31. Jeff Nelson
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 17, 1966 in Baltimore, MD USA
  • Weight: 225 lbs.
  • Height: 6'8"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 16, 1992
  • Final Game: June 02, 2006

Jeff Nelson was with the Seattle Mariners for three different runs, and while he was a four-time World Series Champion with the New York Yankees, it is with Seattle where he will always be most associated with.

Nelson was chosen by the Mariners from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Minor League Draft in 1986, and six years later, he found a home in the Mariners bullpen.  He would be used a lot in late relief and the set-up role, and for four seasons, he did his part well.  Along with Tino Martinez, he was dealt to the New York Yankees in a transaction that would prove to be lopsided against Seattle, but he returned as a Free Agent with four World Series Rings and a higher profile in 2001.

Nelson was named an All-Star in 2001, and he was among the best holders in the game.  Amazingly, he was dealt back to New York but returned for one year in 2005.

As of this writing, Nelson is Seattle’s all-time leader in Games Pitched (432), and he had a 3.26 ERA with 139 Games Finished.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Selected from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1986 Minor League Draft 12/9/86.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the New York Yankees with Tino Martinez and Jim Mecir for Russ Davis and Sterling Hitchcock 12/7/95.

    Acquired (2): Signed as a Free Agent 12/4/00.

    Departed (2): Traded to the New York Yankees for Armando Benitez 8/6/03.

    Acquired (3): Signed as a Free Agent 1/31/05.

    Departed (3): Signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals 1/16/06.
  • Games Played: 432
  • Notable Statistics: 24 Wins
    23 Losses
    3.26 ERA
    139 Games Finished
    23 Saves
    447.1 Innings Pitched
    471 Strikeouts
    3.67 FIP
    1.308 WHIP
    8.3 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards: All-Star (2001)
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