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Craig Breslow

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Craig Breslow

MLB (retired)
Full Name Craig Andrew Breslow
Date of Birth 08/08/1980
BirthplaceNew Haven, CT
Religion Jewish
Height 6'1
Weight 180
Bats/Throws L/L
Drafted Guardians
Draft Round26
Overall Pick769
MLB Debut 07/23/2005
Final MLB Game: 09/28/2017

Career highlights (through 2015)

  • Selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 26th round of the 2002 draft (769th overall)
  • Struck out three of the 7 batters he faced in his MLB debut (2005)
  • Had a career ERA of 3.31 through 2015
  • Played in the 2013 World Series with victorious Boston Red Sox
  • Was named smartest athlete in all of sports by Sporting News (2010)

Career bests, by statistic

  • ERA: 1.81 (2013)
  • Wins: 8 (2009)
  • Saves: 5 (2010)
  • Holds: 16 (2010) — Fangraphs
  • Strikeouts: 71 (2010)
  • K/9 innings: 8.7 (2012)
  • K/BB ratio: 2.77 (2012)
  • Opponent AVG: .194 (2010) — ESPN
  • Opponent OBP: .272 (2010) — ESPN

2014 highlights

  • Pitched a perfect 8th inning against the Rays, retiring three batters on a total of 6 pitches, none faster than 88 mph (7/25/2014)

2013 highlights

  • Had a career-best 1.81 ERA, 8th-best in A.L. among those with at least 40 innings pitched (ESPN)
  • Recorded 13 holds and just one blown save (Fangraphs)
  • Delivered an average of 14.5 pitches per inning, tied for 6th-lowest in the A.L. among those with at least 40 innings pitched (ESPN)
  • Pitched in three World Series games and earned a championship ring
  • In the final game of the A.L. Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, struck out the first 4 batters he faced and earned the win
  • Nominated by the Boston Red Sox for the 2013 Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes community service

2012 highlights

  • In a season split between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Boston Red Sox, had an overall ERA of 2.70, his best since 2008
  • Career bests in strikeouts per nine innings and strikes vs. walks
  • Went 0-for-3 at the plate for Diamondbacks; his only other at-bat, an out, came in 2005

2011 highlights

  • 11th in games pitched, A.L. (67)
  • Traded by the Oakland A’s to the Arizona Diamondbacks after the season ended

2010 highlights

  • After the Minnesota Twins released him in May 2009, Breslow pitched in 60 games for the Oakland A’s, going 7-and-5 with a 2.60 ERA
  • 2nd in games pitched, A.L. (75)
  • 15th in holds, A.L. (16)

2009 highlights

  • After the Minnesota Twins released him in May 2009, Breslow pitched in 60 games for the Oakland A’s, going 7-and-5 with a 2.60 ERA
  • Notched career bests in wins, holds, strikeouts, and opponent batting average
  • 1st in fielding percentage among pitchers, A.L. (1.000)
  • 2nd in games pitched, A.L. (77)
  • 5th in opponent batting average, A.L. (.197/tie)

On being Jewish

  • “Being Jewish is something that I am very proud of.  However, I believe that when I enter the clubhouse I am a teammate and a baseball player just like everyone else around me. I believe that a lot is made of ethnicity, religion, color, and how certain athletes are expected to champion causes on behalf of these traits, and perhaps this is true to a degree, but I also believe that it is an individual’s right, or even obligation, to fight for the causes he chooses, not those that are expected of him.” (; Feb. 25, 2010)
  • “Question: Was there a special connection when you played for the Red Sox in 2006 with 3 other Jewish players: Kevin Youkilis, Gabe Kapler, and Adam Stern? Answer: There was a connection among us for a number of reasons.  Judaism gave us an instant commonality, however, so too did playing for the Red Sox, being teammates, and sharing a common goal.” (; Feb. 25, 2010)
  • Breslow, whose sister was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age 14, later founded the Strike 3 Foundation, which raises money for pediatric cancer research

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