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Jesús Colomé de la Cruz (born December 23, 1977) is a former professional relief pitcher. He played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Jesús Colomé
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Colomé with the Nationals in 2008
Relief pitcher
Born: (1977-12-23) December 23, 1977 (age 41)
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 21, 2001, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Last MLB appearance
May 30, 2010, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
Win–loss record19–27
Earned run average4.69
Strikeouts330
Teams

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Professional careerEdit

Oakland AthleticsEdit

Jesús Colomé was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Oakland Athletics at age 18, in 1996. He had made it to Double-A as a starting pitcher when, on July 28, 2000, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Todd Belitz and Jim Mecir.

Tampa Bay Devil RaysEdit

The Devil Rays converted him to a relief pitcher, and he made his major league debut with them on June 21, 2001. He finished with a 3.33 ERA. Colomé was one of the only pitchers to throw over 100 mph, but he had bad control. The next season, he posted an 8.27 ERA (the highest of his career). He returned to his old form in 2004, in 2003 he struck out a career high 69 batters.

On February 6, 2003, Colomé was involved in a serious car accident in the Dominican Republic. Two months later, he was released by the Devil Rays.

New York YankeesEdit

Colomé signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees in 2006. At the end of the season, spent entirely in the minors, he opted for free agency.

Washington NationalsEdit

Colomé then signed with the Washington Nationals. He came north with the Nationals following the spring season and started off pitching well. By Memorial Day he was 4–0, and was fifth in the league with 26 appearances, posting a 2.20 ERA and prompting MLB writer Bill Ladson to write, "Jesús Colomé is the Nationals' best reliever, and one could argue that he should be considered for the All-Star Game."[1] Ladson credited Colome's resurgence in his reliance on pitches other than his once dominating fastball.

On December 10, 2008, he was released by the Nationals.[2] He was re-signed by the Nationals to a minor league contract on January 15, 2009. He competed for a spot on the Nationals' roster in spring training, but was sent to the minor leagues on April 4, 2009.[3]

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

In July 2009, the Nationals designated him for assignment and he was picked up by the Milwaukee Brewers and signed to a minor league contract. On September 6, he was released by the Brewers.

Seattle MarinersEdit

On February 10, 2010, Colome signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners.[4] Colomé and Kanekoa Texeira were designated for assignment on May 31, 2010, to make room for Sean White and Garrett Olson.[5]

Los Angeles DodgersEdit

He was signed to a minor league contract by the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 23, 2010 and assigned to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes. He only appeared in 3 games for the Isotopes before he was released.

Texas RangersEdit

On August 15, 2010, he, along with Willy Taveras, signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, and was assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Sultanes de MonterreyEdit

He played for the Sultanes de Monterrey in the Mexican League in 2012.

Personal lifeEdit

His nephew is Álex Colomé.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ladson, Bill. "Notes: Colome in command." Washington Nationals. May 27, 2007. Retrieved on July 26, 2009.
  2. ^ "Nationals release RHP Jesus Colome." Yahoo! Sports. December 10, 2008. Retrieved on December 10, 2008.
  3. ^ "Nationals Send Zimmermann to AAA." Sports Illustrated. April 4, 2009. Retrieved on July 26, 2009.
  4. ^ "Mariners sign Colome to Minors deal." Seattle Mariners. February 10, 2010. Retrieved on February 10, 2010.
  5. ^ http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/marinersblog/2012000499_ms_dfa_texeira_colome_recall_g.html
  6. ^ Topkin, Marc (May 30, 2013). "Some things to know about tonight's starter: Alex Colome". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved March 25, 2014.

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