José Jiménez (baseball)

José Jiménez
Born: (1973-07-07) July 7, 1973
San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 9, 1998, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
July 5, 2004, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 24–44
Earned run average 4.92
Strikeouts 319
Saves 110
Career highlights and awards

José Jiménez (born July 7, 1973) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals.

St.Louis Cardinals, No-hitter

As a Cardinal, Jiménez threw a no-hitter against Randy Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 25, 1999, beating them by a score of 1–0. He is one of the 20 rookie pitchers who have pitched a no-hitter in Major League history. In his second start after the no-hitter, he again opposed Johnson and the Diamondbacks, and he again triumphed, 1–0, while pitching a complete game. This time, he allowed two hits to the D-Backs. He would finish the 1999 season with a 5-14 record, a 5.85 ERA in 29 games (28 starts).

Colorado Rockies

Jiménez was acquired by the 2000 season and became a staple in the Rockies bullpen, transitioning from starter to closer. From 2000-2003 he collected 102 saves for the Rockies, becoming the all-time saves leader in the Rockies franchise. He set a franchise record 41 saves in 2002, while having an ERA of 3.56 despite having a record of 2-10. The following season he swung back into a starter, making 7 starts and 20 saves for the Rockies, but ballooned his ERA to 5.22 and again having a record of 2-10.

Cleveland Indians

At 30 years old, he pitched in 2004 for the Indians; he would wind up released after going 1-7 with an 8.42 ERA.

Post-Major League career

At the 2007 Pan-American Games, Jiménez tested positive for a banned substance and was subsequently removed from the competition.[1]

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Preceded by
David Wells
No-hitter pitcher
June 25, 1999
Succeeded by
David Cone
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