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Curtis Leskanic
Pitcher
Born: April 2, 1968 (1968-04-02) (age 41)
Homestead, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
June 27, 1993 for the Colorado Rockies
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 2004 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Pitching record     50-34
Saves     55
Earned run average     4.36
Strikeouts     641
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Curtis John Leskanic (pronounced /lɛsˈkænɨk/; born April 2, 1968 in Homestead, Pennsylvania) is a former relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, and Kansas City Royals. He currently is a professional scout for the Red Sox.

He was drafted in the 8th Round of the 1989 baseball amateur entry draft by the Cleveland Indians, but was then traded in 1992 to the Minnesota Twins with Oscar Munoz for Paul Sorrento. Later that same year, he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1992 Expansion Draft. In 1993, he made his Major League debut with the Colorado Rockies.

In 2004, during the Kansas City Royals disastrous 58-104 season he was released on June 18, 2004. On June 22, he was picked up by the Boston Red Sox and then made three appearances during the 2004 ALCS against the New York Yankees and was credited with the Game 4 win. His one and a third innings of shutout baseball during Game 4 were the last he would ever throw; he retired following the 2004 season. He did make a return to Fenway Park for Opening Day 2005; there he received his World Series ring, as well as a large ovation. For Opening Day 2008, he got to carry out the World Series trophy.[1]

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  • Leskanic was a member of the inaugural Colorado Rockies team that began play in Major League Baseball in 1993.
  • During his playing days, Leskanic used to keep his right arm shaved as to lower wind resistance.
  • He invoked memories of the Patriots' Lonnie Paxton's post victory snow angels by doing a "turf angel" in the outfield grass of Busch Stadium in St Louis after the Red Sox's victory in the 2004 World Series.
  • Was a little league coach in Florida and a scouting consultant for Boston before joining the Red Sox professional scouting staff for the 2008 season.
  • Has a son Brandon and 2 daughters, Chloe and Chandler

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