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Rich Thompson (pitcher, born 1984)

Richard Graeme Thompson (born 1 July 1984) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Oakland Athletics.

Rich Thompson
Rich Thompson on September 18, 2011.jpg
Thompson with the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim
Relief pitcher
Born: (1984-07-01) 1 July 1984 (age 35)
Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
1 September, 2007, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Last MLB appearance
23 April, 2012, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Win-loss record3-4
Earned run average4.21
Olympic medal record
Men's Baseball
Silver medal – second place Athens 2004 Team Competition


Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimEdit

Thompson was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Anaheim Angels on 13 February 2002.

In 2004, he was part of the Australian Olympic baseball team, which achieved a silver medal at the Athens Olympics.

Thompson had his contract purchased by the Angels' major league club on 1 September, 2007, marking the first time he was on the major league roster. He made his major league debut on that same day against the Texas Rangers

In 2008, Thompson began the season with the Angels after relievers Chris Bootcheck and Scot Shields began the season on the disabled list. However, after allowing five earned runs on four hits in his only outing against the Texas Rangers, Thompson was optioned to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees to make way for Shields. He made one more appearance with the Angels, but became hurt pitching in Memphis for the Triple-A team. He spent the majority of his 2008 season rehabbing his shoulder injury in Arizona and finished the season with the Bees.

On 10 September 2010 Thompson picked up his first major league win after the Angels went into extra innings against the Seattle Mariners.

Thompson made his only Australian Baseball League appearances in the 2010-11 season pitching in three games for his native Sydney Blue Sox.

On 14 April 2012, the Angels designated Thompson for assignment.

Oakland AthleticsEdit

On 20 April 2012, the Oakland Athletics claimed him off waivers. On 25 April 2012, the Athletics designated Thompson for assignment. On 27 April 2012, the Athletics outrighted Thompson to their Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats.

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

On 11 December 2012, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that Thompson had been signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.[1]

Thompson injured himself prior to breaking camp with the Blue Jays and is still listed as inactive (not released or retired) with the AAA team as of 2019.


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