Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Evolution of Carl Pavano (in timeline form)

UPDATE (1-19-11): Twins signed Pavano to a 2-year, $16.5 million contract.  The 'stache is back in the Twin Cities.
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Last night multiple sources listed Carl Pavano as leaning toward returning to Minnesota next season.  (NBC Hardball Talk and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN)

Carl Pavano has had quite the journey over his career.  This journey has been full of highs (2010 season, 2003 World Series) and lows (his entire contract with the Yankees).

Here are some of the most important events to his career thus far.

1994
-Drafted in the 13th Round of the MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox

1997
-November Traded from Boston to Montreal in a trade that brought Pedro Martinez to the Red Sox

1998
-May 23 Major League Debut with Montreal against Phillies (7.0 IP, 3 H, 6 K, 0 BB, 1 ER)
-July 2 First major league win at Philadelphia in his 3rd start (7.1 IP, 4 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 2 ER)
-September 27 Gives up Mark McGwire's historic 70th homerun in the final game of the season

1999
-June 13 First complete game vs Tampa Bay (9 IP, 3 H, 6 K, 3 BB, 0 ER)
-July 11 Last start of the season before an injury that would cost the rest of the year

2000
-June 24 Another injury shorten season with this date being his last appearance of the season

2001
-August-September Was only able to pitch in the last couple months of the season and with little success (42.2 IP, 59 H, 6.33 ERA)

2002
-July Traded from Montreal to Florida, where he would pitch mainly in a relief role for the rest of the season.

2003
-August 24 Won his 10th game of the season reaching double digits in wins for the first time
-October 1 First playoff win in a relief role during the NLDS against Florida
-October 19 First World Series appearance in a relief role
-October 22 Starts Game 4 of the World Series and pitches 8 innings in a no decision but the Marlins still win the game (8 IP, 1 ER, 4 K, 7H)
-October 25 Marlins are World Series Champs

2004
-July 13 Pitches in 1st All Star Game (2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER- David Ortiz HR, 1 K)
-September 29 Ends the season with a career high 18 wins, 222.1 IP, 139 K, and an ERA of 3.00
2010
-Offseason Enter free agency for the first time.  Turns down higher offers from Boston and Cincinnati to sign a four-year $40 million contract with the New York Yankees

2005
-May 22 Starts the season 4-2 before injuring his shoulder he wouldn't win another game that season

2006
-March Injures a muscle in his buttocks during Spring Training and won't pitch for the Yankees that season
-August 15 Gets in a car accident and fails to tell the Yankees who were ready for him to come off the DL

2007
-April 2 Starts Opening Day at Yankee Stadium but only lasted into the 4th inning
-April 6 Final start and only win of the season comes at the Metrodome against the Twins
-May 23 Decides to have Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow

2008
-August 23 First start back from the surgery at Baltimore (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K)
-September 25 Ends the season with a loss and a (4-2) record with a 5.77 ERA

2009
-January 6 Signs a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians
-August 7 Traded to the Minnesota Twins
-October 11 Starts the final Twins game ever played at the Metrodome, a 1-4 Twins loss to his former team the Yankees
-December 7 Accepts Twins arbitration offer for the 2010 season

2010
-April 12 Starts the first game in the history of Target Field, a Twins win over the Red Sox (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K)
-June 20 & 26 Back to back complete games at Phillies and Mets (18 IP, 1 ER, 1 BB)
-July 17 & 22 Back to back complete games vs. Chicago and Baltimore (18 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB)
-October 7 Starts Game 2 of the ALDS against the Yankees at Target Field (Twins lose 5-2)
-December 14 With Cliff Lee signing he becomes the best available starting pitcher on the free agent market

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