Braden Looper

Braden LaVerne Looper (born October 28, 1974) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.

Braden Looper
Braden Looper
Looper with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009
Pitcher
Born: October 28, 1974 (age 44)
Weatherford, Oklahoma
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
March 31, 1998, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 2009, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record72–65
Earned run average4.15
Strikeouts669
Saves103
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Braden Looper
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta Team

High school

Looper was a scholar athlete while a student at Mangum High School in Mangum, Oklahoma. He graduated in 1993 with four letters each in baseball and basketball, and two in football, while also a member of the National Honor Society.

College and Olympics

He focused on baseball while attending Wichita State University, and was inducted into their sports Hall of Fame in 2003. In 1996, he competed in the College World Series, and was a first-team All-American as a junior. He was also a member of the bronze medal-winning Team USA in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Major leagues

Looper was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals as the third pick in the first round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his major league debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 31, 1998, striking out the side in a relief appearance. After the 1998 season, he was traded to the Florida Marlins for shortstop Édgar Rentería.

Looper was inconsistent with the Marlins, working his way into the closer role. However, he had a penchant for blowing easy saves. Toward the end of the 2003 season, as the Marlins were in a pennant race that culminated in a World Series win, Looper faltered and was replaced as closer by Ugueth Urbina. Looper appeared in relief in the fourth game of the World Series, which went 11 innings. His performance gained him a win, as the Marlins won the game in the bottom of the 11th.

In January 2004, Looper signed with the New York Mets as a free agent and had his best season to date going 2-5 with 29 saves and a 2.70 ERA. However, Looper had many crucial blown saves during the 2005 season, including blown saves on Opening Day, in a game that would have clinched a Met sweep at Yankee Stadium and as part of an eight-run collapse by the Mets pen against the Nationals. These performances still fresh in fans' minds, he was greeted with loud boos and "Looper sucks!" chants upon his returns to Shea with the Cardinals, most prominently during the 2006 NLCS.

In September 2005, Looper underwent shoulder surgery to repair a blown AC joint. This, in addition to the emergence of Aaron Heilman and acquisition by the Mets of other relief pitchers, kept the Mets from picking up his $5 million option for 2006.[1] On December 15, 2005, he signed a three-year, $13.5M contract with the Cardinals to set up star closer and former Met Jason Isringhausen.[2]

He was part of the 2006 World Series winning St. Louis Cardinals team. Primarily an 8th inning setup man, Looper posted a 9-3 record as the team's leading bullpen wins leader.

Beginning in the 2007 season Looper became a starting pitcher for the first time in his major league career.[3] Before the season began, Looper stated that his goal was to reach 200 innings pitched in the season.[4] In his first season as a starter, Looper reached career highs in wins (12), innings pitched (175), and strikeouts (84) in 30 starts (31 total appearances).

On October 30, 2008, Looper filed for free agency.[5] On February 12, 2009, Looper signed a one-year deal with an option for 2010 with the Milwaukee Brewers.[6] After the 2009 season the Brewers did not pick up the option on Looper for 2010, making him a free agent.

After not pitching in the 2010 season, Looper was a non-roster invitee of the Chicago Cubs to spring training as a candidate to be either a starter or reliever on the team. Looper had stated that the Cubs were the only team he would attempt a comeback with. However, on March 25, Looper was informed he would not make the opening day roster, and he retired.[7]

Personal

Looper is married and resides in Frankfort, Illinois. He and his wife, Shannon, adopted a daughter named Gracyn from China in 2009. Their biological children are Toryn and Landen. His cousin, Aaron, is a former major league relief pitcher.

References

  1. ^ ESPN.com news services (2005-10-31). "Mets exercise option on Trachsel". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  2. ^ Associated Press (2005-12-15). "Cardinals, Looper agree to $13.5M, three-year deal". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 2006-06-25. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  3. ^ Goold, Derrick. "'Not that Crazy': Redbirds believe Looper can be a starter" St. Louis Post Dispatch 16 Dec. 2006 STLtoday.com 30 Mar. 2007 <"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-01-05. Retrieved 2007-03-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)>.
  4. ^ [1] Goold, Derrick. "Thrown for a Loop (The Cards' Unexpected Ace)" St. Louis Post Dispatch 25 April. 2007 STLtoday.com 29 Sep. 2007
  5. ^ "Looper to test market". mlb.com. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Looper inks one-year deal with Crew". mlb.com. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Chicago Breaking Sports News - Chicago Tribune". www.chicagobreakingsports.com. Retrieved 24 April 2018.

External links

1996 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.The NCAA recognizes three different All-America selectors for the 1996 college baseball season: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947), Baseball America (since 1981), and Collegiate Baseball (since 1991).

1996 Major League Baseball draft

The 1996 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft of high school and college baseball players, was held on June 4 and 5, 1996. A total of 1740 players were drafted over the course of 100 rounds.

This is the only draft to last 100 rounds. The last player taken was outfielder Aron Amundson, drafted by the New York Yankees in the 100th round.

This draft is also notable because a record four first-round draft picks were not offered contracts by the teams that drafted them and subsequently became free agents.

1999 Florida Marlins season

The Florida Marlins' 1999 season was the seventh season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in the National League. It would begin with the team attempting to improve on their season from 1998. Their manager was John Boles. They played home games at Pro Player Stadium. They finished with a record of 64-98, 5th in the NL East.

2002 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2002 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 120th season in the history of the franchise.

2003 National League Championship Series

The 2003 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was a Major League Baseball playoff series played from October 7 to 15 to determine the champion of the National League, between the Central Division champion Chicago Cubs and the wild-card qualifying Florida Marlins. The Cubs, by virtue of being a division winner, had the home field advantage. The Marlins came back from a three games to one deficit and won the series in seven games, advancing to the World Series against the New York Yankees, who they defeat in six games.

2003 National League Division Series

The 2003 National League Division Series (NLDS), the first round of the 2003 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, September 30, and ended on Sunday, October 5, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were:

(1) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 101–61) vs. (3) Chicago Cubs (Central Division champion, 88–74): Cubs win series, 3–2.

(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 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2003 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 121st season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies finished in third-place in the National League East, 15 games behind the Atlanta Braves, and five games behind the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins, who were the NL's wild-card winner. The Phillies were managed by their former shortstop Larry Bowa, as they played their final season of home games at Veterans Stadium, before moving the club to Citizens Bank Park in 2004.

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

2003 World Series

The 2003 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2003 season. The 99th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Florida Marlins and the American League (AL) champion New York Yankees; the Marlins upset the heavily-favored Yankees, four games to two. The series was played from October 18 to 25, 2003. This is the most recent Series in which the losing team outscored the winning team; the Yankees lost, despite outscoring the Marlins 21–17 in the Series. This was the Marlins' second World Series championship win, having won their first in 1997. As of 2018, this is the last time the Marlins have appeared not only in the World Series, but in the postseason at all.

2004 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2004 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 122nd season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies finished in second-place in the National League East with a record of 86-76, ten games behind the Atlanta Braves, and six games behind the NL wild-card champion Houston Astros. The Phillies were managed by their former shortstop Larry Bowa (85-75) and Gary Varsho (1-1), who replaced Bowa on the penultimate day of the season. The Phillies played their first season of home games at Citizens Bank Park, which opened April 12, with the visiting Cincinnati Reds defeating the Phillies, 4-1.

2005 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2005 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 123rd season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies finished in second place in the National League East with a record of 88-74, two games behind the Atlanta Braves, and one game behind the NL Champion Houston Astros, who won the NL Wild-Card race for the second consecutive season. The Phillies were managed by their new manager Charlie Manuel, as they played their home games at Citizens Bank Park. First-baseman Ryan Howard was named the National League's Rookie-of-the-Year for the 2005 season.

2007 St. Louis Cardinals season

The St. Louis Cardinals 2007 season was the team's 126th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 116th season in the National League. The season started with the team trying to defend their 2006 World Series championship. During the offseason, the Cardinals were faced with the challenge of handling their starting rotation. Four of their five starters were free agents, including Jeff Suppan (the 2006 NLCS MVP), Jeff Weaver (the winning pitcher in the World Series Game 5 clincher), Mark Mulder, and Jason Marquis. In the end, Suppan, Weaver, and Marquis all signed with other teams. The Cardinals signed Mulder, who ended the 2006 season on the disabled list, to a new two-year contract, but Mulder remained on the disabled list after undergoing shoulder surgery.To replace the departed pitchers, the Cardinals promoted Adam Wainwright, who spent 2006 in relief and took the closer's job from injured Jason Isringhausen, to the rotation. They signed free agent pitcher Kip Wells to fill another spot. The team entered 2007 with a rotation of Chris Carpenter, Wells, Wainwright and Anthony Reyes, with reliever Braden Looper assuming the fifth starter's role until Mulder's return.In contrast with the rotation, the rest of the team remained stable. Every member of the Cardinals' playoff bullpen remained under contract for 2007, though the Cardinals signed free agent relievers Ryan Franklin and Russ Springer for reinforcement and middle reliever Josh Kinney suffered an injury in spring training that required Tommy John surgery and forced him to miss the entire 2007 season. Every position player for the Cardinals returned in 2007 except for midseason acquisition Ronnie Belliard, who signed as a free agent with the Washington Nationals. To replace Belliard, the Cardinals signed Adam Kennedy, a former Cardinal who was traded to the then-Anaheim Angels for Jim Edmonds in 2000, and was teammates with current Cardinals David Eckstein and Scott Spiezio when they won the 2002 World Series with Anaheim.In Spring training, the Birds were 16–10–3 with a team batting average of .255 and a 2.29 team ERA. Attendance at Roger Dean Stadium was 102,619.

2009 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 2009 season was the 40th season for the franchise in Milwaukee and 41st overall. It was Ken Macha's first season as manager of the team. The Brewers failed to improve on their 90–72 record of a year ago and missed the post season, finishing with a losing record of 80–82.

Aaron Looper

Aaron Joseph Looper (born September 7, 1976) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. He pitched in the Seattle Mariners farm system from 1998 to 2006. In 2003, he appeared in 6 games with the Mariners major league team. He also played one game for the independent New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am League in 2007. Looper is currently a baseball scout for the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He is the cousin of former MLB pitcher Braden Looper.

Braden (given name)

Braden is a name that is popular in the United States and Canada. Its origin is confined to the British Isles and has two ancient sources.

The English meaning of Braden is "broad valley". or "broad hillside". The name has a strong Saxon origin and is most commonly found in the English county of Sussex. Additionally, there is a Braden (Braydon) Forest in Wiltshire, now mostly cut down, but it was mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as the site of a battle in 904AD.

The Gaelic Irish surname Ó Bradáin, meaning descendant of Bradán. Bradán is derived from an Irish Gaelic word meaning "salmon". The bradán feasa is the Salmon of Wisdom in an Irish legend about Fionn MacCool.The name has many alternate spellings, including: Braden, Bradan, Bradin, Bradun, Bradyn, Braedan, Braeden, Braedin, Braedon, Braedyn, Braidan, Braiden, Braidon, Braidun, Braidyn, Braydan, Brayden, Braydin, Braydon, Braydyn, Bradiss or Bradn (with an implied second syllable but no second vowel). Some spellings have two ds (i.e., Bradden), but maintain the same pronunciation. It is in use for both boys and girls, but is more common for boys.

Its popularity is reflected in the popularity of similar-sounding names such as Aidan, Caden, Hayden, Jaden.

List of Miami Marlins team records

The Miami Marlins are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in the U.S. state of Florida. The Marlins became members of MLB as an expansion team in the 1993 season. Through 2017, they have played 3,981 games, winning 1,870 and losing 2,111 for a winning percentage of .470. This list documents the superlative records and accomplishments of team members during their tenures as Marlins in MLB's National League East.

Giancarlo Stanton holds the most franchise records as of the end of the 2018 season, with ten records, including both the most career and single-season Home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and total bases records.

No Marlin holds a Major League or National League record for any of the below statistics. However, the Marlins are tied with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Houston Astros for the shortest franchise record losing streak, recording 11 straight losses twice in 1998 and once in June 2011.

List of St. Louis Cardinals first-round draft picks

The St. Louis Cardinals are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in St. Louis, Missouri. They play in the National League Central division. Since the institution of MLB's Rule 4 Draft, the Cardinals have selected 74 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs to its teams. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.Of the 74 players picked in the first round by St. Louis, 38 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 30 of them were right-handed, while 8 were left-handed. Eight outfielders, eight third basemen, six shortstops, six first basemen, five catchers, and two second basemen were taken as well. The team also drafted one player, Leron Lee (1966), who played as an infielder. 16 of the players came from high schools or universities in the state of California, and Texas and Arizona follow with seven and six players. The Cardinals have not drafted any players from their home state of Missouri.Three of the Cardinals draft picks have won World Series rings with the team. Braden Looper (1996) and Chris Duncan (1999) were both members of the major league roster when the Cardinals won the 2006 World Series. Lance Lynn was with the 2011 Champion team. None of the Cardinals' first-round picks have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and no picks have won the Cy Young Award. Todd Worrell (1982) is the only first-round pick of the Cardinals to earn the MLB Rookie of the Year award with the team, winning it in 1986. The Cardinals have never held the first overall pick in the draft, and have only held a top five pick three times. The highest pick the Cardinals have held was the third overall pick, which they used on Looper in 1996.The Cardinals have made 18 selections in the supplemental round of the draft and 27 compensatory picks since the institution of the First-Year Player Draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. As the Cardinals have signed all of their first-round picks, they have never been awarded a supplementary pick under this provision.

List of Wichita State University people

The following is a list of notable people associated with Wichita State University, located in the American city of Wichita, Kansas.

Looper

Looper may refer to:

Looper, a (usually electronic) tool for creating music loops

Tape loop, loops of magnetic tape used to create repetitive, rhythmic musical patterns or dense layers of sound when played on a tape recorder

Looper (band), a Scottish indie pop band

Looper (film), a 2012 American science fiction film

Looper (arcade game), a 1982 maze chase video game

Looper, a person traveling the Great Loop, the circumnavigation of Eastern North America by water

Wichita State Shockers baseball

The Wichita State Shockers baseball team represents Wichita State University in the sport of baseball. The Wichita State Shockers compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and in the American Athletic Conference after 72 seasons in the Missouri Valley Conference.The Shockers have made the College World Series seven times, winning the national championship in 1989. Wichita State has the fourth highest winning percentage in NCAA Division I baseball history, trailing only Texas, Florida State, and Miami (FL).

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