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Jason Marquis

Jason Marquis

Jason Marquis

MLB (retired)
Full Name Jason Scott Marquis
Date of Birth 08/21/1978
BirthplaceManhasset, NY
Religion Jewish
Height 6'1
Weight 200
Bats/Throws L/R
College none
Drafted Braves
MLB Debut 06/06/2000

Career highlights (thru 2013)

  • Selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 1st round of the 1996 draft (35th overall)
  • Pitched scoreless inning in his MLB debut with the Atlanta Braves, at age 21 (2000)
  • Went a career-best 15-and-7 with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004
  • Pitched in two World Series games for St. Louis Cardinals, going 0-and-1 (2004)
  • Batted .310 in 2005, earning him the Silver-Slugger Award for best-hitting pitcher, NL
  • Selected for the 2009 All-Star Game but did not play
  • In 505 career at-bats, Marquis has hit .202 with 5 home runs, 28 doubles, 2 triples and 48 RBIs
  • Struck out 13 batters over eight innings in a 3-2 Atlanta Braves victory over the Milwaukee Brewers (Aug. 3, 2001)
  • Gave up Sammy Sosa’s 600th career home run (6/20/2007)
  • Has been ejected once in career, for allegedly throwing at Arizona Diamondbacks batter Justin Upton (6/5/2011)
  • Recorded his 100th career in in 2011 (5/10/2011)
  • Recorded his 1,000th career strikeout in 2012 (6/18/2012)

MLB career bests, by statistic

  • ERA: 3.48 (2001)
  • Wins: 15 (2004, 2009)
  • Saves: 1 (2003)
  • Holds: 2 (2001)
  • Strikeouts: 138 (2004)
  • K/9 innings: 2.17 (2001)
  • K/BB ratio: 1.97 (2012)
  • Opponent AVG: .234 (2001)
  • Opponent OBP: .320 (2001)

2013 highlights

  • Won eight decisions in a row over a 6-week period lasting from 4/28/2013 through 6/15/2013, during which he had a 3.25 ERA
  • Finished the season 9-5 for a .643 win-loss percentage, the second-best of his career
  • Underwent “Tommy John” surgery on his right elbow in July, will likely be out much of the 2014 season

2009 highlights

  • 2nd in ground balls produced, MLB (395)
  • 2nd in double-play grounders produced, NL (28, tied)
  • 4th in wins, NL (15)
  • 4th in ground-ball-to-fly ratio, NL (2.15/1)
  • Pitched a 2-hit, complete game shutout (June 30, 2009)
  • Named to All-Star team, NL

On being Jewish

  • Marquis “was raised in a Conservative household, attended Hebrew school and observes the major Jewish holidays.”(Canadian Jewish News; Apr. 11, 2003)
  • “There was talk in the off-season about an Israeli team being fielded in next year’s World Baseball Classic. Marquis said if it came about, he would definitely be interested in playing to represent his heritage.” (Canadian Jewish News; June 26, 2008)
  • “My mother was stricter with our Jewish upbringing, given that her parents were Holocaust survivors.” (; Aug. 26, 2009)
  • “(Marquis and wife Debbie’s) home is a central gathering place and in the coming weeks will host a Hanukkah party – Marquis is Jewish – and a Christmas celebration for Debbie’s side of the family.” (New York Times; Dec. 5, 2009)
  • On Yom Kippur 2001, “Jason Marquis did not eat, or drink. He did pitch, and he won.” Marquis attended services the next day. (Los Angeles Times; Oct. 7, 2004)

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