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Josh Beckett

Boston Red Sox — No. 19
Starting pitcher
Born: May 15, 1980 (1980-05-15) (age 29)
Spring, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 4, 2001 for the Florida Marlins
Career statistics
(through October 24, 2009)
Win-Loss     106-68[1]
Earned run average     3.79[1]
Strikeouts     1330[1]
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Joshua Patrick Beckett (born May 15, 1980, in Spring, Texas) is a Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. During his career in the playoffs, he won the 2003 World Series MVP Award with the Florida Marlins, and received the 2007 ALCS MVP award with the Red Sox.

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Baseball career

Florida Marlins (2001–2005)

A native of Spring, Texas, Beckett was discovered by Florida Marlins scout Bob Laurie, who also discovered Jason Stokes. Beckett had signed a letter of intent to play with the Texas A&M Aggies but went pro. Beckett spent most of his early years with the Marlins as a member of the team's young staff, but injuries (most frequently blister problems) limited him to only 99 starts (102 appearances) from 2002 to 2005.

Beckett's major league debut was on September 4, 2001, against the Chicago Cubs, in which he gave up one hit over six shutout innings. He finished 2001 with four games started, a 2-2 record, and an ERA of 1.50.

Beckett achieved fame in the 2003 postseason by winning the World Series MVP Award with two great performances on only three days' rest. Teamed up with catcher Iván Rodríguez, he helped the Marlins win the World Series over the New York Yankees. During Game 6 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, he shut out the Yankees in a complete game, striking out 9 batters and clinching the series by making the tag for the final out.

Boston Red Sox (2006–present)

In a deal that was made official on Thanksgiving Day, 2005, Beckett was traded to the Red Sox along with third baseman Mike Lowell and relief pitcher Guillermo Mota for minor league prospects shortstop Hanley Ramírez and pitchers Aníbal Sánchez, Jesús Delgado and Harvey García. Beckett and Lowell were among a prominent list of veterans the Marlins traded in what was organizationally termed a market correction.[2]

Josh Beckett became the first Red Sox pitcher to hit a home run in 35 years — since the advent of the designated hitter rule — when he took Phillies' pitcher Brett Myers deep during an interleague game on May 20, 2006. Beckett repeated the feat on June 14, 2009 when he homered against Phillies pitcher J.A. Happ. On July 18, 2006, Beckett signed a three-year, $30 million contract extension with a $10 million club option for 2010.[3] Beckett completed his first season with the Boston Red Sox with a record of 16–11 and a 5.01 ERA. In 204.2 IP, he gave up 191 hits and struck out 158 batters while walking 74. Beckett allowed 36 home runs, tied for second most in the majors.

At the start of the 2007 season, Beckett adjusted to throwing more breaking pitches and fewer fastballs. At the same time, he learned to locate his pitches rather than simply get strikes by power. He reduced his walks and home runs allowed by nearly half, contributing to his success in 2007. Beckett became one of six Boston Red Sox pitchers in history to win their first 7 starts. George Winter and Mickey Harris both won their first 7 starts in a particular season, and Babe Ruth, Dave Ferriss and Roger Moret all won their first 8 starts in a particular season. After a strong first half, posting a 12–2 record with a 3.44 ERA, he was selected to the American League team in the 2007 MLB All-Star Game. Beckett earned the victory in the game after pitching two innings, giving up only one hit, and striking out two. Beckett became the first pitcher to win 20 games in a season since 2005, finishing the season with a record of 20–7, a 3.27 ERA, 194 strikeouts, a 1.14 WHIP, and only 40 walks and 17 home runs allowed. Beckett's 2–0 record and 1.93 ERA against the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS earned him the 2007 ALCS MVP Award, and he started and won the first game of the 2007 World Series against the Colorado Rockies, pitching 7 innings, allowing 1 run on 6 hits, and striking out 9 batters. Boston would go on to sweep the Rockies in the series.

On May 8, 2008, Beckett recorded his 1,000th career strikeout, when Brandon Inge of the Detroit Tigers struck out swinging in the seventh inning. Through 2008, Beckett has a 48-28 record and a 4.11 ERA in his three seasons with the Red Sox.[4]

In 2009, during his first Opening Day start with the Red Sox, Beckett struck out 10 through 7 innings allowing only 1 run and two hits in a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. On April 14, 2009, MLB fined and suspended Josh Beckett 6 games for intentionally throwing over the head of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Bobby Abreu. Beckett later appealed the suspension and later got it reduced to 5 games. The Red Sox exercised their club option on him for the 2010 season, but Beckett is eligible for free agency after this season.

On June 20, 2009, Beckett recorded his first complete game shutout in three years against the Atlanta Braves in a duel against former Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe. The shutout was his first in a Red Sox uniform.

On July 5, 2009, Josh was selected to represent Boston in the 2009 All Star Game.

Beckett recorded his 100th career win on July 12, 2009, pitching a complete game shutout against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park.

On August 7, 2009, Beckett was a part of a memorable game against the New York Yankees. He and former Marlins teammate A.J. Burnett endured a pitching duel that actually sparked the game to turn into a fifteen inning, five hour and thirty-three minute game. Josh threw seven shutout innings, Burnett threw seven and two thirds. The Red Sox eventually lost the game in the bottom of the 15th, when Alex Rodriguez hit a walk-off two run home run.

Pitching style

Beckett primarily uses his 4 seam fastball (93-97mph) to get ahead in the count. Beckett complements this with a sinking 2 seam fastball that he likes to use inside against left-handed batters. He also has a dominant 12-6 curve ball, a pitch he likes to use when ahead in the count. His change up is not used often but primarily uses it as an off speed pitch. He also has a slider which he barely uses but can be seen rarely against right-handed batters. Beckett frustrates hitters by painting the corners and changing speeds. His combination of elite pitches, excellent control, and deception has made him one of the best pitchers in recent years.

Personal life

Beckett has been linked to model/sportcaster Leeann Tweeden, country singer Danielle Peck, Lindsey McAdams and Whitney Hayes, the younger sister of his personal trainer Randon Hayes.[5] On October 18, 2007, Peck was invited by the Cleveland Indians to sing the National Anthem prior to Game 5 of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and Indians.[6] Beckett was the starting pitcher in that game, and some Red Sox fans theorized that her invitation was an attempt by the Indians organization to distract Beckett. The Indians denied this claim.[7] It did not seem to affect Beckett, as he beat the Indians with eight innings pitched, five hits, one walk, one earned run, and eleven strikeouts. In a postgame interview with Beckett, when asked if he was affected by Peck's presence, Beckett replied "I don't get paid to make those fuckin' decisions...She's a friend of mine. It doesn't bother me at all. Thanks for flyin' one of my friends to the game so she could watch it for free."[8] Beckett was also linked at one time to actress Alyssa Milano but she has stated in her baseball blog that she and Beckett never dated.[9].

Beckett has become good friends with NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray since meeting him during spring training in Florida in 2007. John W. Henry of the Fenway Sports Group co-owns Roush Fenway Racing for whom McMurray drove for.

Beckett has a home in San Antonio and is a fan of the San Antonio Spurs.[10] He is also a fan of the Texas A&M Aggies as he committed to the University under then-Aggie head coach Mark Johnson before being drafted; he is still often seen at Texas A&M football games.

Beckett is an avid deer hunter and has been since childhood. He was the 2002 winner of the Muy Grande Deer Contest for bringing down the largest buck during the Texas deer hunting season.[11] After the Marlins' World Series win he appeared in advertisements for the National Rifle Association[12]. He owns Herradura Ranch, a 7000-acre deer-hunting ranch outside of Cotulla, Texas [13].

Josh owns an impressive collection of baseball cards that numbers more than 10,000.

Philanthropy

In 2010, Josh Beckett released a chardonnay wine called Chardon-K through Charity Wines with 100% of his proceeds donated to The Josh Beckett Foundation. The wine launched alongside a charity wine by Boston Red Sox teammate Jacoby Ellsbury, called ZinfandEllsbury. [14]

The Josh Beckett Foundation supports community-based programs that strive to improve the health and well-being of children, especially those who are seriouisly ill, disabled, poor or otherwise disadvantaged. The Foundation provides Josh with an opportunity to have a direct and permanent impact on the lives of children throughout New England and in his hometown on Spring, Texas. [15]

Beckett holds an annual celebrity bowling tournament dubbed the Beckett Bowl. Money raised from the event goes to help improve the lives of disadvantaged children.[16]

Career statistics

Regular Season

Year Team Lg G/GS W-L ERA IP H R ER BB K
2001 FLA NL 4/4 2-2 1.50 24.0 14 9 4 11 24
2002 FLA NL 23/21 6-7 4.10 107.2 93 56 49 44 113
2003 FLA NL 24/23 9-8 3.04 142.0 132 54 48 56 152
2004 FLA NL 26/26 9-9 3.79 156.2 137 72 66 54 152
2005 FLA NL 29/29 15-8 3.37 178.2 153 75 67 58 166
2006 BOS AL 33/33 16-11 5.01 204.2 191 120 114 74 158
2007 BOS AL 30/30 20-7 3.27 200.2 189 76 73 40 194
2008 BOS AL 27/27 12-10 4.03 174.1 173 80 78 34 172
2009 BOS AL 32/32 17-6 3.86 212.1 198 99 91 55 199

Playoffs

Year Round Team Opp G/GS W-L ERA IP H ER BB K CG
2003 NLDS FLA SFG 1/1 0-1 1.29 7.0 2 1 5 9 0
NLCS FLA CHC 3/2 1-0 3.26 19.1 11 7 2 19 1
WS FLA NYY 2/2 1-1 1.10 16.1 8 2 5 19 1 MVP
2007 ALDS BOS LAA 1/1 1-0 0.00 9.0 4 0 0 8 1
ALCS BOS CLE 2/2 2-0 1.17 14.0 9 3 1 18 0 MVP
WS BOS COL 1/1 1-0 1.29 7.0 6 1 0 9 0
2008 ALDS BOS LAA 1/1 0-0 7.20 5.0 9 4 4 6 0
ALCS BOS TB 2/2 1-0 9.64 9.1 13 10 2 8 0

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References

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Simple English

Josh Beckett (born May 15, 1980) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.

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