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Jim Mecir MLB Career Stats

W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
29-35 3.77 527.0 450 1.34

Jim Mecir Bio

  • Full Name: James Jason Mecir
  • Born: 5/16/1970 in Bayside, NY
  • Draft: 1991, Seattle Mariners, 3rd rd. (84th overall)
  • College: Eckerd
  • Debut: September 4, 1995
  • Last Game: 9/28/2005
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Year W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
MLB Career Stats 29 35 3.77 474 0 12 527.0 450 1.34

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Season SV Rank
2000 5 22nd in AL

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Season G Rank
1998 68 18th in AL
2002 61 23rd in AL
2004 65 24th in AL

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Season HLD Rank
2000 19 6th in AL
2001 17 10th in AL
2002 21 6th in AL
2003 12 22nd in AL
2004 21 3rd in AL
2005 13 24th in NL

James Jason Mecir Bio Info

James Jason Mecir and his wife, Pamela, were married on November 15, 1997 and reside in Kildeer, Ill...Attended Eckerd College...Was born with one club foot and had two operations before age 10 leaving his right leg an inch shorter than his left...Received the 2003 Tony Conigliaro Award, presented to a Major League player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage that were trademarks of former Boston Red Sox Tony Conigliaro. 2005 Placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 7 with right shoulder tendinitis. Reinstated on Sept. 3. Recorded a win on May 10 against the Astros, throwing one perfect inning. Was 0-for-4 in save opportunities, and recorded his last save on May 11, 2004 at Detroit, while he was with Oakland. Saw his most work in May, making 12 appearances while logging 11 innings. 2004 Appeared in 65 games, the second-most games pitched in his career, shy of his high of 68 in 1998 with Tampa Bay...Threw shutout ball in 54 of 65 contests...did not allow a run in 34 of his last 37 outings for a 1.11 ERA (24.1 IP, 22 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 10 BB, 24 SO)...that stretch included a career-high 20.1-inning scoreless streak over 31 outings from June 20 to September 11...Allowed a total of nine runs in consecutive outings on April 27 at New York (AL) (0.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, BB) and May 1 at Tampa Bay (1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, BB) which gave him a 12.91 ERA (11 ER in 7.2 IP) over his first 10 outings...then posted a 1.80 ERA (8 ER in 40.0 IP) over his final 55 outings and finished the year with a 3.59 ERA...Allowed a .239 opponent batting average which included a .236 (21x89) mark against left-handers...was 0-5 with two saves and five blown saves, with all five of the losses coming over his first 28 games...Allowed just 6 of 25 (24.0%) inherited runners to score and allowed 14 of 70 (20.0%) to score from 2002-2004...first batters faced hit .254 (16x63) against him...had 20 first batter strikeouts which tied for sixth-most in the American League...opponents were 4x25 (.160) with runners in scoring position and two outs...has allowed a .185 (51x275) career average with RISP and two outs...did not allow a hit against the opponent number four hitters all year (0x18)...Posted a 2.16 ERA (2 ER, 8.1 IP) in 15 outings when pitching on no days rest and a 3.89 ERA (17 ER in 39.1 IP) in his other 50 outings...pitched 1.0 inning or less in all 65 of his outings...the last time he pitched more than 1.0 inning was on 5/8/03 against Chicago (AL) when he pitched 1.1 innings...Has pitched one inning or less in 103 consecutive outings...compiled a 1.73 ERA (5 ER in 26.0 IP) and allowed a .210 (21x100) opponent batting average in 33 outings in Oakland, while posting a 5.82 ERA (14 ER in 21.2 IP) and a .273 (24x88) opponent batting average in 32 outings on the road...Had a 1.62 ERA (3 ER in 16.2 IP) in 22 outings during the day and a 4.65 ERA (16 ER in 31.0 IP) in 43 outings at night...Did not allow a run in his first five outings (4.1 IP) but then allowed at least one run in four of his next five outings from April 20 to May 1 (11 ER in 3.1 IP, 29.70 ERA)...went nine consecutive outings without allowing an earned run from May 5 to 27 (9.0 IP)...Both of his saves came over a three-game span on May 6 against New York (AL) and May 11 at Detroit...allowed a game-ending home run to Casey Blake on May 28 at Cleveland for his fourth loss of the season...Recorded his second blown save and fifth loss of the season on June 17 at St. Louis when he allowed three runs without retiring a batter, extending his losing streak to a career-high seven games dating back to 8/14/03...began 20.1-inning scoreless streak the next day...Pitched in the 400th game of his career on August 4 at New York (AL)...had his scoreless streak snapped on September 13 against Texas and was charged with his fourth blown save of the season, allowing a home run to Alfonso Soriano. 2003 Had two stints on the disabled list in 2003 which limited him to 41 appearances, his fewest in a season since 1999 (17)...posted a 5.59 ERA which was his highest since his career high 5.88 in 1997 with the Yankees...began the season on the disabled list while recovering from off-season surgery on the patella tendon of his left knee...activated on April 23 and pitched in 26 games before going on the disabled list on July 24 with an inflammation in the left knee...activated from the D.L. for the second time on August 13 and appeared in 15 games over the remainder of the season...pitched one inning or less in all but two of his games, and none after May 8...tossed exactly 1.0 innings in 19 consecutive games from May 29 to July 19...pitched on consecutive days just four times and just once after June 29 (September 16 and 17 at Anaheim...allowed a .280 (40 for 143) opponents batting average which dropped to .200 (7 for 35) with runners in scoring position...opponents now have a .224 (116 for 519) career average with RISP off him...entered the season with a .214 (147 for 688) career average against left handed hitters but allowed a .311 (19 for 61) mark against left handers in 2003 compared to .256 (21 for 82) against right handers...first batters faced hit .216 (8 for 37) with four walks...inherited just six runners and allowed one to score as he entered the game at the start of an inning in all but five of his 41 outings...had a 3.60 ERA (10 er in 25.0 ip) and .245 (23 for 94) opponents batting average in 24 games before the All-Star Break and a 9.75 ERA (13 er in 12.0 ip) and .347 (17 for 49) opponents average in 17 games after the break...did not pitch for the A's during the spring and began the season on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento...pitched on consecutive days on April 19 (2.0 ip, 1 h, 2 bb, 1 so) and 20 (0.1 ip, 3 h, 4 r, 2 er) against Edmonton and was activated from the D.L. on April 23...made his first appearance with Oakland that night and allowed two runs in 1.0 innings...also allowed a single to the first batter he faced but he then retired each of the next 16 first hitters faced through June 22...however, first batters faced went 8 for 20 (.400) with four walks over his final 24 games...tossed a season high 2.0 innings in his second outing on May 1 at Chicago...did not allow a run in that game and has not allowed a run in 12 career appearances at U.S. Cellular Field (20.0 ip)...had a 8.31 ERA (4 er in 4.1 ip) over his first three outings but then went seven consecutive outings (6.2 ip) from May 15 to June 6 without allowing a run...did not allow a run in 13 of 15 games from May 15 to June 23 (2 er in 14.2 ip, 1.23 ERA)...retired 14 consecutive batters from June 13 to 22 and set down 21 of 23 from June 12 to 23...went into the All-Star Break with a 3.60 ERA but allowed six runs in his first two outings after the break before going on the disabled list for a second time on August 1 retroactive to July 24...made another rehab appearance at Sacramento on August 10 against Edmonton (1.0 ip, 1 h, 2 so) before returning to Oakland on August 13...allowed two runs in each of his first two outings following his return, giving him a 36.00 ERA (2.0 ip, 5 h, 10 r, 8 er, 6 bb, 0 so) over a four-game stretch from July 19 to August 16...had nine consecutive scoreless outings from August 21 to September 14 (7.1 ip) but then allowed five runs over his final four outings (3.1 ip, 13.50 ERA)...including September 16 at Anaheim when he allowed a three-run home run to Scott Spiezio in the bottom of the ninth inning for his only blown save of the season...came back the next day to get the final out against the Angels for his only save of the season. 2002 Was one of the best relievers in the American League at stranding baserunners as he inherited 39 runners and allowed just seven to score...his percentage of 17.9 runners scored ranked third lowest among A.L. relievers...allowed a .235 (12 for 51) batting average to the first hitters with nine walks...the walks were the most among A.L. relievers...appeared in a total of 61 games and posted a 4.26 ERA and .259 opponents batting average...also made one post-season appearance in the ALDS against Minnesota, retiring the side in order in the ninth inning of Game 1...his opponents batting average broke down to .204 (22 for 108) against left handers and .297 (46 for 155) against right handers...the average against left handers was eighth lowest among all A.L. pitchers...now has a .214 (147 for 688) career average allowed against left handers...batting average dropped to .196 (19 for 97) with runners in scoring position and opponents now have a .225 (109 for 484) career average against him with RISP...fared better on the road where he had a 3.00 ERA (12 er in 36.0 ip) and .226 (31 for 137) opponents batting average in 33 games compared to 5.68 (20 er in 31.2 ip) and .294 (37 for 126) in 28 games in Oakland...had a better ERA after the All-Star Break (3.67 to 4.65 before the break) but had a lower opponents batting average before the break (.234 to .294 after the break)...appeared in 44 games over the first four months of the season and tossed more than one inning 18 times...then appeared in just 17 games over the final two months of the season and tossed one inning or fewer 13 times...playing time decreased over the final two months because of soreness in his right knee...posted a 6.97 ERA in the month of April, allowing at least one run in five of his 10 games...then recorded a 1.53 ERA in May and had a 2.08 ERA (5 er in 21.2 ip) over a 17-game stretch from May 1 to June 8...did not retire any of the five batters he faced on June 9 against Houston, allowing five runs on four hits and a walk...it was the first time in his A's career that he did not retire at least one batter...that started a 12-game stretch through July 21 where he posted a 9.45 ERA (14 er in 13.1 ip)...capped that stretch by allowing five runs on six hits in 1.2 innings on July 21 against Texas...took the loss in that game and tied his career high in runs and hits allowed in a game...then did not allow a run in 18 of his final 22 outings (5 er in 22.1 ip, 2.01 ERA)...had a 1.00 ERA in August and a 3.68 ERA in September...now has a 2.01 ERA (11 er in 49.1 ip) and .206 opponents batting average in 39 career outings in September, his lowest ERA and opponents batting average for any month of the season...allowed a two-run home run to Seattle's Cameron on September 25 for the blown save and loss...the home run snapped a 35 game, 37.0 inning, 178 batter homerless streak dating back to May 30 at Tampa Bay (Huff)...made his 300th career appearance on August 2 against Detroit, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings and striking out a season high four...it was one of 10 outings of two innings for him in 2002...served a three-game suspension from September 2 to 6 as he was ejected from the game on August 17 against Chicago after hitting Royce Clayton...allowed 2 of 23 (8.7%) inherited runners to score in 33 games over the first three months of the season...including a 24-game stretch from April 26 to June 26 where he stranded all 16 of his inherited runners...then allowed 5 of 16 (31.3%) to score in his 28 games over the final three months of the season...retired 24 of the 28 batters he faced over a five-game span from May 21 to 28...first hitters faced had a 0 for 15 streak with three walks from April 26 to June 8...has not allowed a run in 11 career outings at Comiskey Park (18.0 ip).

Career:
1991-made his professional debut at San Bernardino and was 3-5 with a save and a 4.22 ERA in 14 games, 12 starts. 1992-spent his second season at San Bernardino, missing two months (June 25-August 25) with a strained right shoulder. 1993-in his final season as a starting pitcher, spent the entire season at Riverside (9-11, 4.33 ERA), leading the California League in hit batters (15) and tying for second in losses. 1994-was converted into a reliever at Jacksonville and posted the third-highest save total in the Mariners farm system with 13...ranked fifth in the Southern League in games finished (34) and tied for fifth in saves...pitched for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League, going 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA in 16 appearances. 1995-was promoted to Seattle on September 1 after spending the entire season with Tacoma...made two appearances for the Mariners, his first big league action...made his major league debut September 4 at Yankee Stadium, giving up one unearned run on four hits in 3.2 innings of work in Seattle's 13-3 loss...made 40 relief appearances for Tacoma, giving up 24 runs in 69.2 innings. 1996-split the season between Columbus and New York in his first year in the Yankees organization...earned his first trip to the big league club on May 1 when Dion James was released...recalled a total of three times during the season...recorded his first major league win in his third appearance of the season, May 7 vs. Detroit, giving up one run in 0.2 innings...surrendered just one earned run over a span of 10 appearances (12.2 ip) from May 10-June 13. 1997-began the season with the Yankeesb Triple-A affiliate in Columbus and was recalled on April 26 when David Weathers was designated for assignment...was sent back to Columbus on July 10 when Hideki Irabu was recalled from AAA and was brought back to the big league club on July 28 when Irabu was sent to Columbus...traded places one more time with Irabu on August 13 and remained at Columbus for the remainder of the season...appeared in 25 games for the Yankees, all in relief, with one hold and no saves...was one save short (11) of tying for the team lead at Columbus. 1998-tied for second among American League relievers with seven wins...ranked seventh in the A.L. with 84 relief innings pitched...his 68 appearances were second most by a player on a first-year expansion team (74 by Dan McGinn of b69 Expos)...pitched in the Raysb first win, first shutout, first road win and first interleague win...allowed just a .219 average with runners on base (33 for 151), eighth among A.L. pitchers...was 3-1 with a 3.57 ERA (18 er in 45.1 ip) in 38 games before the All-Star Break and 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA (11 er in 38.2 ip) in 30 games after the Break...opponents hit just .159 (21 for 132) off him after the break...did not allow a run in his first 10 appearances of the season (10.1 ip, 3 h, 3 bb) while the Rays were off to an 11-8 start...longest outing was 3.0 innings on May 12 when he kept the Indians scoreless in innings 7-8-9 in Tampa Bay's 6-5, 12-inning win...allowed 11 of 46 (23.9%) inherited runners to score, the second best ratio on the team. 1999-had his season cut short after he fractured his right elbow (separated the growth plate in the elbow) during pre-game conditioning May 12...underwent successful surgery the following day by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama...appeared in 17 of the Raysb first 34 games before the injury, holding opponents to a .205 mark and first batters faced to a .154 (2 for 13) average...his 85 career appearances as a Devil Ray were the most in the club's brief history up to that point...ran a season-high string of six scoreless outings April 22-May 4 (6.1 ip, 2 h)...surrendered runs in 5 of his 17 appearances, including just four runs in his first 14 outings (17.2 ip), a 2.04 ERA...his lone decision was a 20-11 loss at Cleveland May 7, a game in which the Rays held an eight-run lead (0.2 ip, 2 h, 2 r, 1 er, 2 bb, 1 so). 2000-was acquired by the A's from the Devil Rays along with Todd Belitz for minor league pitcher Jesus Colome and cash on July 28...allowed just 2 of 21 (9.5%) inherited runners to score in his 38 games with the Devil Rays and was leading the American League in that category when he was acquired by the A's...allowed 11 of 46 (23.9%) to score for the season, the ninth lowest mark among A.L. relievers...ranked tied for first among A.L. relievers in wins (10), tied for sixth in blown saves (8) and seventh in innings (85.0) and ERA (2.96)...the innings pitched were a career high...recorded his first save as an Athletic and his second of the season on August 24 at Cleveland to start a six-game stretch through September 6 where he was 0-1 with four saves, two blown saves and a 3.38 ERA...returned to his set up role the rest of the way and ended up posting a 1.53 ERA in September...struck out a career high five batters on September 19 at Baltimore...struck out 37 in 35.1 innings with the A's...was also 3-1 with four of his five saves and a 2.80 ERA in 25 games with Oakland...then made three appearances in the Division Series against New York and retired 16 of the 17 hitters he faced, allowing just one baserunner (Martinez double in Game 5)...was 7-2 with a save and a 3.08 ERA in 38 games with the Devil Rays...was on the disabled list from April 27 to May 23 with a biceps strain...went nine consecutive outings from May 28 to June 18 without allowing a run (13.2 ip)...finished June with a 1.69 ERA in 12 outings...had a .176 (25 for 142) opponents batting average at the All-Star Break but allowed a .266 (45 for 169) mark after the break with both the Devil Rays and the A's...combined with Oakland and Tampa Bay to allow a .204 (31 for 152) average against left handed hitters and .245 (39 for 159) against right handers...allowed a .186 (19 for 102) average with runners in scoring position which dropped to .156 (7 for 45) with RISP and two outs...first hitters faced were 16 for 56 (.286) with seven walks. 2001-had a 3.43 ERA in 54 relief appearances but was charged with eight losses and five blown saves...the losses were a career high and ranked fourth among American League relievers...allowed a .231 opponents batting average which broke down to .195 (23 for 118) against left handers and .267 (31 for 116) against right handers...ranked fifth among all American League pitchers in average vs. left handers...allowed 12 of 31 (38.7%) inherited runners to score and first hitters faced were 14 for 50 (.280) with three walks and a hit by pitch...tossed one or more innings in 45 of his 54 outings...went 2-4 with a save and four blown saves over the first two months of the season, despite recording a 2.67 ERA in 21 games...then went 0-4 with two saves, one blown save and a 4.13 ERA in 33 games the rest of the way...committed the first error of his career on April 2 at Seattle...had an 11.2 inning scoreless streak over nine outings from April 21 to May 11...the streak ended on May 13 at Boston when he was charged with his third blown save of the season after allowing two runs in 2.0 innings...picked up blown save number four on May 22 at Kansas City but also picked up his first win of the season when Jason Giambi hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning...had a 14.30 ERA (18 er in 11.1 ip) in the 10 games in which he was charged with a blown save or loss but posted a 1.05 mark (6 er in 51.2 ip) in his other 44 appearances...went on the disabled list on August 7 retroactive to August 2 with a right knee inflammation...A's team physician Dr. Jerrald Goldman performed arthroscopic surgery on the knee on August 11...made one rehab appearance with Triple-A Sacramento on September 3 against Edmonton (1.0 ip, 1 h) and was activated from the disabled list on September 5...posted a 1.46 ERA (2 er in 12.1 ip) over his final 12 appearances...then posted a 5.40 ERA in two Division Series outings against New York. 2001 Had a 3.43 ERA in 54 relief appearances but was charged with eight losses and five blown saves...the losses were a career high, ranked fourth among American League relievers and were the most by an A's reliever since Bill Taylor lost nine in 1998...allowed a .231 opponents batting average which broke down to .195 (23 for 118) against left handers and .267 (31 for 116) against right handers...ranked fifth among all American League pitchers in average vs. left handers and has held lefties to a .216 (125 for 580) average in his career...allowed 12 of 31 (38.7%) inherited runners to score and first hitters faced were 14 for 50 (.280) with three walks and a hit by pitch...tossed one or more innings in 45 of his 54 outings...went 2-4 with a save and four blown saves over the first two months of the season, despite recording a 2.67 ERA (9 er in 30.1 ip) in 21 games...then went 0-4 with two saves, one blown save and a 4.13 ERA (15 er in 32.2 ip) in 33 games the rest of the way...had four losses and two blown saves over his first six outings, posting a 7.88 ERA (7 er in 8.0 ip)...including April 2 at Seattle when he committed the first error of his career...then had an 11.2 inning scoreless streak over his next nine outings from April 21 to May 11 (4 h, 2 bb, 12 so)...closed out that streak by retiring 26 of the final 29 hitters that he faced...the streak ended on May 13 at Boston when he was charged with his third blown save of the season after allowing two runs in 2.0 innings...those were the only runs he allowed in 11 May outings for a 1.00 ERA (2 er in 18.0 ip)...his May ERA was the lowest in one month by an A's pitcher with 18 or more innings since Steve Ontiveros posted a 0.38 ERA in June, 1994...picked up blown save number four on May 22 at Kansas City but also picked up his first win of the season when Jason Giambi hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning...allowed three runs in each of his first two outings in June, adding two more losses and a blown save...had a 14.30 ERA (18 er in 11.1 ip) in the 10 games in which he was charged with a blown save or loss but posted a 1.05 mark (6 er in 51.2 ip) in his other 44 appearances...did not allow a run in his final seven outings before the All-Star Break (6.1 ip) and went into the break with a 3.54 ERA...then posted a 3.22 ERA (8 er in 22.1) in 22 outings after the break...charged with his eighth loss of the season on August 1 at Cleveland and then went on the disabled list on August 7 retroactive to August 2 with a right knee inflammation...A's team physician Dr. Jerrald Goldman performed arthroscopic surgery on the knee on August 11...made one rehab appearance with Triple-A Sacramento on September 3 against Edmonton (1.0 ip, 1 h) and was activated from the disabled list on September 5...posted a 1.46 ERA (2 er in 12.1 ip) over his final 12 appearances...however, allowed all three of his inherited runners to score over that span and first hitters faced were 3 for 11 with a walk...did not allow a run over his final seven games (7.0 ip, 1 h, 3 bb, 6 so)...then posted a 5.40 ERA in two Division Series outings against New York (3.1 ip, 4 h, 2 r, 2 er, 4 so). 2000 Acquired by the A's from Tampa Bay just prior to the trading deadline and saw most of his action with the A's as a setup man ... did close over a six game stretch from August 24 to September 6 ... was acquired from the Devil Rays along with Todd Belitz for minor league pitcher Jesus Colome and a player to be named later or cash on July 28 ... allowed just 2 of 21 (9.5%) inherited runners to score in his 38 games with the Devil Rays and was leading the American League in that category when he was acquired by the A's ... then allowed 7 of 14 inherited runners to score in his first 14 games with Oakland ... finished the year by allowing just 2 of his last 11 to score over his last 11 games ... allowed 11 of 46 (23.9%) to score for the season ... ranked tied for first among A ... L ... relievers in wins (10), tied for sixth in blown saves (8) and seventh in innings (85.0) and ERA (2.96) ... the innings pitched were a career high ... made his A's debut on July 31 and pitched in four consecutive games ... charged with the blown save on August 2 against Toronto but picked up his eighth win of the season ... recorded his first save as an Athletic and his second of the season on August 24 at Cleveland to start a six-game stretch through September 6 where he was 0-1 with four saves and two blown saves (8.0 ip, 11 h, 5 r, 3 er, 3 bb, 11 so) ... returned to his set up role the rest of the way and ended up posting a 1.53 ERA in September ... struck out a career high five batters on September 19 at Baltimore and picked up his ninth win after tossing 2.0 shutout innings ... struck out 37 in 35.1 innings with the A's ... was also 3-1 with four of his five saves and a 2.80 ERA in 25 games with Oakland ... was 7-2 with a with a 3.08 ERA in 38 games with the Devil Rays ... posted a 2.84 ERA in 10 April appearances ... was on the disabled list from April 27 to May 23 with a biceps strain ... returned on May 23 against Oakland and allowed three runs in his first two outings ... then went nine consecutive outings from May 28 to June 18 without allowing a run (13.2 ip, 3 h, 4 bb, 10 so) ... began that streak with a season high 3.0 innings against Seattle ... finished June with a 1.69 ERA in 12 outings ... had a .176 (25 for 142) opponents batting average at the All-Star Break but allowed a .266 (45 for 169) mark after the break with both the Devil Rays and the A's ... posted a 9.45 ERA (7 er in 6.2 ip) over his final six outings with Tampa Bay ... combined with Oakland and Tampa Bay to allow a .204 (31 for 152) average against left handed hitters and .245 (39 for 159) against right handers ... allowed a .186 (19 for 102) average with runners in scoring position which dropped to .156 (7 for 45 ) with RISP and two outs ... first hitters faced were 16 for 56 (.286) with seven ... allowed just 4 home runs in 85.0 innings. 1999 Had his season cut short after he fractured his right elbow (separated the growth plate in the elbow) during pre-game conditioning May 12...underwent successful surgery the following day by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama...appeared in 17 of the Rays' first 34 games before the injury, holding opponents to a .205 mark and first batters faced to a .154 (2 for 13) average...his 85 career appearances as a Devil Ray were the most in the club's brief history up to that point...ran a season-high string of six scoreless outings April 22-May 4 (6.1 ip, 2 h)...surrendered runs in 5 of his 17 appearances, including just four runs in his first 14 outings (17.2 ip), a 2.04 ERA...his lone decision was a 20-11 loss at Cleveland May 7, a game in which the Rays held an eight-run lead (0.2 ip, 2 h, 2 r, 1 er, 2 bb, 1 so). 1998 Tied for second among American League relievers with seven wins...ranked seventh in the A.L. with 84 relief innings pitched...his 68 appearances were second most by a player on a first-year expansion team (74 by Dan McGinn of '69 Expos)...pitched in the Raysb first win, first shutout, first road win and first interleague win...allowed just a .219 average with runners on base (33 for 151), eighth among A.L. pitchers...was 3-1 with a 3.57 ERA (18 er in 45.1 ip) in 38 games before the All-Star Break and 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA (11 er in 38.2 ip) in 30 games after the Break...opponents hit just .159 (21 for 132) off him after the break...did not allow a run in his first 10 appearances of the season (10.1 ip, 3 h, 3 bb) while the Rays were off to an 11-8 start...longest outing was 3.0 innings on May 12 when he kept the Indians scoreless in innings 7-8-9 in Tampa Baybs 6-5, 12-inning win...allowed 11 of 46 (23.9%) inherited runners to score, the second best ratio on the team. 1997 Began the season with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate in Columbus and was recalled on April 26 when David Weathers was designated for assignment...was sent back to Columbus on July 10 when Hideki Irabu was recalled from AAA and was brought back to the big league club on July 28 when Irabu was sent to Columbus...traded places one more time with Irabu on August 13 and remained at Columbus for the remainder of the season...appeared in 25 games for the Yankees, all in relief, with one hold and no saves...was one save short (11) of tying for the team lead at Columbus. 1996 Split the season between Columbus and New York in his first year in the Yankees organization...earned his first trip to the big league club on May 1 when Dion James was released...recalled a total of three times during the season...recorded his first major league win in his third appearance of the season, May 7 vs. Detroit, giving up one run in 0.2 innings...surrendered just one earned run over a span of 10 appearances (12.2 ip) from May 10-June 13. 1995 Was promoted to Seattle on September 1 after spending the entire season with Tacoma...made two appearances for the Mariners, his first big league action...made his major league debut September 4 at Yankee Stadium, giving up one unearned run on four hits in 3.2 innings of work in Seattlebs 13-3 loss...made 40 relief appearances for Tacoma, giving up 24 runs in 69.2 innings. 1994 Was converted into a reliever at Jacksonville and posted the third-highest save total in the Mariners farm system with 13...ranked fifth in the Southern League in games finished (34) and tied for fifth in saves...pitched for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League, going 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA in 16 appearances. 1993 In his final season as a starting pitcher, spent the entire season at Riverside (9-11, 4.33 ERA), leading the California League in hit batters (15) and tying for second in losses. 1992 Spent his second season at San Bernardino, missing two months (June 25-August 25) with a strained right shoulder. 1991 Made his professional debut at San Bernardino and was 3-5 with a save and a 4.22 ERA in 14 games, 12 starts.