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Encyclopedia > John Halama

John Thadeuz Halama (born February 22, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York) is a Major League Baseball pitcher who plays in the Washington Nationals baseball organization. Previously, Halama played with the Houston Astros (1998), Seattle Mariners (1999-2002), Oakland Athletics (2003), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2004), and Boston Red Sox (2005). He bats and throws left-handed. February 22 is the 53rd day of every year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... A baseball pitcher delivers the ball to home plate In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitchers mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter who attempts to either make contact with it or draw a... The Washington Nationals are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Washington, D.C.. The team relocated to Washington, D.C. from Montréal, Québec, Canada after the completion of the 2004 MLB season. ... The Houston Astros are a Major League Baseball team based in Houston, Texas. ... This year in baseball 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Don Sutton, a 324-game winner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his fifth try. ... The Seattle Mariners are a Major League Baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... This article is about the baseball team currently active in the American League. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-June April 4 - Sammy Sosa hits his 500th career home run off Cincinnati Reds pitcher Scott Sullivan in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park, becoming only the 18th player in Major League Baseball history to... The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are a Major League Baseball team based in St. ... This year in baseball: 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-June February 15: Alex Rodriguez is traded to the New York Yankees. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... This year in baseball 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Calendar July 12: All-Star Game, at Comerica Park, Detroit July 31: Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y. October 4: Division Series begin October 11: League Championship Series begin October 22: World Series begins... People who are left-handed are more dextrous with their left hand than with their right hand: they will probably also use their left hand for tasks such as personal care, cooking, and so on. ...


A native from Brooklyn, New York, Halama has a resilient arm that lends itself to starting or long relief. He relies basically on a sinking fastball with an occasional slider and change-up mixed up. When his sinker is working, Halama doesn't need much else. He is one of the most extreme groundball pitchers in baseball. For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... A relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen as the game goes on A relief pitcher or reliever is a baseball or softball pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness or fatigue. ... In baseball, a sinker is a type of pitch in which the ball is spun so that it drops suddenly as it reaches the plate. ... The fastball is the most common type of pitch in baseball. ... This article is about the baseball pitch. ... A changeup is a type of pitch in baseball. ... In baseball, a batted ball can be called one of several various things, depending on how it comes off the bat and where in the field it lands. ...


Halama made his debut with the Astros in 1998. In the midseason he was sent to Seattle along with Freddy García and Carlos Guillén in the same trade that brought Randy Johnson to Houston. Halama won 41 games for the Mariners in a four-year span, with a career high 14 victories in 2000. In 2004, Halama went 7-6 with a 4.70 ERA in 34 appearances, including 14 starts for the Devil Rays. He was signed by Boston as a free agent at the end of the season. He was later released by Boston and ended up with the Washington Nationals. Freddy Antonio García (born June 10, 1976 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who plays for the Chicago White Sox. ... Carlos Alfonso Guillén [ghee-YEN] (born September 30, 1975) is a Major League Baseball shortstop and switch-hitter batter who plays for the Detroit Tigers. ... Johnson tossing out a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park Randall David Randy Johnson (born September 10, 1963 in Walnut Creek, California), also known as The Big Unit, is a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ...


Spanning a career of seven-plus seasons in the Major Leagues, Halama has compiled a 53-44 record with 469 strikeouts and a 4.60 ERA in 860.1 innings pitched. In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K, K-S, or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ...


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