|Born: August 9, 1970|
|April 12, 1992, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 26, 2003, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||5.47|
Patrick Lavon Mahomes (born August 9, 1970) is a former American professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball from 1992 to 2003 for the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, and Pittsburgh Pirates. He also pitched in two seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, 1997 and 1998, for the Yokohama BayStars. He most recently played for the Grand Prairie AirHogs of the independent American Association in 2009. He is the father of NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes attended Lindale High School in Lindale, Texas, where he played varsity baseball, basketball and football. He did not begin pitching until his senior year of high school due to an injury to a teammate. He signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Arkansas and declined scholarship offers to play college basketball and football. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 6th round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft and chose to begin a professional career.
Mahomes began his professional career with the Elizabethton Twins in 1988 as a starting pitcher. Over the next few years, he worked his way up through the Twins farm system, reaching Triple-A in 1991 with the Portland Beavers.
Mahomes made his major league debut with the Twins in 1992. He made the team out of spring training, and started the sixth game of the season on April 12 against the Texas Rangers, pitching six innings and getting a no decision. He notched his first major league win in his next start on April 21 against the Seattle Mariners. Mahomes played with the Twins into the 1996 season, appearing in a total of 114 games (51 starts) during five seasons while compiling an 18-28 record with 5.82 ERA, with 217 strikeouts in innings. The Twins traded Mahomes to the Red Sox on August 26, 1996, in exchange for a player to be named later (which turned out to be pitcher Brian Looney).
Mahomes pitched a total of 21 games (all in relief) during the 1996 and 1997 seasons with Boston, registering a 6.85 ERA with 3-0 record and 11 strikeouts in innings. He was released by the Red Sox on June 27, 1997.
Mahomes did not play in MLB during the 1998 season.
Mahomes was signed by the Mets in December 1998. He went 8-0 in the 1999 season during 39 relief appearances, and helped the Mets reach the playoffs. Mahomes made four relief appearances during the postseason, recording a 2.25 ERA in eight innings pitched while striking out four, as the Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS. In 2000, Mahomes was 5-3 in 53 appearances (five starts). In his two seasons with the Mets, Mahomes appeared in 92 regular season games (five starts) with a 4.74 ERA, 13-3 record, and 127 strikeouts in innings. He became a free agent in December 2000.
Mahomes signed with the Rangers in January 2001. During the 2001 season, he appeared in 56 games (four starts) with a 5.70 ERA and 7-6 record, while striking out 61 in innings. Mahomes again became a free agent in November 2001.
In January 2002, Mahomes signed with the Cubs. He made 16 appearances (two starts) during the 2002 season, with a 3.86 ERA and 1-1 record, striking out 23 in innings. Mahomes became a free agent in October 2002.
Mahomes was signed by Pittsburgh in January 2003. He made nine appearances (one start) with the Pirates during the 2003 season, recording an 0-1 record with 4.84 ERA and 13 strikeouts in innings. This would prove to be his final season playing in MLB. Mahomes again became a free agent in September 2003.
Overall, Mahomes pitched 11 seasons in MLB, making a total of 308 regular season appearances (63 starts) with a 42-39 record, 5.47 ERA, and 452 strikeouts in 709 innings pitched. He had 43 at bats during his career, with 11 hits (.256 batting average) and four RBIs.
In 2003, Mahomes pitched primarily for the Pittsburgh Pirates AAA affiliate, the Nashville Sounds, while appearing in nine games for the Pirates. In 2004, he split the season between three organizations, pitching for the Edmonton Trappers in the Montreal Expos farm system, the Albuquerque Isotopes in the Florida Marlins system, and then again at Nashville at the end of the season.
After spending 2005 with the Las Vegas 51s in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Mahomes turned to the independent leagues, starting 2006 with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. After going 11-4 with a 3.87 ERA, he signed with Kansas City Royals in August, but was released a month later.
Mahomes began the 2007 season with the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association. On August 24, the Toronto Blue Jays signed him, and he appeared in three games for the Syracuse Chiefs before becoming a free agent at the end of the season.
Mahomes signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League in 2008, but only appeared in two games for them before returning to Sioux Falls. He split the 2009 season between Sioux Falls and Grand Prairie.
His son, Patrick II, is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). The younger Mahomes uses his full first name, Patrick, to differentiate himself from his father. His other son, Graham Walker, is an athlete in football and basketball at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut.