Embree with the Oakland Athletics in 2007
|Born: January 23, 1970|
The Dalles, Oregon
|September 15, 1992, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 10, 2009, for the Colorado Rockies|
|Earned run average||4.59|
|Career highlights and awards|
Alan Duane Embree (born January 23, 1970) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. Embree played for 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), Oakland Athletics (2007-2008), and the Colorado Rockies (2009). He batted and threw left-handed, and was used as a left-handed specialist.
Embree attended Prairie High School in Brush Prairie, Washington and was a letterman in football, basketball, baseball. In baseball, he won All-Conference honors. Embree won a state championship in baseball at Prairie High School. Due to a shoulder injury, he did not pitch during his senior season. Over the final three seasons of his high school career, he hit .400.
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 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 on July 19. 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.
On July 7, 2009, Embree became only the second pitcher since 1990 to be awarded a win without throwing a single pitch. This is because he was able to pick Austin Kearns of the Washington Nationals off at first base.
On July 10, 2009, Embree's right tibia was broken after he was struck in the leg by a line drive off the bat of the Atlanta Braves' Martín Prado. The injury required surgery and caused Embree to miss the rest of the 2009 season.
On March 20, 2010, the Boston Red Sox signed Embree to a Minor League contract with a Major League Spring Training invitation. Embree had a clause in his contract that would grant him a release by April 15 if he was not on the major league roster. He opted to remain with the Boston organization and was called up on April 28. However, he was designated for assignment on May 1 without appearing in a game.
Embree relied primarily on two pitches: a 90 to 95 MPH four-seam fastball and a sharp slider. In his younger days, Embree's fastball was clocked as high as 96 to 98 mph. During his time with the Red Sox, he began to throw his fastball at slightly lower velocity in order to avoid injuring his arm. He also refined his slider into an effective pitch, whereas before, he had relied almost exclusively on his blazing fastball.
On Nov 8, 2012, Embree was named the pitching coach for the Bend Elks Baseball Club in Bend, Oregon. The Bend Elks are an amateur baseball team from Bend, Oregon. The team is a founding member of the wooden-bat West Coast League, a collegiate summer baseball league in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia that began play in 2005. Alan resides in Bend, Oregon with his children, his son Ace and his daughter, Andie.