Alan Embree

Alan Duane Embree is a professional baseball player from the United States of America who plays as a relief pitcher. Embree was a student at the Prairie High School and was extremely influential in football, basketball, baseball and volleyball, winning letterman in each. He went on to win all-conference honours in baseball.

In 1992, Embree began his professional career with the Cleveland Indians and made his debut in the Majors in September that year. He played just 4 games that year, starting all 4, and ended with an ERA of 7.00. He was assigned to the minors in 1993 and stayed there until 1995, when he was recalled to the Major League team for 23 appearances. He ended the season with a 3-2 record and an ERA of 5.11.

The following year, he made 24 appearances as a relief pitcher, ending with a 1-1 record and a 6.39 ERA. At the end of the 1996 season, Embree was traded out to the Atlanta Braves and his appearances rose to 66 in his first season with the Braves. He had wonderful figures with an ERA of just 2.54 and at the end of the season, had a 1-1 record to show for his efforts.

The following season, Embree appeared in just 20 games for the Braves and was later traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks where he played another 35 games. At the end of the season, he was moving again, this time to the San Francisco Giants where he did quite well as a relief pitcher again. In his 68 appearances for the Giants in 1999, he had a 3-2 record with a 3.38 ERA. His performance kept deteriorating in his time with the Giants and the following year, he had a 3-5 record with an ERA of 4.95. Things would just get worse for Embree as he had just 22 appearances in 2001, his third year with the Giants, and gave away 2 losses without any wins. His ERA was at a career-low 11.25 and that was enough for the Giants to consider him for a trade, the Chicago White Sox being on the other end of the deal.

Embree played out the rest of the season at the White Sox, making 39 appearances and although his ERA improved (5.03), it wasn’t enough to keep him at the franchise for another season. At the end of the season, Embree was on his way to the San Diego Padres in 2002. At the Padres, Embree pitched 28 and two-third innings and although he had a 1.26 ERA, he notched up a 3-4 record. His ERA, although good to look at, was quite poor considering that he pitched those innings in 36 appearances. He was soon on his way out of the Padres and this time, his destination was Boston and the Red Sox.

Embree played out 2002 with the Red Sox, doing well enough to be retained in the roster for the next season. In 2003, Embree notched up a 4-1 record in 65 appearances with a 4.25 ERA. The following year, Embree was a part of the team as the Red Sox won the 2004 MLB World Series. Embree played his part in 71 appearances and had a 2-2 record at an ERA of 4.13. In 2005, his dream run at the Red Sox was over as he gave away far too many hits (42) in just 37 and 2/3rd innings. He had a 7.65 ERA and that prompted the Red Sox to trade him out to the New York Yankees.

Embree’s year didn’t change much at the Yankees as he played 24 games at an ERA of 7.53, prompting a season-end trade back to the San Diego Padres. 73 appearances during his second stint with the Padres showed a better performance although his 3.27 ERA was not quite good enough to warrant another season and another trip loomed large. In 2007, Embree was traded out to the Oakland Athletics where he played 68 games at an ERA of 3.97.

The following year, Embree saw a dip in form, although not by much, as his ERA went up to 4.96. What hurt him more was his 2-5 record that saw get transferred to the Colorado Rockies for the 2009 season with a single year, $2.5 million contract.In his entire career so far (until 2008), Embree has made 846 appearances at an average ERA of 4.55. He has struck out 679 batters while giving away 716 hits.

Embree holds the longest streak for going the most number of consecutive innings without giving away an extra base-hit (47).

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