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Joe Kelly Biography
Joe Kelly (birth name: Joseph William Kelly Jr.) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of MLB (Major League Baseball). He throws and bats with his right hand. He has previously played as a starter and as a reliever and played with the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.
He is known for his comics on the field such as dancing during practice, disguising himself while interviewing the unwitting rapper Nelly, and engaging in a lengthy staredown with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke before a 2013 National League Championship Series game. His time with the Cardinals marked his debut, in 2012.
Joe Kelly Age
Kelly was born on 9 June 1988 in Anaheim, California, United States.
Joe Kelly Weight and Height
Kelly weighs 190 pounds (86 kg) with a height of 1.85 m (6 feet 1 inch).
Joe Kelly Family
Kelly is born of a Mexican-American mother by the name Andrea Valencia and her husband Joe Kelly Sr. He has no known siblings.
Joe Kelly Wife – Joe Kelly Ashley Parks – Joe Kelly Son
The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher is married to Ashley Parks, the daughter of former Minnesota Twins catcher Derek Parks, since November 2013. The couple met at University of California, Riverside, where they were studying. They have a son by the name Knox Joseph Kelly who was born in February 2016.
Joe Kelly Career
Kelly was drafted in the third round of the 2009 MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. They also signed him on June 15 for $341,000. He began playing in the minor leagues with the Batavia Muckdogs. He made his major league debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on June 10. He pitched seven innings in his MLB debut, allowing seven hits and one run while striking out four batters. In this game, he received a no decision.
On June 25, 2012, he had his first major league hit and run batted in (RBI). He then had his first Major league hit and RBI when he beat a ground ball for an infield hit that scored a run. As a result, Kelly put his team (the Cardinals) up at 8-6.
In 2012’s Postseason series, the National League Division Series, Kelly played three games during which he pitched 3 2⁄3 innings of relief without giving up a run or a hit. He also walked one batter and struck out three batters. In his team’s deciding Game 7 against the San Francisco Giants, Kelly came to the pitch in the third inning with the Giants ahead 2–0 with the bases loaded and no outs. He gave up two hits and two walks as he lasted 2⁄3 of an inning. They lost the game 7–0.
In 2013, he lost his rotation spot to Shelby Miller before he was relegated o the bullpen for much of the first half of the season. He was however reinserted into the rotation as a “stopper.” At the 2013 National League Division Series on October 6th, he played in the starting game as Cardinals went against the Pirates. Kelly received a no decision in Game 3 and in Game 1 too while in Game 5, his team lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kelly made his first World Series start in Game 3, against the Boston Red Sox. He received a no decision in a 5–4 Cardinals win, pitching 5 1⁄3 innings while allowing two hits and two runs, striking out six batters and walking three batters. The Cardinals lost the series in six games.
In 2014, Kelly made his debut on April 5th as they defeated the Pirates 6-1. During the match, he doubled off opposing starter Francisco Liriano. He had also spent most of the first half on the disabled list, but rehabbed in Triple-A Memphis and was activated to face the Milwaukee Brewers on July 11. In the whole season, Kelly played seven games for the Cardinals , pitching 35 innings and compiling a 2–2 record with 4.37 ERA prior to his trade to Boston at the end of July.
Kelly was traded to the Boston Red Sox on 31st July 2014, alongside Allen Craig the first baseman/outfielder for starting pitcher John Lackey and minor league pitcher Corey Littrell. He played for Boston in August and September in ten starts as he struck out 41 and allowed 32 walks in 61 1⁄3 innings.
He started his 2015 season on the disabled list but soon got to play though he had his worst season in the majors, going 2–6 with a 5.74 ERA. In September 15, he was ruled out due to an injury and ended the season with an ERA of 4.82. His 2016 season also began with Kelly being on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. He got back to the team on May 21 and too a no-hitter through 6 2⁄3 innings against the Cleveland Indians until Juan Uribe broke it up with a double. Boston won the game 9-1. By the end of the season, his role with the team was that of a relief pitcher.
In the 2017 season, Kelly was still a member of the Red Sox bullpen. During the regular season he made 54 appearances, all in relief, compiling a 2.79 ERA with 4–1 record in 58 innings pitched; he had 52 strikeouts and issued 27 walks. 102.2 miles per hour was Kelly’s fastest pitch of 2017, third-best in MLB only to pitches by Aroldis Chapman and Felipe Vazquez. His two-seam and four-seam fastballs had the second-and third-highest average speeds of any MLB pitcher’s pitches in 2017, at 98.9 mph.
In the 2017 American League Division Series, Kelly pitched in two of the series’ four games, allowing no walks and four hits with one strikeout in 2 2⁄3 innings of scoreless relief, as the Red Sox lost to the eventual World Series winner, the Houston Astros.
In 2018, he had his first career ejection in an April 11 game against the New York Yankees when he hit Tyler Austin with a pitch. He got suspended for six games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLB. He however appealed the decision and was allowed to continue playing until the appeal process completed. The appeal was however denied on April 26, hence, his suspension would take effect from that point on. For the Red Sox, he played 73 games with a 4.39 ERA in 65 2⁄3 innings.
On December 21, 2018, Kelly signed a three-year contract, worth $27 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The contract also included a $12 million option for a fourth year.
Joe Kelly Stats
The following statistics are as of 13th April 2019.
Joe Kelly Salary
As of 2018, Kelly receives a salary of 3.825 million USD.