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José Bautista (pitcher)

José Bautista
Born: (1964-07-25) July 25, 1964 (age 49)
Baní, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1988 for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1997 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Win-loss record 32–42
Earned run average 4.62
Strikeouts 328

José Joaquín Bautista Arias (born July 25, 1964) is a former right-handed pitcher who played in Major League Baseball from 1988 to 1997.[1] Bautista is observantly Jewish, born to a Dominican father and an Israeli mother.[1][2][3] His mother's family was originally from Russia, as is his wife. Bautista and his wife maintain a Kosher home, as do fellow Jewish former Major Leaguers Ken Holtzman and Jesse Levis. Despite the fact that several Major Leaguers are from the Dominican Republic, Jose is the only Jewish player from their small Jewish community that numbers around 300 persons.

Baseball career

Bautista was signed by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent in April 1981. In 1984 he was 13–4 with a 3.13 ERA for Columbia in the South Atlantic League, and in 1985, 15–8 with a 2.34 ERA for Lynchburg in the Carolina League.

He pitched for seven years in the New York Mets system before being selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the December 1987 rule 5 draft. He joined the Orioles' rotation in 1988, spending four years with them before moving to the Chicago Cubs (1993–94), San Francisco Giants (1995–96), Detroit Tigers (1997) and St. Louis Cardinals (1997).

As a rookie he went 6–15 with 76 strikeouts and a 4.30 ERA in 171⅔ innings, including 25 starts and three complete games. That was his best season as an Oriole.

He resurfaced as a reliever with the Cubs in 1993, going 10–3 with a 2.82 ERA and 111⅔ innings in 58 appearances (7 as a starter). He kept batters to a .193 batting average in games that were late and close. That was his best major league season.

After going 4–5 for Chicago in 1994 while pitching in 58 games (2nd in the league), he pitched with San Francisco the next two years and spent 1997 with Detroit and St. Louis in his last major league season.

In a nine-season career, Bautista posted a 32–42 record with 328 strikeouts and a 4.04 ERA in 312 games, including three saves, 49 starts, 4 complete games and 685⅔ innings pitched.

Through 2010, he was fifth all-time in career games pitched (312; directly behind Steve Stone) among Jewish major league baseball players.[4]

Coaching career

Bautista was the pitching coach of the Burlington Bees in 2001–02, the Idaho Falls Chukars in 2004–06 and the Burlington Royals in 2007. He also managed the Great Falls Voyagers, advanced A rookie team of the Chicago White Sox, was a roving instructor for Latin players in the Chisox farm system in 2010, and was the pitching coach of the single-A Kannapolis (North Carolina) Intimidators in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

See also


External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • "Minor League's top Jewish prospects," 5/10/06
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