A.J. Pierzynski Stats

A.J. Pierzynski was born on Thursday, December 30, 1976, in Bridgehampton, New York. Pierzynski was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 9, 1998, with the Minnesota Twins. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball lmanac on this comprehensive .J. Pierzynski baseball stats page.

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"Like ammonia, mace or Simon Cowell, Pierzynski is a chronic irritant. He has been called a jerk, a cancer, a provocateur, various unmentionable body parts and, most recently and affectionately, by his third set of teammates in three years, Captain Chaos. All it took to make him the White Sox catcher was getting run out of San Francisco (costing him about $2 million), spending 10 hours on the phone in candid conversations with wary Chicago general manager Kenny Williams and enduring a talking-to by White Sox announcer and family friend Ken (Hawk) Harrelson . In other words, for a salvage operation of a team that would lead the league in wins and baggage, Pierzynski was a perfect fit. That Captain Chaos found a sweet home in Chicago was never more apparent than during the ALCS against the Los Angeles Angels . Pierzynski made possible both the series-changing run in Game 2 and the series-clinching run in Game 5 as only he can: by somehow reaching base twice on plays on which he was thought to be called out. You can look it up in your Polish-American dictionary: The Angels got Pierzynskied. 'Even when I don't do anything, I do something,' Pierzynski said last Thursday. He channeled the Zen master of catching, Yogi Berra , in more ways than just by uttering mind-bending aphorisms. Pierzynski became the first catcher since Berra in the 1956 World Series to catch four straight complete games in a postseason series." - Tom Verducci in Sports Illustrated (10/24/2005, Going the Distance , Page 80)

A.J. Pierzynski

A.J. Pierzynski Autograph on a 2007 Topps Heritage Baseball Card (#267 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=2007thg01' title='2007 Topps Heritage Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

A.J. Pierzynski Autograph on a 2007 Topps Heritage Baseball Card (#267 | Checklist )

Birth Name:
Anthony John Pierzynski
Nickname:
A.J.
Born On:
12-30-1976  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Bridgehampton, New York
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Dr. Phillips High School (Orlando, FL)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
250
First Game:
09-09-1998 (Age 21)
Last Game:
09-10-2016
Draft:
1994 : 3rd Round (71st)

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A.J. Pierzynski Pitching Stats

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A.J. Pierzynski Hitting Stats

1998 22 Twins 7 10 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 1 0 .300 .385 .300
1999 23 Twins 9 22 3 6 2 0 0 0 3 1 0 4 0 0 1 0 .273 .333 .364
2000 24 Twins 33 88 12 27 5 1 2 0 11 5 0 14 0 1 2 1 .307 .354 .455
2001 25 Twins 114 381 51 110 33 2 7 0 55 16 4 57 1 3 4 7 .289 .322 .441
2002 26 Twins 130 440 54 132 31 6 6 0 49 13 1 61 2 3 11 14 .300 .334 .439
2003 27 Twins 137 487 63 152 35 3 11 2 74 24 12 55 2 5 15 13 .312 .360 .464
2004 28 Giants 131 471 45 128 28 2 11 1 77 19 4 27 2 3 15 27 .272 .319 .410
2005 29 White Sox 128 460 61 118 21 0 18 1 56 23 5 68 1 1 12 13 .257 .308 .420
2006 30 White Sox 140 509 65 150 24 0 16 1 64 22 6 72 3 1 8 10 .295 .333 .436
2007 31 White Sox 136 472 54 124 24 0 14 1 50 25 5 66 1 3 8 21 .263 .309 .403
2008 32 White Sox 134 534 66 150 31 1 13 0 60 19 5 71 3 6 8 14 .281 .312 .416
2009 33 White Sox 138 504 57 151 22 1 13 1 49 24 6 52 3 3 1 18 .300 .331 .425
2010 34 White Sox 128 474 43 128 29 0 9 0 56 15 2 39 6 2 6 17 .270 .300 .388
2011 35 White Sox 129 464 38 133 29 1 8 0 48 23 6 33 2 6 5 19 .287 .323 .405
2012 36 White Sox 135 479 68 133 18 4 27 0 77 28 5 78 1 4 8 8 .278 .326 .501
2013 37 Rangers 134 503 48 137 24 1 17 0 70 11 2 76 0 6 9 14 .272 .297 .425
2014 38 Red Sox 72 256 19 65 10 1 4 1 31 9 2 40 1 4 4 11 .254 .286 .348
2014 38 Cardinals 30 82 6 20 2 0 1 0 6 5 0 14 0 0 1 2 .244 .295 .305
2015 39 Braves 113 407 38 122 24 1 9 0 49 19 2 37 0 3 7 19 .300 .339 .430
2016 40 Braves 81 247 15 54 15 0 2 0 23 6 1 29 0 3 3 13 .219 .243 .304
19 Years 2,059 7,290 807 2,043 407 24 188 8 909 308 68 895 28 58 129 241 .280 .319 .420

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A.J. Pierzynski Fielding Stats

1998 Twins C 6 4 111 35 5.8 35 33 2 0 1 0 4 1 1.000 8.51
1999 Twins C 9 6 174 36 4.0 36 34 2 0 0 1 1 1 1.000 5.59
2000 Twins C 32 27 710 170 5.3 170 160 10 0 3 2 10 6 1.000 6.46
2001 Twins C 110 102 2,705 665 6.0 655 611 44 10 7 4 44 21 .985 6.54
2002 Twins C 124 118 3,107 801 6.5 798 757 41 3 3 2 45 19 .996 6.93
2003 Twins C 135 131 3,497 894 6.6 888 843 45 6 6 5 46 20 .993 6.86
2004 Giants C 118 117 3,066 754 6.4 753 697 56 1 6 9 51 15 .999 6.63
2005 White Sox C 128 124 3,354 852 6.7 851 803 48 1 8 7 79 23 .999 6.85
2006 White Sox C 132 126 3,375 860 6.5 857 795 62 3 4 10 90 25 .997 6.86
2007 White Sox C 130 116 3,174 844 6.5 842 796 46 2 6 14 62 20 .998 7.16
2008 White Sox C 131 127 3,375 976 7.5 967 913 54 9 8 5 96 21 .991 7.74
2009 White Sox C 131 124 3,312 934 7.1 929 879 50 5 8 7 99 30 .995 7.57
2010 White Sox C 127 123 3,279 931 7.3 926 865 61 5 5 3 75 27 .995 7.62
2011 White Sox C 120 112 3,024 886 7.4 882 817 65 4 4 4 94 24 .995 7.88
2012 White Sox C 126 121 3,214 976 7.7 970 899 71 6 8 8 76 27 .994 8.15
2013 Rangers C 119 111 3,015 959 8.1 957 892 65 2 8 6 49 24 .998 8.57
2014 Red Sox C 64 60 1,620 495 7.7 492 464 28 3 2 5 38 9 .994 8.20
2014 Cardinals C 23 20 543 163 7.1 161 155 6 2 1 0 12 2 .988 8.01
2015 Braves C 107 104 2,729 775 7.2 773 729 44 2 7 5 67 21 .997 7.65
2016 Braves C 64 59 1,596 484 7.6 480 457 23 4 5 5 43 14 .992 8.12
C Totals 1,936 1,832 48,980 13,490 7.0 13,422 12,599 823 68 100 102 1,081 350 .995 7.40
19 Years 1,936 1,832 48,980 13,490 7.0 13,422 12,599 823 68 100 102 1,081 350 .995 7.40

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A.J. Pierzynski Miscellaneous Stats

1998 Twins 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0.0 5.0 10.0 - - -
1999 Twins 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 5.5 7.3 - - -
2000 Twins 1 0 1.000 1 0 0 44.0 6.3 8.0 - - -
2001 Twins 1 7 .125 10 0 1 54.4 6.7 6.9 - - -
2002 Twins 1 2 .333 11 0 0 73.3 7.2 9.0 - - -
2003 Twins 3 1 .750 6 0 0 44.3 8.9 6.6 - - -
2004 Giants 0 1 .000 14 0 0 42.8 17.4 6.1 - - -
2005 White Sox 0 2 .000 2 0 0 25.6 6.8 8.2 - - -
2006 White Sox 1 0 1.000 12 0 0 31.8 7.1 8.0 - - -
2007 White Sox 1 1 .500 18 0 0 33.7 7.2 9.4 - - -
2008 White Sox 1 0 1.000 7 0 0 41.1 7.5 8.9 - - -
2009 White Sox 1 1 .500 11 0 1 38.8 9.7 10.3 - - -
2010 White Sox 3 4 .429 5 0 0 52.7 12.2 8.5 - - -
2011 White Sox 0 0 .000 8 0 7 58.0 14.1 9.7 - - -
2012 White Sox 0 0 .000 9 0 5 17.7 6.1 6.2 - - -
2013 Rangers 1 1 .500 11 0 12 29.6 6.6 7.2 - - -
2014 Red Sox 0 0 .000 6 0 5 64.0 6.4 8.3 - - -
2014 Cardinals 0 1 .000 9 0 0 82.0 5.9 13.7 - - -
2015 Braves 0 2 .000 6 0 1 45.2 11.0 8.3 - - -
2016 Braves 1 0 1.000 18 0 0 123.5 8.5 10.7 - - -
19 Years 15 23 .395 165 0 32 38.8 8.1 8.0 - - -

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Anthony John Pierzynski was a Major League Baseball player who caught games for the Minnesota Twins (1998-2003), San Francisco Giants (2004), Chicago White Sox (2005-2012), Texas Rangers (2013), Boston Red Sox (2014), St. Louis Cardinals (2014), and Atlanta Braves (2015-2016). A.J., his nickname, was often described as a difficult teammate, and during the Pale Hose victory parade (2005) he thanked teammates for "putting up" with him, but Ozzie Guillen summed up Pierzynski with, "If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less."

A.J. Pierzynski caught Mark Buehrle's no-hitter on April 18, 2007 , and Philip Humber's perfect game on April 21, 2012 . Catchers who duplicated that feat (behind the plate for both a perfect game and a no-hitter) before A.J. were Lou Criger , Nig Clarke , Ray Schalk , Yogi Berra , Gus Triandos , Ron Hassey and Joe Girardi .

Did you know that A.J. Pierzynski holds the American League (AL) record for catching the most consecutive games in a season without commtting a single error ? From April 19, through October 2, 2005, A.J. caught 117 consecutive games and did not commit a single error during that stretch. During that time, Pierzynski handled 777 consecutive errorless chances, another junior circuit single season record. When the 2006 season started, A.J. continued his streak, handling 962 consecutive erorless chances, breaking Yogi Berra's record of 950, set in 1959 .

Did you know that after being traded to the Texas Rangers , A.J. Pierzynski set a franchise record for best fielding percentage by a catcher (.998) and the fewest errors committed (2) by a catcher during a season (100+ games caught)?

Did you know that before being traded to the Texas Rangers , A.J. Pierzynski made eight consecutive Opening Day starts for the Chicago White Sox , third most in franchise history behind only Ray Schalk (15) and Sherm Lollar (9)?

Did you know when A.J. finished the 2009 season with a .300 batting average, he was the first catcher in White Sox history to finish a full season in Chicago with a .300 or better batting average?

On August 5, 2012 , A.J. Pierzynski hit a bottom of the seventh inning, pinch hit home run, off Jason Isringhausen . It was his fifth consecutive game with a homer, tying the Chicago White Sox record for most consecutive games homering, set previously by Paul Konerko (2011), Carlos Lee (2003), Frank Thomas (1994 / 2x), Ron Kittle (1983) and Greg Luzinski (1983).

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