, 1 ER) in 15 apps ... that stretch included a season-high 14-inning scoreless streak covering 11 apps from 8/10-9/7 ... also had a scoreless streak of 8.1 IP (7g, 4/27-5/9) ... twice was the victim of blown saves (7/10 at Cle, 8/11 at Pit) ... led the club with 56 games finished but was on the mound for only 1 of the Reds' 6 walkoff road losses: in the 1-0 loss on 4/27 at Phi allowed Doug Glanville's 1-out, RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th inning ... on 7/22 vs StL suffered a blown save and the 6-5 loss after allowing 2 HR for the only time all season ... entered that game in the ninth inning with a 5-3 lead but allowed a solo HR to Mark McGwire, his first career extra-base hit at Cinergy Field (39 plate apps), and a 2-run HR to Fernando Tatis ... in the 4-2 victory vs Fla on 9/10, earned the save but suffered a bruised left quadriceps muscle while gloving a game-ending line drive by Alex Gonzalez ... pitched again on 9/13, when he saved the 7-4 win vs the Marlins ... allowed 1 pinch-hit HR, to Jeff Blauser on 9/8 at Wrigley Field ... shut out opponents in 51-75 apps ... retired the first batter 53-75 times ... stranded 35-44 inherited baserunners. 1998 In 2 stints with the Reds (4/24-4/27, 5/14-end of season) converted all 8 save opps, including 5 saves in his last 13 apps and 4 saves in his last 8 apps ... posted a 2.86 ERA in June (17g, 22IP), a 1.35 ERA in September (11g, 13.1 IP) and a 2.90 ERA in the first half of the season (29g, 40.1 IP) ... began the season at Indianapolis and went 1-0, 2.70 in 5 apps before he was recalled on 4/24 ... did not pitch during that first stint in Cin and returned to Indy on 4/27 ... on 5/14 was recalled from Indy and finished the season with the Reds ... overall at Indy went 1-0, 1.93 in 13 apps, and between his 2 stints with the Reds allowed just 1 run in 8 apps and 7.1 innings for the Indians (1.13 ERA, 4/27-5/13) ... for the Reds posted a 2.90 ERA in his last 59 apps of the season ... in his last 26 apps prior to the All-Star break posted a 1.96 ERA ... in his first appearance following the break, on 7/10 at Ari, allowed 2 HR in a game for the only time all season (Klassen 2-run, TLee 2-run, both in the ninth inning) ... following that 7/10 appearance posted a 2.93 ERA in his last 32 apps of the season ... on 5/21 at NYM entered the game after Mark Hutton walked the first 3 Mets batters in the first inning and tied his career high by pitching 4.0 innings (3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) ... in the 6-5 win on 5/31 at LA recorded his first National League victory ... earned his first Major League save in the 7-4 victory at StL on 7/14 ... shut out opponents in 45-62 apps ... retired the first batter 36-61 times (1 CS) ... stranded 27-39 (69%) inherited baserunners ... 9 times entered games with at least 2 inherited baserunners and stranded them all. 1997 On 8/25 was promoted to the Reds and made his National League debut in the nightcap of the DH at Col ... received no decision in the 6-4 victory (1 IP, 4 H, 0 R) ... on 9/6 vs Pit recorded his first ML plate appearance, striking out vs Francisco Cordova ... in consecutive apps threw 3.2 IP on 9/6 vs Pit and 3.0 IP on 9/10 vs Cubs ... pitched for Cle from 5/26-6/8 ... on the season made 6 ML apps of at least 2.0 IP and 4 apps of at least 3.0 IP ... his 3 starts for Buffalo were the first starts of his pro career ... on 10/6 had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder to repair a small tear in the rotator cuff and labrum (Dr. Timothy Kremchek). 1996 Became the first Vietnamese-born player to appear in the Major Leagues ... for the second time in 2 professional seasons received the Bob Feller Award as the organization's top minor league pitcher ... began the season at Class AAA Buffalo and was 3-1, 1.34 with 17 saves in 33 games when he was promoted to Cleveland on 6/29, after Dennis Martinez suffered a strained right elbow ... made his Major League debut, in just his second professional season, on 7/13 at Min (2IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER) ... on 7/18 vs Min earned his first ML victory in his third ML appearance ... went 1-0, 4.98 in 10g in the first of 2 stints with the Indians before he returned to Buffalo on 8/9 ... returned to Indians on 9/11 and went 1-0, 3.38 in 5 games during that second big league stint ... was added to the 25-man roster for the American League Division Series in place of the Martinez ... did not pitch vs Bal in the ALDS ... ranked third in the American Association with 19 saves. 1995 In first season as a pro earned the Bob Feller Award as the Indian organization's top minor league pitcher ... opponents hit just .177 ... began season at Class A Kinston, where he was named by Baseball America as the Carolina League's best reliever and earned a spot on the league's post-season all-star team ... at Kinston earned saves in 11 of his last 13 apps ... was promoted to Class AA Canton-Akron on 7/15 and did not allow an earned run in 17 apps, recording 10 saves in 10 opps ... held Eastern League RH batters to a .085 BA ... on 7/18 at Portland made his Class AA debut by closing both ends of the DH ... was promoted to Class AAA Buffalo on 8/30 ... did not allow a homer the entire season and did not allow more than 1 ER in any of his 58 apps.