Jacques Papierclip

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Jacques Papierclip
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Pitcher
Born: (1970-07-24) July 24, 1970 (age 48)
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Bats: Switch Throws: Left
Bull League statistics
(through 2011)
Wins 98
Losses 66
ERA 3.18
IP 1,546.2
K 1,013
Teams
Career highlights
  • Gold Crown Award (Pitcher)
  • 8x All-Star
Hall of Fame Member ★
Inducted 2018


Jacques Papierclip is a retired American professional baseball pitcher and current bench coach for the Anchorage Aces, who was inducted into the Bull League Hall of Fame in 2018. During his 17 year career, he was named to the All-Star team eight times, and won the Gold Crown Award in 1997 before the institution of the DH rule.

Papierclip retired from professional baseball in 2011 and began his coaching career in 2017.

Team History

Chicoutimi Cinquantes: 1995-1999

Papierclip played for the Cinquantes for five seasons, where he won his only batting award as a pitcher in 1997, and was twice named to the Lake League All-Star team. He left Chicoutimi with a 39-17 record and 3.15 ERA, and hit his career high of 12 wins in his last year there.

Seattle Salts: 2000-2007

The left-handed Papierclip became one of Seattle's greatest pitchers, amassing a 50-33 record, and 2.89 ERA, which still stand as the most career wins, best career win-loss percentage, and lowest career ERA for the franchise. His 1.86 ERA remains the single-season record for the club. He was named an All-Star five more times while with Seattle, and was a runner up for the Sandy Koufax Award four of his five times there.

He tied his career high 12 wins in his final season there before leaving for free agency.

Hamilton Industrials: 2008-2009

Papierclip joined Hamilton as a 37-year-old free agent, coming off another 12-win season in his last year with Seattle, and made the transition to reliever in his second season there.

Nevada Speeders: 2010

Papierclip signed to the Nevada Speeders as a free agent, but was traded mid-way through the season to the Richmond Ravens, in exchange for Jason Myers and Jaime Sanchez. He pitched in just six games prior to being traded, earning no decisions, but crafting a 1.93 ERA over 9.1 innings, in six appearances.

Richmond Ravens: 2010

After his trade to Richmond, Papierclip earned a save but blew another, in just four mainly forgettable appearances totaling 2.2 innings. Richmond moved on from the 39-year-old and let him go back into free agency.

New York Minutemen: 2011

In his last year of pro baseball as a pitcher, Papierclip signed with the Minutemen as a bullpen role player. However, after 8 innings over 6 appearances, his record stood at 0-1 and his ERA shot up to 7.88. He had not earned a win since 2009, and thus opted to retire at the end of the season.

Career Highlights

Papierclip was one of the winningest pitchers in Seattle history, still holding several team records for both single season and career pitching stats. He is also #2 on the home runs batted list among pitchers, with 5 career long balls, one behind Dick Slurve.

Hall of Fame Induction

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Papierclip was inducted into the Hall of Fame after collecting 82.5% of the votes in 2018, his second year on the ballot.[1] He was the first player inducted in a Seattle Salts uniform, and only the 11th pitcher to be admitted.

References

  1. Hall of Fame Voting Opens Today. Bull Baseball League website. http://bullleague.org/league-news/hall-of-fame-voting-opens-today/. 3 December 2017. Accessed: 31 December 2017.