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James Duffy Henderson (born October 21, 1982) is a Canadian former professional baseball pitcher. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets. While not officially retired, Henderson is currently the pitching coach for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Jim Henderson
Jim Henderson on March 18, 2016.jpg
Henderson with the New York Mets in 2016
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Pitcher
Born: (1982-10-21) October 21, 1982 (age 36)
Calgary, Alberta
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 26, 2012, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record10–11
Earned run average3.61
Strikeouts177
Saves31
Teams

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Early lifeEdit

Henderson was born in Calgary, Alberta to Marilyn and Neil Henderson, an auto mechanic at the University of Calgary. Henderson's father died of Lou Gehrig's disease when Henderson was a teenager.[1][2]

As a high school student, Henderson played summer baseball for the Okotoks Dawgs. Henderson graduated from Central Memorial High School before playing two seasons at Midland College, a junior college in Texas, and then moving on to Tennessee Wesleyan College of the NAIA.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Minor LeaguesEdit

Henderson was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 26th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball draft. He made his professional debut that summer playing first for the Rookie League GCL Expos, then the Class A (Short Season) Vermont Expos.

Henderson played all of 2004 with Vermont. In 2005, Henderson played for the Class A Savannah Sand Gnats. He returned to Savannah in 2006 in addition to pitching for the Class A-Advanced Potomac Nationals. He was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 2006 Rule 5 draft. He split the 2007 and 2008 season with their Double-A Tennessee Smokies and Triple-A Iowa Cubs. He suffered a shoulder injury that resulted in his release from the Cubs Organization. Henderson signed a minor league contract with the Brewers in 2009. He played the majority of that season with the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, but also played for the Class A-Advanced Brevard County Manatees and Double-A Huntsville Stars. Henderson played the entire 2010 season with Huntsville. In 2011, he split the season between Huntsville and the Triple-A Nashville Sounds.

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

2012Edit

After ten years in the minor leagues, Henderson earned his first recall to the Major Leagues when the Milwaukee Brewers summoned him on July 26, 2012. He made his Major League debut that night against the Washington Nationals, pitching one inning and striking out the first batter he faced, Roger Bernadina. Henderson, a Pacific Coast League all-star in 2012, had a 1.69 earned run average, 4 wins and 15 saves as the closer in Nashville.

2013Edit

 
Henderson pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013

In 2013, Henderson replaced a struggling John Axford as the Brewers closer. Henderson thrived in the role, going 5-5 with a 2.70 ERA while collecting 28 saves in 32 opportunities. His fastball had great velocity, reaching up to 98 mph, and he established his slider as a strike-out pitch. He established himself as a strikeout pitcher, finishing the season with an 11.25 K/9. Francisco Rodriguez closed while Henderson was on the DL with a hamstring strain, but Henderson regained the role when Rodriguez was traded to the Orioles.

2014Edit

Henderson won the Brewers closer job out of spring training despite the fact that he experienced a loss in velocity. This was later revealed to be caused by right shoulder inflammation, and he went on the 15-day DL in April after compiling a 7.15 ERA in 14 games pitched. Francisco Rodríguez replaced him as the Brewers closer on Opening Day. On July 21, Henderson was transferred to the 60-day DL and ended up missing the rest of the season after having shoulder surgery in August.

2015Edit

Still seeking to reclaim his lost velocity after his 2014 shoulder surgery, Henderson was outrighted off the Brewers roster on May 21, 2015. Henderson spent the majority of the season rehabbing. After the season, he became a free agent.

New York MetsEdit

 
Henderson pitching for the Mets in 2016.

Henderson signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets on December 3, 2015.[4] Henderson made the Mets' roster for Opening Day in 2016 after having an impressive spring training where he posted a 1.69 ERA with 13 strikeouts over 10 2/3 innings beating out Sean Gilmartin for the last job in the Mets' bullpen.[5] On June 21, the Mets placed Henderson on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right biceps.[6] On August 20, the Mets activated him from the disabled list and added him to the active roster.[7] Henderson was outrighted to the minors on November 2, 2016.[8] He elected free agency later that day.[citation needed]

Chicago CubsEdit

On January 20, 2017, Henderson signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs.[9] He was released on March 23, 2017.[10]

Second Stint with BrewersEdit

On March 18, 2018, Henderson signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.[11] He was assigned to AA Biloxi Shuckers for the 2018 season. He was released on November 1, 2018. A month later, he was brought back into the organization as a minor league coach.

International competitionEdit

Henderson was a member of the gold medal winning Canadian national team at the 2011 Pan American Games.[12] In recognition of the victory, the entire team was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Henderson trains with EVO Ultrafit in Phoenix, Arizona.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Langford, Joe (June 13, 2014). "Baseball Saturday -- Father set example for Brewers hurler Jim Henderson". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  2. ^ McCalvy, Adam (June 13, 2013). "Henderson honors father's memory with perseverance". Brewers.com. Milwaukee Brewers. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  3. ^ Haudricourt, Tom (March 4, 2013). "Brewers' Jim Henderson endures odyssey to majors". Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Mets sign reliever Jim Henderson". ESPN.com. December 3, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  5. ^ "Verrett, Plawecki, Henderson and Campbell make Opening Day roster". SNY. April 1, 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  6. ^ Hatch, Ryan (June 21, 2016). "Mets place Jim Henderson on disabled list, call-up lefty Sean Gilmartin". NJ.com. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  7. ^ Guardado, Maria (August 20, 2016). "Mets activate Jim Henderson, demote Erik Goeddel". NJ.com. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  8. ^ Adams, Steve (November 2, 2016). "Mets Outright Jim Henderson, Eric Campbell". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  9. ^ "Cubs' Jim Henderson: Signs with Cubs". cbssports.com. January 20, 2017. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  10. ^ Todd, Jeff. "Cubs release Jim Henderson". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  11. ^ Byrne, Connor (March 18, 2018). "Minor MLB Transactions: 3/18/18". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "Dawgs' grads part of Canadian gold". Okotoks Western Wheel. November 2, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  13. ^ "Team Canada 2011". Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  14. ^ https://calgaryherald.com/sports/baseball/calgarys-jim-henderson-optimistic-about-shot-with-the-mets

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