José Jiménez (baseball)
Born: July 7, 1973|
San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
|September 9, 1998, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 5, 2004, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Earned run average||4.92|
|Career highlights and awards|
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).
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.
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
- List of Major League Baseball all-time saves leaders
- List of Major League Baseball no-hitters
- List of St. Louis Cardinals no-hitters
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
June 25, 1999
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