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James Joseph Deshaies (born June 23, 1960), also known as "JD", is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) player, and is currently a color commentator for broadcasts of Chicago Cubs games. As a left-handed starting pitcher, Deshaies pitched across 11 MLB seasons.

Jim Deshaies
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Deshaies at Wrigley Field on July 6, 2013
Pitcher
Born: (1960-06-23) June 23, 1960 (age 59)
Massena, New York
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 7, 1984, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
July 30, 1995, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record84–95
Earned run average4.14
Strikeouts951
Teams

Playing careerEdit

Deshaies made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees on August 7, 1984.[1] He set a milestone in his debut by being the 1,000th person to play an official game for the New York Yankees. He was the losing pitcher that day, after giving up four earned runs in four innings pitched in a 6–3 loss to the Chicago White Sox.[2] Six days later, he lasted three innings in a no decision start against the Cleveland Indians.[2] Those would be the only two appearances for the New York Yankees, who traded him to the Houston Astros on September 15, 1985, for Joe Niekro.[1]

His first full season was with the 1986 Houston Astros. Still considered a rookie, he posted 12 wins, good for the Astros' rookie record, later broken by Roy Oswalt in 2001.

On September 23, 1986, in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Deshaies set a major-league record by striking out the first eight batters of the game.[3] The following year, the Topps company inserted a trading card into its 1987 set honoring this accomplishment. This feat was equaled by Jacob deGrom on September 14, 2014 and Germán Márquez on September 26, 2018.

Deshaies was a mainstay on the Astros' rotation from 1986 to 1991, pitching in 26 or more starts in those years. His best season was 1989, when he pitched a 15–10 record, with a 2.91 ERA and 153 strikeouts. On May 2 that year, Mike Schmidt hit his 548th, and final, home run off Deshaies.

He holds the major league record for most at-bats without an extra base hit, with 440.[citation needed]

In 1992, Deshaies and the Astros parted ways. He played brief stints with the San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies. He retired in 1995.

ESPN's Chris Berman referred to him as Jim "Two Silhouettes on" Deshaies.

Broadcasting careerEdit

 
Deshaies interviewing Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville before a pregame celebration for the 2013 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks at Wrigley Field

Jim Deshaies was a commentator for Astros' TV broadcasts from 1997 to 2012, along with Bill Brown. Deshaies gained respect as an analyst and enjoyed very high popularity with Astros fans during his tenure. He is the co-host of the "J.D. and Dave's Excellent Offseason Adventure" in the offseason and occasionally serves as an analyst for Major League Baseball on Fox. He moved to the Chicago Cubs' TV broadcast for the 2013–16 seasons.[4] On January 10, 2017, the Cubs announced extensions for both Deshaies and play-by-play man Len Kasper through 2019.[5]

In 2001, Deshaies ran a tongue-in-cheek campaign urging Baseball Writers' Association of America voters to elect him to the Baseball Hall of Fame, knowing full well he would not qualify for the honor. His goal of receiving one vote in the Hall of Fame election was achieved when Houston Chronicle writer John Lopez voted for him.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Jim Deshaies Stats". BaseballReference.com.
  2. ^ a b "Jim Deshaies 1984 Pitching Game Logs". BaseballReference.com.
  3. ^ McTaggart, Brian (September 23, 2015). "Looking back at Deshaies' historic pitching performance". MLB.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  4. ^ Footer, Alyson. "Deshaies takes position as Cubs' TV color analyst". MLB.com. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  5. ^ "Cubs extend contracts for Kasper, Deshaies". MLB.com.

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