James Joseph Deshaies (born June 23, 1960), also known as "JD", is a former left-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball and currently a color analyst with the Chicago Cubs along with Len Kasper.
Deshaies at Wrigley Field on July 6, 2013
|Born: June 23, 1960|
Massena, New York
|August 7, 1984, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 30, 1995, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Earned run average||4.14|
Deshaies made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees on August 7, 1984. 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. Six days later, he lasted three innings in a no decision start against the Cleveland Indians. 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.
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. 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, Deshaies served Mike Schmidt's 548th and final home run.
He holds the major league record for most at-bats without an extra base hit, with 440.
ESPN's Chris Berman referred to him as Jim "Two Silhouettes on" Deshaies.
Jim Deshaies formerly did commentary for the 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 popular "J.D. and Dave's Excellent Offseason Adventure" in the offseason and occasionally serves as an analyst for Major League Baseball on Fox. He agreed to move to the Chicago Cubs' TV broadcast for the 2013–16 seasons. On January 10, 2017, the Cubs announced extensions for both Deshaies and play-by-play man Len Kasper through 2019.
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, even though he knew that he was not qualified for the honor. His goal was to get one vote in the Hall of Fame election, which succeeded when Houston Chronicle writer John Lopez voted for him. Lopez is a current sports talk radio show host in Houston.
- Footer, Alyson. "Deshaies takes position as Cubs' TV color analyst". MLB.com. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
- "Cubs extend contracts for Kasper, Deshaies". MLB.com.