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Frank Joseph Herrmann (born May 30, 1984), is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He previously played for the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies.

Frank Herrmann
Frank Herrmann on March 11, 2012.jpg
Herrmann with the Cleveland Indians
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – No. 42
Born: (1984-05-30) May 30, 1984 (age 35)
Rutherford, New Jersey
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: June 4, 2010, for the Cleveland Indians
NPB: March 31, 2017, for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record5–3
Earned run average4.72
NPB statistics
(through July 10, 2019)
Win–loss record9–6
Earned run average2.77


Amateur careerEdit

High schoolEdit

Herrmann attended Montclair Kimberley Academy, where he played baseball, football, and basketball.[1] He was one of the school's few thousand point scorers in basketball.[2] In 2011, he was inducted into the MKA Athletic Hall of Fame.


For parts of the Spring and Fall 2006 semesters, Herrmann authored a column for The Harvard Crimson. He penned nine stories.[3] The column functioned as a diary of his first year as a professional athlete.[4] Though the editor's note before each article describes him as a "former Harvard" pitcher, the stories were written and published before he graduated from Harvard.

Herrmann received his degree in economics from Harvard University in the fall of 2006. He is the fifteenth player to play in the majors after going to Harvard. Jeff Musselman had been the last. As a junior, he pitched a two-hitter against Yale and a one-hitter against Cornell.[1] At the time of his signing with Cleveland, he was not finished with his studies at Harvard, so the Indians allowed him to return to complete his requirements and finish his degree.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Minor leaguesEdit

Herrmann was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Indians. Beginning in 2006, Herrmann played in minor league baseball with the Lake County Captains, Kinston Indians, Akron Aeros, Buffalo Bisons and the Columbus Clippers.

With the Aeros in 2008, Herrmann made 23 starts and, with his 11–6 regular season record and helped lead the team to the 2008 Eastern League championship series.

Major League BaseballEdit

Hermann made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians June 4, 2010.[1] In a game against the Chicago White Sox, he pitched 1.1 innings and gave up no hits, runs, or walks. He was credited with his first career hold, retiring all four batters he faced: Gordon Beckham, Juan Pierre, Omar Vizquel, and Alex Ríos. He struck out Vizquel for the first strikeout of his major league career.[6]

On March 13, 2013, Herrmann underwent Tommy John surgery, causing him to miss the entire 2013 season.[7]

On December 2, 2013, Herrmann signed a one-year deal with the Indians, avoiding arbitration.[8] He was designated for assignment on March 30, 2014. He elected free agency on November 6, 2015.[9]

Herrmann signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in November 2015, and was called up to the Phillies on August 17, 2016. He was outrighted on October 7, 2016[10]

On November 29, 2016, Herrmann signed with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball. [11]


Hermann married Johanna Nicole Rangel at the Harvard Memorial Chapel on November 6, 2010.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Frank Herrmann Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "Herrmann Makes the Major Leagues". June 4, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "Frank Herrmann - Writer Profile - The Harvard Crimson". Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  4. ^ "Da Clip Show: Keeping an Eye on the Tribe's AAA Squad - 6/8/2010". June 8, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  5. ^ "Harvard's Frank Herrmann Called Up To Cleveland Indians",
  6. ^ "Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox - June 4, 2010". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. June 4, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  7. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (March 13, 2013). "Indians reliever Frank Herrmann out for the season after Tommy John surgery". Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  8. ^ "Cleveland Indians on Twitter". December 2, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  9. ^ "International League Transactions". p. November 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  10. ^ Seidman, Corey (August 17, 2016). "Aaron Nola Done for Season, Phillies Call Up Reliever Frank Herrmann". Retrieved August 18, 2016.
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