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Danny Graves

Danny Graves
Pitcher
Born: (1973-08-07) August 7, 1973
Saigon, South Vietnam
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 13, 1996, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
May 9, 2006, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–Loss record 43–44
Earned run average 4.05
Strikeouts 429
Saves 182
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Daniel Peter Graves (born August 7, 1973 in Saigon, South Vietnam) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Born to an American serviceman father and a Vietnamese mother, he is the only Vietnam-born player in the history of the major leagues, and one of the few Vietnamese-American players. Graves pitched for most of his career for the Cincinnati Reds, where he was team's saves leader each year from 1999–2004, except for 2003 when he was a starting pitcher.

He played college baseball at the University of Miami.

Contents

  • Biography 1
    • High school and college 1.1
    • Major League Baseball career 1.2
  • Personal life 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Biography

High school and college

Graves's family moved to the U.S. when he was fourteen months old. He graduated from Brandon High School in Brandon, Florida and was awarded a baseball scholarship to the University of Miami. As a right-handed relief pitcher for the school as a junior, he posted a 0.89 earned run average and led collegiate baseball with a school-record 21 saves.

Major League Baseball career

Graves was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the fourth round of the 1994 Major League Baseball Draft. Two days after being drafted, he tore his ACL during the College World Series. After a year of rehabilitation, he was named Cleveland's top minor league pitcher of 1995, and was in the major leagues a year later. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in July 1997.

In his first nine seasons with Cleveland and Cincinnati, Graves compiled a 40-42 record as a pitcher with 406 strikeouts, a 3.89 ERA, and 172 saves in 755.2 innings. He is the only player ever to have more than one season in which all his hits were home runs. This happened in 2000 and 2001, with one homer each.

In 2003, Graves was converted into a starter. He went 4-14 as a starter in 26 starts.[1]

The 2005 season did not start well for Graves. He struggled, posting a 7.36 ERA through 20 games. Fans in Cincinnati took notice and consistently booed Graves, leading up to a May 23 incident when Graves made an obscene hand gesture to the crowd while being taken out of the game by the Reds' manager, Dave Miley. Graves was quickly released by the Reds after the incident. He was later signed as a free agent by the New York Mets on June 11, 2005.[2]

After putting up a 5.89 ERA with the Mets, he was designated for assignment on August 23, 2005. He cleared waivers and was sent to Triple-A Norfolk on August 26, but was called back up to the Mets when rosters expanded. Graves was 0-2 with an 18.00 ERA in five games with Norfolk [4].

On December 19, 2005, Graves signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. He pitched well in spring training, earning a spot in the Indian bullpen, but was designated for assignment on May 12, 2006 after he opened the season with a 2-1 record and 5.79 ERA in 13 relief appearances [5].

On May 18, 2006, Graves was assigned to the Indians' Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons, in Buffalo. He finished the 2006 season with the Bisons, with a 4.01 ERA (1 Win 1 Loss).

Graves signed a minor league deal with the Rockies on December 19, 2006.[3] He was released during Spring Training in March 2007 prior to the season.[4] During the 2007 season, Graves was on the roster of the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, leading the league in saves.[5][6]

Graves later signed with the Minnesota Twins on March 30, 2008, and played for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings most of the year.[7] He became a free agent at the end of the season and signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros in January 2009. He was released by the Astros on March 25, 2009.[6][8]

Personal life

Graves is married with three children from a previous marriage.

He has 3 sons who all play baseball. One is a lefty in high school.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://reds.enquirer.com/2004/03/13/red1a.html
  2. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2078917
  3. ^ http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20061221&content_id=1766147&vkey=news_col&fext=.jsp&c_id=col
  4. ^ http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?55742-Rockies-release-Danny-Graves
  5. ^ [6]
  6. ^ a b "Danny Graves". kffl.com. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?66841-Twins-sign-Danny-Graves/page2
  8. ^ http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/danny-graves

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
  • Vietnamese American Pitcher a Man for All Seasons
  • Danny Graves official website
  • Reds: Graves is still just a big kid
  • National Public Radio story about Graves "Bringing Baseball to Vietnam" - audio archive
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