Barry Zito, SP, Oakland Athletics

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In 2013 the Giants bought out the remainder of Barry Zito’s contract, and he became a free agent. His 2014 season was a disaster: 5-11, 5.74 ERA with a 1.703 WHIP and 60 ERA+. This was a huge drop off from his 2013 season when he went 15-8 with a 4.14 ERA, 1.389 WHIP and 85 ERA+–plus a heroic effort in the playoffs that helped spark an eventual World Series win.

In February of 2014 Zito stepped away from the game, though it was more just to “reboot” and it was never a retirement.

I was kind of bummed.  ZIto has always had a special place in the game for me.  He was part of the Oakland “Big 3” that I loved, and I remember him leaving the Athletics was just as bad as when Giambi jumped ship to the Yankees or Thome to the Phillies.

I was thrilled when Zito signed with the A’s this past offseason, even though it was a minor league deal.  He is pitching with the teams AAA affiliate, and I am very much rooting for him to make a comeback to the majors.  Even out of the pen I would be happy.  I am really rooting for the dude to make it back.

Still, if he does not make it, he has had a career that he can be bery proud of.  He has two World Series wins (2010 and 2013 with the Giants), the 2002 Cy Young, three All-Star selections and the 2002 AL wins champ.

Year Age Tm Lg W L ERA G GS SV IP H BB SO ERA+ FIP WHIP Awards
1999 21 VIS,MDL,VAN A+,AA,AAA 6 1 3.16 13 13 0 68.1 48 35 97 1.215
2000 22 SAC AAA 8 5 3.19 18 18 0 101.2 88 45 91 1.308
2000 22 OAK AL 7 4 2.72 14 14 0 92.2 64 45 78 173 3.81 1.176 RoY-6
2001 23 OAK AL 17 8 3.49 35 35 0 214.1 184 80 205 125 3.53 1.232 MVP-21
2002 ★ 24 OAK AL 23 5 2.75 35 35 0 229.1 182 78 182 158 3.87 1.134 AS,CYA-1,MVP-13
2003 ★ 25 OAK AL 14 12 3.30 35 35 0 231.2 186 88 146 135 4.05 1.183 AS
2004 26 OAK AL 11 11 4.48 34 34 0 213.0 216 81 163 102 4.50 1.394
2005 27 OAK AL 14 13 3.86 35 35 0 228.1 185 89 171 113 4.34 1.200
2006 ★ 28 OAK AL 16 10 3.83 34 34 0 221.0 211 99 151 116 4.89 1.403 AS
2007 29 SFG NL 11 13 4.53 34 33 0 196.2 182 83 131 99 4.82 1.347
2008 30 SFG NL 10 17 5.15 32 32 0 180.0 186 102 120 85 4.72 1.600
2009 31 SFG NL 10 13 4.03 33 33 0 192.0 179 81 154 105 4.31 1.354
2010 32 SFG NL 9 14 4.15 34 33 0 199.1 184 84 150 94 4.25 1.344
2011 33 SFG NL 3 4 5.87 13 9 0 53.2 51 24 32 60 5.60 1.398
2012 34 SFG NL 15 8 4.15 32 32 0 184.1 186 70 114 85 4.49 1.389
2013 35 SFG NL 5 11 5.74 30 25 0 133.1 173 54 86 60 4.92 1.703
2015 37 NVL AAA 4 5 3.77 13 13 0 76.1 74 32 56 1.389 NVL · PCL
14 Yrs 165 143 4.02 430 419 0 2569.2 2369 1058 1883 105 4.37 1.334
162 Game Avg. 13 11 4.02 34 34 0 206 190 85 151 105 4.37 1.334
SFG (7 yrs) 63 80 4.62 208 197 0 1139.1 1141 498 787 87 4.61 1.439
OAK (7 yrs) 102 63 3.55 222 222 0 1430.1 1228 560 1096 125 4.17 1.250
NL (7 yrs) 63 80 4.62 208 197 0 1139.1 1141 498 787 87 4.61 1.439
AL (7 yrs) 102 63 3.55 222 222 0 1430.1 1228 560 1096 125 4.17 1.250
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/14/2015.
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