Brad Penny

Bradley Wayne Penny (born May 24, 1978) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. Penny played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Florida / Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, and Detroit Tigers, and in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. He was an All Star in 2006 and 2007.

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Brad Penny on September 7, 2009
Penny with the San Francisco Giants
Pitcher
Born: May 24, 1978 (age 41)
Blackwell, Oklahoma
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: April 7, 2000, for the Florida Marlins
NPB: April 4, 2012, for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Last appearance
NPB: April 4, 2012, for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
MLB: September 26, 2014, for the Miami Marlins
MLB statistics
Win–loss record121–101
Earned run average4.29
Strikeouts1,273
NPB statistics
Win–loss record0–1
Earned run average10.80
Strikeouts1
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Brad Penny
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 1999 Winnipeg Team

Early life and career

Penny was born in Blackwell, Oklahoma.[1] He graduated from Broken Arrow Senior High where he was an All-State selection and Frontier Conference Pitcher of the Year.

He was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 5th round of the 1996 Major League Baseball draft, and signed with the Diamondbacks on June 4, 1996.

He was immediately sent to the Arizona Summer League, where he ranked fourth in the league in ERA (2.36) and was named Arizona's Organizational Pitcher of the Month in August. With the South Bend Silver Hawks in 1997, he was 10–5 with an ERA of 2.73 in 25 starts.

In 1998, with the High Desert Mavericks, he went 14–5 with a 2.96 ERA in 28 starts and was named to Baseball America's first team Minor League All-Stars, the California League Pitcher of the Year, California League Most Valuable Player, Arizona Diamondbacks Minor League Player of the Year and "A" Level Player of the Year.

In 1999, he started the year with the El Paso Diablos at the Diamondbacks Double-A level, and had a 2–7 record with a 4.80 ERA when he was traded to the Florida Marlins along with Abraham Núñez and Vladimir Núñez in exchange for relief pitcher Matt Mantei. The Marlins assigned him to their Double-A team in Portland. Penny combined with Luis Arroyo for the first no-hitter in Portland history in his first game in the Marlins' organization on August 8.

Major League career

Florida Marlins

After a good spring, he made the Marlins starting rotation in 2000. He made his first major league appearance and first start on April 7, 2000, against the Colorado Rockies. Penny pitched seven innings, giving up only one run, to get his first win in the Marlins' 4–3 victory. At the end of the season, he ranked second among NL rookies in winning percentage (.533), third in wins, tied for fourth with 22 games started and was sixth in both innings pitched (​119 23) and strikeouts (80).[2]

In 2001, Penny pitched 205 innings for the Marlins. He finished 10-10 in 31 starts. In 2002, due to injuries and ineffectiveness, Penny saw his ERA rise from the previous season, from 3.69 in 2001, his ERA in 2002 was at 4.66 in just 24 starts.

In 2003, Penny bounced back, finishing the 2003 campaign with 14 wins for the Marlins and helping them reach the playoffs. Penny collected the win in Florida's NLCS clinching victory over the Chicago Cubs and in the World Series against the New York Yankees he went 2–0 with a 2.19 ERA in his two starts.

Penny started the 2004 season with an 8-8 record with a 3.15 ERA in 21 starts before being traded to the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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Penny pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers during spring training action in Arizona, 2008.

On July 30, 2004, Penny was traded along with Hee-Seop Choi and pitching prospect Bill Murphy to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Guillermo Mota, Juan Encarnación, and Paul Lo Duca.[3] However, in the first inning of his second start with the Dodgers he suffered a serious arm injury and went on the disabled list.[4] He returned in September, only to promptly reinjure himself after three innings in his first start off the DL. His recovery time from his injury caused him to begin the following season on the disabled list, but he rejoined the Dodgers on April 24, 2005, and proceeded to have a solid season.

On June 12, 2005, Penny signed a three-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $25 million and a team option for the 2009 season.[5]

Penny was named by Houston Astros manager Phil Garner as the National League's starting pitcher in the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He hurled two innings, allowing one home run to Vladimir Guerrero, striking out the side (Ichiro Suzuki, Derek Jeter, and David Ortiz) in the first inning, and receiving a no-decision.[6]

On September 23, 2006, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Penny joined the small club of pitchers who have struck out four batters in one inning. Due to the uncaught third strike rule, Penny was credited with striking out Chad Tracy, but because catcher Russell Martin failed to catch the ball cleanly, Tracy was allowed to attempt to run to first base, and made it there before he could be thrown out. Despite giving up three runs in the inning, Penny recorded three more strikeouts to complete the four-strikeout inning.

He also threw the fastest fastball of all NL starters in 2006, averaging 93.9 miles per hour.[7]

Penny had a strong start to 2007 that continued throughout the season, with an ERA of 3.03 for the season and was the first Dodger pitcher to start out with a 12–1 record since Phil Regan went 14–1 in 1966. Penny was selected to the All-Star game for a second consecutive year. Penny had several memorable outings in 2007, including on May 7, 2007, against his former team, the Florida Marlins, Penny struck out a career-high 14 in a Dodger 6–1 win. Another memorable performance was against the San Diego Padres in a pitcher's duel against All-Star teammate Jake Peavy just before the All-Star break. The match ended in a draw with both pitchers going seven innings giving up one earned run on five hits. Penny struck out seven, while Peavy struck out six. The Padres would eventually win the game 3–1 in 12 innings. He also threw the fastest fastball of all NL starters in 2007, averaging 93.4 miles per hour.[7]

Besides being a hard throwing pitcher, Penny developed into a good hitting pitcher since being traded to the Dodgers. In 2006, his batting average was .185, but was above .200 for most of the season and was as high as .240 before Penny ended the year in an 0 for 12 slump. He batted .246 in 2007. Penny also had six doubles, seven RBI, and seven runs scored.

For the 2008 season, Penny was selected as opening day starter against the San Francisco Giants, shutting them out over seven innings, but he struggled in 2008 overall, going 6–9 with a 6.27 ERA and a stint on the DL. After coming back from the DL in September, Penny made a few appearances out of the bullpen but struggled in that role and returned to the DL. After the season, the Dodgers declined his option year, making Penny a free agent.

Boston Red Sox

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Penny during his tenure with the Boston Red Sox in 2009.

On January 9, 2009, Penny signed a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox with a base salary of $5M. Incentives and performance bonuses were included to increase the total deal another $3M.[8][9][10]

Penny recorded his 100th career win on June 17, 2009, against his former team the Florida Marlins, in a five inning effort only giving up one unearned run. The win came on the Red Sox's 500th consecutive sell out at Fenway Park.

During his last five starts with the Red Sox, Penny was 0–4 with a 9.11 ERA. After a disastrous start against the rival Yankees, it was decided on August 22, 2009, that Penny would be replaced in the rotation by veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield who was coming off the disabled list soon. During Wakefield's August 26 start, Penny was placed in the bullpen as insurance, but was never needed with Wakefield pitching a strong seven inning effort giving up only one run. With Wakefield completing a healthy start, reliever Billy Wagner being added to the roster, and Penny not wanting to be a reliever, the Red Sox granted his wish to be released late that night. During his time in Boston, Penny's record was 7–8, with a 5.61 ERA.[11]

San Francisco Giants

On August 31, 2009, Penny signed with the San Francisco Giants after clearing waivers. The Giants paid Penny only the pro-rated remnant of a $400k MLB minimum salary (i.e. under $100k), with the Boston Red Sox picking up the remainder of his $5M salary for the year. [12][13] In his debut, Penny pitched eight shutout innings in a 4–0 win over Philadelphia. Penny demonstrated his past success in the National League, going 4-1 in 6 starts for the Giants. He became a free agent after the season.

St. Louis Cardinals

On December 10, 2009, Penny agreed to a one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.[14] On May 21, 2010, Penny hit his first career grand slam, to give his team an 8–4 lead during interleague play against the Angels. He was pulled the next inning with an injury and therefore did not earn the win. The injury was an aggravation of a pre-existing oblique muscle strain that landed him on the disabled list for the remainder of the season.

Detroit Tigers

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Penny with the Tigers in 2011

On January 18, 2011, Penny agreed to a one-year $3 million contract with the Detroit Tigers.[15] Being added to the Tigers roster reunited Penny with past teammates in Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins and Victor Martinez from the Red Sox.

Penny started off the season with the Tigers as their number two starter, behind Justin Verlander and in front of Max Scherzer. In exception to May, in which Penny went 3–1 in five starts with an ERA of 3.24, Penny had a sub-par first half of the season, going 6–6 with a 4.50 ERA, and with the Tigers' acquisition of Doug Fister in July, in addition to the success of Scherzer, Penny was moved to the number four spot in the rotation. Penny had a worse second half, going 5–5 with a 6.53 ERA after the All-Star break.

When the Tigers went to the Postseason, he was added to the roster in the bullpen. He appeared in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Texas Rangers, his only appearance in both the Division and Championship series, and pitched 1.2 innings while giving up 5 runs. The Tigers went on to lose that game 15–5, which sent the Rangers to the World Series. The Rangers lost in 7 games to Penny's former club, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks

On February 5, 2012, Penny agreed to a one-year $3 million contract with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.[16] However, after allowing six runs and five stolen bases in only ​3 13 innings in his debut game, Penny claimed that he injured his elbow and asked to be removed from the game. He was immediately sent to the disabled list and took two MRI exams (one in Fukuoka,[17] and one in the United States[18]), but both results were negative. Penny was released from his contract a month later, on May 8.[19] He was a "huge disappointment,[20]" and a local newspaper reported that signing Penny was "the worst decision in franchise history.[21]"

Second stint with the San Francisco Giants

On May 18, 2012, Penny signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants.[22] On June 30, Penny faced the Cincinnati Reds in his first game of the season.[23] He went 2.1 innings, giving up 0 hits and 0 earned runs while striking out 1 batter. He finished the season 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA while appearing in 22 games.

Kansas City Royals

Penny signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals on January 16, 2014.[24] He was released on March 7.[25]

Second stint with the Marlins

On June 18, 2014, Penny agreed to a minor-league contract with the Miami Marlins.[26] He made his first start with the club on August 9, 2014, against the Cincinnati Reds.

Chicago White Sox

On December 16, 2014, Penny signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox.[27] After a mixed spring training in 2015 (1-1 record with a 6.89 ERA in 15.2 innings),[28] he failed to win a spot in Chicago's rotation and played with their Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights, in the International League. He elected free agency on November 6, 2015.[29]

Toronto Blue Jays

On December 17, 2015, Penny signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays that included an invitation to spring training.[30] On March 18, 2016, Penny announced his retirement.[31]

Personal life

In October 2009, Penny began dating professional dancer Karina Smirnoff. They became engaged in October 2010,[32] but ended the engagement in December 2011.[33]

Penny subsequently began dating former Oklahoma City Thunder dancer Kaci Cook. They became engaged in January 2013, and married on August 1, 2013 in Hawaii.[34]

See also

References

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  12. ^ Jon Heyman, SI.com (August 31, 2009). "Penny signs with Giants". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
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  18. ^ "【ソフトB】ペニー米国でも「異常なし」". nikkansports.com. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
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  33. ^ "Karina Smirnoff, Brad Penny Split, Says Source". Us Weekly. December 5, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
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2003 Florida Marlins season

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(2) San Francisco Giants (Western Division champion, 100–61) vs. (4) Florida Marlins (Wild Card, 91–71): Marlins win series, 3–1.The Cubs and Marlins went on to meet in the NL Championship Series, for the right to advance to the 2003 World Series against the American League champion New York Yankees.

2003 New York Yankees season

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2003 Philadelphia Phillies season

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The Phillies missed the playoffs for the ninth straight season, tying a record set between 1984-92

2003 World Series

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2004 Florida Marlins season

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2004 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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2005 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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2006 Los Angeles Dodgers season

In 2006, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to improve their record from 2005. The team switched General Managers from Paul DePodesta to Ned Colletti, and hired Grady Little as the new manager. The Dodgers were able to win 88 games. In the National League Western Division, the Dodgers won the wild card, but in the first round of the playoffs lost in three straight games against the Mets. This is also their first season to be broadcast on KCAL-TV (9).

2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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2006 National League Division Series

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(1) New York Mets (Eastern Division champions, 97–65) vs. (4) Los Angeles Dodgers (Wild Card, 88–74); Mets win series, 3–0.

(2) San Diego Padres (Western Division champions, 88–74) vs. (3) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champions, 83–78); Cardinals win series, 3–1.The Mets and the Cardinals met in the NL Championship Series, with the Cardinals becoming the National League champion and going on to face the American League champion Detroit Tigers in the 2006 World Series.

2007 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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Bill Murphy (baseball)

William R.W. Murphy (born May 9, 1981 in Anaheim, California) is an American professional baseball left-handed pitcher and is currently a free-agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays, with an 0-0 record in the Major Leagues. He has also played in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Chiba Lotte Marines being one of the most highly known pitchers in Japan during the 2010 season. Murphy and Yu Darvish were both the top leading Aces in Japan for the 2010 season, yet Murphy being the dominant force for his team, the Chiba Lotte Marines to win the 2010 Japan Series. He has also played in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) for the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions. Bill Murphy is the only player in Major League Baseball history to be traded three times in less than a 24-hour time period, in the Paul Lo Duca, Brad Penny, Hee-seop Choi, Juan Encarnacion and Guillermo Mota trade.

Murphy attended Arlington High School in Riverside, California. After graduating from high school, Murphy was granted a baseball scholarship to CSU Northridge. Before attending college, he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 24th round (738th overall) in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign with them.

After attending California State University, Northridge for three years, Murphy was selected as the 98th overall pick in the third-round of the 2002 famous Moneyball draft.

Karina Smirnoff

Karina Smirnoff (Russian: Карина Смирнова; January 2, 1978) is an American professional ballroom dancer of Ukrainian origins. She is known as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars, winning the thirteenth season with army veteran and soap opera star J. R. Martinez.

She's also won two runner-up titles, a semifinal title, and several quarterfinal titles.

She is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion. Smirnoff has won the title at the UK Open, is a three-time champion at the US Open, two-time champion at the Asian Open, five-time champion at the Dutch Open, and five-time US National Professional Champion. She has taken second at the British Open Blackpool Dance Festival and she is the first woman to also ever make the "British Professional Final" with three different partners.

List of Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day starting pitchers

The Los Angeles Dodgers are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Los Angeles. They play in the National League West division. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. The Dodgers have used 22 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 61 seasons in Los Angeles. The 22 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 27 wins, 26 losses and 8 no decisions.The Dodgers started playing in Los Angeles in 1958, after moving from Brooklyn. The first Opening Day game for the Dodgers in Los Angeles was played in San Francisco against the San Francisco Giants on April 15, 1958. California native Don Drysdale was the Dodgers' Opening Day starting pitcher that day, in a game the Dodgers lost 8–0. Dodgers starting pitchers won both of their Opening Day starts in their first home ballpark in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.Kershaw's eight Opening Day starts for the Dodgers from 2011 to 2018 are the most ever by a Dodgers starter, one more than Don Drysdale and Don Sutton. Fernando Valenzuela, Ramón Martínez and Orel Hershiser have had at least four Opening Day starts, with six, five and four respectively. Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, who won three Cy Young Awards during the 1960s, only made one Opening Day start for the Dodgers, in 1964. Drysdale and Kershaw are also tied for the Los Angeles Dodgers record for most wins as an Opening Day starter, with five wins. Drysdale also had two loses while Kershaw has one loss.Koufax (1964), Chan Ho Park (2001), Brad Penny (2008) and Hiroki Kuroda (2009) are the only Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day starting pitchers to have won all their Opening Day decisions, Martinez and Derek Lowe share the Los Angeles Dodgers record for most Opening Day losses, with three. The Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series championship in 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981 and 1988. Drysdale (1959, 1963 and 1965), and Fernando Valenzuela (1981 and 1988) were the Dodgers' Opening Day starting pitchers those years. The Dodgers' starting pitcher won the Opening Day game in 1963, 1965 and 1981, but lost in 1959 and 1988.

Penny (surname)

The surname Penny may refer to:

Andrew Penny, British conductor

Benjamin Penny (1959), Australian professor

Brad Penny (born 1978), American professional baseball pitcher

Diego Penny (born 1984), Peruvian Goalkeeper

George Joseph Penny (1897–1949), Canadian senator

Glynis Penny (born 1951), English long-distance runner

James Penny, English merchant, slave ship owner and prominent anti-abolitionist

Joe Penny (born 1956), English-American actor

Malcolm Penny, ornithologist

Marie Penny (died 1970), Canadian businesswoman

Rashaad Penny (born 1996), American football player

Scott E. Penny, American politician

Simon Penny (1955), Australian artist, a.o.

Thomas Penny, English physician and early entomologist

Tim Penny (born 1951), American politician

Will Penny, fictional character played by Charlton Heston in a 1968 western film

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