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Brandon Knight

Samsung Lions — No. 30
Starting pitcher
Born: October 1, 1975 (1975-10-01) (age 34)
Oxnard, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right 
MLB debut
June 5, 2001 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through 2008 season)
Win-Loss     1-0
Earned run average     8.62
Strikeouts     24
Teams
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's baseball
Bronze 2008 Beijing Team

Brandon Michael Knight (born October 1, 1975 in Oxnard, California[1]) is an American professional baseball player. A right-handed pitcher, Knight plays for the Samsung Lions in the Korean Baseball Organization.

Knight, who was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 1995 amateur draft[2], appeared in 11 major league games for the New York Yankees in 2001 and 2002.[1]

From 2003-2005, Knight played for Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in Japan. He spent two years in Fukuoka, Japan playing for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks and one year in Sapporo, Japan playing for the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Upon returning to the United States, Knight signed and played in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization for the 2006 season.

In 2007, Knight signed with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League. Brett Jodie, the former Yankee pitcher, now the Patriots pitching coach noticed that Knight's release point was too high. After Knight modified his release point, his command and velocity improved. The Mets decided to purchase his contract and signed him to their Triple-A team (New Orleans Zephyrs) in New Orleans, Louisiana.[3]

While pitching for the New Orleans Zephyrs, Knight was selected to play for the U.S. Olympic team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.[3] Knight pitched in two baseball games at the Olympics, earning one win. [4] He earned a bronze medal as part of the U.S. team.

Knight made his first career major league start in Shea Stadium for the New York Mets on July 26, 2008, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He allowed four runs in the first inning, but settled down, and held the Cardinals scoreless through the next four innings. Though he left the game with the Mets leading 5-4, the bullpen was unable to hold the lead and Knight was denied his first major league win. He was designated for assignment the following day,[5] but was recalled to the Mets when rosters expanded in September. On July 24, 2009, Knight was released by the New York Mets so he could sign with the Samsung Lions in South Korea.

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