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Anthony Lee Barnette (born November 9, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Texas Rangers and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

Tony Barnette
Tony Barnette on June 20, 2016.jpg
Barnette pitching for the Texas Rangers in 2016
Chicago Cubs – No. 43
Born: (1983-11-09) November 9, 1983 (age 35)
Anchorage, Alaska
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
NPB: April 2, 2010, for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows
MLB: April 5, 2016, for the Texas Rangers
NPB statistics
Win–loss record11–19
Earned run average3.58
MLB statistics
(through June 26, 2019)
Win–loss record11–4
Earned run average3.53



Barnette is from Federal Way, Washington and attended Thomas Jefferson High School. He attended Arizona State University, where he pitched for the Sun Devils.[1]

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit

Barnette was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 10th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. The two sides agreed to a deal on June 8, 2006. He played in the Diamondbacks' organization through 2009. He was released on January 5, 2010.

Tokyo Yakult SwallowsEdit

Barnette pitching for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in 2015 Japan Series

Barnette signed with the Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball prior to the 2010 season.

At the conclusion of the 2015 NPB season, his sixth with the Yakult Swallows, Barnette had appeared in 260 career games as a relief pitcher, compiling an 11–19 record and 97 saves with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. His 2015 season, in which the Swallows won the Central League, was his most successful by several measures. Barnette tied for first in the Central League in saves (41) and recorded the lowest ERA among closers (1.29, a career best).[2] He allowed just one home run in 62.2 innings and set a career-low WHIP of 0.89.

Texas RangersEdit

Barnette signed a two-year deal with the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball on December 15, 2015.[3] He made his major league debut against the Seattle Mariners on April 5, 2016. He allowed two runs on 3 hits while getting his first career MLB strikeout in two-thirds of an inning pitched. After which, adoring Mariner fans gave him the nickname "Two-Run Tony". He finished the season with an ERA of 2.09 in 53 games. He was 7-3 in ​60 13 innings. The following season was a struggle as his ERA was 5.49 in 50 games as he allowed two runs in most outings. The Rangers declined Barnette's 2018 option on November 6, 2017, making him a free agent.[4] He was begrudgingly re-signed by the team a couple of days later. On July 4th, 2018, he was placed on the disabled list. Barnette became a free agent following the conclusion of the season.

Chicago CubsEdit

On February 1, 2019, Barnette signed a one-year major league contract with the Chicago Cubs.[5] He opened the 2019 season on the injured list while dealing with right shoulder tightness.[6] He rehabbed with the Iowa Cubs before being activated off the disabled list on June 23.[7] On June 27, 2019, he was optioned down from the MLB Chicago Cubs, to the Triple AAA Iowa Cubs for Craig Kimbrel [8]


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  2. ^ "2015 Central League Qualifiers for Earned-Run Average". Nippon Professional Baseball. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  3. ^ Tony Barnette signs with Rangers after spending last 6 years in Japan
  4. ^ Adams, Steve (November 6, 2017). "Rangers Exercise Option On Perez, Decline Options On Barnette, Napoli". Retrieved November 6, 2017.
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  6. ^ RotoWire Staff (May 3, 2019). "Cubs' Tony Barnette: Moving to 60-day IL". CBS Sports. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  7. ^ Tony Crumpton (June 23, 2019). "Cubs activate reliever, option righty". Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "Craig Kimbrel could finally make Cubs debut on Thursday". Retrieved 2019-06-27.

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