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Jon Erich Rauch (born September 27, 1978, in Louisville, Kentucky) is a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball with the Minnesota Twins and is an Olympic Gold Medalist. At 6' 11" (2.11 m), he is the tallest player in the history of the major leagues.
Chicago White SoxEdit
In 2002, Rauch's first stint in the big leagues resulted in a 6.59 ERA in eight games and six starts. He did not play in the majors in 2003, then returned to the majors in 2004 after a strong Triple-A campaign. However, against major league batters he again posted a high ERA of 6.23. In July 2004, Rauch was traded to the Montréal Expos along with Triple-A reliever Gary Majewski for Carl Everett.
Montreal Expos/Washington NationalsEdit
On August 13, 2004, Rauch hit a home run against the Houston Astros off Roger Clemens, making him the tallest man ever to hit a home run in Major League Baseball. Despite a strong finish to the season in Montréal, Rauch was sent to the minors when the Expos moved to Washington. After putting up better numbers in the minors, Rauch finished the 2005 season with the Nationals, used mostly as a reliever, and going 2-4 with a 3.60 ERA.
In 2006, Rauch had his best season, posted a 4-5 record, a 3.35 ERA, and appearing in 85 games, second most in the NL. He was Washington's most reliable reliever on a team that finished last in the NL in ERA. He finished highest in the bullpen in games, innings pitched, strikeouts, and batters faced. He finished second only to closer Chad Cordero in saves, ERA, and ERA+.
In 2007, Rauch led the Major Leagues in appearances with 88. He finished the year with a 8-4 record, four saves, and a 3.61 ERA. His eight victories led the team in wins, a rarity in baseball.
On February 2, 2008, Rauch signed a two-year contract with the Nationals, worth a total of $3.2 million. Before being traded, Rauch spent most of the year as the closer in place of injured Chad Cordero.
Rauch won the first game in the history of Nationals Park.
Arizona Diamondbacks (2009)Edit
Minnesota Twins (2009-present)Edit
On April 2, 2010, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire named Rauch the team's closer, replacing the injured Joe Nathan. On April 6, 2010 Rauch earned his first save as a Twin with a perfect ninth with two strikeouts versus the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a 5-3 win.
- ↑ washingtonpost.com
- ↑ ESPN - Rauch avoids arbitration, agrees to 2-year deal with Nationals - MLB
- ↑ Nobles, Charlie (April 19, 2008). Until Cordero's better, Rauch to close. MLB.com. Retrieved on May 4, 2010.
- ↑ D-backs acquire right-hander Rauch from Nats for Bonifacio
- ↑ Twins add bullpen help with Jon Rauch
- ↑ Baseball-Reference.com
- ↑ With Nathan out, Twins name Jon Rauch their closer