Josh Kinney
Kinney with the St. Louis Cardinals
Born: (1979-03-31) March 31, 1979 (age 45)
Coudersport, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 3, 2006, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 2012, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
Win–loss record1–3
Earned run average4.73
Career highlights and awards

Joshua Thomas Kinney (born March 31, 1979) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox and Seattle Mariners. He threw a slider, four-seam fastball, curveball, and a two-seam fastball.

Early and personal life

Kinney was born on March 31, 1979, in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. He attended Port Allegany High School and played high school baseball co-op with Oswayo Valley School. and went to college at Quincy University.

Kinney resides in Springfield, Missouri, with his wife, Jorni, and their two sons.[1] His younger brother, Colby was a TACP/JTAC in the Air Force.[2]

Professional career

St. Louis Cardinals

Kinney signed as a free agent with the River City Rascals of the independent Frontier League on June 1, 2001. Two weeks later, the St. Louis Cardinals purchased his contract from River City and assigned to Short-Season A New Jersey Cardinals in the New York–Penn League. He was later promoted to the Single-A Peoria Chiefs, which was then a Cardinals affiliate in the Midwest League, where he made 27 appearances.

In 2002, Kinney was promoted to the Single-A Advanced Potomac Cannons in the Carolina League, where he had a 2.29 earned run average (ERA) in 44 appearances. For the start of the 2003 season, Kinney remained at Single-A Advanced level but St. Louis disaffiliated with the Cannons, creating instead the Palm Beach Cardinals in Florida State League. He was promoted to Tennessee Smokies, the Double-A affiliate in the Southern League. In 2003 and 2004, he bounced between Palm Beach and Tennessee. Kinney stayed at the Double-A level to begin the 2005 season, but St. Louis disaffiliated with the Smokies; thus he was sent to the Springfield Cardinals for their inaugural season. He excelled in Springfield, posting a 1.29 ERA in 32 appearances. At mid-season, Kinney was promoted to Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, where he pitched in 26 games.

Kinney began 2006 in Memphis, where he pitched well, maintaining an ERA under 1.60. He was first called up to the major leagues on July 2, 2006, which made Kinney the first Springfield Cardinals player to be called up to the St. Louis Cardinals.[2] His first major league pitch was hit for a home run by the Atlanta Braves' Ryan Langerhans. He pitched in 10 games, then was optioned back to Memphis on August 1. Kinney was recalled again, on September 5, and pitched well enough to remain on the playoff roster. He pitched in the NLDS, the NLCS, and the 2006 World Series, winning a World Series ring after the Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers four games to one. Kinney pitched in Games 2 and 4, pitching a total of one inning with a 0.00 World Series ERA. In Game 2 of the World Series, he pitched 13 innings with a walk and a strikeout. In Game 4, he faced three batters, retiring two of them, one by way of strikeout.

After a few poor outings to begin 2007 spring training, Kinney had season-ending Tommy John surgery to repair a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament.[3] A fractured elbow while rehabbing in 2007 further delayed his return, and Kinney did not make it back to the Cardinals until September 2008.[4] He made a four-game rehab stint with Double-A Springfield. He then pitched in seven games in 2008 for the Cardinals, and did not give up a run in seven innings.

Kinney made the St. Louis Cardinals team out of spring training in 2009 but was optioned back to Memphis on April 17 after three appearances. He was recalled on June 18, but sent back on July 26. During that stint, Kinney earned his first Major League win, against the Minnesota Twins, on June 27 with 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and stranding two runners. He was recalled in the September call-up on September 23.

For 2010, Kinney was with the Memphis Redbirds for their entire season. Despite pitching well, having 17 saves and a 1.80 ERA,[5] the Cardinals took him off their 40-man roster on July 2. Moreover, he was not part of the Cards' September call-up.

Chicago White Sox

On January 9, 2011, Kinney signed a deal with the Chicago White Sox. He was called up on August 19 to replace Philip Humber, who was hit in the head by a line drive and was placed on the disabled list. He became a free agent on October 18.

Seattle Mariners

Kinney signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners on December 13, 2011. He made 35 appearances for the Mariners in the 2012 season. After the season, Kinney was re-signed to a one-year deal, but never pitched in the majors again.[6] On March 11, 2013, Kinney injured his rib.[7][8]

Pittsburgh Pirates

Kinney signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates after the 2013 season. He became a free agent after the 2014 season.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Sunday Conversation with Josh Kinney". 22 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "MLB bio". (accessed September 18, 2010)
  3. ^ "Surgery". Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2007-03-09.
  4. ^ "Kinney comes back".[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Morgan, Marlon W. "Redbirds relief pitcher has focus on winning"., September 17, 2010 (accessed September 18, 2010)
  6. ^ "Reference at".
  7. ^ "Josh Kinney injury: Mariners reliever out several weeks with rib problem - MLB Daily Dish". 11 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Reference at".
  9. ^ "Reference at". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  10. ^ "Pirates signed RHP Josh Kinney to a minor league contract with". Archived from the original on 2015-06-21. Retrieved 2014-06-01.