In the latest MLB news, left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins announced his retirement. The southpaw made his decision public on Twitter Tuesday evening. Blevins pitched for 13 seasons and was in the New York Mets’ organization in 2021.
Latest MLB News: Jerry Blevins’ Big League Career
Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s
Blevins was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 17th round of the 2004 MLB Draft out of the University of Dayton. He would never play in the majors for Chicago though, as he was traded to the Oakland A’s for Jason Kendall in July of 2007.
Blevins spent seven seasons in Oakland and served as an effective arm out of the team’s bullpen. He appeared in 281 games and pitched to a 3.30 ERA/3.88 FIP (123 ERA+) and a 1.213 WHIP with 239 strikeouts in 267 innings (8.1 K/9).
In December of 2013, the A’s traded Blevins to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Billy Burns. Blevins only spent one season in Washington. He appeared in 64 games, pitching to a 4.87 ERA/2.77 FIP (77 ERA+) and a 1.238 WHIP with 66 strikeouts in 57.1 innings (10.4 K/9).
New York Mets
In March of 2015, the Nationals traded Blevins to the New York Mets in exchange for Matt den Dekker. Blevins suffered a fractured arm after getting struck by a comebacker in mid-April. While he was rehabbing, Blevins re-injured his arm after he slipped on a curb, causing him to miss the remainder of the season.
In 2016 and 2017, Blevins was one of the Mets’ best relievers. He appeared in 148 games during that stretch, pitching to a 2.87 ERA/3.09 FIP (143 ERA+) and a 1.297 WHIP with 121 strikeouts in 91 innings (12.0 K/9). Thanks in large part to Blevins, the Mets secured a Wild Card spot in 2016. Blevins became a fan favorite during this time, even warranting the Mets to host Jerry Blevins baseball socks day in 2017.
Blevins endured a rough 2018 season, but he did have a couple of career firsts that year. In late June, Blevins made his first career start, pitching two innings against the Dodgers and allowing solo homers to the first two batters he faced. In mid-August, Blevins recorded his first MLB hit and RBI in the Mets’ 24-4 beatdown victory over the Phillies. At the end of the 2018 season, Blevins entered free agency. He ended his Mets career with a 3.38/3.61 FIP (118 ERA+) and a 1.269 with 166 strikeouts in 138.2 innings (10.8 K/9)
A’s, Braves, Giants, and Mets
In February of 2019, Blevins re-signed with the A’s, but he was purchased by the Braves in April. Blevins was solid in Atlanta, pitching to a 3.90 ERA/4.61 FIP (122 ERA+) with a 1.268 WHIP and 37 strikeouts in 32.1 innings (10.3 K/9). He was granted free agency at the end of the season.
In January of 2020, Blevins signed a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants, but he was released that April. In December of 2020, Blevins re-signed with the Mets. While he was solid in Spring Training, Blevins didn’t make the Mets’ roster and was optioned to the team’s alternate site in Brooklyn.
Latest MLB News: Blevins’ Overall Numbers
Jerry Blevins will be remembered for his funky personality and for being a reliable lefty for every team he played for. He retires having appeared in 609 games, pitching to a 3.54 ERA/3.72 FIP (114 ERA+) and 1.236 WHIP with seven saves and 508 strikeouts in 495.1 innings (9.2 K/9).
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