MYERS, BRETT  
 
Image of    Nickname:   N/A Position:   P
Home: Jacksonville, Florida Team:   Retired
Height: 6' 4" Bats:   R
Weight: 240 Throws:   R
DOB: 8/17/1980 Agent: Craig Landis
Birth City: Jacksonville, Florida Draft: Phillies #1 - 1999 - Out of Englewood H.S. (Fla.)
Uniform #: N/A  
 
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G IP H SO BB GS CG SHO SV W L OBA ERA
1999 GCL Phillies   7 27 17 30 7 5 0 0 0 2 1   2.33
2000 SAL PIEDMONT   27 175 165 140 69 27 2   0 13 7   3.18
2001 EL READING   26 156 156 130 43 23 1 1 0 13 4   3.87
2002 IL SCRANTON   19 128 121 97 20 19 4 1 0 9 6   3.59
2002 NL PHILLIES $200.00 12 72 73 34 29 12 1 0 0 4 5   4.25
2003 NL PHILLIES $300.00 32 193 205 143 76 32 1 1 0 14 9   4.43
2004 NL PHILLIES $362.00 32 176 196 116 62 31 1 1 0 11 11   5.52
2005 NL PHILLIES $445.00 34 215 193 208 68 34 2 0 0 13 8   3.72
2006 NL PHILLIES $3,300.00 31 198 194 189 63 31 1 0 0 12 7 0.257 3.91
2007 NL PHILLIES $5,083.00 51 68.2 61 83 27 3 0 0 21 5 7 0.234 4.33
2008 IL LEHIGH VALLEY   2 12.1 12 12 4 2 0 0 0 1 1   3.65
2008 EL READING   1 8 5 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 1   2.25
2008 FSL CLEARWATER   1 6.2 7 6 1 1 1 0 0 0 1   2.70
2008 NL PHILLIES $8,583.00 30 190 197 163 65 30 2 1 0 10 13 0.267 4.55
2009 NL PHILLIES $12,083.00 18 70.2 74 50 23 10 0 0 0 4 3 0.272 4.84
2009 IL LEHIGH VALLEY   2 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0   0.00
2009 EL READING   2 4 2 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 1   2.25
2009 SAL LAKEWOOD   1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0   0.00
2009 FSL CLEARWATER   1 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0.00
2010 NL ASTROS $3,100.00 33 223.2 212 180 66 33 2 0 0 14 8 0.248 3.14
2011 NL ASTROS $8,000.00 34 216 226 160 57 33 2 0 0 7 14 0.267 4.46
2012 AL ASTROS $12,000.00 35 30.2 35 20 6 0 0 0 19 0 4 0.285 3.52
2012 AL WHITE SOX   35 34.2 30 21 9 0 0 0 0 3 4 0.238 3.12
2013 AL INDIANS $7,000.00 4 21.1 29 12 5 3 0 0 0 0 3 0.319 8.02
2013 NYP MAHONING VALLEY   1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0.00
2013 EL AKRON   6 10.2 7 6 6 3 0 0 0 1 2   3.38
PERSONAL:

  • Brett was an amateur boxer at age 12 and 13 years old, going 12–0 with 10 knockouts. His Dad, Phil, promoted and trained champions like Michael Spinks and Larry Holmes. He saw the sport as a means of making Brett tougher. He is a bombastic sort. Brett has had the reputation for being a loudmouth. But he has matured and calmed down somewhat.

    Phil Myers never intended that Brett would take boxing too seriously, even after he took him to a boxing club and started him in the Sweet Science. "I had to earn a living, which means I wasn't always there with him," Phil said. "Between baseball seasons, I wanted him in an activity that kept him focused and boxing was perfect for him at the time. By the time he hit 13, there was plenty of baseball for him."
Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes had trained for many of his bouts in Jacksonville and took a liking to the hard-punching kid. "Larry loved Brett," Phil said. "He wanted to train him, said he had a chance to be the Great White Hope. I told him, 'Thanks, Larry, but baseball is where he's headed.' "

 
Phil Myers estimates he has been associated with about 50 boxers in one aspect or another over the years. "One of the fighters I worked with, Nate Campbell, just pulled a huge upset on HBO down in Mexico," Pop Myers said. "Nate's 36 years old."

  • He is slightly pigeon-toed.

  • Myers has had to work to stay in shape.

    COCKY PERSONALITY

  • Terry Francona was the Phillies' manager when Myers was drafted in the first round in June 1999. After Myers agreed to terms, he came to Veterans Stadium for a few days before reporting to Clearwater.

    "He came in for two or three days and in that time, he managed to alienate everybody in the clubhouse," Francona recalled. "He was young, brash, immature—and extremely talented. He said the wrong thing at the wrong time. He'd talk to a 10-year veteran and insult him. And then he'd go down to the bullpen and you'd see why he had been drafted Number One."

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  • Myers is the guy who walked into the Phillies clubhouse shortly after signing, looked at All-Star righthander Paul Byrd and chirped: "Jeez, put a shirt on. Cover up that body."

  • "He was hard on me. He probably made me work harder than anybody I ever had," said bench coach Gary Varsho, who managed Myers at Double A Reading in 2001. "Listening is a hard thing sometimes. I just hope he's not through listening. I think there can be a hindrance there. We struggled with him understanding the game. He's so talented that he got away with things [on the mound] because he has so many weapons. And he wasn't going to be told any differently."

  • Varsho recalled that Myers would try to push the limits, but also responded well when lines were firmly drawn. "This may sound silly, but he wasn't pitching well from the end of May to July. We were in Akron, and he finally showed some pitching instead of throwing, showed some real tough stuff," Varsho said. "So after the game I brought him into my office and I told him to write 25 times, 'I am not a power pitcher, I am a Major League pitcher.'

    "So what does he do? The next day, he comes back with nothing. He says, 'Oh, you really wanted me to do that?' I said, 'Yeah.' So he went out and scribbled something. I told him that wasn't acceptable. And the next day, he brought it in and he had done it neatly and right. His next start, he pitched well again. He came into my office after the game and said, 'What do you want me to write now?' I can't remember what I told him, but he had another good outing after that. It seemed to trigger something in him."

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  • Myers' immaturity tested the patience of the organization for several years. Hardheaded, he has a strong personality. But he has gotten married, had a baby, and matured some.

  • Myers was fined and suspended for his major part in an altercation June 24, 2002 during an International League game. After watching teammate and roommate Marlon Byrd get drilled by Bob Scanlan during the sixth inning of Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's 19–1 win over Columbus, Myers exchanged words with Drew Henson, the third baseman who gave up a possible career as an NFL quarterback to sign with the New York Yankees.

    "Henson was standing there looking at me and saying stuff," Myers told reporters. "So I told him, 'You're next, buddy, you're next.'"

    With two outs in the top of the seventh, Myers delivered on his promise and threw behind Henson, who immediately charged the mound. A bench-clearing brawl ensued. Myers ended up with a bloody and broken nose when he collided with catcher Johnny Estrada, who was in pursuit of Henson. According to reports, the brawl lasted about five minutes. Five players were ejected, including Red Barons reliever Elio Serrano.

    The bad blood had started an inning earlier when Scanlan hit Scranton's Dave Doster and Myers countered with a brush-back pitch to Columbus' Robert Perez. With a bandage on his bloodied nose after the game, Myers had some interesting things to say. "Anytime one of my teammates gets hit on purpose, we're going to play beanball war," said Myers, who had a 12-0 record as an amateur boxer. "Henson didn't scare me. You can bring all you want out here, but you're going to hit a linebacker, I'll tell you that. If I would have hit him with one of my hands, we'd be in the hospital, both of us, because I'd be in there getting a cast on my hand and he'd be in there for his broken face."

    Myers, who was fined $450 and suspended for five games, said he had only one regret about the entire incident. "I wish I would have hurt Henson," Myers said. Myers did end up with the victory. He pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings.

  • Myers grew up watching the Cubs and Braves on cable TV, because they were the only teams on all the time.

  • Brett's confidence leans heavily toward cockiness. He is also very intense. He has an "ants-in-the-pants" way about him, always having to keep busy. He has learned to focus on improving his game, rather than getting into trouble.

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  • Phillies catcher Todd Pratt compared him to the Energizer Bunny and wished for an occasional off switch. But Myers is maturing. He is learning to keep his ears open and his mouth shut. "Brett is going to be a great pitcher, as long as he keeps learning and keeps trusting his stuff," echoed Pratt. "I love him. But there are times when you've got to tell him to shut up."

    Doing that most of the time is veteran Kevin Millwood, who has become Myers' adopted big brother in 2003.

  • The quiet Millwood was an immeasurable help to the kid's development. He could tell that Myers wanted someone to show him the way. Millwood figured he might be the guy, just not to this extent. Randy Wolf said Millwood deserves a lot of credit for putting up with Myers.

    "We talk a lot more than I thought we ever would," Millwood said. "There's not much down time or quiet time around Brett. We talk about every little thing that comes out of his mouth. He's not so annoying all the time. Still, I've told him to shut up a few times."

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  • During the offseason before 2005 spring training, Myers rededicated himself to the game, hired a personal trainer, and worked at becoming the kind of pitcher he can be—the ace of a starting rotation.

  • Phillies Manager Charlie  Manuel sees a lot of Jaret Wright in Myers, a cocky kid with impressive stuff who needed time to put it all together.

  • "He had basically almost the same type of makeup," Manuel said of Wright. "When he came to Cleveland, he was a lot like Brett; a guy who was a No. 1 pick, a No. 1 starter. It took him a while before he matured into what everybody expected of him."

  • When Myers is not on the mound, he likes to play guitar. And he even got a gig at a club in Philadelphia, McFadden's, on a weekend in June 2005.

    "I write my own stuff. I play rock. I have about seven guitars," Brett said.

    UGLY INCIDENT IN BOSTON

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  • On June 23, 2006, Myers was arrested and charged with hitting his wife in the face on a street not far from Fenway Park. He pleaded  not guilty to assault charges at his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court, said David Procopio, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. Myers' court date was set for August 4.

    Myers was arguing with his wife, Kim, shortly after midnight at the corner of Boylston and Dalton streets, Procopio said. The woman and two witnesses told police the 25-year-old pitcher hit her. One witness told investigators Myers also pulled her hair.

  • "The evidence at this point leads us to believe the victim was struck in the left side of her face," Procopio said. He added that investigators are trying to determine if Myers hit her with a fist or open hand and whether he hit her more than once.

    Police responded to a 911 call and found Myers' wife crying with a swollen face, Procopio said. Officers found Myers nearby and arrested him. Myers was booked by Boston police and his wife posted his $200 bail. Procopio did not know how long Myers spent in jail.

     
    Procopio said he would not identify Myers' wife because she is a domestic violence victim. Myers married Kim Wickman in September 2002 and the couple has a 3-year-old daughter.

  • June 28-July 12, 2006: The Phillies allowed Myers to take some time off, putting him on the temporary inactive list. Where he was was in family counseling for two and a half weeks. He took part in professional counseling sessions as part of the Phillies' Employee Assistance Program.

  • October 5, 2006: Brett's wife, Kim, asked that her husband not be prosecuted for hitting her in the face.

    "There's no violence in our family. That night in Boston we had both been drinking," Kim Myers told the judge. "I was not hurt. I was not injured."

    District Attorney Daniel Conley said the judge "sent a message that abusers can use a statute intended for minor altercations to avoid being held responsible for serious domestic violence charges."

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  • In February 2007, Myers discussed the issue in-depth, with his wife by his side. The couple appeared happy.

    "Things are great," Myers said. "What it all came down to is, we really had trouble communicating. I'm gone half the time. When I get home, I get home at midnight. Everybody's in bed. I see you for an hour a day. Most of our communication is done by phone.

    "Not saying that the incident helped, but it kind of was an eye-opener that forced that; we need to talk a little more and support each other."

  • The incident helped refocus Myers professionally, too.

    "Coming from never being in trouble before to being in trouble, it's definitely a humbling experience," he said.

  • Maturity has never been Myers' strong suit. He doesn't always think before he speaks. He can be a knucklehead, a wise guy.

    That June night in 2006 has changed him, though. He thinks more. He says where once he might have gotten huffy, he now talks things over whenever there's a conflict in his life. At the ballpark, he will step into the batter's box and hear someone shout, "Hit it harder than you hit your wife." He takes his medicine and moves on.

    "I signed more autographs this spring than ever before," Myers said. "I just wanted to do something for the fans."

    Ah, but he's still a wise guy.

    "There was this one guy with a Yankees hat on," he said. "I told him, 'As soon as you get a Phillies hat, I'll sign your ball.'"

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  • Interviewing Myers is like reaching into a grab bag. The pitcher has several sides to his personality, and reporters never know what's going to come out.

    There's the straightforward, serious side.

    There's the prickly, open-electrical-socket side.

    There's the playful, cut-up side.

  • A slimmer, trimmer Myers showed up for 2009 spring training. And he offered some secrets to his offseason weight loss. He dropped 30 to 35 pounds.

    "Making smarter choices while you drink beer," the righthander said. "Instead of pizza, eat salad. Play for the tie, you know."

  • Myers is unpredictable, outspoken and often controversial. He admits he's a complicated man. He views himself as a good ol' southern boy from Jacksonville, Fla., who'd much rather spend time with his two children or helping coach a team of four- and five-year-old kids over reading a book or shooting the breeze in a clubhouse with reporters.

    The son of a boxing promoter and a former boxer himself, Myers isn't afraid of a little confrontation.

    "I was the one who was always outspoken all the time, and I never cared and still kind of don't care what people think about me," he said. "If they don't know me, that can't judge me. It takes a while to get to know me. I don't trust too many people, I guess." (Brian McTaggart-MLB.com-2/22/10)

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  • Myers takes a stand on just about anything, and if you're not sure, he would gladly love to give you his opinion. He loves his guns, his boots, hunting, and baseball. And he rolls around in a black truck that has as much attitude as he does. (Spring 2011)


    TRANSACTIONS

  • June 1999: After an All-America high school career in Florida, Brett signed with the Phillies for a $2 million bonus as the 12th overall pick of the draft (first round).

  • February 2, 2007: Myers and the Phillies avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a three-year, $25.75 million contract. It called for $5 million for 2007, $8.5 million in 2008 and $12 million in 2009. He gets a signing bonus of $250,000.

  • November 6, 2009: Brett became a free agent when the Phillies told him they would not re-sign him.

  • January 12, 2010: Myers signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Astros. The deal included a mutual option for 2011, plus added performance bonuses.

  • August 1, 2010: The Astros signed Brett to a two-year contract extension with a club option for 2013. The guaranteed value of the two-year deal, including a buyout on the third season, is $21 million. If Myers stays through 2013, it will guarantee the righthander $28 million and it contains performance bonuses that could up the value to $29.5 million.

  • July 21, 2012: The White Sox sent two minor league pitchers and a player to be named to the Astros, acquiring Myers. Houston received  right-hander Matt Heidenreich and left-hander Blair Walters, and RHP Chris Devenski.

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  • October 30, 2012: The White Sox declined their option on Myers, allowing him to become a free agent.

  • January 1, 2013: Brett signed a one-year contract with the Indians. The team has an option for 2014.

  • August 29, 2013: The Indians released Myers.

  • March 22, 2014: The Chicago White Sox acquired  Myers  for two minor league pitchers and a player to be named.

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    PITCHING:

    • Myers is a true power pitcher in every aspect. He is physically imposing with aggressive, powerful actions. But his delivery has been slowed down, making it more deliberate and less violent.
    • He has a 92-96 mph four-seam FASTBALL, a two-seam sinking fastball, a 78 mph sharp late-breaking CURVE with tight spin and 10-to-4 bite and a good CHANGEUP that has good sink when he throws it down in the strike zone. He is working on a SPLIT-FINGER fastball, but doesn't use it a whole lot.

      "It's just something else that's there for the hitters to think about," Brett said. (The Phillies, among other clubs, discourage using a splitter. It takes away from the fastball and can hurt a pitcher's elbow.)

  • Myers really fires the heat, but his power-curveball is probably his best pitch. It conjures up memories of the one thrown by Bert Blyleven. He resembles former Major Leaguer Joey Hamilton. And some have compared him to Curt Schilling.

    Brett also has the stuff and the mental makeup to be a closer.

    "I like starting because I have a routine," the righthander said in 2007 spring training. "But then closing gives me a chance to get in the game every day. I like that, too. I think I could do it. I think my arm bounces back pretty well. But on the other hand, I'm used to starting."

  • In April 2007, Myers became the Phillies closer, replacing the injured Flash Gordon. And the shift from starting to closer was not as stark as it might appear, he insists.

    As a starter, he'd throw 100 pitches one day, rest a day, and throw a bullpen session on consecutive days. He'd rest another day, then repeat the process. It's the same here, except without the 100 pitches. The point: He's used to throwing regularly.

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    "It's easier to bounce back from throwing 9 pitches than throwing 100," Myers said. "But getting cranked up every night isn't a problem for me, because I have trouble sitting down anyway."

  • His delivery has been smoothed out, but he still has multiple release points. He has his body under control when he throws. Myers now realizes he is not a power pitcher, which has also helped him to embrace the concept of getting outs early, thus conserving pitches.

    AGGRESSIVE ATTITUDE

  • Brett is a maximum-effort player. He has a presence that says he intends to dominate. His boxing background is a part of his fight-to-succeed mentality on the mound. But he has to control his mind, and his pitches, better.

  • Myers is competitive and aggressive on the mound. He is a winner. He takes no prisoners, going right after each hitter.

  • In 2003, then-Phillies Pitching Coach Joe Kerrigan slowed down Myers' delivery. He had watched him from a distance in 2002 and determined that the Phillies rookie righthander was a lot like a driver confronted by a yellow light. At a time when he should be slowing down, Myers kept speeding up.

    The major change in his windup is that he brings his hands over his head to slow down and make his delivery less violent (no more wicked leg-whip). "We're trying not to make everything so hard so soon," Myers said. "We want my motion to be harder at the end instead of the beginning."

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  • In 2003, Kevin Millwood took Brett under his wing. "He has some of the same struggles I had at that age," Millwood, the Phillies number one starter said. "Being young, he wants to overpower guys instead of pitch. He's worrying more about velocity than location."

  • Near the end of the 2004 season, then-Phillies Manager Larry Bowa had some observations about Brett:

    "Sometimes he gets caught up, as all pitchers with good arms do, in throwing harder and harder," Bowa said. "Command is so much more important that speed—it's unbelievable. Sometimes it takes time to understand what the philosophy of pitching is all about. All you have to do is to look over here at Montreal's Livan Hernandez. He changes speeds, uses both sides of the plate, he fields his position, hits good, throws strikes, and takes you to the seventh inning all the time. He's a pitcher, a pitcher that doesn't knock the radar gun off the mount."

    Bowa said that while Myers' intensity sometimes gets the better of him, it will become a very valuable character trait once he becomes a more experienced player.

    "I think he gets frustrated at himself," Bowa said. "No one ever doubts his competitiveness. He wants to be the guy who gets you where you want to go." (Pierre Moussette-MLB.com-9/23/04)

  • Myers credits pitching coach Rich Dubee for his laid back demeanor and constant positive reinforcement.

  • February, 2012: The Astros moved Brett to the bullpen and named him the team's closer. He had  started 66 of the 67 games in which he played during his first two seasons with Houston.

    Myers had been a closer once before, saving 21 games for the 2007 Phillies.

  •  As of the start of the 2013 season, Brett has a career record of 97-93 with 4.20 ERA, having allowed 237 home runs and 1696 hits in 1689 innings.
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    FIELDING:

    • Brett needs work on holding runners on base.
     
    CAREER INJURY REPORT:

    • May 24-July 27, 2007: Myers went on the D.L. with a strained elbow.
    • May 27-September 4, 2009: The Phillies announced that Myers required surgery because of bone spurs in his hip joint that were revealed by an X-ray in addition to "fraying and possible tearing in the labrum of the hip."

    • September 12, 2009: Brett was sidelined with a shoulder strain in the back of his shoulder.

    • April 20, 2013: Myers was on the D.L. with inflammation in his right elbow, caused by tendinitis in his right elbow and a mild sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in the joint. It was predicted he'd miss six weeks.
     
     
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