Alan Duane Embree (born January 23, 1970, in The Dalles, Oregon) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Colorado Rockies. Previously, Embree played with the Cleveland Indians (1992–1996), Atlanta Braves (1997–1998), Arizona Diamondbacks (1998), San Francisco Giants (1999–2001), Chicago White Sox (2001), San Diego Padres (2002 & 2006), Boston Red Sox (2002–2005), New York Yankees (2005), and Oakland Athletics (2007-2008). He bats and throws left-handed and has been used as a left-handed specialist.
High school years
Embree attended Prairie High School in Brush Prairie, Washington and was a letterman in football, basketball, baseball, and volleyball. In baseball, he won All-Conference honors.
Embree relies primarily on two pitches: a 90 to 95 MPH four-seam fastball, and a sharp slider that is very effective when he can keep it down. He is particularly difficult for left-handed hitters, and he is not afraid to throw inside. An excellent fielder, he has a good move to first that keeps runners close.
He holds the longest streak since 1957 (and possibly the longest ever) for most consecutive outings without allowing an extra-base hit, which he set at 47 games. Dmitri Young broke the streak with a double on May 11, 1998.
In 2004, Embree recorded the final out against the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS. The Red Sox went on to win the World Series and Embree received his World Series Championship ring on Opening Day, 2005.
In 2005 with the Boston Red Sox, Embree's record was 1-4 with a 7.65 ERA in 43 outings. As a result of these sub-par numbers, Embree was designated for assignment in mid-July. He was signed by the New York Yankees on July 30 to replace Buddy Groom who was designated for assignment.
On December 6, 2006 it was announced that Embree agreed to a two-year deal with the Oakland Athletics including an option for the 2009 season. Embree spent the bulk of his time serving as the team's closer while Huston Street was injured for a prolonged period.
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- Alan Embree: Behind the Dugout
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