Alan Embree
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Embree with the Oakland Athletics in 2007
Pitcher
Born: (1970-01-23) January 23, 1970 (age 52)
The Dalles, Oregon
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 15, 1992, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
July 10, 2009, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record39–45
Earned run average4.59
Strikeouts691
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Alan Duane Embree (born January 23, 1970) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. Embree played for the Cleveland Indians (1992–1996), Atlanta Braves (1997–1998), Arizona Diamondbacks (1998), San Francisco Giants (1999–2001), Chicago White Sox (2001), San Diego Padres (2002 & 2006), Boston Red Sox (2002–2005), New York Yankees (2005), Oakland Athletics (2007–2008), and the Colorado Rockies (2009). He batted and threw left-handed, and was used as a left-handed specialist.

High school

Embree attended Prairie High School in Brush Prairie, Washington and was a letterman in football, basketball, baseball. In baseball, he won All-Conference honors.[citation needed] Embree won a state championship in baseball at Prairie High School.[1] Due to a shoulder injury, he did not pitch during his senior season.[2] Over the final three seasons of his high school career, he hit .400.[3]

Professional career

From 1992 through 2004, Embree had posted a 28-28 record with a 4.38 ERA and seven saves in 568 games.[4]

In 2004, Embree recorded the final out against the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS, and shut down the Cardinals in the 8th inning of Game 4 of the 2004 World Series, and an inning later, the Red Sox won the World Series and Embree received his World Series ring on Opening Day, 2005.

In 2005, with the Boston Red Sox, Embree's record was 1-4 with a 7.65 ERA in 43 outings.[4] As a result of these sub-par numbers, Embree was designated for assignment on July 19.[5] He was signed by the New York Yankees on July 30 to replace Buddy Groom who was designated for assignment.[6]

On December 6, 2006, it was announced that Embree agreed to a two-year deal with the Oakland Athletics including an option for the 2009 season.[7] Embree spent the bulk of his time serving as the team's closer while Huston Street was injured for a prolonged period.[8]

On December 13, 2008, it was announced that Embree had agreed to a one-year deal with the Colorado Rockies for the 2009 season and an option for the 2010 season.[9]

On July 7, 2009, Embree became only the second pitcher since 1990 to be awarded a win without throwing a single pitch. This is because he was able to pick Austin Kearns of the Washington Nationals off at first base.[10]

On July 10, 2009, Embree's right tibia was broken after he was struck in the leg by a line drive off the bat of the Atlanta Braves' Martín Prado. The injury required surgery and caused Embree to miss the rest of the 2009 season.[11]

On March 20, 2010, the Boston Red Sox signed Embree to a Minor League contract with a Major League Spring Training invitation.[12] Embree had a clause in his contract that would grant him a release by April 15, if he was not on the major league roster. He opted to remain with the Boston organization and was called up on April 28. However, he was designated for assignment on May 1 without appearing in a game.[13]

On May 11, 2010, the Chicago White Sox signed Embree and assigned him to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights.

Pitching style

Embree relied primarily on two pitches: a 90–95 MPH four-seam fastball and a sharp slider. In his younger days, Embree's fastball was clocked as high as 96–98 mph. During his time with the Red Sox, he began to throw his fastball at slightly lower velocity in order to avoid injuring his arm. He also refined his slider into an effective pitch, whereas before, he had relied almost exclusively on his blazing fastball.

Post-playing career

On November 8, 2012, Embree was named the pitching coach for the Bend Elks Baseball Club in Bend, Oregon.[14] The Bend Elks are an amateur baseball team from Bend, Oregon. The team is a founding member of the wooden-bat West Coast League, a collegiate summer baseball league in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia that began play in 2005. Alan resides in Bend, Oregon with his children, his son Ace and his daughter, Andie.

References

  1. ^ "Ex major-leaguer returns to tourney". Herald and News. July 30, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  2. ^ Edes, Gordon (March 21, 2010). "Sox pitcher Embree confident in comeback". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Zack, Bill (June 21, 1998). "Braves retain humor despite humbling loss". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Alan Embree - Oakland Athletics - Career Statistics - MLB - Yahoo! Sports". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Red Sox acquire Adam Hyzdu". MLB.com. July 19, 2005. Retrieved March 4, 2010.
  6. ^ "Yankees sign left-handed pitcher Alan Embree". MLB.com. July 30, 2005. Retrieved March 4, 2010.
  7. ^ ESPN.com news services (December 8, 2006). "Piazza joins A's, who also add Embree". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 4, 2010.
  8. ^ Urban, Mychael (May 24, 2007). "Gaudin, A's shut out White Sox". MLB.com. Retrieved March 4, 2010.
  9. ^ "Rockies agree to terms with LHP Alan Embree on one-year deal". MLB.com. December 13, 2008. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2010.
  10. ^ Renck, Troy E. (July 8, 2009). "Nationals' bloopers hand Embree win without a pitch". The Denver Post. Retrieved March 4, 2010.
  11. ^ "Rockies' Embree out for year". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 11, 2009. Retrieved March 4, 2010.
  12. ^ "Red Sox sign LHP Alan Embree to a Minor League contract with a Major League Spring Training invitation". Boston Red Sox. March 20, 2010. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
  13. ^ "Red Sox Designate left-hander Alan Embree for assignment". boston.redsox.mlb.com. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  14. ^ "Alan Embree Joins Bend Elks Coaching Staff". OurSports Central. Retrieved August 20, 2018.