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Brandon Paul League (born March 16, 1983 in Sacramento, California) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. He is married with two children. He resides in Honolulu, and is hapa Yonsei. His maternal great-grandparents were born and raised in Fukuoka prefecture on Kyushu Island in Japan. He previously pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays.
League is known for his strong arm, and a sinker that reaches 100 mph—usually topping out at 98 mph. League also throws a slider and a changeup. In his first four seasons, he has been used as a relief pitcher, often as a setup man.
In the offseason following League's breakout 2006, he engaged in strength conditioning, while, at the behest of the Blue Jays, did not pitch until spring training. As a result, he overdeveloped some shoulder muscles, resulting in a significant drop in the velocity of his sinker. This led to being placed on the 60-day disabled list, and League missed the majority of the 2007 season. However, the advent of the 2008 season saw League's velocity recovered, and with it his effectiveness.
On December 22, 2009, the Blue Jays agreed to trade League to the Seattle Mariners, along with minor league outfielder Johermyn Chavez, for pitcher Brandon Morrow. He signed a one-year, $1.08 million contract for 2010.
- ↑ Sogi, Francis Y. (2004). Riding the Kona Wave: Memoirs of A Japanese American. New York, New York: The Cheshire Press, 306.
- ↑ "Notes: League headed to Syracuse", BlueJays.com, 2007-03-25. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
- ↑ Bastian, Jordan. Jays get Morrow, send League to M's, MLB.com. Published December 23, 2009. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
- ↑ Baker, Geoff. Felix Hernandez arrives in Seattle: deal done pending physical, press conference scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, Seattle Times. Published January 20, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
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