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James Joseph Deshaies (born June 23, 1960 in Massena, New York) is a former left-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball and currently a TV commentator with the Houston Astros.

Major-league career

Deshaies made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees on August 7, . He set a milestone in his debut by being the 1,000th person to play an official game for the New York Yankees. He was the losing pitcher that day, after giving up four earned runs in four innings pitched in a 6–3 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Six days later, he lasted three innings in a no decision start against the Cleveland Indians. Those would be the only two appearances for the New York Yankees, who traded him to the Houston Astros the following offseason, for Joe Niekro and other players.

His first full season was with the Houston Astros. Still considered a rookie, he posted 12 wins, good for the Astros' rookie record, later broken by Roy Oswalt in .

On September 23, , in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Deshaies set a major-league record by striking out the first eight batters of the game.

Deshaies was a mainstay on the Astros' rotation from 1986 to , pitching in 26 or more starts in those years. His best season was , when he pitched a 15-10 record, with a 2.91 ERA and 153 strikeouts.

In , Deshaies and the Astros parted ways as the pitcher signed with the Oakland Athletics. He played for brief stints with the San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies. He retired in .

Broadcasting career

Jim Deshaies currently does commentary for the Astros' TV broadcasts, along with Bill Brown. Deshaies has gained respect as an analyst and enjoys very high popularity with Astros fans. He is the co-host of the popular "J.D. and Dave's Excellent Offseason Adventure" in the offseason and occasionally serves as an analyst for Major League Baseball on Fox.

Deshaies wore #43 with the Astros, and had a strong penchant for keeping first base runners close to the bag, making several throws to the first baseman when a runner was on.

In 2001, Deshaies ran a tongue-in-cheek campaign urging Baseball Writers Association of America voters to elect him to the Baseball Hall of Famemarker, even though he knew that he was not qualified for the honor. His goal was to get one vote in the Hall of Fame election, which succeeded when Houston Chronicle writer John Lopez voted for him.

ESPN's Chris Berman nicknamed him Jim "Two Silhouettes on" Deshaies.

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