George Sherrill

George Sherrill

George Sherrill
Free agent
Relief pitcher
Born: (1977-04-19) April 19, 1977 (age 37)
Memphis, Tennessee
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 16, 2004 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
(through 2012 season)
Win–loss record 19–17
Earned run average 3.77
Strikeouts 320
Saves 56
WHIP 1.34
Walks 154

Career highlights and awards

George Friederich Sherrill (born April 19, 1977), also known as "The Brim Reaper", "Flat Breezy", and "Duckbill" (all because he keeps the brim of his hat very flat while he plays), is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher who is currently a free agent.


College and independent baseball

Sherrill was not drafted after graduating from Austin Peay State University.

Sherrill began his professional career in the independent Frontier League pitching for the Evansville Otters. In 22 games he was 2-4 with a 3.15 ERA. He played for Evansville in 1999 and 2000. He also pitched for the Quebec Capitales in the Northeast League in 2000. He moved to the Northern League in 2001 and pitched for the Sioux Falls Canaries. In 2002 and 2003, he played for the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the Northern League.

Seattle Mariners

In July 2003, Sherrill’s was signed to a minor league contract by the Seattle Mariners. He played the balance of the season for the Double-A San Antonio Missions, and was selected as a Seattle representative for the Arizona Fall League.

In 2004, he started the season with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers making the Triple-A All-Star team. However, he was not allowed to play in the All-Star game since he was being promoted to the Mariners.

Sherrill made his MLB debut on July 16, 2004, against the Cleveland Indians, he took the loss after working one inning of relief and allowing two runs to score. He split 2005 between Tacoma and Seattle and joined the Mariners full-time in 2006.

2007 was a breakout season for Sherrill; he posted career numbers, with a sub-2 ERA for most of the season. With the 2006 injury of Mark Lowe, and the trading away of Rafael Soriano during the offseason, Sherrill became the primary 8th inning bridge to Mariners closer J. J. Putz.

Baltimore Orioles

On February 8, 2008, Sherrill was traded to the Baltimore Orioles along with Adam Jones and minor league pitchers Kam Mickolio, Chris Tillman, and Tony Butler, for Orioles lefty Érik Bédard.[1] On March 18, 2008, Sherrill was named the closer for Baltimore Orioles.[2]

On July 6, 2008, Sherrill was named as one of the closing pitchers to represent the American League in the 2008 All-Star Game. In his first All-Star game appearance, Sherrill struck out 2 batters and gave up one hit over 2 innings. He pitched part of the 12th, and all of the 13th and 14th innings in the record-setting 15 inning game.[3]

He signed a one-year $2.5 million contract with the Orioles for the 2009 season.[4] He had a 2.40 era in 42 appearances for the Orioles, including 20 saves over the first half of 2009.

Los Angeles Dodgers

On July 30, 2009, Sherrill was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two prospects: third baseman Josh Bell and pitcher Steve Johnson.[5] The next night, he struck out the side against the Atlanta Braves on his debut. He appeared in 30 games for the Dodgers, finishing with an 0.65 ERA and 22 strikeouts.

Sherrill struggled in 2010 to the point where he was once put on outright waivers, though he refused a minor league assignment and remained on the Dodgers roster the full season.[6] He appeared in 65 games with the Dodgers in 2010 with a 6.69 ERA, the highest total in his Major League career. On December 2, 2010 the Dodgers chose not to offer him a new contract, and he became a free agent.

Atlanta Braves

On December 8, 2010 George Sherrill signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves worth 1.2 million dollars. During the regular season, Sherrill made 51 appearances out of the Braves bullpen, totaling 36.0 IP. His final stats for the season included a 3–1 win-loss record with a 3.00 ERA.

Second stint with the Seattle Mariners

On December 17, 2011 Sherrill agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.1 million to return to the Mariners. After appearing in 2 games and giving up 4 runs, on Sherrill was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained flexor bundle in his left elbow. After undergoing Tommy John surgery, Sherrill missed the remainder of the 2012 season.[7]

Kansas City Royals

On December 11, 2012 the Kansas City Royals signed Sherrill to a minor league contract.[8]

On June 28, 2013 Sherrill was released by the Royals Tiple-A Omaha team. [9]

Signature style

Sherrill is noted for wearing his hat flat-billed as a statement of independence (his teammates in the minor leagues used to joke that he did not even know how to bend the brim of his hat like a proper professional).[10]

During the 2008 season, some of Sherrill's Baltimore teammates would flip up the brims of their hats every time he successfully closed out a game. Orioles fans nicknamed this move the Flat Breezy, and the Orioles television announcers would sometimes announce an Orioles win after a Sherrill save as "flat breezy time." In a MASN post-game interview, Sherrill credited former Orioles first baseman Kevin Millar, a noted prankster, as the originator of this gesture. Sherrill also acquired the nickname of the "Brim Reaper" from Millar which Sherrill carried over to the L.A. Dodgers and eventually trademarked in 2009 [11] (although it was abandoned as of February, 2010).[12]


External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Sherrill’s professional career
  • YouTube