2008 in baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 2008 throughout the world. Regular Season ChampionsWorld Series Champions – Philadelphia Phillies American League Champions – Tampa Bay Rays National League Champions – Philadelphia Phillies Postseason – October 1 to October 29Click on any series score to link to that series' page. Higher seed had home field advantage during League Championship Series; the American League champion has home field advantage during the World Series as a result of the AL victory in the All-Star Game. Minor League Baseball Triple-A Championship: Sacramento River Cats International League: Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees Pacific Coast League: Sacramento River Cats Mexican League: Diablos Rojos del México AA Eastern League: Trenton Thunder Southern League: Mississippi Braves Texas League: Arkansas Travelers A California League: Stockton Ports Carolina League: Potomac Nationals Florida State League: Daytona Cubs Midwest League: Burlington Bees South Atlantic League: Augusta GreenJackets New York–Penn League: Batavia Muckdogs Northwest League: Spokane Indians Rookie Appalachian League: Elizabethton Twins Gulf Coast League: Gulf Coast Phillies Pioneer League: Great Falls Voyagers Arizona League: Arizona League Giants Independent baseball leagues Alaska Baseball League: Anchorage Glacier Pilots American Association: Sioux Falls Canaries Atlantic League: Somerset Patriots Canadian-American Association: Sussex Skyhawks Frontier League: Windy City ThunderBolts Golden Baseball League: Orange County Flyers Northern League: Kansas City T-Bones United League Baseball: Amarillo Dillas Amateur College College World Series: Fresno State NCAA Division II: Mount Olive College NCAA Division III: Trinity College NAIA: Lewis-Clark State College Youth Big League World Series: Taylors, South Carolina Junior League World Series: Waipi`o, Hawaii Little League World Series: Willemstad, Curaçao Senior League World Series: Upper Deerfield, New Jersey International National teams Summer Olympics at Beijing, China: South Korea.
Executives Barney Dreyfuss, Bowie Kuhn and Walter O'Malley and managers Billy Southworth and Dick Williams are inducted following their election by the Veterans Committee. Larry Whiteside, sportswriter for The Boston Globe from 1973 until 2004, receives the J. G. Taylor Spink Award. Dave Niehaus, broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners since 1977, receives the Ford C. Frick Award. MVP Awards American League – Dustin Pedroia National League – Albert Pujols Cy Young Awards American League – Cliff Lee National League – Tim Lincecum Rookie of the Year Awards American League Evan Longoria National League Geovany Soto Manager of the Year Awards American League – Joe Maddon National League – Lou Piniella Silver Slugger AwardsAmerican LeagueDH: Aubrey Huff C: Joe Mauer 1B: Justin Morneau 2B: Dustin Pedroia 3B: Alex Rodriguez SS: Derek Jeter OF: Josh Hamilton OF: Carlos Quentin OF: Grady Sizemore National LeagueP: Carlos Zambrano C: Brian McCann 1B: Albert Pujols 2B: Chase Utley 3B: David Wright SS: Hanley Ramírez OF: Ryan Braun OF: Matt Holliday OF: Ryan Ludwick Gold Glove AwardsAmerican LeagueP: Mike Mussina C: Joe Mauer 1B: Carlos Peña 2B: Dustin Pedroia 3B: Adrián Beltré SS: Michael Young OF: Torii Hunter OF: Grady Sizemore OF: Ichiro Suzuki National LeagueP: Greg Maddux C: Yadier Molina 1B: Adrian Gonzalez 2B: Brandon Phillips 3B: David Wright SS: Jimmy Rollins OF: Carlos Beltrán OF: Nate McLouth OF: Shane Victorino Hank Aaron Award – Kevin Youkilis / Aramis Ramírez Hutch Award – Jon Lester Players Choice Award – Albert Pujols Roberto Clemente Award – Albert Pujols Tony Conigliaro Award – Rocco Baldelli TSN Awards MLB Player of the Year – Albert Pujols Pitcher of the Year – Cliff Lee / Tim Lincecum Reliever of the Year – Francisco Rodríguez / Brad Lidge Rookie of the Year – Evan Longoria / Geovany Soto Comeback Player of the Year – Cliff Lee / Fernando Tatís Manager of the Year – Joe Maddon / Fredi González Woman Executive of the Year: Carol Gehr, Hagerstown Suns, South Atlantic League January 6 – Roger Clemens appears on CBS's 60 Minutes, denying that he uses performance-enhancing drugs.
January 8 – Closer Rich "Goose" Gossage and his former manager with the San Diego Padres, Dick Williams, are elected into the Baseball
The Seattle Mariners are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League West Division; the team joined the American League as an expansion team in 1977 playing their home games in the Kingdome. Since July 1999, the Mariners' home ballpark has been T-Mobile Park, located in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle; the "Mariners" name originates from the prominence of marine culture in the city of Seattle. They are nicknamed the M's, a title featured in their primary logo from 1987 to 1992, they adopted their current team colors – Navy blue, northwest green, silver – prior to the 1993 season, after having been royal blue and gold since the team's inception. Their mascot is the Mariner Moose; the organization did not field a winning team until 1991, any real success eluded them until 1995 when they won their first division championship and defeated the New York Yankees in the ALDS. The game-winning hit in Game 5, in which Edgar Martínez drove home Ken Griffey Jr. to win the game in the 11th inning, clinched a series win for the Mariners, served as a powerful impetus to preserve baseball in Seattle, has since become an iconic moment in team history.
The Mariners won 116 games in 2001, which set the American League record for most wins in a single season and tied the 1906 Chicago Cubs for the Major League record for most wins in a single season. Through the end of the 2018 season, the franchise has finished with a losing record in 28 of 42 seasons; the Mariners are one of seven Major League Baseball teams who have never won a World Series championship, one of two never to have played in a World Series. With the National Football League's Buffalo Bills ending their 17-year playoff drought on December 31, 2017, the Mariners now hold the longest playoff drought in all of the four major North American professional sports, having not qualified for the playoffs since 2001; the Mariners were created as a result of a lawsuit. In 1970, in the aftermath of the Seattle Pilots' purchase and relocation to Milwaukee as the Milwaukee Brewers by Bud Selig, the city of Seattle, King County, the state of Washington sued the American League for breach of contract.
Confident that Major League Baseball would return to Seattle within a few years, King County built the multi-purpose Kingdome, which would become home to the National Football League's expansion Seattle Seahawks in 1976. The name "Mariners" was chosen by club officials in August 1976 from over 600 names submitted by 15,000 entrants in a name-the-team contest; the Mariners played their first game on April 6, 1977, to a sold-out crowd of 57,762 at the Kingdome, losing 7–0 to the California Angels. The first home run in team history was hit on April 1977, by designated hitter Juan Bernhardt; that year, star pitcher Diego Seguí, in his last major league season, became the only player to play for both the Pilots and the Mariners. The Mariners finished with a 64 -- 98 record. In 1979, Seattle hosted the 50th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. After the 1981 season, the Mariners were sold to California businessman George Argyros, who in turn sold the team to Jeff Smulyan in 1989, to Nintendo of America in 1992.
During the 1992–93 offseason, the Mariners hired manager Lou Piniella, who had led the Cincinnati Reds to victory in the 1990 World Series. Mariner fans embraced Piniella, he would helm the team from 1993 through 2002, winning two American League Manager of the Year Awards along the way; the 2001 Mariners club finished with a record of 116-46, leading all of Major League Baseball in winning percentage for the duration of the season and winning the American League West division championship. In doing so, the team broke the 1998 Yankees American League single-season record of 114 wins and matched the all-time MLB single-season record for wins set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs. At the end of the season, Ichiro Suzuki won the AL MVP, AL Rookie of the Year, one of three outfield Gold Glove Awards, becoming the first player since the 1975 Boston Red Sox's Fred Lynn to win all three in the same season. On October 22, 2008 the Mariners announced the hiring of Jack Zduriencik scouting director of the Milwaukee Brewers, as their general manager.
Weeks on November 18, the team named Oakland Athletics bench coach Don Wakamatsu as its new field manager. Wakamatsu and Zduriencik hired an new coaching staff for 2009, which included former World Series MVP John Wetteland as bullpen coach; the off-season saw a litany of roster moves, headlined by a 12-player, 3-team trade that included sending All-Star closer J. J. Putz to the New York Mets and brought 5 players—including prospect Mike Carp and outfielder Endy Chávez from New York and outfielder Franklin Gutiérrez from the Cleveland Indians—to Seattle. Many of the moves, like the free agent signing of Mike Sweeney, were made in part with the hope of squelching the clubhouse infighting that plagued the Mariners in 2008, it saw the return of Seattle favorite Griffey Jr. The 2009–10 offseason was highlighted by the trade for 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee from the Philadelphia Phillies, the signing of third baseman Chone Figgins and the contract extension of star pitcher "King" Félix Hernández.
Griffey Jr. announced his retirement on June 2010, after 22 MLB seasons. The Mariners fired field manager Don Wakamatsu along with bench coach Ty Van Burkleo, pitching coach Rick Adair and performance coach Steve Hecht on August 9, 2010. Daren Brow
Binghamton Rumble Ponies
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies are an American minor league baseball team based in Binghamton, New York. The team, which plays in the Eastern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets major-league club; the Rumble Ponies play in NYSEG Stadium, located in Binghamton. In 1976, the franchise played as the Williamsport Bills in Pennsylvania, it played in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1977 and 1978 Buffalo, New York, from 1979 through 1984. It returned to Williamsport in 1987; the team was an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians in 1987 and 1988, of the Seattle Mariners during the 1989 and 1990 seasons. It was purchased by the New York Mets in 1991, moved to Binghamton in 1992 as the Binghamton Mets. In 2016, the franchise announced a plan to stay in Binghamton for the foreseeable future, to change the team's name; the team held a name-the-team contest on its website from May 17 to June 1. On November 3, 2016, the team announced that it would be rebranding as the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, released a new logo.
Williamsport Bills1987: 60–79, managers Steve Swisher & Orlando Gomez 1988: 66–73, manager Mike Hargrove 1989: 63–77, manager Jay Ward 1990: 61–79, manager Rich Morales 1991: 60–79, manager Clint HurdleBinghamton Mets Binghamton Rumble Ponies Binghamton Rumble Ponies official site Binghamton Rumble Ponies page at MiLB
The Milwaukee Brewers are an American professional baseball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brewers compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League Central division; the team is named for the city's association with the brewing industry. Since 2001, the Brewers have played their home games at Miller Park, which has a seating capacity of 41,900; the team was founded in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots, an expansion team of the American League, in Seattle, Washington. The Pilots played their home games at Sick's Stadium. After only one season, the team relocated to Milwaukee, becoming known as the Brewers and playing their home games at Milwaukee County Stadium. In 1998, the Brewers joined the National League, they are the only franchise to play in four divisions since the advent of divisional play in Major League Baseball in 1969. They are one of two current MLB franchises to switch leagues in their history, the other one being the Houston Astros; the team's only World Series appearance came in 1982.
After winning the ALCS against the California Angels, the Brewers faced off against the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, losing 4–3. In 2011, the Brewers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks to win the NLDS 3–2, but lost in the NLCS to the eventual World Series champion Cardinals 4–2. Originating as an expansion team in 1969, in Seattle, Washington, as the Seattle Pilots, the club played for one season in the American League West Division before being acquired in bankruptcy court by Bud Selig, who moved the team to Milwaukee, they would continue to play in the West Division for two more years. Before the beginning of the 1972 season the Brewers agreed to switch over to the American League East to make room for the Texas Rangers who had relocated from Washington. Beginning in 1994, due to divisional re-alignment, the Brewers moved to the newly created American League Central division. In all, the Brewers were part of the American League from their creation in 1969 through the 1997 season, after which they moved to the National League Central Division.
Milwaukee had been a National League city when its team was the Milwaukee Braves. In 1981, Milwaukee won the American League East Division in the second half of the strike-shortened season. In the playoffs, they lost the divisional series to three games to two. In 1982, Milwaukee won the American League East Division and the American League Pennant, earning their only World Series appearance to date as the Brewers. In the Series, they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals four games to three. In 1998, the Brewers changed leagues, they were put in the recently created NL Central. In 2008, for the first time in the 26 years since their World Series appearance, the Brewers advanced to postseason play by winning the National League wild card, they were eliminated in the National League Division Series by the eventual World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies. On September 23, 2011, the Milwaukee Brewers clinched their first division title in 29 years, they won the National League Division Series in five games over the Arizona Diamondbacks, but lost the National League Championship Series to the eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in six games.
In 2018, the Brewers clinched a spot in the post-season for the first time since 2011 with a 2–1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on September 26, 2018. On September 29, they tied with the Cubs for first place in the National League Central, with a record of 95–67; this tie was broken on October 1st, when the Brewers defeated the Cubs 3–1 in the NL Central tiebreaker to improve to 96–67 and win the division by one game. They went on to defeat the Colorado Rockies 3–0 to win the NLDS, but in the following NLCS, they lost out to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 7 games; the first Brewers uniforms were "hand-me-downs" from the Seattle Pilots. Because the move to Milwaukee received final approval less than a week before the start of the season, there was no time to order new uniforms. Selig had planned to change the Brewers' colors to navy blue and red in honor of the minor league American Association's Milwaukee Brewers, but was forced to remove the Seattle markings from the Pilots' blue-and-gold uniforms and sew "BREWERS" on the front.
However, the outline of the Pilots' logo remained visible. The uniforms had unique striping on the sleeves left over from the Pilots days; the cap was an updated version of the Milwaukee Braves cap in yellow. It was decided to keep blue and gold as the team colors, they have remained so since; the Brewers got their own flannel design in 1971. This design was the same as the one used in 1970, but with blue and yellow piping on the sleeves and collar. In 1972, the Brewers entered the double-knit era with uniforms based upon their flannels: all white with "BREWERS" on the front and blue and yellow trim on the sleeves, neck and down the side of the pants; this is the uniform that Hank Aaron wore with the club in his final seasons and that Robin Yount wore in his first. During this period, the logo of the club was the Beer Barrel Man, used by the previous minor league Brewers since at least the 1940s; the Brewers mascot, Bernie Brewer was introduced in 1973. The Brewers unveiled new uniforms for the 1978 season.
The uniforms waistband. The road uniforms continued to be powder blue, but for the first time the city name, "MILWAUKEE", graced the chest in an upward slant. In addition, this season saw the introduction of the logo, to de
2007 in baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. Regular Season ChampionsWorld Series Champion – Boston Red Sox Postseason – October 2 to October 28Click on any series score to link to that series' page. Higher seed had home field advantage during League Championship Series; the American League champion has home field advantage during the World Series as a result of the AL victory in the All-Star Game. Postseason MVPs World Series MVP – Mike Lowell ALCS MVP – Josh Beckett NLCS MVP – Matt Holliday All-Star Game, July 10 at AT&T Park – American League, 5–4. University of North Carolina 2 games to 0 NCAA Division II: University of Tampa NCAA Division III: Kean University NAIA: Lewis-Clark State College Youth Big League World Series: Easley, South Carolina Junior League World Series: Warner Robins, Georgia Little League World Series: Pearl City, Hawaii Senior League World Series: Cartersville, Georgia International National teams Baseball World Cup: United States Asian Baseball Championship: Japan European Baseball Championship: Netherlands Pan-Am Games: Cuba International club team competitions Caribbean Series: Águilas Cibaeñas European Cup: Corendon Kinheim Konami Cup Asia Series: Chunichi Dragons Domestic leagues Australia – Claxton Shield: Victoria Aces China Baseball League – Tianjin Lions Cuban National Series: Santiago de Cuba Dominican Winter League: Águilas Cibaeñas Holland Series: Corendon Kinheim Italian Serie A1 Scudetto – Grosseto Japan Series: Chunichi Dragons Korean Series – SK Wyverns Mexican Pacific League: Naranjeros de Hermosillo Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League: Gigantes de Carolina Taiwan Series – Uni-President Lions Venezuelan Professional Baseball League: Tigres de Aragua1 – The appearance by the Huskies of Rouen, France in the final marks the first time since 1976 that a team from outside the professional leagues of the Netherlands or Italy has finished in the top two.
Baseball Hall of Fame honors Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn are elected by the BBWAA in their first year of eligibility. Rick Hummel, columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who covered the St. Louis Cardinals for three decades, received the J. G. Taylor Spink Award. Denny Matthews, broadcaster for the Kansas City Royals since the team's 1969 formation, received the Ford C. Frick Award. MVP Awards National League Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies American League Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees Cy Young Awards National League Jake Peavy, San Diego Padres American League CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians Rookie of the Year Awards National League Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers American League Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox Manager of the Year Awards National League Bob Melvin, Arizona Diamondbacks American League Eric Wedge, Cleveland Indians Woman Executive of the Year: Shari Massengill, Kinston Indians, Carolina League Silver Slugger Awards American League DH: David Ortiz C: Jorge Posada 1B: Carlos Peña 2B: Plácido Polanco 3B: Alex Rodriguez SS: Derek Jeter OF: Vladimir Guerrero OF: Magglio Ordóñez OF: Ichiro Suzuki National League P: Micah Owings C: Russell Martin 1B: Prince Fielder 2B: Chase Utley 3B: David Wright SS: Jimmy Rollins OF: Carlos Beltrán OF: Matt Holliday OF: Carlos Lee Gold Glove Awards American League P: Johan Santana C: Iván Rodríguez 1B: Kevin Youkilis 2B: Plácido Polanco 3B: Adrián Beltré SS: Orlando Cabrera OF: Torii Hunter OF: Grady Sizemore OF: Ichiro Suzuki National League P: Greg Maddux C: Russell Martin 1B: Derrek Lee 2B: Orlando Hudson 3B: David Wright SS: Jimmy Rollins OF: Carlos Beltrán OF: Jeff Francoeur * OF: Andruw Jones OF: Aaron Rowand ** Francoeur and Rowand finished tied in the voting †Denotes the club that won the wild card for its respective league.
The Rockies defeated the Padres 9-8 in a one-game playoff for the NL wild card. The 90 wins by the Diamondbacks and Rockies were the fewest to lead the NL since 1959, with the exception of the strike-shortened seasons of 1981, 1994 and 1995. No NL team won or lost 95 games for the first time since 1983; this was the second consecutive season in which no team won at least 60% of its games, the first time that this has happened in Major League Baseball history. January 9 – As the result of questions regarding his involvement in the ongoing steroids investigations, Mark McGwire falls well short in his first effort to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn, are
In baseball and softball, a relief pitcher or reliever is a pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, fatigue, ejection, or for other strategic reasons, such as inclement weather delays or pinch hitter substitutions. Relief pitchers are further divided informally into various roles, such as closers, setup men, middle relief pitchers, left/right-handed specialists, long relievers. Whereas starting pitchers rest several days before pitching in a game again due to the number of pitches thrown, relief pitchers are expected to be more flexible and pitch more games but with fewer innings pitched. A team's staff of relievers is referred to metonymically as a team's bullpen, which refers to the area where the relievers sit during games, where they warm-up prior to entering the game. In the early days of Major League Baseball, substituting a player was not allowed except for sickness or injury. An ineffective pitcher would switch positions with another player on the field.
The first relief appearance in the major leagues was in 1876 with Boston Red Caps outfielder Jack Manning switching positions with pitcher Joe Borden. In this early era, relief pitchers changing from a position role to the pitcher's box in this way were called "change" pitchers; this strategy of switching players between the mound and the outfield is still employed in modern baseball, sometimes in long extra inning games where a team is running out of players. In 1889, the first bullpen appearance occurred after rules were changed to allow a player substitution at any time. Early relief pitchers were starting pitchers pitching one or two innings in between starts. In 1903, during the second game of the inaugural World Series, Pittsburgh's Bucky Veil became the first relief pitcher in World Series history. Firpo Marberry is credited with being the first prominent reliever. From 1923 to 1935, he pitched in 551 games. Baseball historian Bill James wrote that Marberry was "a modern reliever—a hard throwing young kid who worked in relief and was used to nail down victories."
Another reliever, Johnny Murphy, became known as "Fireman" for his effectiveness when inserted into difficult situations in relief. Nonetheless, the full-time reliever, entrusted with important situations was more the exception than the rule at this point. A team's ace starting pitcher was used in between his starts to "close" games. Research would reveal that Lefty Grove would have been in his league's top three in saves in four different seasons, had that stat been invented at the time. After World War II, full-time relievers became more acceptable and standard; the relievers were pitchers that were not good enough to be starters. Relievers in the 1950s started to develop oddball pitches to distinguish them from starters. For example, Hoyt Wilhelm threw a knuckleball, Elroy Face threw a forkball. In 1969, the pitcher's mound was lowered and umpires were encouraged to call fewer strikes to give batters an advantage. Relief specialists were used to counter the increase in offense. Relievers became more respected in the 1970s, their pay increased due to free agency.
All teams began having a closer. The 1980s were the first time in MLB. In 1995, there were nearly four saves for every complete game, it is unclear whether the specialization and reliance on relief pitchers led to pitch counts and fewer complete games, or whether pitch counts led to greater use of relievers. As closers were reduced to one-inning specialists, setup men and middle relievers became more prominent. In past decades, the relief pitcher was an ex-starter who came into a game upon the injury, ineffectiveness, or fatigue of the starting pitcher; the bullpen was for old starters. Many of these pitchers would be able to flourish in this diminished role; those such as Dennis Eckersley, as with many others prolonged their tapering careers and sparked them to new life. The added rest to their arms as well as the lessened exposure of their abilities became an advantage many would learn to capitalize on; because these pitchers only faced some batters once a season, the opposing side would have greater difficulty preparing to face relief pitchers.
Being a relief pitcher has become more of a career, rather than a reduced position. Many of today's top prospects are considered for their relief pitching skills. In the quest for a managerial edge, managers as time goes on have carried more pitchers in the bullpen, used them in more specialized situations. Acknowledgment of the platoon edge has prompted managers to ensure that opposing lefty hitters face as many lefty pitchers as possible, that the same occur with respect to righty hitters and pitchers. Tony La Russa was well known for making frequent pitching changes on this basis; when Mike Marshall set the all-time record with 106 games pitched in 1974, he threw 208.1 innings. Although some relievers still do appear in a large number of games per season, the workload for each individual pitcher has been much reduced. Since 2008, Pedro Feliciano has three of the top four seasons in games pitched, with 92, 88 and 86. However, Feliciano only averaged 58 innings pitched during those seasons; the last pitcher to throw 100 or more innings in a season without starting a game was Scott Proctor in 2006.
Pitching staffs on MLB teams have grown from 9 or 10 to as many as 12 or 13 pitchers, due to the increased importance of relief pitching. The staff consists of five starting pitchers, with the remaining pitchers assigned as relievers. A team's re
Jamey Alan Wright is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played for 10 different teams in Major League Baseball, the Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays. Wright was drafted in the first round of the 1993 Major League Baseball draft by the Colorado Rockies out of Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City, where he was a second team High School All-American and the Southwest Region Gatorade Player of the Year, he began his career with eight starts for the Arizona League Rockies in 1993 and was promoted to the Asheville Tourists in 1994, the Salem Avalanche and New Haven Ravens in 1995 and played with New Haven and the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 1996. Wright made his Major League debut when he started for the Rockies against the San Francisco Giants on July 3, 1996, allowing one run in six innings, he recorded his first Major League win with a seven inning start against the Giants on July 17, where he allowed only one earned run.
He finished 4-4 with a 4.93 ERA in his debut season. He turned in his first complete game with a 7-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on July 24, 1997, he made 26 starts in 1997, 34 in 1998 and 16 in 1999, where he made 17 appearances in AAA for Colorado Springs. After the 1999 season, Wright was traded with Henry Blanco to the Milwaukee Brewers in a three team trade in which the Oakland Athletics sent Jimmy Haynes to Milwaukee, the Rockies sent Justin Miller to the Athletics, the Brewers sent Jeff Cirillo and Scott Karl to the Rockies, he spent parts of three seasons with the Brewers, where he made 77 starts and was 23-34 with a 4.73 ERA. In August 2002, Wright was traded by the Brewers with cash to the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named and Chris Morris. Wright was 2-0 in 4 appearances for the Cardinals, with a 4.80 ERA. He signed with the Seattle Mariners on January 28, 2003, but was released in spring training and re-signed with the Brewers. After appearing in 7 games with the AAA Indianapolis Indians the Brewers released him on April 28.
He was signed by the Texas Rangers on May 7 and he made 7 starts for the Oklahoma RedHawks, where he was 2-1 with a 4.12 ERA. Texas released him on June 15 and he signed with the Kansas City Royals on June 20, he made 13 appearances in AAA with the Omaha Royals and was 3-5 with a 3.64 ERA. The Royals called him up to the Majors on September 6 and he pitched a complete game that day against the Anaheim Angels, but lost 1-3, his next start, on September 13 against the Detroit Tigers, was his first complete game shutout as the Royals beat the Tigers 7-0. He finished the season 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA in 4 starts. He began 2004 with the Chicago Cubs but did not make the Opening Day roster so he decided to opt for free agency, he signed a minor league deal with the Royals, made 18 starts in Omaha, where he was 8-6 with a 4.21 ERA before he was released on July 21. He played there for two more years, he was 2-3 with a 4.12 ERA in 14 starts in 2004 and was 8-16 with a 5.46 ERA in 34 appearances in 2005. He signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants organization after the 2005 season and was brought to spring training in 2006 as a non-roster invitee.
Following a strong spring training performance, Wright was promoted to the major league roster and named the team's number five starter, beating out Kevin Correia and Brad Hennessey for the job. On August 10, Wright was taken out of the rotation, replaced by Hennessey. Overall, he appeared in 34 games, making 21 starts in 2006 with a 6-10 record and 5.19 ERA. On November 1, 2006, the Giants declined their option on Wright for the 2007 season, making him a free agent. On January 25, 2007, he signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Texas Rangers. Wright made one short start for the Rangers before being placed on the 15-day disabled list. Kameron Loe claimed his spot in the rotation. However, after returning from the DL, Wright returned to the rotation. In 2 seasons with the Rangers, he was 12-12 with a 4.41 ERA, pitching out of the bullpen for the first time in his career. On February 10, 2009, Wright signed a minor league contract with the Royals and was invited to spring training.
As a key member of the Royals bullpen, he was 3-5 with a 4.33 ERA in 65 games. On February 9, 2010, Wright signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians with an invitation to spring training. In 18 appearances he was 1-2 with a 5.48 ERA. On June 4, 2010, the Indians designated Wright for assignment. On June 16, 2010, he signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics, he made 10 appearances in AAA with the Sacramento River Cats, where he was 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA. On July 15, he was added to the major league roster. In 60 games, he was 2-3 with a 3.16 ERA. He became a free agent after the season. On February 7, 2012 Wright signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, that contained a spring training invitation. On March 27 he was added to the teams 40 man roster and informed that he would make the opening day roster, he appeared in 66 games for the Dodgers, with a 5-3 record and 3.72 ERA. On January 22, 2013, Wright signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.
He managed to make the opening day roster, finished 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 66 appearances. This was the eighth straight season that Wright had gone to camp as a NRI and made the opening day roster. On December 24, 2013, the Dodgers announced that they had signed Wright to a one-year Major League contract