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.
|2015||37||NVL||AAA||4||5||3.77||13||13||0||76.1||74||32||56||1.389||NVL · PCL|
|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|