J. J. Putz

Joseph Jason Putz (/ˈpʊts/; born February 22, 1977) is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks.

J. J. Putz
J. J. Putz 2011
Putz with the Arizona Diamondbacks
Born: February 22, 1977 (age 42)
Trenton, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 11, 2003, for the Seattle Mariners
Last MLB appearance
June 19, 2014, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
Win–loss record37–33
Earned run average3.08
Career highlights and awards
Putz with the Seattle Mariners in 2007.

High school

Born in Trenton, Michigan, Putz led Trenton High School to the 1994 Division 2 state championship. He graduated in 1995 and won the Mr. Baseball award for the state of Michigan.

Professional career

Seattle Mariners

Putz attended the University of Michigan, and was drafted by the Mariners in the 6th round in 1999. He made his Major League debut with the Mariners on August 11, 2003. In 2006, he became the closer for the Mariners.

All through the minors, Putz had been able to throw an excellent fastball that topped out at 97 miles per hour, but had been only marginally successful because his only other pitch was a below average slider. His first few years in the majors were not terrible, but they were also nothing special. In spring training before the 2006 season, Eddie Guardado, who had been the Mariners' closer since 2004, taught him to throw a splitter. After mastering the new secondary pitch, Putz abandoned his slider and became a much improved pitcher.

A few weeks into the 2006 season, Putz took over the closing job from the aging Guardado. He converted 36 of 43 save opportunities while posting a 2.30 ERA and striking out 104 in 78.1 innings of work.

In 2007, Putz continued to improve his game. He made his first All-Star appearance, where he was given a save opportunity. He converted 40 saves in 42 save opportunities with a 1.38 ERA, .698 WHIP, 82 strikeouts and 13 walks in 71.2 innings. On July 6, 2007, he was named the June 2007 winner of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award", recognizing the top relief pitcher for the month and on September 25, 2007, Putz was named as one of 10 finalist for the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award." On July 14, 2007, Putz broke Eddie Guardado's Mariners' consecutive saves record. The streak ended at 30 consecutive saves. In 2007, he also became the first Mariner ever to win the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award.

New York Mets

On December 10, 2008, Putz was part of a three-team, twelve-player trade that sent him to the New York Mets in exchange for pitcher Aaron Heilman, utility outfielder Endy Chávez, and prospects. He made his Mets debut on April 6, 2009 against the Cincinnati Reds, pitching a hitless inning.[1] After a disappointing 2009 season, on November 6, the Mets declined to exercise Putz's 2010 team option, thus making him a free agent.[2]

Chicago White Sox

On December 11, 2009, Putz signed a one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox worth $3 million.[3] On July 20, 2010, Putz set a Chicago White Sox franchise record by pitching 25 consecutive scoreless outings.

Arizona Diamondbacks

On December 7, 2010, the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to sign Putz to a 2-year, $10 million deal with a $6.5 million club option for 2013. He earned $4 million in 2011, $4.5 million in 2012, and his option had a $1.5 million buyout.[4][5]

On October 20, 2012, the Diamondbacks exercised his $6.5 million option.[6] On June 20, 2014, Putz was designated for assignment.[7] He was released on June 27.[8][9] Putz rejoined the Diamondbacks as a special assistant to club president Derrick Hall in November.[10]

Pitching style

Putz threw a mix of five pitches. He led with four-seam and two-seam fastballs (the latter to lefties, mainly) that were once in the upper 90s, but had settled in the 90–94 mph range. His main off-speed pitch was a splitter in the mid 80s. He also threw a handful of cutters and sliders, primarily to right-handed hitters.[11]

Personal life

Putz was first nicknamed "The Big Guy", by Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus.[12] Putz shared a dorm with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady while at the University of Michigan.[13] He married Kelsey Kollen-Putz in 2002,[13] with whom he has four children; twin daughters Lauren and Kaelyn, son Ethan,[14] and daughter Addison.

See also


  1. ^ "Mets acquire All-Star reliever J. J. Putz in three-team deal". Newyork.mets.mlb.com. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  2. ^ "Mets decline 2010 option on reliever J. J. Putz". USA Today. November 6, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  3. ^ Levine, Bruce (December 11, 2009). "White Sox sign former closer Putz". ESPN. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
  4. ^ Gilbert, Steve (December 7, 2010). "Finalized Putz pact a big step in repairing 'pen". MLB.com. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "Diamondbacks sign J. J. Putz". ESPN.com. December 8, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  6. ^ Piecoro, Nick (October 20, 2012). "Arizona Diamondbacks exercise 2013 option on closer J. J. Putz". Arizona Republic. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "D-backs Designate J. J. Putz for Assignment and Reinstate Ender Inciarte". MLB.com. June 20, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "D-backs DFA reliever J. J. Putz". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 20, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  9. ^ Gilbert, Steve (June 28, 2014). "D-backs release former closer Putz". MLB.com. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  10. ^ "J. J. Putz rejoins Diamondbacks as executive". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  11. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: J. J. Putz". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  12. ^ Arnold, Kirby (November 10, 2010). "Dave Niehaus, voice of the Mariners, dies at age 75". Everett Herald. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  13. ^ a b Cyphers, Luke (August 29, 2007). "Intimidating, deliberate Putz makes hitters sweat". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  14. ^ Serby, Steve (April 12, 2009). "SERBY'S SUNDAY Q & A WITH… J. J. PUTZ". New York Post. Retrieved November 7, 2014.

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Preceded by
Dan Haren
American League Pitcher of the month
June 2007
Succeeded by
Érik Bédard
1998 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 1998 season was the first season for the franchise as a member of the National League. The Brewers finished in fifth in the NL Central, 28 games behind the Houston Astros, with a record of 74 wins and 88 losses. Before the 1998 regular season began, two new teams—the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays—were added by Major League Baseball. This resulted in the American League and National League having fifteen teams. However, in order for MLB officials to continue primarily intraleague play, both leagues would need to carry a number of teams that was divisible by two, so the decision was made to move one club from the AL Central to the NL Central.

This realignment was widely considered to have great financial benefit to the club moving. However, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, Commissioner (then club owner) Bud Selig decided another team should have the first chance to switch leagues. The choice was offered to the Kansas City Royals, who ultimately decided to stay in the American League. The choice then fell to the Brewers, who, on November 6, 1997, elected to move to the National League. Had the Brewers elected not to move to the National League, the Minnesota Twins would have been offered the opportunity to switch leagues.Also, Milwaukee was not totally unfamiliar with the National League, having been the home of the NL Braves for 13 seasons (1953–1965).

1999 Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament

The 1999 Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament was held at Bill Davis Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio from May 15 through 19. The top four teams from the regular season participated in the double-elimination tournament, the eighteenth annual tournament sponsored by the Big Ten Conference to determine the league champion. Michigan won their sixth tournament championship and earned the Big Ten Conference's automatic bid to the 1999 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

1999 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners' 1999 season was their 23rd since the franchise creation, and ended the season finishing 3rd in the American League West with a 79–83 (.488) record. In July, after 39 home games at the Kingdome, they moved into Safeco Field, and the Kingdome was demolished eight months later.

2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 78th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 10, 2007, at AT&T Park, the home of the NL's San Francisco Giants. It marked the third time that the Giants hosted the All Star Game since moving to San Francisco for the 1958 season. The 1961 and 1984 All Star Games were played at the Giants former home Candlestick Park, and the fourth overall in the Bay Area, with the Giants bay area rivals the Oakland Athletics hosting once back in 1987, and the second straight held in an NL ballpark.

The American League defeated the National League by a score of 5–4. Ichiro Suzuki won the MVP award for the game for hitting the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star history. As per the 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the American League champion (which eventually came to be the Boston Red Sox) received home field advantage in the 2007 World Series. The victory was the 10th consecutive (excluding the 2002 tie) for the AL, and their 11-game unbeaten streak is only beaten by the NL's 11-game winning streak from 1972 to 1982 in All-Star history.

2007 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners' 2007 season was their 31st in franchise history.

After spending two and a half seasons managing the Mariners and guiding the team to a 44–33 (.571) record this season, including a major league-best 25-12 record since May 22, manager Mike Hargrove shocked the team by announcing his resignation prior to a July 1 game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Hargrove said he could no longer give the same passion or commitment to his bosses and players. Bench coach John McLaren was named as Hargrove's replacement. The Mariners won eight consecutive games between June 23 and July 1, making Hargrove the first manager since 1900 to resign his position after a winning streak of more than seven games.The Mariners longest winning streak was eight games between June 23 to July 1, while their longest losing streak was nine, from August 25 to September 2, effectively ending their running for the ALDS.

For the seventh consecutive time in his seven-year career, Ichiro Suzuki was named to the All-Star Game, held at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Closing pitcher J. J. Putz was selected to his first All-Star Game. Suzuki was voted the Most Valuable Player of the All-Star game, going 3-for-3 with a two-run, inside-the-park home run (the first home run in All-Star history to be hit inside the park). Three days after the All-Star game, on July 13, The Mariners announced that they had signed Suzuki to a five-year contract extension with an estimated value of $90 million, making Suzuki the highest-paid player in Mariners history for the second time.

2008 Seattle Mariners season

The 2008 Seattle Mariners season was the 32nd Major League Baseball season in the team's history. Coming off the heels of the previous 2007 season, in which the M's finished with their first winning record since 2003, the team was widely expected to once again compete for the American League West division championship. The team was bolstered by some major roster additions during the previous offseason, most notably starting pitchers Érik Bédard and Carlos Silva. However, by the end of May, it became apparent that the team had gone back to its losing ways of the 2004–06 seasons. Despite their losing ways, they won their first and last game of the season. Their longest winning-streak of the season is 4 games after a Cleveland sweep at the end of August and a 12-6 win against the Texas Rangers on the first day of September. However, standing at 57-87, their longest losing-streak of the season is 12 games, 11 on the road, 1 at home, after being swept by the L.A. Angels, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and suffering a loss at the last homestand opener against the L.A. Angels. On September 23, the Mariners became the first club to spend $100 million in payroll and lose 100 games. The team finished the season with a 61–101 (.377) record, last in the West for the 4th time in 5 years, and second worst in the majors.

With the team underperforming and underachieving, a number of people who had become scapegoats for the team's underperformance were dismissed during the season, most notably general manager Bill Bavasi, field manager John McLaren, first baseman Richie Sexson, and designated hitter José Vidro.

2009 New York Mets season

The 2009 New York Mets season was a season in American baseball. It was the franchise's 48th season, and the team's first year at Citi Field, which opened on April 13 against the San Diego Padres. The Mets finished with a 70–92 record, as the season was plagued by many injuries.

2010 Chicago White Sox season

The 2010 Chicago White Sox season was the organization's 111th season in Chicago and 110th in the American League. The Sox opened the season against the Cleveland Indians at home on April 5 and closed the season also against the Indians at home on October 3. They finished the season with an 88–74 record, in second place in the American League Central, six games behind the division champions Minnesota Twins.

The interleague games that the Sox played were Chicago Cubs both at home and on the road since Sox and Cubs are crosstown rivals, Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins at home, and Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates on the road. It was the fifth year in a row that the Sox competed against Pittsburgh as an interleague team besides the Cubs. Also it was the first time that Sox played the Washington Nationals since that franchise moved from Montreal following the 2004 season.

2011 Arizona Diamondbacks season

The Arizona Diamondbacks' 2011 season, the franchise's 14th season in Major League Baseball, included the team's first National League West championship since 2007, subsequently, their fifth division title since coming into the MLB. They lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in five games in the Division Series.

2011 National League Division Series

The 2011 National League Division Series (abbreviated NLDS) were two best-of-five playoffs comprising the opening round of the Major League Baseball postseason, played to determine the participating teams in the 2011 National League Championship Series. Three divisional winners and a fourth team—a wild card—played in two series. TBS televised all games in the United States (except Game 3 of the Brewers–Diamondbacks series, which aired on TNT due to scheduling conflicts with the ALDS). The regular season finished on September 28, with the National League playoffs beginning October 1.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 are:

(1) Philadelphia Phillies (East Division champions, 102–60) vs. (4) St. Louis Cardinals (Wild Card qualifier, 90–72): Cardinals won the series, 3–2.

(2) Milwaukee Brewers (Central Division champions, 96–66) vs. (3) Arizona Diamondbacks (West Division champions, 94–68): Brewers won the series, 3–2.The Phillies and Cardinals played against each other in the postseason for the first time. The Brewers and Diamondbacks also met for the first time, having both joined the National League in 1998—Arizona as an expansion team and Milwaukee in a move from the American League after the AL expanded by adding the Tampa Bay Rays. The Brewers-Diamondbacks series was also notable as the first postseason series played between two teams in ballparks with retractable roofs.This is the first time since the strike-shortened 1981 season that both National League Division Series matchups went to a deciding Game 5 (it happened to the American League in 2001).

Jeremy Reed

Jeremy Thomas Reed (born June 15, 1981) is an American hitting coach of the Los Angeles Angels. He is a former professional baseball outfielder in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Kelsey Kollen

Kelsey Elizabeth Kollen (born July 9, 1980) is a former American softball player. She played college softball for the Michigan Wolverines softball team from 1999 to 2002. She was selected as the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year in 1999 and a first-team NFCA All-American in 2002. She was also selected as the first-team All-Big Ten second baseman in 1999, 2001, and 2002. She is married to former Major League Baseball relief pitcher J. J. Putz.

List of 1999 Seattle Mariners draft picks

The following is a list of 1999 Seattle Mariners draft picks. The Mariners took part in both the Rule 4 draft (June amateur draft) and the Rule 5 draft. The Mariners made 52 selections in the 1999 draft, the first being catcher Ryan Christianson in the first round. In all, the Mariners selected 29 pitchers, 8 outfielders, 6 shortstops, 3 catchers, 3 first basemen, 2 third basemen, and 1 second baseman.

List of Major League Baseball career games finished leaders

In baseball statistics, a relief pitcher is credited with a game finished (denoted by GF) if he is the last pitcher to pitch for his team in a game. A starting pitcher is not credited with a GF for pitching a complete game.

Mariano Rivera is the all-time leader in games finished with 952. Rivera is the only pitcher in MLB history to finish more than 900 career games. Trevor Hoffman and Lee Smith are the only other pitchers to finish more than 800 games in their careers.

Major League Baseball Reliever of the Year Award

Major League Baseball (MLB) annually honors its best relief pitchers in the American League (AL) and National League (NL) with the Mariano Rivera AL Reliever of the Year Award and Trevor Hoffman NL Reliever of the Year Award, respectively. The awards are named after Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman, who played their entire careers in the respective leagues. First issued in 2014, the awards replaced the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award, which had been presented since 2005. Also in 2014, the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award was discontinued. The Reliever of the Year Award winners had all been closers until 2018, when Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers won as a setup man.

The Reliever of the Year Awards are based on the votes of a panel of retired relievers. Each voter selects three pitchers for each league based solely on their performance in the regular season; a 5-3-1 weighted point system is used to determine the winner. At its inception in 2014, the panel consisted of the top five relievers in career saves at the time—Rivera, Hoffman, Lee Smith, John Franco, and Billy Wagner—and the four living relief pitchers who were in the Hall of Fame: Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, and Bruce Sutter.

Putz (surname)

The surname Putz or Pütz may refer to:

Amanda Putz (b. 1975), Canadian radio presenter

Erny Putz (1917–95), Luxembourg fencer

Hans Putz (1920–90), Austrian actor

J. J. Putz (b. 1977), baseball relief pitcher

Kelsey Kollen-Putz (b. 1981), American softball player

Leo Putz ( 1869–1940), Tyrolean painter

Jean Pütz (b. 1936), German science journalist

Eduard Pütz, German composer

Sean Green (baseball)

Sean William Green (born April 20, 1979) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky.

Shagging (baseball)

In baseball, shagging is the act of catching fly balls in the outfield outside the context of an actual baseball game. This is most commonly done by pitchers during batting practice before a game, where they assist their hitting teammates by catching or picking up their batted baseballs and throwing them back to the pitching area in the infield. Batboys also help shagging, and it is reportedly considered a great honor among batboys to be asked to do this. This pre-game activity is widely disliked by pitchers, who argue that it does not benefit them at all, since it drains their energy and actually increases the risk of stiffness in the lower back and leg as a result of prolonged standing. In response to these claims, several teams have exempted pitchers from having to shag. In the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league, teams pay groups specifically assembled to shag fly balls in place of pitchers, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim recruit local firefighters in Arizona to do the job when the team plays in the Cactus League during spring training.

Delivery Man Award
Trevor Hoffman Award
Mariano Rivera Award


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