Jeurys Familia Mojica (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxeuɾis faˈmilja]; born October 10, 1989) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the Oakland Athletics. Familia was signed by the Mets as a non-drafted free agent in 2007. He made his MLB debut in 2012. During the 2015 season, Familia became the Mets' closer. He was named an MLB All-Star in 2016. The Mets traded him to the Oakland Athletics in July 2018, then signed him to a three-year deal after the 2018 season concluded.
Familia with the New York Mets in 2016
|New York Mets – No. 27|
|Born: October 10, 1989|
Yaguate, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
|September 4, 2012, for the New York Mets|
|MLB statistics |
(through August 21, 2019)
|Earned run average||3.09|
|Career highlights and awards|
Familia's father worked for the Dominican military and part-time at a gas station despite being hindered by a leg injury suffered in a childhood accident. Familia's mother worked in a small boutique. On their combined wages, the parents raised five children.
Growing up in the Boca Chica section of Santo Domingo, Familia's favorite sport to play was basketball. He was especially fond of Allen Iverson and was also a fan of Kobe Bryant. He did not begin playing baseball until he was older and his friends had largely abandoned basketball in its favor. He did not have access to baseball equipment for most of his childhood.
Familia is 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and 230 pounds (100 kg); he both bats and throws right. Familia was signed by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent on July 13, 2007 for $100,000.
Familia pitched for the Gulf Coast Mets in 2008, compiling a 2–2 record with a 2.79 ERA in 51.2 innings pitched. In 2009, he pitched for the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats, going 10–6 with a 2.69 ERA in 134 innings pitched. In 2010, Familia was promoted to the St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League. He went 6–9 with a 5.58 ERA through 121 innings and struck out 10.2 batters per nine innings in a full season with St. Lucie. Also in 2010, Familia was selected to represent the Mets at the All-Star Futures Game where he pitched for the World Team.
Due to his sub-par performance in 2010, Familia began the 2011 season with the Single-A St. Lucie Mets. After six starts he went 1–1 with a 1.49 ERA in 36.1 innings. Familia was then promoted to the Double-A Binghamton Mets of the Eastern League. After his promotion to Binghamton, Familia went 4–4 with a 3.49 ERA in 87.2 innings. He finished the 2011 season across 2 minor league levels at 5–5 with a 2.90 ERA. Familia's performance made him an EAS Mid-Season All-Star. On November 18, 2011, Familia was added to the Mets 40 man roster.
After getting back on track in 2011, Familia was promoted to the Mets Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons of the International League, in 2012. Prior to starting his minor league season, Familia was invited to the Mets' spring training camp. Familia was also ranked at 84th on MLB.com's best 100 prospects list and 3rd in the Mets organization prior to the start of the 2012 campaign. Through 28 starts with Buffalo, Familia went 9–9 with a 4.73 ERA. On September 4, Familia was called up the New York Mets due to expanded September rosters.
On September 4, 2012, Familia made his major league debut against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. He pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out the first batter he faced, Lance Berkman. Although Familia had mostly started in the minors, he was used out of the bullpen as a reliever in his inaugural season. Familia made one start in 2012 on October 1 against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park by pitching four scoreless innings, walking six batters, striking out three and giving up just one hit. The Mets wound up losing 2–3. Familia finished the season with an ERA of 5.84 appearing in 8 games (one start) in 12.1 innings pitched with 10 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.541 while giving up 10 hits, 8 runs and 9 walks.
Familia made the Mets' roster for Opening Day in 2013. He made one appearance before being optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas for Aaron Laffey on April 7. After 4 appearances there, he was recalled on April 17, replacing Greg Burke. After 7 appearances with the Mets, he was placed on the disabled list on May 12 with tendinitis in his right elbow. After starting a rehab assignment in St. Lucie, his elbow got worse, and he underwent surgery on June 5. Familia was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room for David Aardsma on the 40-man roster. After making one rehab start in St. Lucie and one in Brooklyn, he was activated by the Mets on September 14. He made one appearance before the end of the season. In 9 games with New York in 2013, he finished 3 games with a 4.22 ERA with 8 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.969 in 10.2 innings pitched while giving up 12 hits, 5 runs, 2 home runs, and 9 walks. He also recorded one save.
On July 30, 2014, against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field, Familia came into the game in the seventh inning and got the final out while facing one batter. In the bottom half with runners on first and second, two out, Mets leading 8–2 and one a one ball count, Familia lined a hit into left field scoring in Chris Young for his first RBI and his second hit of his career and of that season. The hit came off of pitcher Justin De Fratus. He went 2 for 3 with an average of .667 in 2014. Familia pitched the eight inning getting three outs with one strikeout facing three batters. Familia finished the season with a 2–5 record, 2.21 ERA in 76 games with 73 strikeouts, five saves with a WHIP of 1.177 in 77.1 innings pitched. He wound up giving up 59 hits, 26 runs (19 of them earned), 3 home runs, and 32 walks.
Familia became the established eighth inning pitcher, or the "set-up man" in front of the closer, Jenrry Mejia, in 2014. When Mejia was suspended early in the 2015 season, Familia became the Mets' closer. Familia made it to the final vote of the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game but lost to Carlos Martinez. Familia struggled after the All-Star break, blowing three consecutive saves in late July, including giving up a game-winning home run to Justin Upton on July 30, 2015, when the Mets blew a six-run lead. In the following weeks, however, he dramatically turned things around with 16 consecutive scoreless innings, zero earned runs, and eight converted saves in eight opportunities.
On October 4, Familia recorded his forty-third save in a 1–0 win against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. He gave up a double to Bryce Harper with two outs and got Jayson Werth to fly out to center fielder Juan Lagares to end the game. The game was the final game of the 2015 regular season and snapped the Mets' five game losing streak. The save tied the club record set by Armando Benítez in 2001. He finished the season with a 2–2 record, 1.85 ERA in 76 games with a career high 43 saves, 86 strikeouts in 78 innings pitched with a WHIP of 1.000 while giving up 59 hits, 16 runs, 6 home runs, and 19 walks.
Familia recorded two saves in the 2015 National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, retiring all 16 batters he faced. In the 2015 National League Championship Series against the Cubs, Familia recorded three saves over 4 1⁄3 innings pitched, giving up 2 hits and 2 walks and no runs. Familia struck out Dexter Fowler to send the Mets to the World Series. In game 1 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals, he gave up a game-tying home run to Alex Gordon in the ninth inning; the Mets would eventually lose, 5–4, in 14 innings. He gave up the home run to Gordon on a quick pitch, which Familia used to throw off hitters' timing throughout the 2015 season. Familia blew saves in games 4 and 5 as well, both of which the Mets lost, the latter of which ended the series. Familia's three blown saves in the series established a new World Series record. He tied Robb Nen for most save opportunities in one postseason, with eight.
On May 25, Familia set a franchise record by converting 32 consecutive save opportunities, breaking a tie with Billy Wagner. On June 24, Familia broke another franchise record previously held by Armando Benítez by converting 25 consecutive save opportunities to open the season. On July 5, Familia was named to the National League roster for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Petco Park, joining teammates Yoenis Céspedes, Bartolo Colón, Noah Syndergaard and Mets manager Terry Collins.
On July 27, Familia blew his first save opportunity of his last 53 after allowing two runs on two hits and two walks to the St. Louis Cardinals, ending the third longest consecutive save streak in MLB history. On August 31, Familia recorded his 44th save of the season, breaking the Mets club record previously held by Armando Benítez and tied by Familia in 2015. Familia finished the season with 51 saves, the most in Major League Baseball. He became the only Mets pitcher other than John Franco to lead the National League in saves.
Despite his impressive save record for the year, Familia gave up the winning three-run home run to Conor Gillaspie in the top of the ninth in the 2016 National League Wild Card Game against the San Francisco Giants as the Mets lost 3–0.
On March 29, 2017, Familia was suspended for the first 15 games of the season without pay for violating the league's personal conduct policy, regarding his previous domestic violence incident that occurred nearly five months prior to the suspension. Familia was activated on April 20 and made his season debut that night at Citi Field. On May 11, Familia was diagnosed with an arterial clot in his right shoulder. The next day, on May 12, Familia underwent surgery to remove the blockage from his posterior circumflex humeral artery. Familia was activated from the disabled list on August 25. Familia ended the season going 6/7 in save opportunities in 26 games.
Familia began the season as the Mets closer. In 40 games, he was 4-4 while going 17/21 in save opportunities.
On July 21, 2018, Familia was traded to the Athletics in exchange for Will Toffey and Bobby Wahl. Familia served as the A's setup man to closer Blake Treinen. In 30 games for the A's, Familia went 4-2 with 40 strikeouts in 31 1⁄3 innings.
Familia's son, Jeurys Jr., was born to his fiancée, Bianca Rivas, on June 12, 2015, while the elder Familia saved a win against the Atlanta Braves. In the summer of 2015, Familia also completed construction on a new house for his parents back in the Dominican Republic. Construction on the house had begun in 2014, but was delayed when Familia decided to pay for surgery to repair a leg injury that had plagued his father since childhood.
On October 31, 2016, Familia was arrested on a domestic violence charge in Fort Lee, New Jersey. On December 15, the charge was dismissed due to lack of evidence. The October arrest was also expunged from his record.
The 2014 New York Mets season was the franchise's 53rd season and their 6th season at Citi Field. The New York Mets finished 79–83, their most wins since the 2010 season. Also, the Mets finished tied for 2nd place in the National League East, their highest place in the standings since 2008.2015 National League Championship Series
The 2015 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff contested between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets for the National League (NL) pennant and the right to play in the 2015 World Series. The Mets swept the Cubs four games to none for their fifth National League pennant in franchise history. The series was the 46th in league history with TBS airing all games in the United States. Game 1 was played on October 17.This was the first postseason meeting between the Mets and Cubs, and first NLCS in which the losing team never had a lead during a game. It was also the first since 2007 to end in a sweep and the third best-of-seven NLCS to do so (the other being in 1995).
The Mets would go on to lose to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series in five games.2015 National League Division Series
The 2015 National League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams in the 2015 National League Championship Series. The three divisional winners (seeded 1-3) and a fourth team—the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff— played in two series. TBS carried all the games in the United States, with Sportsnet simulcasting TBS coverage for Canada. The Division Series began on October 9 and concluded on October 15. The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals had home field advantage in this round of the playoffs.
These matchups were:
(1) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champion) versus (5) Chicago Cubs (Wild Card winner)
(2) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champion) vs (3) New York Mets (East Division champion)The higher seeded team in each series hosts Games 1, 2, and 5 (if necessary), and the lower seeded team hosts Games 3 and 4 (if necessary).
The Mets and the Dodgers met for the third time in postseason play, having split the first two meetings (Dodgers won 4–3 in the 1988 NLCS; Mets won 3–0 in the 2006 NLDS). This was the third overall postseason meeting between the Cubs and Cardinals, with the two having met in the 1885 and 1886 World Series, and their first since the Cardinals joined the National League in 1892.2015 New York Mets season
The 2015 New York Mets season was the franchise's 54th season. The Mets finished the regular season with a record of 90–72, winning the National League East title on September 26, their first division title since 2006 and sixth overall. They defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series in five games and swept the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. They lost to the Kansas City Royals in five games in the 2015 World Series. It was the Mets' first appearance in the World Series since 2000 when they lost to the New York Yankees. It marked the team's first winning season since Citi Field opened in 2009 (and their first since 2008, their last season at Citi Field's predecessor, Shea Stadium).2015 Philadelphia Phillies season
The 2015 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 133rd season in the history of the franchise, and its twelfth season at Citizens Bank Park. The team finished the season with a record of 63–99 (.389), the worst record in the majors, and missed the playoffs for a fourth consecutive 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.2016 National League Wild Card Game
The 2016 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2016 postseason played between the National League's (NL) two wild card teams, the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants. As both teams finished with identical 87–75 records, a tiebreaker was used to determine the host team. In accordance with MLB tiebreaking rules, the Mets earned the right to host the game by winning their season series against the Giants 4–3.
The game was played on October 5, 2016 at Citi Field in Queens, New York, and the winner advanced to play the first-seeded Chicago Cubs in the NL Division Series. It was televised in the United States on ESPN.
The Giants defeated the Mets, 3–0.2016 New York Mets season
The 2016 New York Mets season was the franchise's 55th season. The Mets opened the season against their 2015 World Series opponent, the Kansas City Royals. This was the first time in the history of the league that World Series opponents played a rematch on Opening Day. This was made possible by interleague play being scattered throughout the season. Despite being below .500 (60–62) as late as August 19, the Mets went 27–13 in their final 40 games to make the postseason in consecutive seasons for the second time in franchise history. They lost to the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card Game.2018 Philadelphia Phillies season
The 2018 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 136th season in the history of the franchise, its 15th season at Citizens Bank Park, and the 1st season with manager Gabe Kapler. They improved from their 66–96 season in 2017 by posting an 80–82 record, but missed the postseason for the seventh consecutive season. Kapler had the second-most wins among Phillies managers historically after 100 games (56), and under Kapler, the 2018 team improved its end-of-season won-lost record by 14 games.Bobby Wahl
Robert Martin Wahl (born March 21, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the Oakland Athletics and New York Mets.
Wahl played college baseball for the Ole Miss Rebels. The Athletics selected him in the 2013 MLB draft, and he made his MLB debut for the Oakland Athletics in 2017, and was traded to the Mets in 2018. The Mets traded him to the Brewers before the 2019 season.Jenrry Mejía
Jenrry Manuel Mejía (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxenri meˈxi.a]; born October 11, 1989) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher in the Boston Red Sox organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets.
Mejía signed with the Mets as an international free agent on April 4, 2007. He made his MLB debut in 2010 and was named the Mets' closer in May 2014. Mejía was suspended for the first 80 games of the 2015 season after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PED). He received his second suspension in July 2015 after a second failed test. He tested positive for a third time, which was reported in February 2016, resulting in his permanent suspension from MLB. He was the first player to receive a permanent suspension due to violating MLB's drug policy three times. Mejía later submitted an application for reinstatement, as allowed under MLB's drug policy, which was granted by Commissioner Rob Manfred in July 2018.List of Major League Baseball players investigated for domestic violence
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This is a list of team records for the New York Mets baseball team.Save (baseball)
In baseball, a save (abbreviated SV or S) is credited to a pitcher who finishes a game for the winning team under certain prescribed circumstances, described below. Most commonly a pitcher earns a save by entering in the ninth inning of a game in which his team is winning by three or fewer runs and finishing the game by pitching one inning without losing the lead. The number of saves or percentage of save opportunities successfully converted are oft-cited statistics of relief pitchers, particularly those in the closer role. The save statistic was created by journalist Jerome Holtzman in 1959 to "measure the effectiveness of relief pitchers" and was adopted as an official MLB statistic in 1969. The save has been retroactively measured for pitchers before that date. Mariano Rivera is MLB's all-time leader in regular season saves with 652.Sinker (baseball)
In baseball, a sinker or sinking fastball is a type of fastball pitch which has significant downward and horizontal movement and is known for inducing ground balls. Pitchers who use the sinker tend to rely on it heavily and do not need to change pitch speeds as much as other pitchers do because the sinking action induces weak bat contact. Other pitchers normally change pitch speeds to achieve this effect. The sinker is much more often used by right-handed than left-handed pitchers.Sterling Award
The Sterling Awards are annual baseball awards given to the top players in the New York Mets organization at each level of the minor leagues. The two principal awards are the Sterling Minor League Organizational Player of the Year and the Sterling Minor League Organizational Pitcher of the Year. Nine additional awards are given to the most valuable player on each of the Mets-affiliated teams in Minor League Baseball (MiLB). The award was originally called the Doubleday Award in honor of former Mets co-owner Nelson Doubleday, Jr.. When Doubleday sold his shares of the team to fellow co-owner Fred Wilpon, the name of the award was changed to the Sterling Award.Will Toffey
William Tobin Toffey (born December 31, 1994) is an American professional baseball third baseman in the New York Mets organization.Yaguate
Yaguate is a municipality (municipio) of the San Cristóbal province in the Dominican Republic.
New York Mets roster