Wes Avi Littleton (born September 2, 1982) is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher who spent his entire three-year playing career in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Texas Rangers (20062008). He is noted for being credited with a save after pitching the final three scoreless innings in a 30–3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a two-night doubleheader at Camden Yards on August 22, 2007. The final 27-run differential broke the previous MLB record of 19 for largest winning margin for a save. The New York Times noted that "there are the preposterous saves, of which Littleton's now stands out as No. 1."[1][2]

Wes Littleton
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Littleton with the Texas Rangers in 2008
Relief pitcher
Born: (1982-09-02) September 2, 1982 (age 37)
Hayward, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 4, 2006, for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 2008, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record5–3
Earned run average3.69
Strikeouts55
Teams

CareerEdit

A sidearm pitcher, he made his major league debut in the ninth inning of a 3–2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Ameriquest Field in Arlington on July 4, 2006. He faced two batters, retiring Vernon Wells on a groundout to the third baseman and Troy Glaus on a called third strike.[3] Littleton failed to make the Rangers' big league roster to start the 2007 season, and was optioned to the Triple-A Oklahoma RedHawks, but was later called up to play for Texas.

On November 28, 2008, Littleton was traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later, minor league pitcher Beau Vaughan.[4][5] On March 17, 2009, Littleton was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Littleton signed a minor league contract on March 1, 2010, with the Seattle Mariners. He spent the 2012 season with the Amarillo Sox of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball before retiring.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

He currently[when?] resides in Carlsbad, California and is employed by TaylorMade-Adidas Golf.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Spousta, Tom (August 23, 2007). "With a 27-Run Cushion, a Save Is in the Books". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "Rangers 30, Orioles 3". mlb.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Toronto Blue Jays 3, Texas Rangers 2". retrosheet.org. Retrosheet. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "Red Sox acquire right-handed pitcher Wes Littleton from Texas Rangers." Boston Red Sox. November 28, 2008. Retrieved on March 17, 2009.
  5. ^ Benjamin, Amalie. "3 pitchers claimed in the Rule 5 draft: Done deal." Boston Globe December 12, 2008. Retrieved on December 12, 2008.

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