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Barry Zito | Starting Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (37) / 5/13/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: USC
Contract: view contract details

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Barry Zito announced that he is retiring from baseball.
Zito announced his retirement via a letter in the Players Tribune. "I am beyond thankful to be at peace with walking away," wrote Zito, "thanks in large part to my year of renewal in Nashville [at Triple-A] with the Sounds." Major League career complete, Zito retires with a record of 165-143. He fades into the sunset leaving behind a lifetime 4.04 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 1885/1064 K/BB ratio. In addition to the overall numbers, he won the AL Cy Young in 2002 after posting a 23-5 record with a 2.75 ERA. Oct 19 - 1:21 PM

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Athletics manager Bob Melvin said that he wouldn't hesitate to use Barry Zito out of the bullpen on Sunday if the right situation arises.

Zito made what's expected to be his final major league start on Wednesday, getting a no-decision in four innings against the Angels. It would be a nice gesture to get him back on the hill in what should be his final big league game.
Oct 2 - 8:18 PM

Barry Zito, likely making his final major league start, got a no-decision after yielding two runs in four innings as the Athletics beat the Angels on Wednesday.

Zito was afforded one more start and it went well. He made two mistakes, resulting in a solo home run to Mike Trout in the third inning and a solo homer to David Freese in the fourth. Overall, he gave up four hits and four walks while striking out two.
Sep 30 - 11:06 PM

Barry Zito was knocked around for four earned runs in two-plus innings Saturday in the A's loss to the Giants.

Tim Hudson also got beaten up badly on the other side, but this matchup was never really about the final result. Zito walked off to a rousing ovation from the Oakland crowd after what will likely be his final start as a major leaguer. It was his first big league start since 2013.
Sep 26 - 7:43 PM

Barry Zito will start for the Athletics on Saturday against Tim Hudson and the Giants.

Well, this is pretty cool. Mark Mulder will also be on hand for the start, and before the game the A's will honor their "Big Three" pitching trio from the early 2000s. Zito has battled a shoulder injury of late and doesn't seem likely to pitch well, but that hardly matters in what should be an emotional send-off. Hudson has had injuries himself this season but has actually fared well of late with a 0.96 ERA in five appearances this month since returning from the disabled list.
Sep 22 - 7:02 PM

Athletics purchased the contract of LHP Barry Zito from Triple-A Nashville.

Well, here's a cool story. Zito missed a month of action with a shoulder injury before returning last Sunday for a one-inning relief appearance. He held a 3.46 ERA for Nashville this season but also had an ugly 91/60 K/BB ratio over 138 innings. The A's plan to pitch him only in relief down the stretch. Zito, of course, was drafted by the A's and spent the first seven years of his major league career in Oakland.
Sep 16 - 12:25 PM

Athletics minor leaguer Barry Zito threw eight scoreless frames Sunday in a win for Triple-A Nashville.

The former Cy Young winner allowed just two hits and three walks. He finished with a season-high six punch-outs. Zito has been in the zone lately, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA over his last two starts. It would be a great story if the 37-year-old left-hander made it back to the major leagues. He hasn't pitched at that level since 2013 with the Giants.
Jun 1 - 2:51 PM

A's reassigned LHP Barry Zito, RHP Brock Huntzinger, OF Jason Pridie and LHP/RHP Pat Venditte to minor league camp.

Zito started spring training like gangbusters, pitching to a 2.30 ERA and 0.70 WHIP. He tailed off in his last two starts. The lefty was eyeing a spot in the A's rotation and failing that, a role as a long reliever. Instead, the 36-year-old will begin the season with Triple-A Nashville.
Apr 4 - 7:28 PM

Barry Zito was clobbered by the Angels in Tuesday's Cactus League outing, allowing seven runs on eight hits over his four innings of work.

The Angels socked three home runs off him in the third inning, then tacked on an additional three runs in the fourth before Zito departed. The 36-year-old entered the day with a 2.30 ERA and 0.70 WHIP, and had nearly pitched his way onto the Opening Day roster. He now owns a 5.03 ERA and faces an uncertain future.
Mar 31 - 10:45 PM

Barry Zito continued his bid to make the Athletics' Opening Day roster by firing four scoreless innings of relief against the Cubs in Tuesday's Cactus League contest.

Zito allowed just one hit and three walks in his four frames, punching out two. The 36-year-old hasn't been scored upon in his last 11 innings and now boasts a 2.30 ERA and 11/4 K/BB ratio through 15 2/3 innings on the spring season. He continues to eye a spot in the Opening Day rotation, though there's a chance that he could also win a spot in the bullpen as a long reliver. A long-shot to make the team at the beginning of camp, he's looking more and more likely each day.
Mar 24 - 9:23 PM

With as well as he has pitched in Cactus League play, Barry Zito could be in a position to crack the Athletics' Opening Day roster as a long reliever.

The 36-year-old southpaw is still preparing as a starting pitcher, and has opened eyes with how impressive he's been to date. Manager Bob Melvin noted Friday, "That shows when you come into camp in good shape , in a good frame of mind … You take a year off … It’s pretty impressive what he’s doing." He tossed three scoreless innings of relief on Friday, racking up five strikeouts in the process. He now boasts a 3.09 ERA and 9/1 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings this spring.
Source: CSN Bay Area
Mar 20 - 8:47 PM

Barry Zito yielded two runs on two hits over two innings of work against the Cubs on Thursday.

Zito struck out a pair and didn't walk anyone, but he was burned by a two-run shot delivered by Mike Olt in the second inning. The veteran left-hander is trying to return to the majors in 2015 after sitting out 2014, but he's facing an uphill battle to crack Oakland's Opening Day roster.
Mar 5 - 7:40 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Thursday that Barry Zito will make at least one start this spring.

The A's reunited with Zito this week on a minor league contract. He's likely a longshot to win a rotation spot, but Oakland could also consider him for a relief role. The veteran southpaw didn't pitch last season and posted an ugly 5.74 ERA across 133 1/3 innings in 2013.
Feb 19 - 4:01 PM

Athletics signed LHP Barry Zito to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

He'll make $1 million if he cracks the big league roster with $175,000 more available in incentives. Zito sat out the 2014 season but decided he wanted to pitch again in 2015 and will now have the opportunity to do so with the organization that drafted him. Slated to turn 37 in May, Zito posted a 4.82 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in his last two seasons with the Giants. He's certainly landed in a favorable ballpark but will face a big uphill battle in his bid to win a rotation spot.
Feb 16 - 10:17 PM

Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Terry Pluto hears the Indians are not interested in signing free agent Barry Zito.

The Tribe were one of the teams to watch Zito throw in recent days, but apparently they were just kicking the tires. Zito, 36, didn't pitch in 2014 but is hoping to make a comeback. The Astros are at least one other club with some level of interest in the southpaw.
Feb 14 - 5:57 PM

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