Jeremy Accardo

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Jeremy Accardo
Jeremy Accardo 6-28-12.jpg
Tenure with the Cleveland Indians
Long Island Ducks – No. 39
Pitcher
Born: (1981-12-08) December 8, 1981 (age 32)
Mesa, Arizona
Bats: RightThrows: Right
MLB debut
May 4, 2005 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
(through 2012 season)
Win-loss record10–20
Earned run average4.30
Strikeouts205
Saves38
Teams
 
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Jeremy Accardo
Jeremy Accardo 6-28-12.jpg
Tenure with the Cleveland Indians
Long Island Ducks – No. 39
Pitcher
Born: (1981-12-08) December 8, 1981 (age 32)
Mesa, Arizona
Bats: RightThrows: Right
MLB debut
May 4, 2005 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
(through 2012 season)
Win-loss record10–20
Earned run average4.30
Strikeouts205
Saves38
Teams

Jeremy Lee Accardo (born December 8, 1981) is an American professional baseball pitcher who currently plays for the Long Island Ducks.

Professional career[edit]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

Accardo signed as a non-drafted free agent by the San Francisco Giants of the National League in 2003 after attending Illinois State University.

Accardo made his major league debut on May 4, 2005 by pitching one perfect inning in relief during a San Francisco Giants road game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He finished the 2005 season with a 1–5 record with a 3.94 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 29 hits, 9 walks and 16 strikeouts in 29 23 innings of work.[1]

In 2006, Accardo became the team's interim closer when Giants closer Armando Benítez suffered an ankle injury. Benitez's return, however, put Accardo back to a role as middle reliever.

Accardo during his tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2007.

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On July 21, 2006, Accardo was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for third baseman Shea Hillenbrand and relief pitcher Vinnie Chulk, and completed the remainder of the 2006 season with Toronto.

In 2006, he posted a combined 2–4 record with a 5.35 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 76 hits, 20 walks and 54 strikeouts in 69 innings of work.[1]

In 2007, Accardo took the role of closer from Jason Frasor, who had only become the closer due to an elbow injury sustained by closer, B. J. Ryan.[2] He began the season posting 21 consecutive scoreless innings until allowing 3 runs on May 26, 2007 in a game against the Minnesota Twins.[3] On September 28, he recorded his 30th save of the year.

Accardo missed much of the 2008 season because of injury. He had a good spring training 2009 but did not make the Toronto Blue Jays 25-man roster for 2009. He started the 2009 season at Triple A Las Vegas 51s.[4] On June 18, Accardo's contract was purchased by Toronto and he was promoted back to the Major Leagues to replace the injured Scott Downs. At the time, the Blue Jays' pitching staff continued to be hit by a string of injuries.[5] He made his first 2009 major league appearance that day against the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies in an 8–7 Toronto win, with his fastball back to the 95 mph range, and earned the save. He then twice pitched effectively in the next Toronto series against the Washington Nationals.

It was decided that Accardo would be sent back to Triple-A Las Vegas but he was called right back on August 2, 2009 even before he had left the team hotel. He returned to replace Scott Downs who aggravated a previous left foot injury while pitching to Oakland Athletics' designated hitter, Jack Cust on Saturday, August 1. Downs was placed on the 15-day disabled list, but according to Manager Cito Gaston, he will not be back any time soon.[citation needed]

On December 3, 2010, the Blue Jays did not tender a contract to Accardo prior to the non-tender deadline, thereby making him a free agent.[6]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

Accardo pitching for the Baltimore Orioles in 2011.

On December 14, 2010, Accardo signed a one-year deal worth $1.08 million with the Baltimore Orioles.[7]

On June 18, 2011, Accardo was designated for assignment.[8] He elected free agency on October 11.

Cleveland Indians[edit]

Accardo signed a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians on January 19, 2012. He was invited to the Indians' spring training camp. Accardo's contract was purchased by the Indians' on May 14, 2012. Accardo departed AAA Columbus after the Indians added him as a relief pitcher, replacing Dan Wheeler.[9]

Accardo was designated for assignment on August 5, 2012 to make room on the 25- and 40-man rosters for Chris Seddon.[10] He was released on August 9.[11]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On Aug. 15, 2012, he signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics and was assigned to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. On September 23, the Athletics selected his contract from Sacramento, and he proceeded to make one appearance over the remainder of the season, allowing two runs in two innings in a relief outing against the Texas Rangers on September 27.

On Oct. 18, 2012, the A's announced that Accardo had cleared waivers and elected free agency rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A.

Washington Nationals[edit]

On February 5, 2013, he signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.[12] He was released on June 26, 2013.

Pitching style[edit]

Accardo throws four pitches. He leads with a four-seam fastball at 90–92 mph, and his main off-speed pitch is a splitter from 84–86. He also features a two-seam fastball (90–92) and a cutter (89–91). Right-handed hitters see his full repertoire, but he does not throw the cutter to left-handed hitters. Accardo relies heavily on the splitter with 2 strikes.[13]

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