Edinson Vólquez

Edinson Vólquez (Spanish: [ˈeðinsom ˈbolkes];[a] born July 3, 1983) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, and Miami Marlins.

Vólquez signed with the Rangers in 2001 under the name of Julio Reyes. He went by Edison Vólquez after 2003, before adding an n to his first name in 2007.

Edinson Vólquez
Edinson Vólquez on June 8, 2016
Vólquez pitching for the Kansas City Royals in 2016
Texas Rangers – No. 36
Starting pitcher
Born: July 3, 1983 (age 36)
Barahona, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 30, 2005, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through April 4, 2019)
Win–loss record93–87
Earned run average4.43
Strikeouts1,316
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Vólquez grew up in the Dominican Republic and started playing baseball when he was 9 or 10 with the support of his parents. "It was good for me because my mom and dad always took care of me... The only thing I did was go to school and play baseball." [1]

Professional career

Texas Rangers

Vólquez was signed as an amateur free agent by the Texas Rangers in the Dominican Republic in 2001. Together with John Danks and Thomas Diamond, Vólquez was one third of the "DVD" trio of Rangers pitching prospects.[2][3]

After spending four years in the Rangers' minor league system, Vólquez made his Major League debut on August 30, 2005 in a start against the Chicago White Sox. He lost all three Major League games he started that season, as well as one of the three games in which he appeared as a reliever, and posted a 14.21 ERA. He spent the first five months of the 2006 season with the Oklahoma RedHawks of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League until he was recalled to the majors in September. This time, he fared better, winning one of his eight starts and posting a 7.29 ERA.

The Rangers were dissatisfied with the results shown by one of their top pitching prospects, so in 2007 they tried an unconventional tactic. Vólquez was demoted to the Bakersfield Blaze of the Class A-Advanced California League, to work on his control. As Vólquez progressed, he was slowly promoted up through the minor league system until he reached the big leagues in September. This tactic had been used by Mark Connor, the Rangers' pitching coach, once before. Vólquez showed much improvement in his big league performance that season, posting a 2-1 record and 4.50 ERA in six starts. Vólquez later said about the time in the minors, "At the time, I didn't understand, because if I play in the Big Leagues, why do I have to go all the way back to Single-A?... It made me better. It made me a better person."[1]

Cincinnati Reds

On December 21, 2007, the Rangers traded Vólquez to the Cincinnati Reds, along with Daniel Ray Herrera, in a deal for Josh Hamilton. Vólquez made his Reds' debut on April 6, 2008 in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Cincinnati. In 5⅓ innings of work, he allowed only five hits, one earned run and two walks while striking out eight batters in an 8–2 victory.

Vólquez started 2008 with a 7–1 record and a 1.33 ERA in nine starts, and allowed no more than one earned run in all but one of these starts (in which he allowed two). He became the only Reds pitcher to accomplish this since 1912. On May 18, 2008, Vólquez participated in a pitching matchup with the Cleveland Indians' Cliff Lee, who at that point led the American League with an ERA of 0.67. It was the third time in MLB history that the ERA leaders of each league had faced each other. Vólquez won the contest by a score of 6–4, improving to 7–1. Lee's loss, his first of the season, left him with a 6–1 record.

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Vólquez with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008 spring training

Vólquez was selected to represent the National League in the 2008 MLB All-Star Game.[4] By the All-Star Break, Vólquez had a 12–3 record with a 2.29 ERA and 126 strikeouts. Vólquez finished the season with a 17–6 record and an earned run average of 3.21 in 196 innings, 8th-best in the National League.[5] His 206 strikeouts tied for second-most in the National League with Johan Santana and Dan Haren, behind the Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, and his 9.46 K/9 rate was also second in the league behind Lincecum. Vólquez threw changeups 31.9% of the time in 2008, more than any other starter.[6]

After the season, the Baseball Writers' Association of America put Vólquez on the ballot for National League Rookie of the Year Award voting, an award for which he was not eligible. He subsequently received three second place votes for the award, which went to Geovany Soto.[7]

Vólquez did not follow up his 2008 All-Star campaign with the same success. In 2009 with Cincinnati, Vólquez posted a 4–2 record with a 4.35 ERA through June 1. He was placed on the 15-day DL with elbow pain on June 2, and then eventually moved to the 60-day DL in preparation for Tommy John surgery, which ended his season.[8]

On April 20, 2010, he received a 50-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs.[9] Vólquez made his 2010 debut with the Reds on July 17, 2010 vs the Colorado Rockies with an 8-1 win. Vólquez held the Rockies to one earned run and three hits in six innings with 9 strikeouts and 2 base on balls. However, his next several starts were unimpressive, and for the second time in his career, he was demoted straight to single-A (the Dayton Dragons). He was recalled on September 7 and finished the season with a 4-3 record and 4.31 ERA over 62.2 innings. He started Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies and lost, allowing four earned over 1.2 innings with Roy Halladay throwing a no hitter.[10]

Vólquez was the Reds' Opening Day starter in 2011 and finished the season 5-7 with a 5.71 ERA in 20 starts for Cincinnati. He also spent time in the minor leagues, going 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA for Triple-A Louisville.[11]

San Diego Padres

Edinson Vólquez on September 11, 2012
Vólquez pitching for the San Diego Padres in 2012

On December 17, 2011, Vólquez, Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal, and Brad Boxberger were traded by the Reds to the San Diego Padres for Mat Latos.[12] Vólquez was the Padres' Opening Day starter for the 2012 season, losing 5–3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.[13] Vólquez, along with Clayton Richard, was a mainstay of the Padres 2012 rotation, making 32 starts and pitching ​182 23 innings. His highlight game of the season came on July 19 when he pitched a one-hit shutout at home against the Houston Astros.[14] Vólquez finished the season 11-11 with a 4.14 ERA. He collected 174 strikeouts, but issued a league-leading 105 walks.

Vólquez was again the Padres' Opening Day starter in 2013. On June 2, Vólquez hit his first career home run, a 3-run homer off Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ramón Ortiz.[15] Despite his home run, the Padres lost the game 7-4. The Padres designated Vólquez for assignment on August 24, a day after he gave up six runs while only recording two outs in a start against the Chicago Cubs.[16] At the time, Vólquez led the NL with 95 earned runs. He was released three days later.[17] In 27 starts for the Padres in 2013, Vólquez went 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA.

Los Angeles Dodgers

On August 30, 2013, Vólquez signed an agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a Major League contract.[18][19] Vólquez appeared for the Dodgers that night, pitching one scoreless inning in relief against his former team, the Padres. He joined the Dodgers rotation soon after and made 5 starts in September for them. He was 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA for the Dodgers in 2013.

Pittsburgh Pirates

After the 2013 season, Vólquez signed a one-year deal worth $5 million with the Pittsburgh Pirates.[20] Volquez experienced a career rebirth with the Pirates, going 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 32 games (31 starts), pitching ​192 23 innings. On October 1, 2014. Vólquez started the 2014 National League Wild Card Game for the Pirates against the San Francisco Giants. Vólquez would not come through however, giving up 5 ERs, including a grand slam to Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, in 5 innings pitched. The Pirates would go on to lose 8-0, eliminating them from the playoffs in the process. The Wild Card Game would prove to be Volquez's last game as a Pirate, as he became a free agent after the 2014 season.

Edinson Volquez on November 1, 2015
Vólquez pitching in 2015 World Series

Kansas City Royals

On December 29, 2014, the Kansas City Royals announced that they had signed Vólquez to a 2-year, $20 million contract.[21] During a game against the Chicago White Sox on April 23, 2015, Vólquez was ejected for his role in the brawl.[22] Two days later, he was suspended five games.[23] He had the option to appeal the suspension but dropped it on April 27, 2015, which made the suspension apply effective immediately.[24] After finishing the regular season 13-9 with a 3.55 ERA in a career-high ​200 13 innings, Vólquez started Game 1 of the 2015 World Series, giving up three runs in six innings and receiving a no-decision. The Royals would go on to win, 5-4, in 14 innings. Vólquez pitched the game unaware that his father had died (his wife found out before the game and instructed the coaching staff and the press not to let Vólquez know of that until he was done pitching for the night).[25] Vólquez got the nod to start in Game 5 against Matt Harvey, where he gave up 2 earned runs on only 2 hits in 6 innings with a no-decision. The Royals again forced the game into extra innings before defeating the Mets to win the World Series.

On June 24, 2016, Vólquez experienced one of the worst starts of his career as he allowed 12 runs (11 earned) in the first inning. He only lasted one inning as the Royals lost to the Houston Astros 13-4.[26][27] On November 4, Vólquez declined his option to remain with the Royals and became a free agent.[28]

Miami Marlins

On November 28, 2016, Vólquez agreed to a two-year, $22 million contract with the Miami Marlins. The contract became official on December 1.[29] On March 24, 2017, Vólquez was named the Marlins opening day starter for the 2017 season.[30] He was credited with 7 losses and no wins in his first nine starts.[31] He recorded his first win on May 29 in a 4–1 decision against the Philadelphia Phillies.[31] On June 3, Volquez threw his first no-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miami's Marlins Park in a 3–0 decision. Volquez threw 98 pitches, struck out 10 and walked two batters (who were both retired on double plays), facing the minimum 27 batters.[32] It was the sixth no hitter in Marlins history and the first since Henderson Alvarez's in 2013. Before the game, he dedicated the game to his fallen Royals friend, Yordano Ventura, as well as fallen Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.[33] The game took place on what would have been Ventura's 26th birthday.[34] He was later named the NL Player of the Week for the first time in his career, pitching 15 innings allowing one run (an 0.60 ERA) and four hits with 14 strikeouts in two starts. On August 4, 2017, Volquez underwent Tommy John surgery, putting him down for the remainder of the season. Vólquez was released by the Marlins on December 13, 2017.[35][36]

Second stint with the Rangers

On February 16, 2018, Vólquez signed a two-year minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, with the 2018 season spent recovering from Tommy John surgery.[37]

On November 20, 2018, Vólquez was added to the Texas Rangers 40-man major league roster for the 2019 season.[38] On April 5, 2019, Vólquez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right elbow.[39]

International career

Vólquez pitched in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He took the loss in the opening game for the Dominican Republic against the Netherlands, giving up three runs (unearned), two hits, two walks and three strikeouts in three innings pitched.[40]

Vólquez again pitched for the eventual champion Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, starting the first game in each of the three tournament rounds. He allowed 5 runs in ​10 13 innings and picked up the win in the semifinal game against the Netherlands.[41]

Scouting report

Vólquez throws 4 pitches: a low to mid-90s fastball, a two-seam fastball that clocks also in the low to mid-90s, a mid-80s changeup and a high-70s curveball. Throughout his career, Vólquez has struggled with command of his pitches.

Personal life

Vólquez still makes a home in the Dominican Republic, where he spends four months during the off-season.[1] Vólquez's father died on October 27, 2015, the same day he started Game 1 of the World Series. His wife requested that he not be informed mid-game of his father's death, so he had no knowledge of his death during his start.[42] After pitching six innings, Vólquez exited the game and learned about the death in the clubhouse surrounded by his family.[43]

Vólquez's brother, Brandy, was stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic on January 17, 2017.[44]

Name issues

When he was signed by the Rangers in 2001 at age 17, he went by the name Julio Reyes, but his name was revealed to be Edison Vólquez after an immigration crackdown in 2003.[45] In 2007, he asked the Rangers to add an "n" to his name after checking his birth certificate to find he was born Edinson.[45]

Notes

  1. ^ In isolation, Edinson is pronounced [ˈeðinson].

References

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Achievements
Preceded by
Jake Arrieta
No-hitter pitcher
June 3, 2017
Succeeded by
Sean Manaea
2002 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 2002 season involved the Rangers finishing 4th in the American League west with a record of 72 wins and 90 losses.

2009 World Baseball Classic – Pool D

Pool D of the First Round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic was held at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico from March 7 to 11, 2009.

Pool D was a modified double-elimination tournament. The winners for the first games matched up in the second game, while the losers faced each other in an elimination game. The winners of the elimination game then played the losers of the non-elimination game in another elimination game. The remaining two teams then played each other to determine seeding for the Pool 2.

2010 National League Division Series

The 2010 National League Division Series (NLDS) were two best-of-five game series to determine the participating teams in the 2010 National League Championship Series. The three divisional winners and a fourth team—a "Wild Card"—played in two series from October 6 to 11. TBS televised all games in the United States.Under MLB's playoff format, no two teams from the same division were matched up in the Division Series, regardless of whether their records would normally indicate such a matchup. Home field advantage went to the team with the better regular-season record with the exception of the wild card team, which defers home field advantage regardless of record. The matchups were:

(1) Philadelphia Phillies (Eastern Division champions, 97–65) vs. (3) Cincinnati Reds (Central Division champions, 91–71): Phillies won the series, 3–0.

(2) San Francisco Giants (West Division champions, 92–70) vs. (4) Atlanta Braves (Wild Card qualifier, 91–71): Giants won the series, 3–1.The Phillies and Reds had met in the postseason once before: in the 1976 NLCS, which the Reds won 3–0. The Giants and Braves also had one prior postseason series—the 2002 NLDS—which the Giants won 3–2.

2011 Cincinnati Reds season

The 2011 Cincinnati Reds season was the 122nd season for the franchise in Major League Baseball. The team attempted to return to the postseason for the second consecutive year following their NL Central division championship in 2010. Dusty Baker returned for his fourth year managing the Reds and his eighteenth season managed overall.

2014 National League Wild Card Game

The 2014 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2014 postseason played between the National League's (NL) two wild card teams, the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 1, 2014, starting at 8:07 p.m. EDT. After both teams finished the regular season with identical records of 88–74, the Pirates were awarded home field for the game, as they won the season series against the Giants, four games to two. Despite this advantage, the Giants won by a score of 8–0 and advanced to play the Washington Nationals in the NL Division Series. In addition to being the third NL Wild Card Game played, it is notable for the first postseason grand slam hit by a shortstop. The game was televised on ESPN, and was also broadcast on ESPN Radio.

2015 American League Championship Series

The 2015 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a best-of-seven playoff contested between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals for the American League (AL) pennant and the right to play in the 2015 World Series. The series is the 46th in league history. The series was broadcast by Fox and Fox Sports 1 in the United States, with Fox airing Game 1 and Fox Sports 1 airing Games 2–6. Sportsnet, a property of Blue Jays owner Rogers Communications, simulcast Fox and Fox Sports 1's coverage in Canada. Game 1 took place on October 16, and the series ended with the Royals winning Game 6 on October 23.This was the second ALCS matchup between Kansas City and Toronto; the Royals previously rallied from a 3–1 deficit to defeat the Blue Jays in seven games in the 1985 ALCS.

The Royals would go on to defeat the New York Mets in the World Series in five games, winning their first World Series championship in 30 years.

2015 Kansas City Royals season

The 2015 Kansas City Royals season was the 47th for the franchise, and their 43rd at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals made their second consecutive World Series appearance in 2015, after winning the American League in 2014. They won the series for the first time since 1985. The team won their first AL Central title on September 24, 2015, the first time the Royals won their division since 1985. They opened the playoffs by defeating the Houston Astros in five games in the Division Series and then defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in six games in the American League Championship Series. They defeated the New York Mets in five games in the 2015 World Series, the second World Series championship in franchise history. The 2015 Royals are the first team since the 1989 Oakland Athletics to win the World Series after having lost the series in the previous season.

2015 World Series

The 2015 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2015 season. The 111th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion New York Mets and the American League (AL) champion Kansas City Royals. The series was played between October 27 and November 1, with the Royals winning the series 4 games to 1. It was the first time since the 2010 World Series that the World Series extended into November. The Royals became the first team since the Oakland Athletics in the 1989 World Series to win the World Series after losing in the previous year. It was the first World Series to feature only expansion teams and the first since the 2007 World Series to not feature the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, or San Francisco Giants as the NL champions.

The Royals had home field advantage for the first two games of the series because of the AL's 6–3 victory in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was the 13th World Series in which home field advantage was awarded to the league that won the All-Star Game, a practice that was discontinued after the 2016 season. The series was played in a 2–3–2 format: the Royals hosted Games 1 and 2, and the Mets hosted Games 3, 4, and 5 (there was no Game 6 or 7, which the Royals would have hosted).

The Royals won Game 1 in extra innings. The Royals also won Game 2 with a complete game by Johnny Cueto, who allowed only one unearned run and two hits. With the series shifting to New York, the Mets won Game 3 with home runs by David Wright and Curtis Granderson. The Royals came from behind to win Game 4 after an error by Daniel Murphy led to a blown save by Jeurys Familia. Game 5 also went into extra innings, where bench player Christian Colón drove in the go-ahead run for the Royals, who clinched the series. Salvador Pérez was named the World Series Most Valuable Player.

2017 Miami Marlins season

The 2017 Miami Marlins season was the 25th season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) Marlins franchise, all in the National League, and the sixth as the "Miami" Marlins. The Marlins played their home games at Marlins Park and hosted the 2017 MLB All-Star Game. The Marlins were managed by Don Mattingly in his second season as manager of the team. They finished the season 77–85 to finish in second place, 20 games behind the Washington Nationals, in the National League East Division. They failed to make the playoffs for the 14th consecutive season.

The season marked the last season under Jeffrey Loria's ownership of the team as Loria agreed to sell the team to a group led by Derek Jeter for $1.2 billion.

Changeup

A changeup is a type of pitch in baseball and fastpitch softball. The changeup is the staple off-speed pitch, usually thrown to look like a fastball but arriving much more slowly to the plate. Its reduced speed coupled with its deceptive delivery is meant to confuse the batter's timing. It is meant to be thrown the same as a fastball, but farther back in the hand, which makes it release from the hand slower while still retaining the look of a fastball. A changeup is generally thrown to be 8–15 miles per hour slower than a fastball. If thrown correctly, the changeup will confuse the batter because the human eye cannot discern that the ball is coming significantly slower until it is around 30 feet from the plate. For example, a batter swinging at the ball as if it were a 90 mph fastball when it is coming in at 75 mph means they are swinging too early to hit the ball well, making the changeup very effective.

Other names include change-of-pace, Bugs Bunny change-up, the dreaded equalizer and change. The changeup is an off-speed pitch, although that term can also be used simply to mean any pitch that is slower than a fastball. In addition, before at least the second half of the twentieth century, the term "slow ball" was used to denote pitches that were not a fastball or breaking ball, which almost always meant a type of changeup. Therefore, the terms slow ball and changeup could be used interchangeably.

The changeup is analogous to the slower ball in cricket.

Edinson

Edinson is a masculine given name and may refer to:

Edinson Cavani (born 1987), Uruguayan footballer

Edinson Vólquez (born 1983), Dominican Republic baseball player

Jim Benedict

James Scott Benedict (born February 1, 1961) is an American professional baseball pitcher, coach, scout, and front office executive. He works for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also worked in MLB for the Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Miami Marlins.

Jim Wolf

James Michael Wolf (born July 24, 1969) is a Major League Baseball umpire. He joined the major league staff in 1999 after working in the Arizona Rookie League, the South Atlantic League, the California League, the Texas League and the Pacific Coast League. He wears uniform number 28.

July 3

July 3 is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 181 days remain until the end of the year.

Kyle Bird

Ronald Kyle Bird (born April 12, 1993) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Major league pitchers beating all 30 teams

Since 1998, there have been 30 teams in Major League Baseball (MLB). It is very rare for a pitcher to record a win against every team. In earlier times, two factors made it nearly impossible to defeat all teams in both leagues (even before expansion increased the number to 30):

Before the era of free-agency, in which players are free to move to another team at the end of their contract, a pitcher would play for only a few teams, and could not, of course, win a game against his own team.

Before inter-league play began in June 1997, a pitcher would see only half of the 30 teams in any single season, unless traded to a team in the other league. Even with inter-league play, a pitcher may not have his spot in a typical 5-man rotation match the games in the single 3- or 4-game series against another team, and only a few teams from the other league are played in any season.In any case, defeating all teams is more likely only if a pitcher has a long career. Assuming a top notch pitcher manages to win against every team in a season, it will still only be 19 teams, unless he was traded. It is far more likely that his wins will come against 10 to 12 teams, most of which he has already beaten.

As of August 20, 2017, there have been 18 pitchers who have beaten all 30 teams. The San Francisco Giants are the only franchise with three players who accomplished the feat while on their roster: Randy Johnson, Barry Zito, and Tim Hudson.

Notes

As of October 31, 2018, nine active pitchers have defeated 29 teams.

CC Sabathia - has not defeated the Miami Marlins.

Zack Greinke - has not defeated the Kansas City Royals.

Ervin Santana - has not defeated the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ubaldo Jiménez - has not defeated the Colorado Rockies.

Francisco Liriano - has not defeated the Miami Marlins.

J.A. Happ - has not defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Scott Kazmir - has not defeated the Milwaukee Brewers.

Jon Lester - has not defeated the Boston Red Sox.

Edwin Jackson - has not defeated the Atlanta Braves.As of October 31, 2018, eight active pitchers have defeated 28 teams.

Jake Arrieta - has not defeated the Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners.

Justin Verlander - has not defeated the Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins.

Anibal Sanchez - has not defeated the Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers.

Cole Hamels - has not defeated the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.

Ricky Nolasco - has not defeated the Cleveland Indians and Miami Marlins.

Wade Miley - has not defeated the New York Mets and New York Yankees.

Charlie Morton - has not defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Jason Vargas - has not defeated the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets.As of October 31, 2018, four active pitchers have defeated 27 teams.

Gio González - has not defeated the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and Washington Nationals.

Matt Garza - has not defeated the Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Tampa Bay Rays.

Rick Porcello - has not defeated the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, and San Diego Padres.

Ian Kennedy - has not defeated the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, and Toronto Blue Jays.As of October 31, 2018, five active pitchers have defeated 26 teams.

James Shields - has not defeated the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Washington Nationals.

Edinson Vólquez - has not defeated the Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, and Toronto Blue Jays.

Jordan Zimmermann - has not defeated the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, and Washington Nationals.

Trevor Cahill - has not defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Mets.

Iván Nova - has not defeated the Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Seattle Mariners.

Mario Soto (baseball)

Mario Melvin Soto (born July 12, 1956) is a former Major League pitcher, mostly as a starter, for the Cincinnati Reds from 1977 through 1988. He currently works in the Reds' front office.

Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins are an American professional baseball team based in Miami, Florida. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division. Their home park is Marlins Park. Though one of only two MLB franchises to have never won a division title (the other is the Colorado Rockies), the Marlins have won two World Series championships as a wild card team.

The team began play as an expansion team in the 1993 season as the Florida Marlins and played home games from their inaugural season to the 2012 season at what was originally called Joe Robbie Stadium, which they shared with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). Since the 2012 season, they have played at Marlins Park in downtown Miami, on the site of the former Orange Bowl. The new park, unlike their previous home (which was criticized in its baseball configuration for poor sight lines in some locations), was designed foremost as a baseball park. Per an agreement with the city and Miami-Dade County (which owns the park), the Marlins officially changed their name to the "Miami Marlins" on November 11, 2011. They also adopted a new logo, color scheme, and uniforms.The Marlins have the distinction of winning a World Series championship in both seasons they qualified for the postseason, doing so in 1997 and 2003—both times as the National League wild card team, making them the only franchise in the major four North American professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) to have never lost a playoff round. They defeated the American League (AL) champion Cleveland Indians in the 1997 World Series, with shortstop Édgar Rentería driving in second baseman Craig Counsell for the series-clinching run in the 11th inning of the seventh and deciding game. In the 2003 season, manager Jeff Torborg was fired after 38 games. The Marlins were in last place in the NL East with a 16–22 record at the time. Torborg's successor, 72-year-old Jack McKeon, led them to the NL wild card berth in the postseason; they defeated the New York Yankees four games to two in the 2003 World Series.

Sammy Ellis

Samuel Joseph Ellis (February 11, 1941 – May 13, 2016) was an American professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, California Angels, and Chicago White Sox. Ellis was an MLB All-Star in 1965.

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