Paul John Quantrill (born November 3, 1968) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher. He earned a reputation for being very durable and having impeccable control. He regularly appeared in 80 or more games a season and did not walk more than 25 batters in a season from 1996 onwards. Commentators often joked that he had a "rubber arm".
|Born: November 3, 1968|
|July 20, 1992, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 2005, for the Florida Marlins|
|Earned run average||3.83|
|Career highlights and awards|
Quantrill was drafted in 1986 by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 26th round, 660th overall, but did not sign. After three years at the University of Wisconsin he was drafted again, by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of the 1989 amateur draft, 161st overall, and made his Major League debut on July 20, 1992. Originally considered a starter, Quantrill eventually found consistency as a reliever after several years of splitting time between the bullpen and the starting rotation for several teams. Some of his best years came for the Toronto Blue Jays, a team located in his home province of Ontario.
While pitching for the Yankees, Quantrill allowed a game-winning home run to Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz in Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series. Boston avoided elimination in this game and went on to win the series against the Yankees, and advance to win its first World Series in 86 years.
Before the 2004 season, Quantrill signed a two-year, $6.8-million deal with the Yankees. Due to poor performance, arguably due to overuse by Joe Torre, in late 2004 and early 2005, Quantrill was designated for assignment on July 1, 2005. The next day he was traded to the San Diego Padres for pitchers Tim Redding and Darrell May. Quantrill was then traded to the Florida Marlins and spent the rest of the year in the bullpen. In the middle of March while playing in the Baseball World Classic, Quantrill said he would retire at the end of the World Baseball Classic.
Quantrill was one of the coaches for Team Canada during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
- All-Star (2001)
- Led the league in appearances (2001, 2002, 2003)
- Career 3.83 ERA
- Holds New York Yankees record for most games pitched in a season (86 in 2004)
His son Cal, born February 10, 1995, was a pitcher at Stanford University and was selected in the first round, eighth overall, in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft by the San Diego Padres.
As of June 2016, Quantrill serves as a special assistant to the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
- "Yanks Trade Quantrill To San Diego For Pair Of Pitchers". WPXI. 2 July 2005. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
- Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Induction, 2010
- Baseball: Freshman Quantrill hopes to follow dad to the big leagues
- Stanford bio
- Ben Nicholson-Smith (June 9, 2016). "Padres select Canadian Cal Quantrill in 1st round of MLB draft". Sportsnet.ca.
- "Toronto Blue Jays Front Office Directory". Retrieved June 9, 2016.