Ed Vosberg

Edward John Vosberg (born September 28, 1961) is a former left-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who had a 10-year career (1986, 1990, 1994–1997, 1999–2002). He played with the San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Florida Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos in the National League, and the Oakland A's and Texas Rangers in the American League. He is currently the pitching coach for the Tucson Toros.

He is one of only three players (Jason Varitek and Michael Conforto are the others) to play in the Little League World Series, the College World Series, and the Major League World Series, and is the only pitcher to have done so. He played first base for Tucson, Arizona in the 1973 Little League World Series final. He pitched a one-hitter in the semifinals against Birmingham, Michigan. He played for the 1980 NCAA champion University of Arizona. He then played for the Florida Marlins in the 1997 Major League World Series.

Edward John Vosberg was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 3rd round of the 1983 MLB draft. He began his professional career with the single A Reno Padres in the California League. Whilst with Reno he showed promise going 6-6 and sporting a 3.87 ERA. After only 15 games with the single A Reno Padres he was called up to the AA Beaumount Golden Gators. His brief stint there in 1983 yielded one game where he went 7.0 shutout innings only giving up 2 hits with 2 walks and 1 strikeout. Vosberg stayed in AA with the Golden Gators for the 1984 season improving to a 13–11 record with an ERA on 3.43 and 100 strikeouts.

He was promoted to the AAA roster in 1986 to the Los Vegas Stars where he went 7–8 with an ERA of 4.72 He also made his MLB debut in 1986 on September 18 at the age of 24. He pitched in 5 games in 13 innings going 0–1 with an ERA of 6.59 He returned to the AAA Las Vegas Stars for the 1987 season. In December 1988 he was traded to the Houston Astros for Dan Walters. Vosberg remained in the Astros system until 1989 when he was traded to the Dodgers and assigned to AAA Albuquerque. He became a free agent in 1990 and signed with the San Francisco Giants. During the 1990 season, Edward returned to the Major League level. He pitched in 18 games with 24 innings pitched and an inflated 5.55 earned run average. He was granted free agency after the 1990 season and spent the next 4 years in the minors with the Angels, Mariners, Cubs, and Athletics organizations and even played in the Italian League in 1992.

In 1994 he returned to the majors once again with the Oakland Athletics. He pitched in 16 games with a record of 0-2 and a respectable ERA of 3.95 After the 1994 season Vosberg was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Supplemental Rule 5 draft. He was out righted to the minors shortly after and refused the Minor League assignment and became a free agent. He then signed a minor league contract with the Rangers organization. The Rangers purchased his contract and Vosberg once again returned to the big leagues. He pitched in 44 games out of the bullpen and put up his best numbers 5–5 and an ERA of 3.00. He returned to the Texas Rangers in 1996 and had another respectable season out of the Ranger's bullpen going 1–1 with an ERA of 3.27 and finishing 21 games. 1997 was his final season as a Texas Ranger he was traded to the Florida Marlins for Rick Helling. His overall record with both clubs in 1997 was 2 wins 3 losses 1 save and an ERA of 4.42 As a member of the 1997 Florida Marlins Ed Vosberg was rewarded with a World Series Ring. He pitched in the postseason and had 5 strike outs and giving up 5 hits and 3 walks. His ERA in the 1997 World Series was a robust 6.00 however the Marlins still managed to win.

After his stint with the Marlins, he was traded to the San Diego Padres for minor leaguer Chris Clark on November 20, 1997. He missed the 1998 season due to injury and did not pitch at all. At the age of 37 Vosberg returned to the Majors and played with the San Diego Padres. His time with the Padres was limited and his numbers were terrible. His record with the Padres was 0-0 with an ERA of 9.72. He sustained a shoulder injury and was placed on the 15-day DL. A few months after rehab, he was ultimately released by the Padres on June,7th 1999. He was picked up by the Arizona Diamondbacks a few days later on June 18, 1999. His numbers improved with the move to Arizona, going 0–1 with a respectable ERA of 3.38 in 4 games. His entire Arizona Diamondback career was those 4 games. He was designated for assignment once more. He returned to the minor league with yet another organization: The Colorado Rockies.

At the age of 38, the Rockies traded Ed Vosberg to the Philadelphia Phillies on June 28, 2000 in part of a conditional deal. He once again found his way onto a major league roster with the Phillies in 2000. He went 1–1 in 31 games with an ERA of 4.13 He played in 2001 with the Phillies and put up his best ERA in his career at a 2.84 clip out of the Phillies’ bullpen. However, once again after the 2001 season the well traveled reliever was granted Free Agency and picked up by the now defunct, Montreal Expos. His Canadian career was short-lived, only pitching in 4 games and stacking up an ERA of 18.00. On April 18, 2002 Ed Vosberg refused a minor league assignment and became a free agent once more.

He made a comeback attempt in the Mexican leagues in 2006–07 at the age of 45. Ed Vosberg was quoted as saying, "The last couple of years I have gotten the itch. When I retired five years ago I think I still could have done it physically, but mentally it is such a grind. It is such a great life, but it is a grind. It is difficult being away from your family. I needed these years to get the love of the game back and get on the field again." In his final seasons in the Mexican leagues he had a combined record of 7–8 with an ERA of 4.14.

Ed Vosberg
Pitcher
Born: September 28, 1961 (age 57)
Tucson, Arizona
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 17, 1986, for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
April 10, 2002, for the Montreal Expos
MLB statistics
Win–loss record10–15
Earned run average4.32
Strikeouts179
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing the  United States
World Games
Gold medal – first place 1981 Santa Clara Team competition
Baseball World Cup
Silver medal – second place 2001 Taipei National team

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1961 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1961 throughout the world.

1973 Little League World Series

The 1973 Little League World Series took place between August 21 and August 25 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Tainan City Little League of Tainan City, Taiwan, defeated the Cactus Little League of Tucson, Arizona, in the championship game of the 27th Little League World Series.

The champions from Taiwan did not allow a run or a hit in the entire tournament, registering no hitters in each of their three tournament games. As of 2018, that historic feat has not been equalled.

1980 Arizona Wildcats baseball team

The 1980 Arizona Wildcats baseball team represented the University of Arizona in the 1980 NCAA Division I baseball season. The team was coached by Jerry Kindall in his 8th season at Arizona.

The Wildcats won the College World Series, defeating the Hawaii Rainbows in the championship game.

1980 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

The 1980 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1980 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its thirty fourth year. Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Seven regions held a four team, double-elimination tournament while one region included six teams, resulting in 34 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The thirty-fourth tournament's champion was Arizona, coached by Jerry Kindall. The Most Outstanding Player was Terry Francona of the Arizona.

1986 San Diego Padres season

The 1986 San Diego Padres season was the 18th season in franchise history.

1990 San Francisco Giants season

The 1990 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 108th season in Major League Baseball, their 33rd season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 31st at Candlestick Park. The team finished in third place in the National League West with an 85-77 record, 6 games behind the Cincinnati Reds.

1994 Caribbean Series

The thirty-sixth edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was held from February 4 through February 9 of 1994 with the champion baseball teams of the Dominican Republic, Tigres del Licey; Mexico, Naranjeros de Hermosillo; Puerto Rico, Senadores de San Juan, and Venezuela, Navegantes del Magallanes. The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice, and the games were played at Estadio Alfonso Chico Carrasquel in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela.

1995 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1995 season involved the Rangers finishing third in the American League west with a record of 74 wins and 70 losses. They also hosted the 1995 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

1997 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1997 season involved the Rangers finishing 3rd in the American League West with a record of 77 wins and 85 losses. Despite not making the playoffs the club would set an all-time attendance record of over 2.945 million fans, which would be the franchise's best until 2011.

On a somber note, the club would lose long-time radio broadcaster Mark Holtz to leukemia during the season; however, in his final game in May the Rangers won, allowing him to sign off one final time with his trademark "Hello Win Column!".

2000 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2000 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 118th season in the history of the franchise.

2002 Montreal Expos season

The 2002 Montreal Expos season was the 34th season in franchise history.

Arizona Diamondbacks all-time roster

This list is complete and up-to-date as of May 10, 2016.The following is a list of players, both past and current, who have played in at least in one game for the Arizona Diamondbacks franchise.

Players in Bold are members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Arizona Wildcats baseball

The Arizona Wildcats baseball team is the intercollegiate men's baseball program representing the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, United States. They compete in the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12) of NCAA Division I. The baseball team had its first season in 1904. The baseball team has captured four national championship titles in 1976, 1980, 1986 and 2012, with the first three coached by Jerry Kindall and the most recent by Andy Lopez. The team has appeared in the NCAA National Championship title series eight times (1956, 1959, 1963, 1976, 1980, 1986, 2012, and 2016). They have appeared in 34 baseball tournaments in their rich history. Arizona is ranked seventh in all-time regular season game wins with 2,347.

Baseball at the 1981 World Games

The World Games I baseball competition was held on July 27-30, 1981, at San Jose Municipal Stadium in San Jose, California. The 1981 Games were the first World Games, an international quadrennial multi-sport event, and were held in California's Santa Clara Valley. Teams from the United States, Australia, South Korea and Panama participated.

Jason Varitek

Jason Andrew Varitek (; born April 11, 1972), nicknamed Tek, is a retired American baseball catcher. After being traded as a minor league prospect by the Seattle Mariners, Varitek played his entire career in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox, for whom he now works as a special assistant. A three-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner at catcher, as well as a Silver Slugger Award winner, Varitek was part of both the 2004 World Series and 2007 World Series Championship teams, and was viewed widely as one of the team's leaders. In December 2004 he was named the captain of the Red Sox, only their fourth captain since 1923. He was a switch-hitter.Varitek is one of only three players, along with pitcher Ed Vosberg and outfielder Michael Conforto, to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series. He additionally participated in Olympic Baseball and the World Baseball Classic. His Lake Brantley High School baseball team won the Florida State Championship his senior year in 1990 and was named the number one high school baseball team in the nation by a USA Today poll. Varitek caught an MLB-record four no-hitters, a record which was later tied by Carlos Ruiz.

List of Major League Baseball players born in Arizona

This is an alphabetical list of notable baseball players born in Arizona who have played in Major League Baseball.

Miami Marlins all-time roster

The following is a list of players, both past and current, who appeared at least in one game for the Miami Marlins franchise, known as the Florida Marlins from their inception in 1993 through the 2011 season.

Players in bold are members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Tommy Sandt

Thomas James Sandt (born December 22, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former Major League Baseball player and minor league manager. He graduated from Pacifica High School (Garden Grove, California) in West Garden Grove, CA in 1968 where he excelled as a varsity player.

An infielder, Sandt played for the Oakland Athletics in 1975 and 1976.

Sandt managed in teams in the Eastern League and Pacific Coast League from 1982 to 1986. He was voted 1984's PCL Manager of the Year while managing the Hawaii Islanders.

Vosberg

Vosberg is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Don Vosberg (1919–97), American football player

Ed Vosberg (born 1961), American baseball player

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