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Jim Deshaies

Jim Deshaies
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Deshaies at Wrigley Field on July 6, 2013
Pitcher
Born: (1960-06-23) June 23, 1960 (age 62)
Massena, New York
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 7, 1984, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
July 30, 1995, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record84–95
Earned run average4.14
Strikeouts951
Teams

James Joseph Deshaies (born June 23, 1960), also known as "JD", is an American former professional baseball left-handed starting pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for six teams, over the course of 12 big league seasons. He is currently a color commentator for broadcasts of Chicago Cubs games.

Playing career

Deshaies made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees on August 7, 1984. In so doing he became the 1,000th person to play an official game for the Yankees. Deshaies 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 were Deshaies' only appearances for the Yankees, who traded him to the Houston Astros on September 15, 1985, for Joe Niekro.

Deshaies' first full season was with the Astros in 1986, during which he posted 12 wins, an Astros' rookie record, later broken by Roy Oswalt in 2001.

On September 23, 1986, in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Deshaies set a Major League record by striking out the first eight batters of the game. This feat was equaled by Jacob deGrom on September 14, 2014, and Germán Márquez on September 26, 2018. The record was later broken by Pablo López on July 11, 2021.

Deshaies was a mainstay on the Astros' rotation from 1986 to 1991, pitching in 25 or more starts in each of those seasons. His best season was 1989, when he posted a 15–10 record, with a 2.91 earned run average (ERA), and 153 strikeouts. On May 2 that year, Mike Schmidt hit his 548th and final home run off Deshaies.

Deshaies holds the major league record for most at-bats without an extra base hit, with 373.

In 1992, Deshaies joined the San Diego Padres, and later played for the Minnesota Twins (twice), San Francisco Giants, and Philadelphia Phillies. Deshaies retired following his release by the Phillies, on July 31, 1995.

Chris Berman of ESPN referred to Deshaies as, "Jim 'Two Silhouettes on' Deshaies", playing on lyrics of the song, "Silhouettes".

Broadcasting career

Deshaies interviewing Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville before a Cubs pregame celebration for the 2013 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks at Wrigley Field

Deshaies was a commentator for Astros' TV broadcasts from 1997 to 2012, along with Bill Brown. Deshaies gained respect as an analyst and enjoyed very high popularity with Astros fans during his tenure. He is the co-host of the "J.D. and Dave's Excellent Offseason Adventure" in the offseason and occasionally serves as an analyst for Fox Major League Baseball.

Deshaies moved to the Chicago Cubs' TV broadcast for the 2013–16 seasons. On January 10, 2017, the Cubs announced extensions for both Deshaies and play-by-play man Len Kasper through 2019.

In 2001, Deshaies ran a tongue-in-cheek campaign urging Baseball Writers' Association of America voters to elect him to the Hall of Fame, knowing full well he would not qualify for the honor. Deshaies‘ goal of receiving one vote in the Hall of Fame election was achieved when Houston Chronicle writer John Lopez voted for him.

Deshaies remains the Cubs color commentator following the departure of Len Kasper in December 2020.

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