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Jeremiah Lee Accardo (born December 8, 1981) is an American former professional baseball pitcher and current bullpen coach for the Syracuse Mets. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, and Oakland Athletics. Prior to playing professionally, Accardo attended Mesa High School and later Illinois State University.

Jeremy Accardo
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Accardo with the Cleveland Indians
Pitcher
Born: (1981-12-08) December 8, 1981 (age 37)
Phoenix, Arizona
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 4, 2005, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 2012, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Win–loss record10–20
Earned run average4.30
Strikeouts205
Teams

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Professional careerEdit

San Francisco GiantsEdit

Accardo signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco Giants of the National League in 2003 after attending Illinois State University.

He made his major league debut on May 4, 2005, pitching one perfect inning in relief against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He finished the 2005 season with a 3.94 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 9 walks and 16 strikeouts in ​29 23 innings of work.[1] In 2006, Accardo was briefly the team's closer when Armando Benítez suffered an ankle injury. .

 
Accardo during his tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2007.

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

On July 21, 2006, Accardo was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for third baseman Shea Hillenbrand and relief pitcher Vinnie Chulk, where he finished the season. In 2006, he posted a combined 5.35 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 20 walks and 54 strikeouts in 69 innings of work.[1]

In 2007, Accardo took the role of closer from Jason Frasor, who had only become the closer due to an elbow injury sustained by B. J. Ryan.[2] He began the season posting 21 consecutive scoreless innings until allowing 3 runs on May 26, 2007 in a game against the Minnesota Twins.[3] On September 28, he recorded his 30th save of the year.

Accardo missed much of the 2008 season because of injury. He had a good spring training in 2009 but did not make the Toronto Blue Jays 25-man roster out of camp. He started the season at Triple A with the Las Vegas 51s.[4] On June 18, his contract was purchased by Toronto to replace the injured Scott Downs. At the time, the Blue Jays' pitching staff continued to be hit by a string of injuries.[5] He made his first 2009 major league appearance that day against the Philadelphia Phillies in an 8–7 victory and earned the save. After making 31 appearances for the Jays over 2009-2010, Toronto did not tender a contract to Accardo prior to the 2010 non-tender deadline, thereby making him a free agent.[6]

Baltimore OriolesEdit

 
Accardo pitching for the Baltimore Orioles in 2011.

On December 14, 2010, Accardo signed a one-year deal worth $1.08 million with the Baltimore Orioles.[7] On June 18, 2011, Accardo was designated for assignment.[8] He finished the season with a 5.73 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 31 appearances [9] and elected free agency on October 11.

Cleveland IndiansEdit

Accardo signed a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians on January 19, 2012. He was invited to the Indians' spring training camp, but did not make the Opening Day roster. His contract was purchased by the Indians' on May 14, 2012.[10] Accardo was designated for assignment on August 5, 2012 to make room on the roster for Chris Seddon[11] and was released on August 9.[12]

Oakland AthleticsEdit

On Aug. 15, 2012, he signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics and was assigned to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. On September 23, the Athletics selected his contract from Sacramento, and he made his final major league appearance to date, allowing two runs in two innings against the Texas Rangers on September 27.

On Oct. 18, 2012, the A's announced that Accardo had cleared waivers and elected free agency rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A.

Washington NationalsEdit

On February 5, 2013, he signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.[13] He was released on June 26, 2013 after struggling at Triple-A Syracuse, where he posted a 5.56 ERA in 22​23 innings.

Long Island DucksEdit

Accardo began the 2014 season pitching for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball before being released.

Bridgeport BluefishEdit

He later signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish to finish out the season, posting a combined 4.40 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 60 appearances.[14]

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit

On February 26, 2015, Accardo signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[15] He was released on March 30.[16]

Coaching CareerEdit

Prior to the 2017 season, Accardo was named the pitching coach for the Gulf Coast Mets in the New York Mets organization. On January 9, 2018, he was named bullpen coach for the Las Vegas 51s.

Pitching styleEdit

Accardo has four pitches. He leads with a four-seam fastball at 90–92 mph and his main off-speed pitch is a splitter from 84–86 mph. He also features a two-seam fastball (90–92) and a cutter (89–91). Right-handed hitters see his full repertoire, but he does not throw the cutter to left-handed hitters. Accardo relies heavily on the splitter with 2 strikes.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b ESPN – Jeremy Accardo Stats, News, Photos – Toronto Blue Jays
  2. ^ "The Official Site of The Toronto Blue Jays: News: Accardo acclimating nicely". Archived from the original on 2007-05-20. Retrieved 2007-06-02.
  3. ^ Team Reports | MLB Baseball at CBSSports.com
  4. ^ http://www.edmontonsun.com/Sports/OtherSports/2009/04/01/8959531-sun.html | Edmonton Sun
  5. ^ Halladay leads parade to Blue Jays infirmary, by Robert MacLeod, The Globe and Mail, June 18, 2009, p. S4.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-05. Retrieved 2010-12-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://www.masnsports.com/school_of_roch/2010/12/accardo-reaches-agreement-gregg-rumor.html
  8. ^ Schmuck, Peter (2011-06-17). "Accardo's last stand; Bergesen and Davis officially promoted". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
  9. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/accarje01.shtml
  10. ^ Hoynes, Paul (May 14, 2012). "Cleveland Indians add RHP Jeremy Accardo to replace Dan Wheeler in bullpen". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  11. ^ "Indians promote LHP Chris Seddon from Triple-A Columbus".
  12. ^ Jordan Bastian; Zack Meisel. "Damon's tenure with Tribe officially over".
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/NationalsPR/status/298902913781215232[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=accard001jer
  15. ^ Jacquez, Joseph (February 26, 2015). "Diamondbacks Sign RHP Jeremy Accardo to a Minor League Deal". venomstrikes.com. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  16. ^ Todd, Jeff (March 31, 2015). "Released: Bello, Herndon, Accardo, Rodriguez, Rogers". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  17. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Jeremy Accardo". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 14 June 2012.

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