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Shawn Anthony Chacón (born on December 23, 1977 in Anchoragemarker, Alaskamarker) is a Major League pitcher, currently with the Oakland Athletics organization. He last played in the Majors for the Houston Astros. He throws an 88–92 mph sinker, a big curveball, a slider, and a changeup.

Early years

Chacón was born in Anchorage, Alaskamarker, but has only dim recollection of his biological mother and none of his father (he believes his biological father was African-American and his mother Latina). His mother placed him in a Greeley, Coloradomarker foster home when he was 4, and he was adopted by Tony and Blanca Chacón.

"There's no way I could have ended up any better than I am," Chacón told the Rocky Mountain News. "Some (adopted) people go back and ask, 'Why?' I don't want to ask, 'Why?' The only thing I'd say is, 'Thank you.' "My parents were not able to have children, which is why they adopted me. We are pretty blessed to have each other."

Chacón was a star at Greeley Central High School, one of only two athletes to ever have his jersey number retired in the 123-year history of the school (Former basketball player and current Northern Colorado coach Tad Boyle was the other).

Professional career

Colorado Rockies

Chacón was recruited by Arizona State, but chose to play professionally after he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 3rd Round of the amateur draft. Chacón made his MLB debut in as a member of the Rockies. He developed into a capable starter and was Colorado's All-Star representative, finishing 11-8 with a 4.60 ERA. That year he won 11 games before the All Star break; the only other Rockies pitchers to have done that through 2009 are Aaron Cook (2008) and Jason Marquis (2009). The next year, he was converted into a closer and put up one of the most bizarre stat lines in baseball history. Chacón was 9th in the National League with 35 saves, but his record was 1-9 and his ERA 7.11. Chacón was 1-7 in as a starter before being traded to the Yankees.

New York Yankees

He was acquired by the Yankees in July 2005 for minor league pitchers Ramon Ramirez and Eduardo Sierra. Many New York fans and members of the tough New York media criticized the trade, calling it a bandage and not a solution, much like how the Yankees saw starts from Tim Redding, Darrell May and Sean Henn in 2005. Chacón was excited to be coming to New York, and he did not waver under the initial pressure and criticism. In his first start as a Yankee, he pitched six innings without allowing an earned run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He finished 7–3 with a 2.85 ERA for the Yankees. Chacón made his postseason debut in Game 4 of the 2005 American League Division Series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He pitched 6⅓ innings and allowed just 2 runs in a Yankee win.

Before the season, sportswriters thought that Chacón would be a big key to the Yankee rotation. Chacón, however, got off to a slow start, but started pitching well in late April. On May 16, the Texas Rangers scored 7 runs off Chacón. After the terrible start, Chacón went on the 15-day disabled list. Chacón came off the DL on June 11. After coming off the DL, Chacón couldn't pitch 5 innings, forcing the Yankees to use their tired bullpen. On July 6, Chacón was sent to the bullpen after giving up seven runs in 1⅓ innings against the Cleveland Indians on July 4. He was replaced in the rotation by Kris Wilson.

Pittsburgh Pirates

During the July 31, 2006, mid-season non-waiver trade deadline, he was dealt for the less expensive Craig Wilson.

Chacón was used as a starter by the Pirates, making 9 starts and going 2-3 with a 5.48 ERA.

In , Chacón was mainly used as a reliever by the Pirates, but also made 4 starts. He went 5–4 with a 3.94 ERA in 64 games for the Pirates in 2007. Chacón became a free agent after the season.

Houston Astros

On February 20, 2008, Chacón signed a one-year deal with the Houston Astros worth $2 million.

On June 25, 2008, the Astros announced that Chacón was suspended indefinitely for insubordination after a physical altercation with Astros General Manager Ed Wade. The incident began after Chacón repeatedly refused to leave the team dining room to speak with Wade in his office. Chacón claimed that Wade raised his voice and verbally attacked him, telling him to "look in the mirror", though Wade has denied raising his voice or verbally attacking Chacón. In a fit of rage Chacón grabbed the much smaller Wade by the neck and threw him to the ground. When Wade tried to get up Chacón repeatedly knocked him back down before other players could intervene to stop the assault. On whether he regretted the incident Chacón stated "If there's any regret, I just wish they had just let me alone". Wade was not injured by the assault. Chacón was placed on waivers by the Astros on June 26, 2008.

Newark Bears

On May 1, 2009, Chacón signed a one year deal with the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League.

Oakland Athletics

On June 18, 2009 Chacon Signed A Minor League Contract With The Oakland Athletics.

Personal

On October 5, 2009, Chacón was arrested at a Colorado bowling alley on charges related to unpaid gambling markers in Nevada. Chacón faces a felony charge in connection with three bad checks written for $50,000 to Caesars Palace in March.

On the leaderboards

Chacón is among the Rockies all-time leaders in various pitching categories. A T indicates a tie on the list.
  • T-4th, career ERA (5.20, shared with Kevin Ritz)
  • 12th, career wins (24)
  • 1st, career hits allowed per 9 innings (8.85)
  • 2nd, career strikeouts per 9 innings (6.27)
  • 7th, career saves (35)
  • 2nd, single season saves (35, 2004)
  • 8th, career innings pitched (554⅓)
  • 9th, single season strikeouts (134, 2001)
  • 8th, career strikeouts (385)


Chacón holds the Major League record for number of consecutive no decisions to start a season with nine

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