Born: November 14, 1966
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Family: Wife, Shonda; sons Gehrig, Grant and Garrison and daughter Gabriella
Primary position: Starting pitcher
Before The Bigs:
- Grew up in Arizona and was selected in the second round (39th overall) in the 1986 draft by the Boston Red Sox.
- Went 8-15 at Single-A Greensboro in 1987 and was 8-5 in Double-A in 1988 when he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles with future big-leaguer Brady Anderson for veteran pitcher Mike Boddicker.
- Went 0-3 for the Orioles that season, and spent most of the 1989 and 1990 seasons at Triple-A.
- Went 1-2 with a 2.54 ERA as a reliever with the 1990 Orioles.
- Was part of a lopsided trade in January 1991, going with Steve Finley and Pete Harnisch to the Astros for veteran first baseman Glenn Davis.
- Went 3-5 with a 3.81 ERA as a reliever for Houston in 1991, and was traded to the Phillies for Jason Grimsley.
- Became a starter and a star in Philadelphia, going 14-11 in 1992 and 16-7 in 1993, helping lead the Phillies to the World Series. Was named MVP of the National League Championship Series that season.
- Arm injuries slowed him in 1994 and 1995. He won 17 games in 1997 and 15 in 1998 and 1999 in Philadelphia.
- Traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in July 2000.
- Had his finest two seasons in 2001 and 2002 with the Diamondbacks, leading Arizona to a World Series title in 2001. He went 22-6 with a 2.98 ERA and 293 strikeouts that season and went 4-0 in the playoffs. He shared the World Series MVP award with teammate Randy Johnson.
- Went 23-7 with a 3.23 ERA and finished second in the National League Cy Young Award voting to Johnson for the second consecutive season.
- Traded to the Boston Red Sox before the 2004 season, and he went 21-6 with a 3.26 ERA for the Red Sox as they won their first World Series since 1918, famously taking the mound despite injuring a tendon in his foot earlier in the playoffs that had to be stabilized with bandages before each start. His bloody sock is on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was runner-up in Cy Young voting in the AL.
- Missed much of the 2005 season after surgery on the ankle. Won 15 games in 2006, including his 200th career win in May.
- Was one of four pitchers all-time to have 3,000 strikeouts and fewer than 1,000 walks. The others are Ferguson Jenkins, Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez.
- Threw a one-hitter on June 7, 2007 against Oakland, giving up a single with two outs in the ninth inning.