|Born:February 23, 1976|
|June 20, 1998, for the Houston Astros|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 28, 2008, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Earned run average||5.29|
Vincent Scott Elarton (born February 23, 1976) is a retired right-handed pitcher. He played for the Houston Astros (1998–2001), Colorado Rockies (2001–2004), Cleveland Indians (2004–2005, 2008) and the Kansas City Royals (2006–2007)
Elarton was chosen by the Astros in the first round of the 1994 Major League Baseball Draft (25th overall) when he was 18 years old. Foregoing college for the Minor Leagues, Elarton went from the single-A level to triple-A in 1997 and made his Major League debut on June 20, 1998, at 22 years of age.
He spent most of 1998 as a relief pitcher and registered a 3.32 earned run average, but gave up the game-winning run in the pivotal Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the eventual league champion San Diego Padres. He started 1999 in the bullpen.He was moved to the starting rotation in early July and recorded a 3.48 ERA and 9–5 record.
Elarton had shoulder surgery after the 1999 season and started 2000 on the disabled list and in Minor League rehabilitation. Despite the injury, he had the best season of his career in 2000, posting a 17–7 record for a poor Astros team that compiled only a 72–90 record. Winning twice as many games as any other pitcher on the team at the hitter-friendly Enron Field while posting a 4.81 ERA, he was named the team's Pitcher of the Year.
In 2001, Elarton's ERA rose to 7.14 in 20 starts for the Astros, compiling a record of 4–8 before his trade to the Rockies.
He was traded to the Rockies for Pedro Astacio at the trading deadline, returning Elarton to his home state of Colorado.The Rockies' hitter-friendly Coors Field stadium did little to improve his ERA, which finished at 7.06 as he was shut down due to shoulder discomfort, appearing in only 4 games for the Rockies. He also finished the season at fifth-worst in the National League in home runs allowed and eighth-worst in earned runs allowed.
Elarton had major shoulder surgery and missed the entire 2002 season.He then spent 2003 primarily in the minors, posting an ERA of 5.31 with a 6–8 record before getting the call up to the Rockies. Elarton posted a 6.27 ERA in 11 games in the majors.
Entering 2004, Elarton was competing for a starting spot in the Rockies rotation. After a good spring training, Elarton made the opening day roster as the 5th starter.Through 8 starts, he posted an ERA of 9.80 without winning a decision and also set a Colorado record for most consecutive decision losses to open a season, as he opened the season 0–6. The Rockies released him in mid-May.
After being released by the Rockies in 2004, he was signed to a Minor-League contract by Cleveland and was soon back in the Majors.He posted a 4.53 ERA and win-loss record of 3–5 and earned his first victory on July 29 against the Tigers, pitching 7 innings. On August 29, 2004, Elarton pitched the best game of his career against the Chicago White Sox, a two-hit complete game shutout, allowing only one walk and recording six strikeouts.
In 2005, Elarton spent his first season entirely in the Majors since 2001. He recorded his first double-digit winning season since 2000. He responded with an 11–9 record for the second-place Indians and a 4.61 ERA while ranking among the ten worst in home runs allowed for the second year in a row.
After the 2005 season, Elarton was signed as a free agent by the Kansas City Royals. In 2006, Elarton gave up Derek Jeter's 2000th career hit. Elarton was shut down after 20 starts, finishing with a 4–9 record and a strikeout/walk ratio of 3.8 (49 strikeouts, 52 walks) in 114 innings.
The Royals released him on July 25, 2007, after going 2–4 with a 10.46 ERA in 37 innings.
He signed a Minor League contract with the Indians on August 3, 2007.He re-signed with the Indians on February 8, 2008, to a Minor League contract with an invitation to spring training. He was called up to the majors on May 24. On July 8, Elarton was put on the 15-day disabled list with a non-baseball condition. He had been on the restricted list prior to that with what Indians manager Eric Wedge described as "personal issues."
After taking a year off from baseball, Elarton signed a minor league deal with the White Sox. He appeared in just 16 games for their minor league affiliate Charlotte Knights after being hampered by a toe injury the whole season.
Elarton spent the following years battling numerous injuries and remaining outside of professional baseball. He was at 299 pounds between 2009 and 2011. In 2011, a chance encounter with Philadelphia Phillies general manager Rubén Amaro, Jr. led to Elarton receiving a minor league contract with Phillies and an invitation the team's 2012 spring training.
Elarton spent the whole year in the Phillies minor league affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He pitched in 26 starts, going 6–11 with an ERA of 5.41. At one point, Elarton had a 22 inning scoreless streak.For Elarton, it was just a matter of having love for the game again after appearing in just 16 games from 2009 to 2012.
On December 11, 2012, the Minnesota Twins signed Elarton to a minor-league contract.but released him before the end of spring training. He then signed a contract with the Sugar Land Skeeters for the 2013 season.
Soon after being released by Minnesota, Elarton signed a contract to pitch for the Sugar Land Skeeters.At the end of the 2013 season, he announced his retirement, where the crowd gave him a standing ovation.
On January 14, 2014, it was announced that Elarton would serve as the pitching coach for the Gulf Coast League Pirates, the Gulf Coast League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.The following season, Elarton was named as the pitching coach for the Pirates' High-A affiliate, the Bradenton Marauders.
The next season, he was named a special assistant to the general manager in the Pirates' front office.
At 6 feet, 7 inches, Elarton would hide the ball well due to his tall frame, relying on a sinking two-seam fastball. At the time of his callup with the Astros, his fastball clocked at 93–95 MPH, but due to multiple shoulder injuries, it lost two to three miles per hour, reaching between 90 and 92 MPH. Elarton also threw a curveball, a changeup and a cutter. His propensity for being a flyball pitcher was the reason he gave up a lot of home runs.
Kevin Austin Millwood is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners.
Denny M. Bautista Germán is a Dominican former professional baseball pitcher. Bautista is 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) tall and weighs 190 pounds (86 kg). He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and San Francisco Giants from 2004 to 2010. From 2011 through 2013, he played for the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO League. He bats and throws right-handed. Bautista throws three pitches: a fastball, a curveball, and a changeup. He has struggled with control throughout his career.
Shawn Anthony Chacón is an American retired professional baseball pitcher. He last played in Major League Baseball with the Houston Astros in 2008. During his career, he threw an 88–92 mph sinker, a big curveball, a slider, and a changeup.
Aaron Lane Cook is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox.
Chad Michael Qualls is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Miami Marlins, and Colorado Rockies.
Luis Vizcaíno Árias is a Dominican Republic former professional baseball pitcher. He played for the Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs, and Cleveland Indians in his career.
Aaron Shawn Estes is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.
Claudio Vargas Almonte is a Dominican former professional baseball pitcher. He has previously played for the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, and Los Angeles Dodgers. He has both started games and also pitched in both middle and long relief during his career.
Scott Cameron Linebrink is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He attended Texas State University before getting drafted, but finished his degree after his retirement at Concordia University (Texas) in Austin.
Nelson Figueroa, Jr., is an American former professional baseball pitcher, and a former post-game studio analyst for New York Mets broadcasts. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Mets, and Houston Astros. Figueroa also played for the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). He featured a fastball topping out at 91 mph, slider, curveball, changeup, and a splitter.
Brian Michael Bass is an American former professional baseball pitcher and current pitching coach for the Stevenson University Mustangs in addition to offering private pitching instructions. He played for the Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, and Pittsburgh Pirates in Major League Baseball.
Gregory Thomas Smith is a former American professional baseball pitcher. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics and the Colorado Rockies.
Jordan Horton Lyles is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Milwaukee Brewers.
Timothy Dayle Wood is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball.
Hisanori Takahashi is a Japanese former professional baseball pitcher. He began his professional career in NPB with the Yomiuri Giants, and played in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Chicago Cubs.
Joshua William Lindblom is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, and Pittsburgh Pirates and in the KBO League Lotte Giants and Doosan Bears.
Gerrit Alan Cole is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros. Cole played for the baseball team at Orange Lutheran High School, and was selected by the Yankees in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Cole opted not to sign, and instead attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he played college baseball for the UCLA Bruins.
Simón Alfonseca Castro is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, and Oakland Athletics.
Nicholas Paul Tropeano is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates. Tropeano played college baseball for the Stony Brook Seawolves and was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB draft by the Astros.
The 2014 Colorado Rockies season was the franchise's 22nd in Major League Baseball. Beset by injuries to key players, the team finished with a 66–96 regular season record, fourth place in the National League West. Walt Weiss returned for his second season as the Rockies' manager for the 2014 season.