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JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — Jason Marquis signed a one-year, $3-million deal with the Minnesota Twins last week. The Twins will be his 7th team over a 12-year major-league career but first in the American League.

A left-hander with a career 4.55 ERA and 104-98 record, Marquis split last season between the Washington Nationals and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 33-year-old went a combined 8-6 with a 4.43 ERA but spent the end of the season on the disabled list after a line drive broke his right fibula.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan called Marquis a “ground-ball machine” and predicted that Target Field breadth would serve him well.

Marquis is expected to pitch fifth in the Twins’ starting rotation. The team finished 2011 in last place in the A.L. Central division.

In May 2011, Marquis became the fifth Jewish pitcher in MLB history to win 100 games and the first to do so since Steve Stone in 1980. He ranks 5th in career wins among Jewish pitchers and needs only 2 more to tie the late Dave Roberts for 4th place.

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JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — Jason Marquis became the 5th Jewish pitcher to win 100 games on Tuesday (5/10/2011), leading the Washington Nationals to a 7-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Marquis, who spent the first 4 years of his MLB career with Atlanta, held the Braves to one run through the first 7 innings. He left after giving up a single and double with one out in the 8th.

Tuesday’s win put the 32-year-old Manhasset, N.Y., native in good company: Marquis ranks 5th in career wins among Jewish pitchers and needs only 8 more to move into 3rd place. He is the first Jew to reach 100 wins since Steve Stone did so 31 years ago.

The Jewish pitchers with the most wins are:

Pitcher Wins Losses W/L %
Ken Holtzman (1965-79) 174 150 53.7%
Sandy Koufax (1955-66) 165 87 65.5%
Steve Stone (1971-81) 107 93 53.5%
Dave A. Roberts (1969-81) 103 125 45.2%
Jason Marquis (2000- ) 100 93 51.8%
Barney Pelty (1903-12) 92 117 44.0%

Marquis has bounced back nicely from 2010, when he went 2-9 with a 6.60 ERA and spent nearly 4 months on the disabled list after having elbow surgery.

So far this season he is 4-1 with a 3.66 ERA on a Nationals team that is 17-18. He ranks 6th among N.L. pitchers in fewest walks per 9 innings (1.60) and 9th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.714/tie). On April 29, Marquis pitched a complete-game shutout against two-time Cy Young Award winner Tin Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants.

Thanks to Jewish Baseball News reader Jack W. for the tip on Marquis’ milestone.


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