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Elmer Dessens Jusaino [deh-SENZ] (born January 13, 1971) is a Mexican former professional baseball pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Elmer Dessens
Elmer Dessens 2009.jpg
Dessens with the New York Mets in 2009
Born: (1971-01-13) January 13, 1971 (age 48)
Hermosillo, Mexico
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: June 24, 1996, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
NPB: 1999, for the Yomiuri Giants
Last appearance
NPB: 1999, for the Yomiuri Giants
MLB: October 2, 2010, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Win–loss record52–64
Earned run average4.44
NPB statistics
Win–loss record0–1
Earned run average3.86


Personal lifeEdit

Elmer Dessens was born on January 13, 1971 in Hermosillo, Mexico.[1] At age 10, he worked as a newspaper boy.[1] Dessens graduated from Carrera Technical High School.[1] He is married to Lorenia and has three sons, Elmer Jr., Erick, Edward[1] Dessens enjoys fishing and is a Los Angeles Lakers fan.[1]

Baseball careerEdit

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

Dessens was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1993. He made his major league debut with the Pirates in 1996 and pitched with them until 1998.

Yomiuri GiantsEdit

The Pirates released him at the end of spring training in 1999. He pitched that season for the Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan.

Cincinnati RedsEdit

Dessens returned to the major leagues in 2000 with the Cincinnati Reds and pitched for them for three seasons.

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit

During the 2002–03 offseason, Dessens was involved in a four-team trade that sent him to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Los Angeles DodgersEdit

Dessens stayed with the Diamondbacks until August 2004, when the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired him for a minor leaguer to bolster their bullpen for the stretch run. That October, Dessens pitched in the postseason for the first and, to date, last time, appearing in one game during the Dodgers' Division Series loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Dessens pitched one more season for the Dodgers, then became a free agent in the offseason.

Kansas City RoyalsEdit

Prior to the 2006 season, Dessens signed with the Kansas City Royals.

Second Stint with DodgersEdit

In July, the Dodgers reacquired Dessens from the Royals for pitcher Odalis Pérez and two minor leaguers, again to bolster their bullpen. While the Dodgers did win the wild card that season, Dessens did not appear as the Dodgers were swept in the Division Series to the New York Mets.

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

In March 2007, Dessens was traded from the Dodgers to the Milwaukee Brewers for reserve outfielder Brady Clark and cash.[2]

Colorado RockiesEdit

In early August he was released by the Brewers, but a few days later he signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies.[3] He started 5 games for the Rockies, going 1–1 with a 7.58 ERA. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

Second Stint with PiratesEdit

In January 2008, Dessens signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but was released during spring training.[4]

Diablos Rojos del MexicoEdit

He then spent most of the 2008 season in the Mexican League with the Diablos Rojos del México.

Atlanta BravesEdit

After pitching (and winning) the final game of the league championship against the Sultanes de Monterrey, he signed a major league contract with the Atlanta Braves in August.[4][5] After the season, Dessens again became a free agent.

New York MetsEdit

In February 2009, Dessens signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets.[6] Dessens made his Mets debut on June 23, 2009 against the St. Louis Cardinals. He was designated for assignment on July 30. He had his contract purchased on August 6, 2009, when Jon Niese was placed on the 60-Day disabled list.

In December 2009, Dessens signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets for the 2010 season.[7]

San Francisco GiantsEdit

On February 8, 2011, it was reported that Dessens had signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants that included an invitation to spring training.[8][9] However, on February 14, it was reported that the deal fell through.[10]

Post PlayingEdit

He is currently an assistant pitching coach for the Arizona League Reds.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Player File". Retrieved 2009-02-07.
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  4. ^ a b Press release (2008-08-27). "Braves agree to terms with Elmer Dessens". Retrieved 2009-02-07.
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  6. ^ Miller, Doug (2009-02-05). "Mets sign Dessens to Minors deal". Retrieved 2009-02-07.
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  9. ^ Street, Jim (2011-02-08). "Giants add veteran Dessens to bullpen mix". San Francisco Giants. Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
  10. ^ Schulman, Henry (2011-02-15). "No trick: Wilson casual with Series-winning ball". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-06-18.

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