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Andrew Scott Bailey (born May 31, 1984) is an American profesional baseball pitcher with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball.[1] Bailey won the 2009 American League Rookie of the Year Award while closing games for the Oakland Athletics. He was named to the 2009 and 2010 All-Star teams as well.

Baseball careerEdit

He was born in Haddon Heights, New Jersey and first played baseball at Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Oakland AthleticsEdit

From Wagner College, he was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 6th round (188th overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. Bailey started off the season on the A's double AA team, the Midland Rockhounds. Bailey participated in the 2008 Arizona Fall League as a member of the Phoenix Desert Dogs. He made the Athletics Opening Day 25-man roster for the 2009 season as a long shot. Bailey was selected to represent the Athletics in the 2009 MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis. Bailey broke the Athletics rookie save record on September 12 against the Minnesota Twins with his 24th save of the season.

After a final line of 26 saves and a 1.84 ERA, Bailey was named 2009 American League Rookie of the Year on November 16, 2009.[2]

On September 12, 2011, Bailey was hit right above the temple by a line drive in batting practice. He felt fine, passed concussion tests, and sat out the next few days. He returned to action to face the Tigers a few games later.[3]

Boston Red SoxEdit

On December 28, 2011, Bailey and Ryan Sweeney were traded from Oakland to the Boston Red Sox for Josh Reddick and two minor leaguers.[4]

Scouting ReportEdit

Bailey's repertoire consists of three main pitches: a four seam fastball, a curveball, and a cutter. Bailey has a very good fastball that he can locate well, coming in at 93–97 mph. Bailey's cutter is also effective at 89–92 mph, and he can often get strikeouts with his fastball or cutter. Bailey's curveball comes in at 78–80 mph, but Bailey usually throws his curveball earlier in the count to get ahead.


  1. Andrew Bailey statistics and history at Baseball Reference
  2. Urban, Mychael. Bailey takes AL rookie award, Published November 16, 2009. Retrieved November 16, 2009.
  3. Slusser, Susan. "A’s Andrew Bailey out tonight after being hit by line drive", The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved on 1 October 2011.
  4. Kruth, Cash. "Red Sox acquire closer Bailey from A's", 28 December 2011. Retrieved on 28 December 2011.

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