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Kyle Farnsworth

Kyle Lynn Farnsworth (born April 14, 1976 in Wichita, Kansas) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Detroit Tigers.

Farnsworth graduated from Milton High School in Milton, Georgia in 1994. During high school, he played baseball, basketball, and football. He continued to play baseball in college at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia.

Major League career

Farnsworth was drafted in the 47th round by the Chicago Cubs.[citation needed] He played for the Cubs from 1999 to 2004.

In 2005, Farnsworth played for the Detroit Tigers until he was traded to the Atlanta Braves for pitchers Zach Miner and Roman Colon on July 31, 2005.

Following the 2005 season, Farnsworth signed with the New York Yankees, replacing Tom Gordon as the team's primary set-up man. The deal, worth $17 million over three years, was the second highest offer Farnsworth received. The Texas Rangers reportedly offered $25 million over four years and the closer job. However, he first learned of the Rangers' interest when he was taking his physical for the Yankees. Farnsworth also decided against re-signing with the Braves, for whom he grew up rooting[citation needed], where he also would have been a closer rather than a setup man. He felt the Yankees would give him the best chance to win a championship and decided to sign with them.

He struggled in the 2006 season, accumulating a 4.36 ERA.

On July 30, 2008, Farnsworth returned to the Tigers in a trade for Iván Rodríguez.

Incidents

Farnsworth was involved in a brawl that occurred in the 2003 season when his former team, the Chicago Cubs, were playing the Cincinnati Reds. Reds pitcher Paul Wilson stepped out of the batter's box after an inside pitch, and started to yell at Farnsworth. Farnsworth then met Wilson a short distance from home plate and speared him to the ground. He was suspended three games for his actions.

Farnsworth also was involved in a bench-clearing fight in the 2005 season while playing for the Detroit Tigers, against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. After order appeared to have been restored, Farnsworth charged Royals pitcher Jeremy Affeldt and tackled him to the ground in a similar fashion as he did with Paul Wilson. He was ejected from the game.


On April 17, 2008, Farnsworth threw behind Boston Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez. While Farnsworth claimed that the ball slipped out of his hand as a result of trying to throw the ball as hard as possible, Ramirez was skeptical and surmised that the pitch was retaliation for Alex Rodriguez being plunked the prior night after hitting a home run in the game. Following Farnsworth's pitch, the umpire issued warnings to both dugouts that any ill-intentions from that point forward would result in ejections.


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PostSubject: Re: Kyle Farnsworth Career Tracker   Kyle Farnsworth Career Tracker Icon_minitimeSun Feb 14, 2010 10:38 pm

Thursday, July 31, 2008
Farnsworth should bring sweet relief
Reliever's performance over the past month is what Tigers need if they hope to contend for title.
Lynn Henning / The Detroit News

Kyle Farnsworth loved to read hunting magazines almost as much as he loved to pump fastballs during his three-month stint with the Tigers in 2005.

Kibbitzing with teammates or with others who might approach him in the Tigers clubhouse? It was high on the list of hobbies for a tall (6-foot-6), powerful, and decidedly private right-handed reliever. He left the Tigers soon after he joined them, heading to Atlanta at the 2005 July trade deadline in a deal that brought right-handers Roman Colon and Zach Miner to Detroit.

Farnsworth is back in a Detroit uniform after Wednesday's deal with the Yankees that sent catcher Pudge Rodriguez to New York.

Based on his performance in the past month, the Tigers got the bullpen help they desperately need as they fight to remain contenders in the American League Central Division race.

Farnsworth has a 3.65 ERA to go with a 1-2 record in 45 games for the Yankees. But it has been his previous 30 days that help explain why the Tigers were interested in landing Farnsworth.

From June 27-July 22, Farnsworth made 10 appearances for the Yankees, a total of nine innings. He did not allow a run or a hit while walking five and striking out 10. His July ERA is 2.12.

Although he does not often reach the 100-mph range he regularly hit when he threw for the Tigers in 2005, Farnsworth has 43 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings this season. He has walked 17 batters.

The Tigers hoped to make Farnsworth part of their long-term plans when they traded for him in February 2005, grabbing him from the Chicago Cubs for right-hander Roberto Novoa, outfield prospect Bo Flowers, and an infielder who had been the Tigers' first-round draft pick in 2002, Scott Moore.

With Farnsworth headed for free agency, the Tigers offered him big money -- more than $15 million -- on a three-year contract extension. Detroit's offer likely would have been boosted for a then-29-year-old pitcher who was 1-1 with a 2.32 ERA in 46 games for the Tigers, and who had struck out 55 batters in 42 innings.

But Farnsworth had other plans. The Tigers could bag their counter-offers. He gambled on free agency. And the risk paid off when he signed a three-year, $17 million deal with the Yankees.


Tigers fans were not pleased with the last-minute trade engineered by Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers' president and general manager, and not only because Farnsworth had pitched so reliably.

Farnsworth had become something of a hero to Comerica Park's crowd because of a beanball incident involving the Kansas City Royals on July 17 of that year, during a Sunday afternoon game.

Royals starter Runelvys Hernandez hit Carlos Guillen in the helmet with a fastball and a brawl broke out on Comerica Park's infield. Farnsworth made the night's video highlights when he pile-drived Royals pitcher Jeremy Affeldt (6-4, 240 pounds) to the turf.

Two weeks later, he was on his way to Atlanta.

Three years later, almost to the day, Farnsworth returns to Detroit.

"I'm going someplace they want me," he said. "That's how I look at it."

It has not been the most pleasant of rides for a reliever, 32, who had mediocre 2006 and '07 seasons for the Yankees and for Bronx fans who let him know in their scathing ways more dominating efforts would be appreciated.

He should receive a more gentle welcome back to Comerica Park. And, based upon the way he has pitched of late, Farnsworth figures to earn equal applause when he leaves the mound.

Tony Paul contributed to this story.


"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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08/01/2008 8:35 PM ET
Farnsworth adjusting to being a Tiger
With trade shock worn off, reliever ready to fill any role in 'pen
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com

ST. PETERSBURG -- There is no getting around how badly the Tigers' bullpen needed an arm like Kyle Farnsworth's.

Still, the warm handshakes and welcome hugs Farnsworth was greeted with by his new team on Friday afternoon, was a much-appreciated sentiment.

Particularly, given the hurler's previous 48 hours.

Farnsworth was acquired on Wednesday in a straight-up trade with the Yankees, in which Detroit forked over future Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

Following the deal, Farnsworth packed up what he could fit from his New Jersey apartment into his truck and headed down the East Coast. He estimated he drove until around 1 a.m. on Thursday before stopping to get a few hours rest and finally arriving at his Orlando, Fla., home at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Thursday night.

Farnsworth joined the Tigers on Friday afternoon to open a three-game series against Tampa Bay, and although admittedly tired, he said some of the initial trade shock had finally begun to "set in" during his long drive.

It helps that Detroit isn't completely unfamiliar terrain, as Farnsworth was a key component for the 2005 Tigers squad and much of that team still remains.

"You never know what's going to happen, that's for sure," he said of his initial surprise in Wednesday's trade. "I'm glad to see a lot of the guys and hopefully they are glad to see me."

If nothing else, the Tigers should be thrilled by his numbers.

Farnsworth was 1-2 with a 3.65 ERA with New York this year, and has allowed 43 hits -- with 43 strikeouts -- in 44 1/3 innings of work. July was his strongest month this season, as Farnsworth held opponents to two runs on four hits over 8 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts.

His key to success on the highly-pressurized stage of Yankee Stadium?

"Just trusting my stuff," he said. "Go out there and try to have fun."

It is the same mantra Farnsworth brings to a beleaguered Tigers bullpen.

With Todd Jones placed on the 15-day disabled list (right shoulder tendinitis) on Thursday, and Joel Zumaya (right triceps tightness), and Fernando Rodney (right shoulder tendinitis) being used cautiously after previous stints on the DL, Detroit's 'pen has worn thin and will look for Farnsworth to help shore up the late innings.

While the right-hander said he spoke with Jim Leyland upon his arrival on Friday, for now the Tigers don't have a specific role in mind for Farnsworth.

As a jack-of-all-trades in the bullpen, Farnsworth said he would "do whatever he needs me to," even joking that he would start if the Tigers' skipper dictated it.

Given his recent lack of sleep that probably wouldn't be a safe bet.

Neither was discussing Farnsworth's role with the Tigers beyond 2008.

"I'm not worried about that," Farnsworth said. "My main focus is helping this team win and getting to the playoffs."

Farnsworth added that he would be made available out of the 'pen for Friday night's opener vs. the American League East-leading Rays.

Brittany Ghiroli is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


"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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Farnsworth Fight Videos and much more

I found the link to the Farnsworth fight videos. It is becoming harder and harder to find baseball fight footage because MLB is trying to clean up their image by having it removed.

Anyway, here you go.

Farnsworth vs. Wilson Fight-In case the link below doesn't work, copy and paste the address below into realplayer

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Farnsworth Detroit-KC Fight Video


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Source: Farnsworth, Royals make deal

With many teams looking for bullpen help, veteran right-hander Kyle Farnsworth landed on his feet on Wednesday.

A source with knowledge of the negotiations told ESPN's Steve Phillips that Farnsworth has agreed to a two-year, $9.25 million deal with the Kansas City Royals, pending the results of a physical.

The 32-year-old began last season with the Yankees but was traded at the deadline to the Detroit Tigers in the deal that brought catcher Ivan Rodriguez to the Bronx.

In 10 seasons and for four teams, Farnsworth has posted a 30-48 record with a 4.47 ERA. Primarily used as a set-up man in his career, Farnsworth moved between roles with the Yankees last season but managed a 3.65 ERA in 45 games. He struggled with the Tigers, posting a 6.75 ERA in 16 games.


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12/11/08 11:59 AM EST
Farnsworth, Royals near two-year deal
Contract worth $9.25 million contingent on passing physical

By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com

LAS VEGAS -- The Royals are close to completing a deal to sign right-hander Kyle Farnsworth to be a setup reliever, MLB.com has learned.

Farnsworth would help fill a void created when the Royals traded setup right-handers Ramon Ramirez and Leo Nunez.

Farnsworth has agreed to a two-year, $9.25 million contract, ESPN reported Wednesday. The deal will not be completed until Farnsworth passes a physical examination in the next two or three days, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations.

Farnsworth pitched last season for the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers, compiling a 2-3 record with one save and a 4.48 ERA.

In his 10-year career with the Cubs, Tigers, Braves and Yankees, his overall record is 30-48, with 27 saves and a 4.47 ERA.

Farnsworth, 32, fills the Royals' need for a power right-hander. He has 738 strikeouts in his 735 career innings.

The Royals had been sifting through right-handed setup possibilities at the Winter Meetings, including Farnsworth, Juan Cruz, Russ Springer and Brandon Lyon.

Dick Kaegel 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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PostSubject: Re: Kyle Farnsworth Career Tracker   Kyle Farnsworth Career Tracker Icon_minitimeSun Feb 14, 2010 10:48 pm

Farnsworth brings swagger to bullpen
New setup man an intimidating presence leading up to Soria

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Kyle Farnsworth is big and tough-looking and throws the ball like a bullet. Isn't he just the kind of pitcher who could scare batters to death?

"Sometimes," he said, laughing. "I've got to start doing a little bit more of it."

That would come in handy this year as Farnsworth slides into the Royals' bullpen, billed as the guy -- or one of them -- who'll deliver a pending victory to closer Joakim Soria.

"I'm going to do my best and get the ball to Soria," Farnsworth said. "I bring some veteran leadership and try to help the young guys out a little bit. I'll come in and do what I can do."

At 32, he joins his fifth Major League club on his lengthy stat sheet, and he's been in postseason play four times. He began as a starter with the Cubs in 1999 before turning to relieving in his six-year tour at Wrigleyville. He went to Detroit, then Atlanta, then to New York for 2 1/2 years with the Yankees and back to the Tigers for the final two months of 2008.

The Royals, having traded away right-handers Ramon Ramirez and Leo Nunez, needed some new firepower and gave free-agent Farnsworth a two-year, $9.25-million contract with a club option for 2011.

Naturally, around Kansas City, the immediate recollection of Farnsworth was in the notorious 2005 dustup at Detroit, a little scuffle set off when the Royals' Runelvys Hernandez beaned the Tigers' Carlos Guillen. Farnsworth made an end run around the scrum and body-slammed Royals pitcher Jeremy Affeldt to the turf.

Royals outfielder Shane Costa was right in the midst of the melee and grabbed Farnsworth as he was lifting Affeldt.

"I went down with him. I didn't really tackle him. I grabbed his back and then there were about 30 people on top of us," Costa said. "I couldn't move. I got up and my head was bleeding from the dirt."

Farnsworth dismissed the incident.

"It's just one of those things that happens in the heat of the moment," Farnsworth said. "No hard feelings at all".

Farnsworth had practice at this rasslin' stuff. In 2003 when he was with the Cubs, he grappled with Reds pitcher Paul Wilson in a fabled match at Cincinnati.

"That was the first," Farnsworth said. "That was a little bit more intense."

Before 2005 was over, the Tigers dealt Farnsworth to Atlanta for two pitchers (including current Royals' hurler Roman Colon) and he became the Braves' closer, getting nine saves with a 1.98 ERA.

"He had electric stuff and he was really, really successful," recalled Royals pitcher Kyle Davies, then with the Braves. "We didn't have a closer when we traded for him and he sealed down that job the last two months of the season and pretty much got us in the playoffs that year."

The next year, 2006, he signed as a free agent with the Yankees and had a bittersweet stay. He had some success and fond memories.

"It was definitely fun. I had a good time over there and I'm thankful for the opportunities they gave me. I got a chance to play in the Stadium, met a bunch of great guys and it was a great time," he said.

But sometimes the fans booed him unmercifully.

"They get on anybody if you don't go out and produce. That's what they want -- they want production," Farnsworth said. "You go out there and try to do your job -- at times I did, at times I didn't. They have the right to do it -- nothing against them. They just want to win so bad."

Farnsworth was traded back to the Tigers for catcher Pudge Rodriguez last July 30 but struggled and looked for a new team. He took the Royals' offer during the Winter Meetings.

"He throws hard, he comes after you, he's not going to back down against you," the Royals' David DeJesus said. "He's a competitor and that's the kind of guy you want on your team. He's a big dude, as you can see, so if he can come in and maybe get in the hitters' heads ... that's what we need him to do."

Royals newcomer Coco Crisp, while with Boston, saw Farnsworth during the Red Sox-Yankees wars.

"He has a live, heavy fastball that can kind of sneak up on you if you don't stay ready for it," Crisp said. "He has some other pitches. but if you focus on those, you're not going to catch up to that fastball. He has an intimidation factor about him on the mound as well, which makes it tough sometimes to get in the box against him."

Royals manager Trey Hillman said pitching coach Bob McClure is working with Farnsworth to improve his command which the pitcher concedes is "not like pinpoint control." But Farnsworth contends he's got a pretty good idea where the ball is going. Wherever it goes, it usually gets there in a hurry.

"I'm definitely not a finesse pitcher so I'm definitely going to come after 'em," he said.

Farnsworth did have a problem with home runs last year, giving up 15, the most in any season since he's become a reliever.

"It's just a matter of being able to locate that stuff down in the zone better than he has and more consistently than he was when he was giving up more home runs," Hillman said. "He has room for error with our ballpark."

Farnsworth has been watching the Royals from the other side for a while and he's noted some improvement.

"Starting pitching is where it all starts and last year it was night-and-day from what it had been," Farnsworth said. "We always looked forward to coming to Kansas City and whuppin' up on 'em, but now it's a different story."


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Posted: Feb. 14, 2010
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Ex-Tiger Kyle Farnsworth will get chance to start for Royals

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Former Tigers right-hander Kyle Farnsworth, who has started only 26 of his 653 games over 11 seasons, will be given a chance to make the Kansas City Royals' rotation.

Farnsworth, who pitched for the Tigers in 2005 and 2008, signed a two-year, $9.25-million contract before last season and flopped as a setup man for Joakim Soria. In a career-low 37 1/3 innings, he was 1-5 with a 4.58 ERA.

But pitching coach Bob McClure has convinced manager Trey Hillman that Farnsworth -- who also has pitched for the Cubs, Braves and Yankees -- can be an effective starter because he has developed a third pitch (two-seam fastball) to complement a (four-seam) fastball and slider.

"We're going to lengthen him out and see how it goes," McClure said. "What he showed me last year was the ability to back off a little bit and not pitch with his hair on fire. To be a starter, you have to be able to go pitch by pitch."

After Zack Greinke and Gil Meche last year, the rotation struggled with Brian Bannister, Luke Hochever and Kyle Davies.

Farnsworth, 33, will join Robinson Tejada and Philip Humber in trying to grab one of those three spots in spring training.


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Braves land Farnsworth, Ankiel from KC
Blanco, Chavez and prospect Collins shipped to Royals

By Mark Bowman / MLB.com

07/31/10 4:59 PM ET

CINCINNATI -- Braves general manager Frank Wren managed to upgrade his outfield mix and add depth to his bullpen by acquiring outfielder Rick Ankiel, right-handed reliever Kyle Farnsworth and cash considerations from the Royals just before Saturday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

In exchange for Ankiel and Farnsworth, the Royals will receive outfielder Gregor Blanco, right-handed reliever Jesse Chavez and Minor League left-handed reliever Tim Collins. The Braves had acquired Collins as part of the five-player trade they completed with the Blue Jays on July 14.

Ankiel, who has been bothered most of this season with a strained right quadriceps muscle, has hit .261 with four homers in 27 games with the Royals this year. The 31-year-old former pitcher has hit .367 (11-for-30) with a homer and a .973 OPS since returning from the disabled list July 22.

Farnsworth, who spent the final two months of the 2005 season serving as the Braves' closer, has gone 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in 37 appearances this year. The 34-year-old right-hander will be utilized to lessen the burden incurred by Peter Moylan, Jonny Venters and 40-year-old right-hander Takashi Saito, who have teamed to serve as Atlanta's primary middle relievers.

Blanco, who was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, hit .310 with a .394 on-base percentage in the 36 games he played for Atlanta this year. Chavez went 3-2 with a 5.89 ERA in 28 appearances this season.

Collins is a hard-throwing left-hander who could prove to be the most significant part of the package for the Royals. The 20-year-old reliever has posted a 2.29 ERA and recorded 87 strikeouts in the 51 innings he has combined to complete with Double-A New Hampshire and Double-A Mississippi this year.

In another last-minute deadline deal, the Braves acquired Minor League outfielder Wilkin Ramirez from the Tigers in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named by Nov. 20. Ramirez, who participated in this year's Futures Game, has combined to hit .230 with 19 homers in the 97 games he has played with Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo this season.

Mark Bowman 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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The Rays bolstered their bullpen on Wednesday, agreeing to a one-year deal with veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth, multiple media outlets have reported.

The deal is reportedly for $3.25 million with an option for 2012, ESPN's Buster Olney reported Wednesday. Farnsworth put up strong numbers in the first half of 2010 while pitching for the Royals, but after a midseason trade sent him to Atlanta, the right-hander struggled to a 5.40 ERA with the Braves. Overall, Farnsworth finished the year with a 3.34 ERA in 64 innings, his highest total since '06. That number could have enticed the Rays, who have been looking for some stability in their bullpen after losing several reliable relievers to free agency.


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