Tyler Yates

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Tyler Yates
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Yates with the Atlanta Braves in 2007
Pitcher
Born: (1977-08-07) August 7, 1977 (age 45)
Lihue, Hawaii, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 2004, for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
May 15, 2009, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Win–loss record12–17
Earned run average5.12
Strikeouts222
Teams

Tyler Kali Yates (born August 7, 1977) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Career[edit]

Oakland Athletics/New York Mets[edit]

Yates attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo before being drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 23rd round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] Yates pitched in the Athletics organization until being traded to the New York Mets with Mark Guthrie in December 2001, for David Justice.[2] His 2002 season was limited by Tommy John surgery.[3]

Yates split the 2003 season between three minor league teams. He participated in spring training the next year,[4] and debuted against the Montreal Expos on April 9, 2004.[5][6] Ten days later, Yates earned his first major league victory in another appearance against Montreal.[7][8] By May, Yates had returned to the minor leagues to pitch as a reliever.[9] Yates underwent rotator cuff surgery and did not pitch during the 2005 season.[10][11]

Atlanta Braves/Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Yates was released by the Mets at the conclusion of the 2005 season, and joined the Baltimore Orioles before the 2006 season, participating in spring training as a non-roster invitee.[11] He was subsequently released from the Orioles, and signed with the Atlanta Braves on May 3, 2006.[12] Yates recorded the first save of his career on July 14, 2006, in a 15–12 extra-inning win over the San Diego Padres.[13] He made the Braves Opening Day roster in 2007,[14] and agreed to terms with the team prior to the start of the 2008 season,[15] then was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 26, 2008, in exchange for minor league pitcher Todd Redmond.[16]

Yates missed the second half of the 2009 season after having a second Tommy John procedure, performed by James Andrews, in July.[17] He was re-signed to a minor league deal on January 4, 2010,[18] but not expected to pitch until May or June.[19][20] He returned to the Pirates organization for the 2011 season, and participated in spring training,[21][22] until being cut from major league camp in March.[23]

Personal[edit]

Tyler is the eldest of three brothers,[24] including Spencer and Kirby Yates.[6][25] Tyler and Kirby were the second pair of brothers from Hawaii to play Major League Baseball, after Bronson and Dane Sardinha.[26] Since retiring from baseball, Tyler became a police officer in Kauai.[27] Tyler dated Liesel throughout his professional baseball career.[8][28] The two later married and had two children.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chase, Al (June 5, 1998). "UH Hilo pitcher Yates signs with Oakland Athletics". Honolulu Star Bulletin. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  2. ^ "Justice traded for second time in a week". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 14, 2001. Retrieved December 1, 2021. Republished as: "Mets trade Justice to Oakland for pitcher". Kitsap Sun. December 15, 2001. Retrieved December 1, 2021. Republished in part as: "Mets trade Justice". The Oklahoman. December 15, 2001. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  3. ^ Chase, Al (June 21, 2002). "Yates is prepared for long recovery after arm surgery". Honolulu Star Bulletin. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  4. ^ "Pitchers Making Mets' Decisions Tough". New York Times. March 23, 2004. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  5. ^ "Field changes in San Juan help N.Y." ESPN.com. Associated Press. April 9, 2004. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Mets' Yates Shows He's Where He Belongs". New York Times. April 10, 2004. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  7. ^ Popper, Steve (April 20, 2004). "Yates makes first victory look easy". New York Times.
  8. ^ a b "Mets' Yates gets first MLB win". ESPN.com. Associated Press. April 19, 2004. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  9. ^ "Erickson could be back with Mets in two weeks". Kitsap Sun. May 28, 2004. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  10. ^ Chase, Al (April 10, 2005). "Local pros receive their assignments". Honolulu Star Bulletin. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  11. ^ a b Shimogawa Jr., Duane (February 9, 2006). "Koloa's Yates headed to Baltimore". The Garden Island. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  12. ^ "Braves search for stability in patchwork bullpen". WDUN. Associated Press. June 10, 2006. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  13. ^ "LaRoche homers twice as Braves win wild one". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 15, 2006. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  14. ^ Chase, Al (April 6, 2007). "3 isle players in majors; more on way". Honolulu Star Bulletin. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  15. ^ "FBI launches inquiry into Tejada case". Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. January 18, 2008. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  16. ^ "Atlanta Braves trade reliever Tyler Yates to Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher". ESPN.com. Associated Press. March 26, 2008. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  17. ^ Kovacevic, Dejan (July 16, 2009). "Pirates' Yates on elbow surgery: 'I'll be back'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  18. ^ "Cotts, two others sign with Pirates". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 4, 2010. Retrieved December 1, 2021. Alternative URL
  19. ^ Kovacevic, Dejan (January 17, 2010). "Pirates reliever Yates arrested, but charges dropped". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  20. ^ Biertempfel, Rob (January 18, 2010). "Charges dropped against Pirates' Yates". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  21. ^ Biertempfel, Rob (February 17, 2011). "Pirates' bullpen taking shape for season". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  22. ^ Biertempfel, Rob (February 16, 2011). "Pirates mum on who will attend Tanner's funeral". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  23. ^ Dunlap, Colin (March 25, 2011). "Pirates cut 5; Beimel won't be ready for start of season". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  24. ^ Matz, Eddie (July 24, 2019). "How Kirby Yates went from one of MLB's worst pitchers to a trade-deadline darling". ESPN.com.
  25. ^ Killeen, Rick (February 10, 2013). "Brothers in arms". The Garden Island. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  26. ^ "Padres' reliever Yates following footsteps of brother on the field, father at home". KHON-TV. June 18, 2018. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  27. ^ Nightengale, Bob (June 15, 2019). "Padres closer Kirby Yates finds saving grace in San Diego". USA Today. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  28. ^ a b Jakahi, Kevin (June 15, 2020). "Where are they know? Uniform swap for Tyler Yates, who has no regrets". Hawaii Tribune-Herald. Retrieved December 1, 2021.

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