Tavarez with the Washington Nationals
Born: May 22, 1973|
Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
|August 7, 1993 for the Cleveland Indians|
Last MLB appearance
|July 19, 2009 for the Washington Nationals|
|Earned run average||4.46|
Career highlights and awards
- 1 Baseball career (1990–2009)
- 1.1 Minor leagues (1990–93)
- 1.2 Cleveland Indians (1993–96)
- 1.3 San Francisco Giants (1997–99)
- 1.4 Colorado Rockies (2000)
- 1.5 Chicago Cubs (2001)
- 1.6 Florida Marlins (2002)
- 1.7 Pittsburgh Pirates (2003)
- 1.8 St. Louis Cardinals (2004–05)
- 1.9 Boston Red Sox (2006–08)
- 1.10 Milwaukee Brewers (2008)
- 1.11 Atlanta Braves (2008)
- 1.12 Washington Nationals (2009)
- 1.13 Retirement (2009)
- 2 Personal life
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Baseball career (1990–2009)
Minor leagues (1990–93)
Tavárez began his professional career on March 16,
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Cleveland Indians (1993–96)
Tavarez made his major league debut on August 6,
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San Francisco Giants (1997–99)
Tavárez was traded to the San Francisco Giants on November 13, 1996, along with infielders Jeff Kent and José Vizcaíno and a player to be named (pitcher Joe Roa) in exchange for third baseman Matt Williams and a player to be named (outfielder Trenidad Hubbard). In his first year with the club, Tavárez led the National League with 89 appearances, while also setting a club record in the statistic. He had a stretch of 24 consecutive scoreless games and appeared in all three games of the NLDS against the Florida Marlins. Tavárez recorded his first save on May 14,
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Colorado Rockies (2000)
Tavárez was claimed off waivers by the Colorado Rockies on November 21, 1999. He recorded one of two career major league complete games with a four-hitter against the Chicago Cubs and went on to post an NL best nine-game win streak on his way to a career high 11 wins.
Chicago Cubs (2001)
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Florida Marlins (2002)
Tavárez was acquired by the Florida Marlins on March 27,
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Pittsburgh Pirates (2003)
Tavárez was relegated to bullpen duty in
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St. Louis Cardinals (2004–05)
Tavárez signed on with the St. Louis Cardinals on January 9,
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Tavárez was ejected from a game against the Pirates on August 20, 2004, after an accusation of having a "foreign substance" on his cap. He served an 8 day suspension for the incident.
Tavárez posted a 2.61 ERA in nine postseason games, but suffered breaks in his left ring finger and fifth metacarpal after punching a bullpen phone in the dugout following being removed from Game 4 of the NLCS. He had allowed a solo home run to Carlos Beltrán, issued two walks, and hit a batter. Tavárez played the rest of the 2004 postseason with a protective wrap in his glove, and when the glove was removed his hand was noticeably swollen. Tavárez suffered the loss against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the 2004 World Series, giving up the game-winning home run to Mark Bellhorn in the eighth inning.
Boston Red Sox (2006–08)
A free agent following the
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On March 27, 2006, Tavárez was suspended for the first ten games of his Red Sox career as a result of a fistfight that broke out between him and Tampa Bay Devil Rays outfielder Joey Gathright during a spring training game. Although he had a poor year as a relief pitcher, injuries forced the Sox to use him as a starter for the last few weeks of the season. In 6 starts, he went 3–0 with a 4.01 ERA, and recorded his second complete game in a 7–1 win against the Toronto Blue Jays.
On March 22,
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Tavárez called the 2007 Red Sox pitching staff the best he's ever been associated with.
In spring training, it had been assumed that Tavárez was simply holding the fifth spot in the rotation for the Red Sox top pitching prospect Jon Lester while he recovered from cancer. However, with Lester struggling in Triple-A and Tavárez pitching well, he kept his spot in the rotation through the All-Star break.
After a stretch of poor starts, 0–4 with a 7.79 ERA, he was moved to the bullpen on July 22, 2007, and replaced in the rotation by Lester.
On May 11,
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Milwaukee Brewers (2008)
On May 27, 2008, Tavárez signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers for the remainder of the 2008 season. On June 19, Tavárez was designated for assignment, and rejected an outright assignment to the minors, opting instead to be released from his contract.
Atlanta Braves (2008)
Tavárez signed a contract with the Atlanta Braves on July 8, 2008, for the remainder of the 2008 season. On that day, he made his Braves debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched a third of an inning and gave up two runs, one earned.
Washington Nationals (2009)
On March 13, 2009, Tavárez signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals and was invited to Spring Training. When asked why he chose to sign with the Nationals, Tavárez acknowledged he had no other options: "Why did I sign with the Nationals? When you go to a club at 4 in the morning, and you're just waiting, waiting, a 600-pounder looks like J-Lo. And to me, this is Jennifer Lopez right here. It's 4 in the morning. Too much to drink. So, Nationals: Jennifer Lopez to me."  In July 2009 he was designated for assignment by the Nationals, and eventually released.
After playing baseball for 19 years, at the minor and major league level, he decided to retire from baseball.
Tavarez currently lives in Miramar, Florida.
- "Minor League Player of the Year by Team". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
- Error – BostonHerald.com[dead link]
- Red (May 21, 2007). "A Diary of Unhealthy Red Sox Obsession". Surviving Grady. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
- Gordon Edes (May 21, 2008). "Farrell had an Erie feeling: He flashed back to Cleveland no-hit bid". Boston Globe. Retrieved May 21, 2008.
- Adam McCalvy / MLB.com. "Brewers add Tavarez to bullpen mix". Milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
- Adam McCalvy / MLB.com. "Tavarez designated for assignment". Milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
- McCalvy, Adam. "Tavarez elects free agency." MLB.com. June 24, 2008.
- David O'Brien (August 8, 2007). "Braves sign right-hander Tavarez". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved July 9, 2008.
- "Washington Nationals agree to terms with right-handed reliever Julian Tavarez". Washington.nationals.mlb.com. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
- "Julian Tavarez, Kip Wells, Joe Beimel candidates to close in Washington". Sports.espn.go.com. April 30, 2009. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)