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Published: 2009/06/18
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WS1996 Gm6: Key picks up win with 5 1/3 innings
Published: 2016/07/27
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STL@TOR: Key throws out first pitch, joins the booth
STL@TOR: Key throws out first pitch, joins the booth
Published: 2014/06/07
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1992 WS Gm4: Key picks off Nixon in the first
1992 WS Gm4: Key picks off Nixon in the first
Published: 2013/08/28
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Jimmy Key mastering game of golf
Jimmy Key mastering game of golf
Published: 2014/07/12
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Jimmy Key " Dwa światy "
Published: 2014/12/28
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ALCS Gm5: Jimmy Key tosses the first pitch
ALCS Gm5: Jimmy Key tosses the first pitch
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: MLB
Keegan-Michael Key on Rehearsing with President Obama
Keegan-Michael Key on Rehearsing with President Obama
Published: 2015/08/15
Channel: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Camp Winnipesaukee with Justin Timberlake, Keegan-Michael Key and Billy Crystal
Camp Winnipesaukee with Justin Timberlake, Keegan-Michael Key and Billy Crystal
Published: 2017/08/09
Channel: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
South Park: How To Get Jimmy
South Park: How To Get Jimmy's Garage Keys
Published: 2014/04/28
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The Key
The Key
Published: 2010/07/06
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My Key
My Key
Published: 2013/06/04
Channel: LifeAccordingToJimmy
Key stuck in ignition (1999 GMC Jimmy)
Key stuck in ignition (1999 GMC Jimmy)
Published: 2014/04/10
Channel: nativebrother21
ESPN SportsCenter - Seth Hayes
ESPN SportsCenter - Seth Hayes
Published: 2011/02/16
Channel: Mitchell Palmer
Jimmy Key
Jimmy Key
Published: 2017/01/03
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Jimmy Key Sonbahar-Kış 2017 Koleksiyonu
Published: 2017/08/23
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Published: 2010/09/28
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JIMMY KEY BACKSTAGE B&W - 720p.mov
Published: 2011/11/16
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Jimmy Key  / Wóda
Jimmy Key / Wóda
Published: 2017/03/20
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Published: 2014/09/21
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Jimmy Key - Online Mağaza
Jimmy Key - Online Mağaza
Published: 2016/12/27
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Jimmy Key İlkbahar-Yaz 2017
Jimmy Key İlkbahar-Yaz 2017
Published: 2017/01/13
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Jimmy Key   "Falling Stars"
Jimmy Key "Falling Stars"
Published: 2013/12/08
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Jimmy Key    All FREAKS FOLLOW ME
Jimmy Key All FREAKS FOLLOW ME
Published: 2016/03/06
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Jimmy Key Run Run Run
Jimmy Key Run Run Run
Published: 2016/11/01
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Baseball Talk #129 Jimmy Key
Baseball Talk #129 Jimmy Key
Published: 2015/07/09
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“JIMMY KEY” və “Collezione” brendi Bakıda
“JIMMY KEY” və “Collezione” brendi Bakıda
Published: 2017/02/22
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Jimmy Key "Black Friday" Kampanyası
Jimmy Key "Black Friday" Kampanyası
Published: 2017/11/23
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Jimmy Key İzmir Optimum Avm Mağazası Açıldı!
Jimmy Key İzmir Optimum Avm Mağazası Açıldı!
Published: 2017/08/25
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Jimmy Key Antalya Agora Avm Açılış Sürprizi
Published: 2017/11/14
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JIMMY KEY DİLEK
JIMMY KEY DİLEK
Published: 2012/06/03
Channel: Dilek Güzel
Jimmy Key & Zdunek "I was wrong"
Jimmy Key & Zdunek "I was wrong"
Published: 2014/12/24
Channel: Zdunek Studio
Jimmy Key
Jimmy Key
Published: 2016/04/24
Channel: Ilgin Ergen
ODTÜ Yelken Takımı 2015 Jimmy Key Cup
ODTÜ Yelken Takımı 2015 Jimmy Key Cup
Published: 2015/06/07
Channel: ODTÜ Yelken TV
Indian Jimmy
Indian Jimmy's Key to the Golf Swing
Published: 2007/09/28
Channel: jimmy rockow
Jimmy Key / AW16 - 2
Jimmy Key / AW16 - 2
Published: 2016/03/31
Channel: Jimmy Key
Jimmy Key #SelfArt 2013 Çekimi - Ukrayna
Jimmy Key #SelfArt 2013 Çekimi - Ukrayna
Published: 2016/07/28
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Ttm mailday Jimmy Key MOJO!!!
Published: 2013/06/12
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Published: 2012/11/10
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Jimmy Key
Jimmy Key
Published: 2016/04/24
Channel: Ilgin Ergen
Jimmy Key
Jimmy Key
Published: 2016/04/24
Channel: Ilgin Ergen
Jordan Peele & Keegan-Michael Key on Working Together
Jordan Peele & Keegan-Michael Key on Working Together
Published: 2016/04/22
Channel: Jimmy Kimmel Live
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Published: 2012/06/12
Channel: Göze Şener
Jimmy Key ,, Nie zatrzyma mnie nic ,,
Jimmy Key ,, Nie zatrzyma mnie nic ,,
Published: 2015/02/19
Channel: Jimmy Key
Jimmy Key
Jimmy Key
Published: 2016/04/24
Channel: Ilgin Ergen
Jimmy Key Deri Kanvas Geniş Yakalı Ceket
Jimmy Key Deri Kanvas Geniş Yakalı Ceket
Published: 2017/10/19
Channel: Jimmy Key
Göze Şener  Jimmy Key için İnteraktif Kombin Oyunu
Göze Şener Jimmy Key için İnteraktif Kombin Oyunu
Published: 2012/06/11
Channel: Göze Şener
Keegan-Michael Key and Amy Schumer Hide Improvised Bits in Meteor Shower
Keegan-Michael Key and Amy Schumer Hide Improvised Bits in Meteor Shower
Published: 2017/12/05
Channel: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Key
Jimmy Key
Published: 2016/04/24
Channel: Ilgin Ergen
Jimmy Key
Jimmy Key
Published: 2016/04/24
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Jimmy Key
Pitcher
Born: (1961-04-22) April 22, 1961 (age 56)
Huntsville, Alabama
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 6, 1984, for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
September 20, 1998, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 186–117
Earned run average 3.51
Strikeouts 1,538
Teams
Career highlights and awards

James Edward Key (born April 22, 1961) is a former left-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Toronto Blue Jays (1984–1992), New York Yankees (1993–1996), and Baltimore Orioles (1997–1998). His best personal years were in 1987, when he posted a 17–8 record with a league-leading 2.76 ERA, and in 1993, when he went 18–6 with a 3.00 ERA and 173 strikeouts. With the Blue Jays, he won the 1992 World Series and with the Yankees, he won the 1996 World Series, both over the Atlanta Braves.

Career[edit]

High school[edit]

Key was an outstanding baseball player at S. R. Butler High School in Huntsville, Alabama.[1] He compiled a 10–0 record, and had nine shutouts and a 0.30 ERA in his senior year. Key was also an excellent hitter, batting .410 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs in his high school career.

Clemson University[edit]

Key attended Clemson University, where he played college baseball for the Clemson Tigers baseball team in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). At Clemson, Key posted a 9–3 record and 2.79 ERA on the mound, and batted .300 with 21 doubles. Key is the only Clemson player to be a member of the first-team All-ACC in two positions (pitcher and DH) in 1982. He pitched the opening game of the 1980 College World Series.[2]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

Key was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the third round of the 1982 amateur draft.[3] He worked his way up the Blue Jays' minor league system during 1982 and 1983, putting up respectable numbers with the Florence Blue Jays (South Atlantic League), the Medicine Hat Blue Jays (Pioneer League), the Knoxville Blue Jays (Southern League), and the Syracuse Chiefs (International League) before heading to Toronto.

Key made his Major League debut on April 6, 1984 and was utilized in relief situations through his inaugural year, notching 10 saves and a 4.65 ERA.[4] He wore number 27 in his first season and 22 for the duration of his Blue Jays career.

Key moved into the starting rotation in 1985 and quickly became a cornerstone in the rotation, leading the Blue Jays to their first postseason appearance that year. More postseason appearances would follow, culminating in a World Series championship in 1992. In the 4th game of that series, Key made his final start for the Blue Jays,[1] surrendering one run over 7 23 innings to earn the win and put the Jays up 3–1. He left the game to a tremendous ovation. Key would appear once more in the series, as a reliever in the 10th and 11th innings of the 6th and deciding game, earning another winning decision in the series.[5]

New York Yankees[edit]

Key signed a four-year contract as a free agent with the New York Yankees on December 10, 1992.[6] He posted a 49–23 record in 94 games over three seasons with the Yankees. He had his career high of 173 strikeouts in the first year with the Yankees in 1993, and he led the majors with 17 wins in the strike-shortened season of 1994.[3]

He spent time with the Gulf Coast Yankees (1–0 and 0.00 ERA) and Tampa (0–0 and 2.77 ERA) of the Florida State League during rehab assignments during his last season with New York in 1996. In his final start as a Yankee, he outdueled Greg Maddux of the Atlanta Braves in the deciding game of the World Series.[3]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

Key signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles on December 10, 1996[3] and posted a 22–13 record in 59 appearances over two seasons. A free agent in his final season, Key retired from the game after the 1998 season largely due to injuries. He made US$7.73 million with the Orioles over 2 seasons. He wore the number 21 with the Orioles (22 having been retired by Baltimore in honor of Hall of Famer Jim Palmer.)[3] He was assigned to Fredrick of the Carolina League in 1998 (1–0 3.00 ERA) during his final rehab stint. Key was granted free agency for the last time on October 27, 1998 by Orioles GM Pat Gillick, the same GM who granted him the same conditions in Toronto in 1992.

Strengths and weaknesses[edit]

Key was one of the premiere control pitchers in the game with a good strikeout-to-walk ratio over most of his career. His fastball was not particularly speedy, but was often effective as he could spot it on both corners of the plate—although when his pitch went high, opponents fared well. He also possessed a fine backdoor slider. He had a very good pickoff move to first base, which he notably demonstrated in Game 4 of the 1992 World Series by picking off Otis Nixon, one of the game's premiere base stealers at the time. (During his windup his right knee was bent so that his right foot did not cross the rubber and he could throw to first base without incurring a balk).

Key tended to give up more than his share of home runs even while holding his opponents' on-base percentage to a low level. He was injury-prone with significant down time in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996 and 1998. Contrary to some reports, Key never underwent Tommy John surgery. Instead, noted surgeon James Andrews removed bone chips, costing Key several months in the middle of the 1988 season.[7]

Post-career[edit]

Following his retirement from baseball, Key found new life as an amateur golfer. Now living in Palm Beach Gardens, he has become prominent in the local golfing community.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Felts, Jerry (18 October 1982). "Huntsville native gets good news". Times Daily. p. 6B. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-16. Retrieved 2010-03-20.  Clemson bio
  3. ^ a b c d e http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/keyji01.shtml
  4. ^ Sorci, Rick (November 1985). "Jimmy Key Helped Open the Door of Opportunity for Blue Jays". Baseball Digest. Lakeside Publishing. 4 (11): 50. ISSN 0005-609X. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.bluebirdbanter.com/2009/5/11/872139/top-50-all-time-jays-7-jimmy-key Birdbanter
  6. ^ Curry, Jack (December 11, 1992). "BASEBALL; Yankees Finally Get It Right and Land a Lefty". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  8. ^ http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/content/sports/epaper/2008/09/20/a9b_golfru_0921.html

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Mark Langston
American League All-Star Game Starting Pitcher
1994
Succeeded by
Randy Johnson

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