PEAVY, JAKE  
 
Image of    Nickname:   N/A Position:   P
Home: Gastonburg, Alabama Team:   GIANTS
Height: 6' 1" Bats:   R
Weight: 195 Throws:   R
DOB: 5/31/1981 Agent: Jeff Berry
Birth City: Mobile, Alabama Draft: Padres #15 - 1999 - Out of St. Paul's H.S. (Semmes, Ala.)
Uniform #: 22  
 
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G IP H SO BB GS CG SHO SV W L OBA ERA
1999 AZL Padres   13 74 52 90 23 11 2   0 7 1   1.34
1999 PIO IDAHO FALLS   2 11 5 13 1 2 0 0 0 2 0   0.00
2000 MWL FT. WAYNE   26 134 107 164 53 25 0 0 0 13 8   2.90
2001 CAL LAKE ELSINORE   19 105 76 144 33 19 0 0 0 7 5   3.08
2001 TL MOBILE   5 28 19 44 12 5 0 0 0 2 1   2.57
2002 SL MOBILE   14 80 65 89 30 14 0 0 0 4 5   2.80
2002 NL PADRES $200.00 17 98 106 90 33 17 0 0 0 6 7   4.52
2003 NL PADRES $305.00 32 195 173 156 82 32 0 0 0 12 11   4.11
2004 NL PADRES $347.00 27 166 146 173 53 27 0 0 0 15 6   2.27
2005 NL PADRES $750.00 30 203 162 216 50 30 3 3 0 13 7   2.88
2006 NL PADRES $2,500.00 32 202.1 187 215 62 32 2 0 0 11 14 0.242 4.09
2007 NL PADRES $4,750.00 34 223.1 169 240 68 34 0 0 0 19 6 0.208 2.54
2008 NL PADRES $6,500.00 27 173.2 146 166 59 27 1 0 0 10 11 0.229 2.85
2009 AL PADRES $11,000.00 13 81.2 69 92 28 13 1 0 0 6 6 0.228 3.97
2009 AL WHITE SOX   3 20 11 18 6 3 0 0 0 3 0 0.162 1.35
2009 IL CHARLOTTE   4 15.1 14 17 4 4 0 0 0 1 1   2.93
2010 AL WHITE SOX $15,000.00 17 107 98 93 34 17 1 1 0 7 6 0.242 4.63
2011 IL CHARLOTTE   4 24.2 21 26 1 4 0 0 0 1 1   3.65
2011 SL BIRMINGHAM   2 4.1 9 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0   6.23
2011 AL WHITE SOX $16,000.00 19 111.2 117 95 24 18 1 1 0 7 7 0.268 4.92
2012 AL WHITE SOX $17,000.00 32 219 191 194 49 32 4 1 0 11 12 0.234 3.37
2013 AL WHITE SOX $16,157.00 13 80 74 76 17 13 1 0 0 8 4 0.244 4.28
2013 AL RED SOX   10 64.2 56 45 19 10 1 0 0 4 1 0.23 4.04
2013 SL BIRMINGHAM   1 5 5 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 0   1.80
2014 NL RED SOX $16,167.00 20 124 131 100 46 20 0 0 0 1 9 0.273 4.72
2014 NL GIANTS   12 78.2 65 58 17 12 0 0 0 6 4 0.231 2.17
PERSONAL:

  • Jake's father, Danny Peavy, labored beside his own father in the family business, the Peavy Cabinet Shop in Semmes, Alabama. The shop is now in its third generation. From there came an example that Danny Peavy set for his sons that Jake takes to the hill for every start. It's an All-American work ethic that eschews the grander idea of being a star.
  • Jake's grandfather, Blanche Peavy, who he called Paw Paw, taught him the finer points of baseball. He worked with Jake almost every day, videotaping as he pitched from a mound. The most important lesson: Paw Paw would take to fingers and poke them into the youngster's forehead and convincingly tell him to "Focus!"

    In 1994, Blanche was working at the cabinet shop when a blade of a high-speed fan snapped off and pierced one of his eyes. He ended up in a coma. Three weeks later, Paw Paw died on December 1, 1994. But Jake has never forgotten his grandfather. Jake spent a lot of time questioning his faith after Paw Paw died. No longer there to hunt and fish with him in the Alabama woods, Jake went by himself and ask God why he'd taken his closest friend. But after talking with his maternal grandmother, Grandma Lolley, the most spiritual woman in the family, Jake concluded, "I'm pitching for two."

    Jake wrote the initials "BP" under the bill of every baseball cap he owned. During his four years of high school baseball, Peavy posted an incredible record of 44-1.

    Under the bill of his cap, Jake also wrote his favorite scripture, Philippians 4:13. "I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me." He wrote it right next to his grandfather's initials: "BP."
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    • When Jake was a youngster, he was a Braves fan. In fact, several times, the Peavey clan, numbering about 10, would journey four hours from Alabama to Atlanta to root for their favorite team. Sometimes, Jake would go down to the Atlanta bullpen and photograph the pitchers. "I've got one of Tommy Glavine with a big, long mullet," he said.

      CHOOSES PADRES OVER AUBURN

  • After high school, Jacob was pretty sold on the idea of accepting a scholarship to Auburn University, but the Padres drafted him and talked him into signing with them. With a part of his signing bonus, Peavey said, "I did buy a Chevrolet Z-71 truck. It’s gray. All Southern boys got to have them a truck. I’m not a big spender, though. I try not to get carried away."

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  • Jake says of his homeland, "It's Bible Belt and I'm proud to say I was raised in the Bible Belt," Peavy said. "I was raised to say 'Yes, ma'am' and 'No, sir,' to treat people the way you want to be treated.

  • "But I was also raised with a competitive streak inside me . . . to have that fire. In everything I ever played, I wanted to win . . . to beat the other team. I want to beat you with every ounce of my being."

     
  • In 1999, at age 17, Peavy was drafted in the 15th round.  He imagined he was signing up for a life of limos, parties, and four-star hotels. But two days later, he found himself sitting alone in a budget motel room in Phoenix awaiting the start of rookie camp and trying to figure out why he didn't accept that full ride to Auburn University.

  • "Something about him told me he wanted to play," said Padres scout Mark Wassinger, who convinced the Padres to offer Peavy fifth-round money to ensure he signed with them. "The way he talked about setting up hitters, he was constantly thinking ahead about how to get guys out. He had a mature approach, a professional approach that I liked."

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  • In 2000, he tied for the Midwest League lead in strikeouts.

  • Peavy has a maturity and serenity that enables him to focus.

    "I've had a great family upbringing and I just trust in the Lord. That just gives me kind of an inner peace about whatever happens, whatever goes on. I know I'm right where I need to be and I just want to stay in the will He has for my life."

    SOUTHERN BOY

  • Peavy is a Southern boy, from the Mobile suburb of Semmes, Alabama, and a Southern Baptist who doesn't care much about any religious denominations. What's important to him is that he believes in God, believes that: "He has a will for my life, and I just trust in Him to take care of me and take care of my family. Some people disagree and some people agree with that, but I've just been brought up like that and I believe it with all my heart. I've seen Him work too many times in my life to not believe that. I don't want to push it on anybody, and I try not to do that, but I'm going to let people know the way I feel."

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  • Jacob likes country music, mostly—stuff like Hank Williams Jr., George Strait, Johnny Cash and Alan Jackson. "I’m country to the core, but my teammates got me into some alternative like Weezer and Jimmy Eat World."

  • Peavy plays the guitar. He started in 2001. He now plays at a coffee shops on occasion.

    "I really like making music. (Mobile lefthander) Cliff Bartosh taught me how to play. I wanted to learn this old country song, ‘Poncho and Lefty’ by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, and he showed me how to play it. I learned how to play a lot of other songs like (Weezer’s) "Dope Nose" and "Hash Pipe" from Cliff. On the radio I hear songs I’ve never heard before but know how to play, like "The Middle," by Jimmy Eat World."

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  • Jake doesn't swear. And he won't permit profanity in his home.

  • For hobbies, Jacob lists hunting, fishing, being outdoors. "In the offseason, it’s hard to find me. I’m in the woods or on the water. Being in my hometown, I know the places to go and I’ve got the hookups."

  • Peavy credits minor league teammate Steve Watkins. "He taught me a ton about how to live life."

  • He flew home for the birth of Jacob Edward Peavy II on June 20, 2001. That was he and his wife Katie's first child. Katie was his high school sweetheart. They were married when Jake was 19 years old.

    "Being married helps you be focused on what you're here to do, and that's play good baseball. I don't want to be average," Peavy said soon after he was called up to the Majors, on his son's first birthday (June 20, 2002).

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  • Jake and his wife celebrated the birth of another son, Wyatt, on May 24, 2004. Jake and Katie have known each other since before Jake can remember.

    "Katie tells me what it was like when I was 2 or 3 years old," he joked. "She was much older than me at the time, 3 or 4."

  • The Peavys and Alfords both went to the Moffat Road Church. Katie Alford lived on North Graham Road, Jake Peavy on South Graham Road. They were separated by Highway 98 . . . and little else.

     
    "Katie was at the first birthday party I can remember," Jake said. "She was pretty much at the first of everything I can remember. As we got older, I dated a few other girls for a while. I always wound up asking myself, why? Katie and I . . . well, I got extremely, extremely lucky to find a girl like Katie. I couldn't have picked a better person. She is so giving."

    The Peavys also share a love of the outdoors and the Semmes lifestyle.

    "Katie grew up the same way Jake did, although I think her dad was more into fishing," said Danny Peavy, Jake's father. "She's probably better at fishing than shooting. Debbie and I don't think our son could have found a better wife."

     
    The Peavys have already made one major lifestyle decision. Semmes is their home. And when Jake II starts school, Katie and the boys will live in Semmes during the school year.

    "It all goes back to home," Jake said. "We want the boys to be raised the way we were raised. He'll go to school in Alabama and to be close to both families."

    Not that things can possibly stay the same, even in Semmes, pop. 1,200.

    "When I was growing up, we had a Dairy Queen and a Hickory Pit barbecue," Peavy said. "Now a Super Wal-Mart is coming in. I almost hate to see Semmes change."

     
    Peavy built a retreat on 3,000 acres on the Alabama River near Miller's Ferry, where he will fish and hunt with Jake II and Wyatt.

    "I have to have a getaway from Semmes," he said.

    That's because Peavy has become a hero in his hometown.

    "When he comes home, people bombard him," said Danny Peavy. (Bill Center-San Diego Union Tribune-4/7/05)

  • Early in 2007, Jake and Katie began building a new cabin along a beautiful man-made lake. It is, of course, right near Semmes, Alabama, on 200 acres of land.

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  • In 2001, Peavy's 12.7 strikeouts per nine innings were second only to Marlins' prospect Josh Beckett.

  • In 2002, Peavy was the only Southern Leaguer with his face on a soft-drink can. A Mobile native and an offseason employee of the BayBears, Peavy's photo and signature graced some 228,000 Pepsi and Mountain Dew cans in the Mobile area.

  • Midway through the 2004 season, Jake went to see a nutritionist, which is rather interesting, cosidering Peavy's diet is closer to Chet Atkins than Dr. Atkins. Fellow-pitcher Brian Lawrence said, "To Jake, a balanced dinner, any meal, is a well-done steak with A-1 sauce and potatoes. Vegetables?"

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    "Hey," said Peavy. "The nutritionist asked me if I eat any fish. When I said yes, she seemed pleased." The fish? Catfish, fried.

  • In 2004, Jake made an unusual decision as he approached negotiating his first major contract. His agent at the time, Scott Boras, is known to wring every last penny out of a franchise for any player, much less one with Peavy's numbers. Peavy decided to change to Barry Axelrod, who had closer ties with the Padres.

  • "I like Mr. Boras and I knew he'd do a great job for me," Peavy said. "But money is not why I'm pitching. I changed because of my values and beliefs. I didn't want the Padres thinking I was upset or . . . you know what I mean. For me, changing agents was the best move I ever made. Please change that to second-or third-best."

     
  • Peavy and Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton are close. Sutton is on record with the view that Peavy someday could join him as an eternal Cooperstown resident.

    Sutton shares Peavy's Alabama heritage, the old right-hander having been born in Clio before moving to Florida in his youth. Peavy hails from Mobile, home to legendary baseball figures Henry Aaron, Satchel Paige, Billy Williams and Ozzie Smith.

  • "People down south love their baseball," Peavy said. "I was taught the game like my son is learning it. We played it right, that's the biggest thing. It comes down from your ancestors, being respectful of the game."  (Lyle Spencer-MLB.com-6/21/05)

    Sutton says of Peavy: "I have a lot of respect for him, personally and professionally. He is a polite gentleman who has a genuine passion for his profession. I greatly admire his work ethic. He's one of the few pitcher that I watch who I believe have a chance to get a plaque in Cooperstown."

     
  • In the offseason, Peavy hunts as often as he can—with a gun or a bow. And he hunts even though the insurance policy his team has on the contract with four years and almost $14 million remaining does not cover hunting accidents.

    “How about that?” Peavy said with a laugh.

    With no hint of defensiveness he explained, “I'm by no means acting foolishly. I was raised in these woods. I was raised in this environment. Am I going to climb 40-foot pine trees and hang off the side? No way. I want to respect my team and my obligation to perform. But I'm going to hunt. That's me. That's what I do. That's what I enjoy doing in my time off.”

  • This is Peavy—honest and without pretense.

  • Searching for an explanation to repeated questions about why he is the way he is, Peavy spoke of his paternal grandfather, who pushed and supported him until dying in an accident in his cabinet shop in 1994. In death, he taught his grandson one more lesson.

    “When he died, it put a different spin on things for me,” Peavy said. “He was 58 and had a tragic accident. I hugged his neck at 12 o'clock. At one o'clock, he died. I want to live every day like it could be my last. We're not promised tomorrow. Every time I pitch, it might be the last time I go out on a baseball field.” (Kevin Acee-San Diego Union-Tribune-2/13/06)

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  • January 4, 2007: Peavy was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at Mobile (Alabama) Regional Airport. Police said "a situation presented itself and the officers involved felt like they had a situation to deal with."

    It seems Jake was headed for a goodwill tour of the Dominican Republic with other Major League players when he double-parked to drop off his bags and was told by airport police to move his car.

  • "The airport police told him he couldn't park his car there and he said, 'Write me up a ticket and I'll pay for it,"' Padres G.M. Kevin Towers said. "He was arrested."

    On January 25, the charge was dismissed after Peavy personally apologized to the airport police he allegedly defied.

    “The decision comes after both private and public apologies by Mr. Peavy to the officers and to the court,” said Mobile District Attorney John Tyson Jr. “I personally believe his apology was sincere. I believe Mr. Peavy will never be in such a hurry in an airport again. I believe Mr. Peavy will be attentive to police officer requests in the future. I think that his conduct is forever changed, and he certainly understands the need for airport security these days.”

     
  • Jake is thrilled that he got to spend 2007 learning from Greg Maddux. "The biggest thing I've learned from him is that location is the top priority," Peavy says. "He always says, 'If you locate your pitches, you've got a chance,' and I've really taken that to heart."

  • Without his corrective lenses (he uses contacts), Jake is practically blind. Without contacts or glasses, all he sees is "a big blur of colors."

    "Can't see a lick," confirms Houston Astros ace Roy Oswalt, one of Peavy's closest pals. Oswalt found this out two winters ago when he and Peavy, both avid hunters, were navigating through Pike County in western Illinois on their way to a weekend in the woods chasing white-tailed deer. Oswalt would steal glances at Peavy, who was hunched over the wheel and squinting into the darkness as his truck swerved unnervingly along the winding roads.

    "I made him pull over, and I drove," says Oswalt. "Then—and I hadn't been driving more than 20 minutes—I hit a deer." (Albert Chen-Sports Illustrated-6/11/07)

  • In 2007, Peavy won the Cy Young award.

  • Prior to a game in May of 2008, Padres pitcher Jake Peavy met with 11 high school students from Peavy's hometown of Mobile, Ala., who are participating in the Mobile Action Team, a service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

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  • Jun 16, 2008: After their flight from Cooperstown to LaGuardia Airport was canceled because of bad weather, the Padres—players, coaches, team officials and family members, a group that numbered 61—rode two buses nearly five hours to their Manhattan hotel.

    The Padres weren't far outside Cooperstown when pitcher Jake Peavy placed a call to equipment manager/director of team travel, Brian Prilaman, who was riding in the other bus, imploring him to stop to get food.

  • "I told him, 'Me and the boys are hungry,' " Peavy said.

    The team pulled over in tiny Cobleskill, N.Y., right off Highway 88, about 190 miles north of New York. They found a McDonald's and the two buses pulled up and dropped the players, staff and family off.

    "I haven't been to McDonald's in a few years ... but I tell you what, it was pretty good," said Peavy, who was fourth in line. I even had me a McFlurry [ice cream]."  (Corey Brock MLB.com)

     
  • September 19, 2008: Jake's wife, Katie, gave birth to their third son. They named him Judson Lee. "Jud," Peavy said. As for the boy's middle name, Peavy, an Alabaman and a Civil War buff, said "it may or may not be after great Gen. Robert E. Lee. My wife thinks it's for Leann, her middle name."

  • Jake's favorite actor: Will Ferrell

    Favorite movie: Top Gun

    TV: "I like Sportscenter and enjoy watching the Outdoor Channel."

    Favorite food: "I'm a meat and potatoes kind of guy," Peavy said.

    Favorite sports team outside of baseball: San Diego Chargers.

  • Peavy says if he had not been a baseball player, "I'd probably be making cabinets for a living."

    Asked the person in history he'd most like to meet, Jake said, "Jesus Christ—just not too soon."

  • White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy took children from the Union League Boys & Girls Club of Chicago on a back-to-school shopping spree at Staples on Jackson Street in August, 2012.

  • Jake says he wants to play baseball as long as his body and the game allows.

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    "I'm going to play until this uniform is taken away from me," Peavy said the last week of the 2012 season. "I love the game. My boys are getting to the age where my children understand what Daddy does and they enjoy it. They enjoy coming.

    "That's something that's special to me and special to them. You miss out on stuff by being away, but at the same time if I stay around five years, I'll be 36 and able to spend a lot of good quality time with them.

    "Honestly, I'm so blessed and fortunate to be healthy again. I never knew if this would be possible, to have a year like I did (in 2012), and I feel like all that is behind me now."

  • June 23, 2013: Jake hosted the second annual Jake Peavy's Ultimate Country Music and Baseball Raffle, which was launched on whitesox.com, benefiting his charitable foundation.

    "It's just always fun giving back," he said. "It's all about honoring the people that we lost who were dear to us. We have been so fortunate. The team around me has put together some great events in the past, and we've got another one coming up here June 23; we're going to have a concert. I'm going to bring in music buddies from all over who are going to play some music there at Joe's Bar on Weed Street in Chicago.

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    "We're going to raise as much money as we can. It's going to be a fun night, full of music, all different types of music from all different types of artists as well. We're going to have some of my teammates up there singing, we're going to have aspiring guys paying their dues coming up and playing, songwriters, and we're going to have an artist or two show up and make the night. I'm so blessed just to be able to give back."

  • May 7, 2013: During his time in the MLB Fan Cave, Peavy played guitar along with his high school friend Tyler Reeve, plus friends Stevie Monse and Channing Wilson. They taped videos for MLBFanCave.com—definitely worth a listen. Wilson sounds like Toby Keith.

  • Jake Peavy learned as a kid that the most important thing about sports is having fun, but also that winning is directly tied into having fun.

    “I watch my father now — he coaches my little boys in football and baseball — and how competitive he is,” Peavy said near the end of the 2013 season. “You can never lose sight of how the kids are doing this stuff to have fun. But my dad always said, ‘Winning’s fun.’”

    Peavy, who grew up in Alabama, is a low-key and easygoing man when not pitching. A huge Bruce Springsteen fan, the Boston Red Sox right-handed starter often writes music and plays his guitar in his free time. But when he steps on the mound he turns into a different person.

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    He’s as intense as anyone in baseball, often yelling at himself after allowing just one hit.

    Peavy said he has thought a lot about it and has concluded that his upbringing, including his father’s comments about the enjoyment of winning, made him the intense competitor he is today.

    “I think about us playing in the backyard and how competitive we were with my brother and my cousins,” Peavy said. “Just how we played so hard. As hard as we play on this field, we played (as hard) it seems in the backyard.

    “It’s fun to win,” Peavy added. “Both my grandfathers and father and how competitive they were — it’s just kind of a family thing.”

    Peavy admitted his intensity hasn’t always been something he has been proud of.

    “But I never try to yell obscenities,” Peavy said. “I understand there are kids watching. I have three little boys who watch me pitch every time I pitch. So the last thing I want them to see is me yelling words that aren’t appropriate to yell on TV. So I don’t do that. But my competitive nature has gotten me — those cameras are hard to get away from sometimes.”

    Off the field, Peavy describes himself as laid back.

    “I’m passionate about the things I love to do,” he said. “And I don’t mind working hard. I have a ranch down in Alabama that I love to work and play on. I’m very laid back, I would say.”

     
    Off-the-field Peavy is most passionate about being a dad. He has three boys, ages 12, 9 and 5, and they love to watch their dad compete.

    “We at times get to feel sorry for ourselves as parents for all the things we miss out on,” Peavy said. “There are a lot of firsts, baseball games and football games, I don’t get to be there. That being said, for them to come experience what they experience when they come — they get to go on the field with daddy at Fenway Park and go out on the road and just have the life that we do have — we understand that we’re very blessed.”

    Peavy is so grateful to his dad for taking such an active role with his boys by coaching them in football and baseball.

    “That’s so big for me,” Peavy said. “To have to be away like I am, I truly believe in a male influence in kid’s lives whether boys or girls. I certainly think the boys obviously need that. To have my father there around them and to live close by, it means all the difference in the world. It makes it a little bit easier for me to go to bed at night.”  (Christopher Smith - 9/29/13)

  • Peavy really enjoyed his ride in the Red Sox's World Series Parade in Boston on November 2, 2013. He even bought one of the duck boats. The half-boat, half-truck vehicles were originally designed for the military but later adapted to take quacking visitors on tours through Boston and onto the Charles River.

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  • Peavy was the captain of Team USA in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

  • Peavy is legally blind without corrective lenses. 

  • Peavy develops close bond with Dr Romeo. Dog may be man's best friend. But for a pitcher, it can be hard to beat a good orthopedic surgeon.

    Jake Peavy knows that well. That's why he invited Dr. Anthony Romeo to his ranch outside Mobile, Ala., as part of a celebration a few months ago prior to the 2014 Spring Training season. 

    Had Romeo not designed and executed a one-of-a-kind surgery to reattach Peavy's latissimus dorsi muscle after it tore free during his 2010 season, Peavy would not have been on the mound for the Red Sox in the 2013 World Series. He soaked in the experience, even buying one of Boston's duck boats after the parade, and is working to come back down to earth in time for the 2014 season.

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    Peavy provides proof that science can help overcome serious injuries, and he's quick to give credit to the man who put him back together.

    "I owe a lot to Dr. Romeo, and we've developed a great friendship," Peavy said. "He came down to my place this winter. Dr. Romeo is a tremendous, tremendous person. I think we all know how good of a doctor he is, but he's a great person."

  • Walk-Up Music: Peavy, like many players from Alabama, uses "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.


    TRANSACTIONS

  • June 1999: The Padres chose Jake in the 15th round, out of St. Paul's H.S. in Semmes, Alabama.

  • December 3, 2007: Jake and the Padres agreed to a three-year extension is worth $51.9 million and is worth $17.3 million over three years with a $22 million option for 2013. The Padres own a buyout on that club option for $4 million.

  • May 21, 2009: Jake passed up a trade to the White Sox, as was his choice, having signed a below-market extension with the Padres after the 2007 season that secured him through 2012. He essentially bought the no-trade provision that teams are so loath to hand out.

    But on July 31, 2009: Peavy went to the White Sox in a trade he approved. The White Sox sent lefthanded pitchers Aaron Poreda, Clayton Richard and righthanders Dexter Carter and Adam Russell to the Padres.

  • October 30, 2012: Peavy and the White Sox agreed on a two-year contract extension, through 2014. The White Sox held a $22 million option on Peavy for next season. Instead, they locked up the 31-year-old for $14.5 million in each of the next two seasons, with a $4 million buyout.

    Jake can trigger a $15 million rate for 2015 if he meets certain thresholds for innings pitched in '13 and '14.

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  • July 31, 2013: The Red Sox sent INF Jose Iglesias to the Tigers, while the White Sox added OF Avisail Garcia from the Tigers. Boston also acquired reliever Brayan Villarreal from the Tigers. The White Sox acquired J.B. Wendelken and RHP Francelis Montas and INF Cleuluis Rondon from the Red Sox.

  • July 26, 2014: The Giants sent RHP Heath Hembree and LHP Edwin Escobar to the Red Sox, acquiring Peavy.

    The Red Sox and Giants split the remaining $5 million owed Jake.

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    PITCHING:

    • Peavy has a fine 88-94 mph sinking FASTBALL, both a CURVEBALL and pretty good SLIDER. And his CHANGEUP is a nice pitch. He improved that change in 2003 spring camp, under the tutelage of Padres pitching coach Greg Booker.
    • He varies his arm angle and keeps his pitches down in the strike zone. He has long, loose arms and the body to add more weight. Mostly he comes from a low three-quarters arm slot.

    • He moves the ball around, changes speeds well and has good baseball instincts. He is a very mature young man. He realizes all the situations that are going on during the game and understands what he's supposed to do out there. His only problem might be when he falls into a finesse mode. He has enough stuff to be rather overpowering.

  • Peavy is a tough competitor with a killer instinct. And he pitches intelligently.

  • "Being able to strike a guy out is huge in certain parts of the game, like with one out and a man on third," said Peavy. "But my job is to get people out." Strikeouts are not as good as first-pitch groundouts and pop-ups.

    "Five innings pitched with 10 strikeouts is not what it’s about," he said
    . "It’s not going to get the job done in the Major Leagues."

    What does get the job done, Peavy says, is an economy of pitches
    . Being able to last into the late innings of games to help the team get the win rather than leaving early after expending too much energy and throwing too many pitches. In fact, Peavy doesn’t even like to waste energy warming up before a game or between innings, often throwing fewer practice pitches that other pitchers.

    "You can’t get nobody out in the bullpen," he said
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  • Jake pitches with guts and poise. He is mentally tough and keeps his composure. He is a bulldog and is a very smart pitcher, too. He is a fierce competitor and doesn't let things get to him.

    Former Padres/now Giants' manager Bruce Bochy said during the 2005 season, "He's never content
    . He has the stuff, but so do a lot of pitchers. The difference is that his makeup is off the charts. He has so mcuh heart. and he has the maniacal focus. He's locked in every pitch the entire game."

    Former San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman said, "I compare Peavy's intensity to Kevin Brown, and the way he acts on the mound to Mark Fidrych
    . He doesn't talk to the ball like Fidrych, but he has conversations with himself out there. And when he's talking to himself, look out."

    And, back with Bochy again in 2014, the extremely vocal Peavey added some life to a Giants team that had a relatively quiet clubhouse
    . And Bochy was just fine with the zing Jake's emotionalism adds to the clubhouse.

    "I'm

  • sed to it," Bochy said with a laugh. "He's always been a guy who feeds off getting on himself, yelling at himself. That's what motivates him. That's what pushes him. That's his style and it works for him. He's as tough a competitor as you can have on the field."

     

    Peavy insisted that, in reality, he's a mild-mannered sort -- at least until he gets into game mode.

    "When the game starts, this competitiveness takes over that I can't hold back. I can't hide my emotions," he said. "I say a lot of stuff out there. Really a lot has to do with frustration when I falter mechanically. Sometimes I will be yelling before I turn the ball loose, knowing that I am not in the right position to make the pitch the way it needs to be.

    "When I get out there, I expect to be perfect. I strive for perfection. Sometimes I get upset when I don't do that. That is what I have to do. I have to emotionally let it go and move on to the next pitch. I love positive-mind thinking. I love saying positive stuff to myself when I am getting ready to make a pitch. When I am yelling, for the most part, [I'm] yelling at myself, out of frustration there. Once that comes out, I promise you, there is a thought process over the next 15 seconds of situations in a game, batter, what we are doing." (October, 2014)

    Anybody who has watched Peavy scream at himself on the mound when he misses location on a pitch or two understands that fire or "dirtbag" mentality is a way of baseball life for him
    . Peavy was influenced by veteran outfielder Jim Edmonds, when the two were briefly teammates in 2008 with the Padres.

    Edmonds brought with him that win-at-all-costs mentality for years as part of the St
    . Louis Cardinals.

    "Jim said something to me, where the players on those Cardinals teams showed up every day focused on trying to help the team win any way possible," Peavy said
    . "When you get all the guys to check their ego at the door and you have that attitude with talent, good things can happen."

     
  • For the 2003 season, Jake was about equally effective against lefthanded batters (.246, 16 home runs) and righthanded batters (.230, 17 homers).


    ERA CHAMP
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  • In 2004, Peavy had the lowest ERA in the National League, 2.27.

    He dropped nearly two runs off his 4
    .11 ERA of 2003. It was the third-lowest ERA in franchise history. The only other Padre to lead the league in ERA was Randy Jones. Jake was the youngest pitcher win the the NL ERA title since Doc Gooden in 1985.
    • In 2005, Jake led the N.L. in strikeouts, with 216.

    • Peavy was the unanimous choice as winner of the 2007 National League Cy Young Award after leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts—pitching's version of a Triple Crown.

      It was the 12th time the choice for the National League's best pitcher has been unanimous
      . Koufax achieved the honor three times, Greg Maddux twice, and once each by Gibson, Steve Carlton, Rick Sutcliffe, Dwight Gooden, Orel Hershiser and, most recently, Randy Johnson in 2002.

    • The day the Red Sox acquired Peavy from the White Sox (July 30, 2013), Boston pitching coach Juan Nieves, who was the bullpen coach for most of Jake's time with the White Sox, said, "He's probably the ultimate warrior. He competes every pitch. He gives everything he has. He leaves it on the field. A good teammate. He'll fit in really well here."

     
    The more Nieves talked about Peavy, the more enthusiastic he seemed to get.

    "I'll tell you one thing: his command is impeccable," Nieves said. "He doesn't walk anybody. He keeps the ball inside the ballpark. He can command four or five pitches. His delivery is solid. His biggest strengths are his demeanor, his competitiveness, and his willingness to win every game. 

    "He wants to pitch longer than the other guy," said Nieves. 

    One thing the Red Sox will soon come to appreciate is Peavy's knowledge of pitching.

    "Very savvy," Nieves said. "Actually, he's in that group with El Duque [Orlando Hernandez] and guys like that that had a doctor's degree in pitching. These guys really know. They can read swings. They can read when hitters are actually swinging at first pitches. He knows when to attack a hitter, when to retreat, and, of course, there's a little bit of a different mindframe when you pitch at Fenway, but he fits right in with what we believe—working fast, throwing strikes, and attacking the strike zone."

  • As of the start of the 2015 season, Peavy has a career record of 139-111 with 3.53 ERA, having allowed 229 home runs and 1,901 hits in 2,147 innings.
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    FIELDING:

    • Peavy is a pretty good hitter for a pitcher. He got a scholarship offer to Auburn as a middle infielder.
    • In 2008, Jake had 13 hits and a .265 average.

    • In 2012, Peavy won his first Gold Glove in the first tie in Rawlings Gold Glove history. Jake shared the honor with Rays' P Jeremy Hellickson.
     
    CAREER INJURY REPORT:

    • In high school, Peavy was injured a whole lot. At various times he was sidelined with a broken ankle he sustained falling into a ditch during a jog; a severely cut left hand suffered while taking out the trash; a sliced heel incurred when he stepped on an open suitcase; and a cracked rib, the result of his jumping up and down during a postgame celebration.

     

    • April 2000: Peavy missed two weeks of action with viral meningitis.

       

    • 2001 season: A sprained right ankle late in the season caused him to miss three starts.

       

    • August 13, 2002: Though he didn't go on the D.L., Jake was already suffering with a sprained right ankle when he lacerated his left heel late night when he stepped on a suitcase in his hotel room.

     

     

  • 2003: Peavy was hampered by a left oblique strain. Jake sustained the injury while throwing in the bullpen to warm up for a start in Seattle. He pitched through it then and had a long layoff over the All-Star break but overall the condition lasted about a month.

     

  • March 1-13, 2004: Jake was sidelined with muscle tightness in his left oblique for a few days early in spring training.

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  • May 20, 2004: Peavy was on the D.L. with a strained flexor tendon in his right arm.

     

  • August 29, 2005: When Jake sliced a hand on an open can of green beans while trying to pack down his garbage bin, it was the left one, not the one he pitches with, enabling the ace to take his turn in the rotation the next night against the Diamondbacks.

    "A freak accident," Peavy called it. "Thank the good Lord it was the left hand."

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  • October 4, 2005: Jake had to come out of the Game 1 loss to the Cardinals in the National League Division Series after allowing Reggie Sanders' fifth-inning grand slam and complained about pain in his right side. He had X-rays taken at the ballpark and was sent to Barnes Jewish Hospital for an MRI that revealed a fracture in his eighth rib, which takes from four to six weeks for the injury to heal. His post-season was over.

    Neither Peavy nor the team could be sure when Jake sustained the injury. He first noticed it during the celebration at PETCO Park after the Padres clinched the N.L. West title with a win against the Giants. It happened in the initial scrum when the Padres players ran toward Trevor Hoffman, who closed the game.

  • "We were jumping around on the field," Peavy said. "The next day I thought I had some bruised ribs, that I caught an elbow or something. But I never would've imagined it would have been this."

     

  • May 19-June 12, 2008: Jake was on the D.L. with swelling and a strained muscle in his pitching elbow. An MRI showed no ligament damage.

     

  • June 12, 2009: Peavy partially tore a tendon in his right ankle and had to go on the D.L. the next day. It was said that he would miss as much as 12 weeks, returning in September.

    Jake's ankle had bothered him since May 22. He was put in an almost knee-high solid cast.

    An MRI on August 31 revealed a bruise and some fluid retention.

    Jake returned to action, making his first start for the White Sox on September 19, 2009.

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  • July 6, 2010: Jake was put on the D.L. with a detached latissimus muscle. The muscle had torn completely away from the bone, according to an MRI. His season was over when surgery was required (on July 14).

    The surgery, performed by a team of surgeons from Midwest Orthopedics, led by Tony Romeo and Greg Nicholson and assisted by Charles Bush-Joseph, revealed a clean avulsion of the tendon off the bone with little or no muscle damage. He had a crucial tendon and muscle reattached to his right shoulder by a series of stitches and titanium anchors.

    It was experimental surgery. Peavy completely ruptured the tendon that holds the latissimus dorsi muscle to the rear of the shoulder. The stitches and anchors now adhere the tendon to the bone. Jake was the first Major League starting pitcher to undergo this procedure.

    "There's no risk of [the anchors] coming out of the bone," Romeo said. "It can't happen. They have a reverse barb on them, like a fish hook. Once they go into the bone, you can't really pull them back out. They fill the bone, so there's not a weak spot in the bone anymore. There's no risk that even throwing a baseball is going to lead to a crack in the bone."

  • Peavy is the first Major League pitcher to undergo this procedure, blazing the trail for others who will surely come after him.

     

  • March 22-May 11, 2011: Jake began the 2011 season on the D.L. with tendinitis in his right shoulder.

     

  • June 6-22, 2011: Peavy was on the D.L. with a mild right groin strain that was high in the muscle near where it connects to the pelvis, requiring extra precautions.

     

  • June 5-19, 2013: Peavy's MRI revealed a non-displaced rib fracture on his left side and he was shut down for four to six weeks. The only prescribed treatment for him was rest. 

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  • March 1, 2014: Jake cut his left index finger with a fishing knife. The accident took place at the residence in which Peavy was staying in Florida. Good news: It was his non-pitching hand. He had a procedure to make sure there was no infection of any kind and to clean it out thoroughly.
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