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Jason Grilli

Full name Jason Michael Grilli
Born November 11, 1976, Royal Oak, Michigan
First Game: May 11, 2000
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 4\\" Weight: 185
Son of Steve Grilli
Pro career


Following his high school career at Baker High School in Baldwinsville, New York, Jason was drafted in the 24th round of the 1994 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees, but chose not to sign. Instead, he opted to played college baseball at Seton Hall University, which he attended from 1995-1997. After a standout collegiate career, Jason was drafted in the 1st round (4th overall) of the Major League Baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants. In 1999, Grilli was a key component of a mid-season trade that brought Livan Hernandez to the Giants, and sent Grilli and pitcher Nate Bump to the Florida Marlins.


Jason spent the 2004 season with the Chicago White Sox organization after being selected in the Rule 5 draft. In 2005, he signed a minor-league contract with the Detroit Tigers. After helping the AAA affiliate Toledo Mud Hens to a league championship (he clinched the championship game), he joined the parent club for a late-season audition.


Jason Grilli pitched for Team Italy in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He also had a fine spring training and earned a spot in the Tigers bullpen as a long-reliever, allowing for his first extended stint in the majors.

Personal

Jason is the son of former major league pitcher Steve Grilli [1], who pitched for parts of four seasons in the late 1970s, including three with the Detroit Tigers. Jason wears number 49 in honor of his father, and the two still talk after every game Jason makes an appearance in [2].

Jason was nicknamed "Cheese Man" by third-base coach Gene Lamont. In Game 4 of the ALCS, Grilli walked three batters on 12 consecutive balls, loading the bases and necessitating a pitching change to Wil Ledezma, who retired the next two hitters without surrendering any additional runs. Although the poor performance brought the wrath of many fans upon Grilli, it did not prevent the Tigers from winning the game 6-3 and clinching the American League pennant.

Grilli and his wife, Danielle,will be welcoming their first child in February of 2008. The couple resides in Orlando, Florida on the off-season [3].


Transaction Information

Selected by New York Yankees in the 24th round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 2, 1994).

Selected by San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (4th pick overall) of the
free-agent draft (June 3, 1997 - signed July 25, 1997).

Traded by San Francisco Giants with Nate Bump to Florida Marlins in exchange for Livan Hernandez (July 25, 1999).

Selected by Chicago White Sox from Florida Marlins in the Rule 5 major league draft (December 15, 2003).

Released by Chicago White Sox (January 27, 2005).

Signed by Detroit Tigers (February 10, 2005).

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His Father was a Tiger.

Steve Grilli


Full name Stephen Joseph Grilli
Position: Pitcher
Born May 2, 1949, Brooklyn, New York
First Game: September 19, 1975; Final Game: September 17, 1979
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 2\" Weight: 170
Father of Jason Grilli

Transaction Information

Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Detroit Tigers (July 7, 1970).

Sold by Detroit Tigers to Toronto Blue Jays (February 25, 1978).


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12/24/2007 7:00 PM ET
Q&A with Jason Grilli
Pitcher talks about everything from GI Joe to Guitar Hero


By Jason Beck / MLB.com

Tigers pitcher Jason Grilli knew how big of an event the holiday season was in a baseball family even before he broke into professional ball thanks to his father, Steve. The Grillis spent many a snowy Christmas together while Jason was growing up in upstate New York. They'll bypass the winter weather and gather at Jason's home in Florida this year, but it'll be a special holiday for Jason for more than the weather. He and his wife are expecting their first child, a boy, in February. He spent a few minutes with MLB.com discussing what the season means to him.

MLB.com:
Having grown up in a baseball family, how important has Christmas been in your family, when you know everybody can be together?

Jason Grilli:
It's definitely huge. Holidays for us are huge especially when you're away from them so much throughout the year. For us, the holidays that we play [during] can be tough. Any holiday, I think, especially during the baseball season, whether it's a birthday or a wedding, those are the occasions that sometimes you miss out on, unless it's someone in your immediate family. So Christmas and Thanksgiving are very huge in the sense that it's a point to celebrate the holiday for what it is. I celebrate Christmas and we celebrate the birth of Jesus and what his sacrifice means to us and we celebrate being together.

MLB.com:
Is there a big holiday tradition in your family?

Grilli:
The big things are the stockings. Usually we have some sort of fish or seafood for our meal. And we usually try to go to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

MLB.com: How much different is it for you nowadays when you spend the holiday in Florida?

Grilli:
Honestly, to do what I'm doing, it definitely makes it easier. I've been playing catch. It's nicer to play catch in 82-degree weather on a baseball field than it is indoors at PNC Stadium [in Syracuse] like I was doing in the batting cages. I do miss the feel a little bit of Christmas up in the Northeast, but I don't miss the cold. I think it's because our blood has thinned. If it's any consolation, my family is very excited to get out of the cold and get down here and enjoy Christmas in the pool. It is a different feel, but it's still very festive. Christmas, it doesn't matter where you're at, it's who you're with.

MLB.com: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie?

Grilli:
There's a couple of them. I love "Christmas Vacation" and "Christmas Story." Those are the best. Usually on TBS, we keep that on all day. They play it like 24 hours on Christmas Day. We might see it about 50 times. My mom's excited, too, because we got some games like Deal or No Deal on DVD. Some of the other ones might have to be a secret because they're gifts. And surprising or not, my mom is a Guitar Hero fan. Maybe that's where I get my love for music.

MLB.com:
Are you an early shopper or do you wait until the last minute?

Grilli:
Already got it all done [says proudly].

MLB.com:
A lot of people don't know you're a big tech guy. What's on your gift list?

Grilli:
Any man will tell you that, since we don't get the manicure, pedicure, facial kind of thing, men usually go for electronics. But I am pretty set. People tell me that I'm hard to buy for, but I don't want anything. I really don't. I feel like I have everything that I could want and ask for, and I'm grateful for that. I really enjoy the giving part. I gave my dad an early Christmas present this year and gave him XM radio. The other big thing in our family are the VOIP video phones, which I'm involved in. It's really helped me bridge the gap between being on the road and not being able to see my family and now being together. Now my other family members are joining in. But I feel like I'm getting the best gift. We're having a son in Feburary. That's what makes this Christmas so meaningful, it's going to be great.

MLB.com:
You have a business that you run off the field. How much time do you spend on that once the season is over?

Grilli:
It's pretty cool. My Web site is actually supposed to be partially done around the end of December [www.jasongrilli.com]. It's not going to be solely about my business. I know Gary Sheffield has a site. Mine's going to entail quite a bit. There's a lot of things outside of baseball that I have an interest in. A lot of people ask me how I'm not distracted. If anything, my mind works the opposite. The more I do, the better my mind works. I've been like that ever since I was in school.

MLB.com:
What's the best holiday gift you ever received?

Grilli:
I think my ultimate gift out of all the gifts I remember was the GI Joe aircraft carrier. It was the actual seven-foot model. It was the ultimate, and I remember I knew what it was when I came down and saw the tree and it took up the whole wall. That was the best Christmas, and one of the funniest things was another year when my dad first videotaped Christmas and my mom went crazy on gifts and I remember my dad said [on the tape], 'There's more?' It was a funny Christmas. I think we got everything that year. And again, when you're a kid, it's all about getting stuff and Santa. As generations pass, we're starting a new generation of Grillis. When [my son is] 2 or 3 years old and he learns what Christmas is all about, I think I'll be crying.

MLB.com:
Does it feel like a Christmas present at all getting Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera on your team?

Grilli:
I'll tell you what the real present is: If those guys do, in fact, help us get to the World Series and win the World Series and help put rings on our fingers, that'll definitely be a present [laughs]. But no, really, getting those guys will definitely be impactful. I think the addition to them strengthened our ballclub. That goes without saying.


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
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New Grilli: Reliever Jason Grilli and wife Danielle welcomed their first child on Wednesday (2/6/2008). A baby boy named Jayse Rowan Grilli arrived weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Both mother and child are reportedly doing fine.


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3/2/08

TIGERS RENEW GRILLI’S CONTRACT:
The Tigers today announced the club has renewed the contract of righthanded pitcher Jason Grilli for the 2008 season. The Tigers now have all 38 players on the club’s 40-man roster under Contract for the 2008 season.


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Reliever Grilli hopes to avoid being grilled by Tigers fans this season
by Tom Kowalski
Saturday March 15, 2008, 1:46 AM

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers reliever Jason Grilli has every confidence he will continue to do a good job this season. He just hopes Tigers fans will acknowledge the same thing.

Grilli got off to a rough start last season -- he had an ERA of 7.59 in his first 16 outings -- and the fans let him hear about it. Even though Grilli turned it around in the second half of the year -- he had an ERA of 3.70 in his last 41 appearances -- he had a tough time shaking his shaky reputation.

"They have the right, they buy a ticket and they can boo me or cheer me," Grilli said. "But I obviously wouldn't be here if I wasn't doing my job."

"I think I've been pretty consistent, and, hopefully, I can change their tune a little bit as well."

Manager Jim Leyland said the Tigers need Grilli to have a strong season.

"I think early on he was pressing a little bit," Leyland said of Grilli's slow start last season. "It was a little bit different scenario than it was the year before. I think that's only natural. He's one of the keys for us."

Grilli's role changed last season when injuries hit late-inning setup men Fernando Rodney and Joel Zumaya. Instead of pitching in the middle innings, Grilli was called on later in the games, and his role intensified.

"That takes a little adjusting to, in fairness to him," Leyland said. "I think that was part of it. It was a different situation, and it took him some time to adjust to it. He certainly has all the equipment to be very, very good for us."

Grilli was 3-1 and had an ERA of 1.91 in 25 appearances away from home last season (he was 2-2, 7.92 in 32 home games).


"A lot of people look at the box score and say, 'He sucks,' or they look at the ERA and say, 'He sucks.' That's not a fair assessment," Grilli said. "If you understand this game, it's more than just looking at numbers.

"Did I get better over the course of the year? Yeah. But was I consistent from the beginning to the end? I think so. I know what it takes to be at my best, and when I'm off-kilter a little bit, I know what it takes to get back. Sometimes, I came out smelling like a rose and getting away with bad pitches, and other times, when I'm doing everything right, I can't buy a break. But that's part of the game.

"You've got to stay level-headed about the whole thing, and that's why I love getting the ball every day, because you've got the opportunity to redeem yourself. One day you can be the goat, and the next day you can be the hero. That's the great thing about being a relief pitcher."

Not all of Grilli's numbers were bad.

"I've been pretty consistent, and the one statistic nobody really writes about with me is my inherited runners and inherited runners scored," Grilli said. "Screw my ERA. If you have one bad outing in the bullpen, it can screw up your ERA pretty good."

Grilli inherited 53 runners last season, and 16 of them scored. That ranked 24th in the American League.

But, in fairness to Grilli, he is not a one-batter specialist who needs one out to do his job. There are times when he has to come in and get two or three outs to get out of the inning.

"My job is to come in and stop the bleeding in the game, and I've done that two years in a row," Grilli said. "Look at the statistic, and it's pretty good. I pride myself on that."


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
-- Sparky Anderson
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04/30/08 8:01 PM ET
Tigers trade reliever Grilli to Rockies
Detroit gets Minor League pitcher, opens spot for Cruceta

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

NEW YORK -- Francisco Cruceta is joining the Tigers bullpen at long last. Jason Grilli is leaving the team that has been a big part of his family since his father pitched for Detroit in the late 1970s.

The Tigers traded Grilli on Wednesday to the Rockies in exchange for Minor League prospect Zach Simons, a Class A right-handed reliever. The move creates room for Cruceta to join the Tigers on Thursday, when he'll try to carry his dominant numbers from Triple-A Toledo into the big leagues.

In an offseason when the Tigers made a slew of acquisitions, Cruceta was their lone Major League free-agent signing, added after spending the entire 2007 season at Triple-A Oklahoma in the Rangers organization. He was in line to get a shot at seventh- or eighth-inning setup work for Detroit heading into the Spring Training until the Dominican native had trouble getting approval from the Federal government for his work visa. He began the season on Major League Baseball's restricted list before his visa was approved a few weeks ago.

After a week of workouts, Cruceta joined the bullpen in Triple-A Toledo on a 16-day evaluation period before the Tigers had to move him off the restricted list and either add him to the active roster, trade him or outright him to the Minors. Given his performance, it was more a matter of when and how the Tigers would add him.

Cruceta pitched in three games for Toledo, allowing one run on two hits over seven innings with 15 strikeouts.

"Our reports on him have been outstanding," Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "He's been throwing the ball very, very well. Everybody [who has watched him] has said he's ready."

The odd man out in the Tigers bullpen ended up being Grilli. In trading him, the Tigers dealt a mercurial, hard-throwing reliever who had spent the last three-plus seasons following in his father's footsteps of pitching in the Tigers organization.

Signed as a Minor League free agent in 2005, Grilli went from an effective starter at Triple-A Toledo to a versatile man in the Tigers bullpen for the last two years. He led the team and finished fourth in the American League with 79 2/3 relief innings, while stranded 37 of 53 inherited runners.

He had drawn a range of reactions from Tigers fans, inspired in part by a vast difference in his performances at Comerica Park compared to everywhere else. He had a 1.91 ERA and .184 batting average allowed in road games last year, compared to a 7.96 ERA and .335 average at home.


Grilli gave up five runs on seven hits in two innings over two consecutive outings earlier this month against the White Sox and at Boston. Since then, he had scattered four hits over 11 1/3 scoreless innings in his last six appearances.

That wasn't enough to keep him off the block when Cruceta showed he was ready.

"Jason's pitched better, no question," Dombrowski said. "He's pitched well for us recently. But we were in a spot [where bullpen roles were determined]. We think Zach [Miner] is throwing the ball much better [now compared to earlier this season]. We think he deserves to stay here. We had to make a decision one way or another."

Grilli had anticipated a choice like that.

"I'm arbitration-eligible," Grilli said. "There's several guys here who pretty much can do the same thing as me. Miner's got a year and a half of doing the same kind of role. [Armando] Galarraga's doing a heck of a job. He's got [Minor League] options. I know this business. With Cruceta and all the hype and talk about him, they're trying to create a roster spot. There's things happening around here. It's been on the tip of the tongue since Spring Training, even this offseason.

"I won't be the last. When one move gets made, there's usually several others that follow."

Nevertheless, the move drew mixed emotions from Grilli, still clearly stung by boos at home earlier this season but anticipating a deal that could put him on another club.

"I think I did a good job for what my role was," Grilli said. "I know there's a lot of people who probably would think differently. But to those people, I'm going to say thank you, because I'm a bigger person than people who don't like the way my eyebrows are, my face, or the way I pitch.

"Maybe I was the lightning rod for that on this team. But I surely didn't get cheered as much for the role that I was given, I thought."

Simons, a 22-year-old right-hander drafted by Colorado in the second round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, has made seven relief appearances for Class A Modesto. He has allowed four earned runs on 12 hits in 13 1/3 innings, walking nine and striking out 14.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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08/27/2008 2:19 AM ET

Box >

Rockies stay hot, cruise past Giants
Grilli gets first professional save with three perfect innings
By Rick Eymer / Special to MLB.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jason Grilli stood in front of his locker, soaking in the postgame atmosphere. He felt like he was floating, almost dream-like, in his own world while happy faces and loud music danced around him.

Grilli, after 150 Major League relief appearances, finally recorded his first professional save in the Colorado Rockies' 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

It was a three-inning save, the kind you feel you earned. He marveled at the coincidence of it all.

"The Giants were the team that drafted me, and to get the save here, in the last ballpark I hadn't been in before now, makes it special," Grilli said. "The game ball is going into a nice trophy case at home."

The Giants drafted him as a starter in the first round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft but traded him to the Florida Marlins, for current teammate Livan Hernandez, before he reached the Majors.

He bounced around with the Marlins and Chicago White Sox before finding a home in the Detroit Tigers' bullpen in 2006. His father, Steve Grilli, made his Major League debut with the Tigers in 1975.

"Here I am standing next to the guy I was traded for," Grilli said after retiring all nine hitters he faced, three on strikeouts. "The game comes full circle. I want to keep experiencing it as much as I can. I want to soak it all up and play as long and hard as I can."

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said it was the perfect opportunity to give his bullpen a rest, especially with closer Brian Fuentes away from the club dealing with family matters.

"That's a pretty good accomplishment: his first personal save," Hurdle said. "That's some of the best stuff he's had all season long. It was a very good performance and it came at a good time. It worked out well for us and it worked out well for Jason."

Garrett Atkins, Chris Iannetta and Troy Tulowitzki each drove in two runs as the Rockies won their fourth straight and ninth of 11, inching ever so closer to the top teams in their division.

"You have to do it without the home run here," Atkins said. "In this ballpark, you need to string hits together to win. A four-run lead here is hard to overcome."

Jorge De La Rosa (7-7) won for the second time in three decisions as the Rockies picked up a game on the National League West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks for the third straight day and are now within six games of first place, the closest they've been since being five games back on April 21.

De La Rosa's shaky start -- he walked the first two hitters he faced and walked the opposing pitcher, which led to a run -- made it an interesting game for Hurdle.

"I just stopped watching," Hurdle said. "I took some advice from a friend and let him paint his own picture."

The Rockies also closed to within three games of the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers despite being eight games under .500.

"He stayed under control," Iannetta said of De La Rosa. "He made some adjustments and was able to battle through some early problems."

Ian Stewart also drove in a run for the Rockies, who clinched their fourth straight series and will go for their second sweep in San Francisco on Wednesday night.

Brad Hawpe, held out of Monday's starting lineup, was 2-for-2 with three walks and three runs scored. Stewart also reached base five times, extending his hitting streak with a seventh-inning single and walking three times.

The Rockies have fallen behind in all four games of the current winning streak. De La Rosa walked the pitcher with two outs in the second and Randy Winn followed with an RBI double, but the Rockies' four-run outburst against Matt Palmer in the third rendered it academic.

De La Rosa pitched six innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits. He walked three and struck out three.

"I think he was effectively wild," Giants third baseman Rich Aurilia said. "It seemed like every time he threw a slider or a breaking ball, he kept it down and we swung over the top of it."

The Rockies were within five games of first place after 134 games last year.

Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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05/01/08 9:42 PM ET
Leyland hopes Grilli gets fresh start
Reliever traded to Rockies on Wednesday

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

NEW YORK -- Jason Grilli left the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday with parting remarks for those who booed him in Detroit. A day later, manager Jim Leyland hoped that Grilli's trade to the Rockies will give him a fresh start.

"I just think sometimes it's best for somebody to move on," Leyland said.

Grilli mentioned the reception he had received at home when he talked with reporters on Wednesday afternoon following the trade.

"I think I did a good job for what my role was," Grilli said. "I know there's a lot of people who probably would think differently. But to those people, I'm going to say 'thank you,' because I'm a bigger person than people who don't like the way my eyebrows are, my face, or the way I pitch.

"Maybe I was the lightning rod for that on this team. But I surely didn't get cheered as much for the role that I was given, I thought."

Leyland observed that the boos seemed to affect Grilli, whose statistics dominant on the road and far worse at Comerica Park last year and again this season. Moreover, Leyland said that it factored into his own thinking.

"I think it was starting to get to him," Leyland said. "Nobody likes to get booed. We're all sensitive to it. Nobody likes it. That's all part of the business. I don't have any problem with it. It's just that if you feel like you're in a situation where you're starting to get real conscious about using him at home, when you're going on a homestand basically with, you think, 11 pitchers [to use rather than 12] for the most part, that's not good. You want to protect him. I wanted to protect him as much as I could."

Five out of Grilli's nine appearances this season came at Comerica Park. He pitched 8 1/3 innings on the road compared with 5 1/3 at home. His 5.06 ERA in home games dwarfed his 2.16 ERA away from Detroit.

Grilli could still end up pitching in Detroit again this season, since the Rockies visit the Tigers for a three-game Interleague series at the end of June, but that'll be it.

Leyland cautioned that he was not criticizing Grilli, whose services and versatility he appreciated for the last two-plus seasons.

"This guy took the ball whenever I asked for the last two-plus years, never turned the ball down, had a resilient arm and did a lot of good things for us," he said. "I think that he was a very useful pitcher for us. But do I, in my heart, think that it was starting to get in his head a little bit? Yes, I do. And when that kind of stuff happens, I think you're best to move on.

"I think he'll be fine. I mean, his stuff is good. He throws 94-, 95-mph. This guy has done a lot of good jobs for us over the last two years-plus. So I think he's a very usable Major League pitcher. When a team's not doing good, sometimes one guy becomes the [scapegoat] if they're not doing good. And I'm certainly not blaming Detroit fans or anybody else. That's life."

The heart of the decision, Leyland said, came down to keeping Grilli or fellow right-hander Zach Miner.

"I've got nothing but great things to say about him," Leyland said of Grilli. "But it was time to make a decision. Basically, at this point, we decided to keep Miner over Grilli. That's what it boils down to, because they were both struggling at the start, and they both pitched a little better later. We made the decision to keep Miner over Grilli."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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Grilli, Richardson taken off 40-man roster
Postcards from Elysian Fields
Beat writer T.R. Sullivan
Posted on October 21, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Pitcher Jason Grilli has cleared outright waivers and refused assignment to the Minor Leagues. Grilli instead told the Rangers he is taking his free agency.

Grilli was 2-2 with a 4.78 ERA in 30 games with the Rangers after being acquired from the Rockies in June. He had a 2.00 ERA in June and July but it ballooned to 13.50 in August and 9.64 in September after he missed three weeks with inflammation in his elbow.

The Rangers also took catcher Kevin Richardson off the 40-man roster but are trying to resign him to a Minor League contract. He was 3-for-6 in limited time with the Rangers in August and September.

The Rangers now have 38 players in their 40-man roster


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PostSubject: Re: Jason Grilli Career Tracker   Jason Grilli Career Tracker Icon_minitimeSun Oct 25, 2009 11:41 pm

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"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
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PostSubject: Re: Jason Grilli Career Tracker   Jason Grilli Career Tracker Icon_minitimeSun Oct 25, 2009 11:45 pm

Tigers fans trash talk former Detroit pitcher Jason Grilli
By James Schmehl | MLive.com
October 22, 2009, 3:06PM