Anthony Edward Bass (born November 1, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played for the San Diego Padres, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, and Chicago Cubs. Bass has also played for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He played college baseball at Wayne State University.
Bass with the Astros in 2014
|Seattle Mariners – No. 52|
|Born: November 1, 1987|
|MLB: June 13, 2011, for the San Diego Padres|
|NPB: March 30, 2016, for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters|
|MLB statistics |
(through September 14, 2019)
|Earned run average||4.39|
|Earned run average||3.65|
Bass attended Trenton High School in Trenton, Michigan, and Wayne State University, where he played college baseball for the Wayne State Warriors. As a junior at Wayne State, Bass was named the 2008 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. He was the highest MLB draft pick in Wayne State history.
San Diego PadresEdit
Bass was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the fifth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. He worked as a starting pitcher for the Single-A Fort Wayne TinCaps and Advanced-A Lake Elsinore Storm in 2009, and again for Lake Elsinore in 2010. He began 2011 with the Double-A San Antonio Missions, and although he made a single start for the Triple-A Tucson Padres in May, he was promoted to the big leagues from Double-A in June.
Bass made his major league debut on June 13, 2011, pitching a five-inning start and earning his first major league win. He struck out Seth Smith for his first Major League strikeout. He was optioned back to San Antonio the next day, but was recalled again in late June. Bass stayed with the big league club for the remainder of the year, pitching out of the bullpen until making two more starts in late September. He finished 2011 with a 1.68 ERA in 481⁄3 innings and 24 strike-outs versus 21 walks.
Bass started 2012 in the Padres bullpen, but was added to the starting rotation on April 12 when Dustin Moseley injured his shoulder. Bass made 14 starts for the club until he went on the disabled list in June with shoulder inflammation. He rejoined the club in September, working out of the bullpen after making three rehab starts with Tucson. Bass finished 2012 with a 2-8 record and a 4.73 ERA in 97 innings, with 80 strike-outs against 39 walks.
On December 11, 2013, Bass, along with a player to be named later or cash considerations, was traded to the Houston Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Astros sent Patrick Schuster to the Padres the next day. Bass spent the 2014 season split between the Astros and the team's Class AAA affiliate, the Oklahoma City RedHawks. He appeared in 21 major league games and earned two saves. He was outrighted off the Astros roster on November 20, 2014. On December 6, Bass elected free agency.
Bass signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers on December 11, 2014. Bass split time between the AAA level and the Majors, used mainly as a reliever. In 33 games for the Rangers, he compiled a 4.50 ERA in 64 innings.
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham FightersEdit
Bass was released by the Mariners on January 7, 2016 and signed with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters on January 8. Bass earned three wins during the 2016 Japan Series to lead the Fighters to victory in the championship series, including the fourth win for the team to clinch the team's fifth championship.
Second stint with RangersEdit
Bass signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers in February 2017.
On December 20, 2017, Bass signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs. Bass was called up to the majors by the Cubs on June 11, 2018 after compiling a 2.28 ERA across 23.2 innings with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. Bass immediately saw action as he pitched the final inning of a 7-2 11 inning victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. He was outrighted to AAA on August 12, 2018, and elected free agency on October 11.
On December 30, 2018, Bass signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds. He was released on March 25, 2019. Bass re-signed to another minor league contract on March 28, 2019. He opened the 2019 season with the Louisville Bats. On May 21, he was released by the Reds after exercising an opt-out clause in his contract.
On January 27, 2017, Bass married Sydney Rae James, sister of country singer Jessie James and sister in-law of Eric Decker. Their daughter Brooklyn Rae was born prematurely on September 4, 2017. Anthony has a brother and two sisters. His parents are Ed and Linda Bass. 
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