Homer Bailey, Starting Pitcher, Cincinnati Reds, #34
Date of Birth: 5/3/1986
Birthplace: La Grange, Texas
Homer Bailey, starting pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, was a star pitcher in high school, finishing his four years with a 41-4 win-loss record and a 0.98 ERA. He was drafted by the Reds in 2004 and he played in their minor league system from 2004 through most of 2007. He joined the Reds for 9 games in 2007 and he pitched in 8 games with them in 2008.
In 2009, Bailey pitched 113.1 innings in 20 games with the Reds. He finished the season with an 8-5 record and a 4.53 ERA. The next year, he was sidelined with a shoulder injury, pitching in just 19 games with the Reds.
Bailey had a good 2012 season, pitching his first no-hitter on September 28th against the Pittsburgh Pirates. That season, he pitched 208.0 innings and had a 13-10 record with 168 strikeouts to 52 walks and a 3.68 ERA in 33 games.
Bailey pitched his second no-hitter on July 2, 2013, against the San Francisco Giants. He was only the third pitcher in major league baseball history to have the last no-hitter of one season and the first no-hitter of the next season. He finished the 2013 season with an 11-12 record and a 3.49 ERA in 32 games.
Bailey pitched 145.2 innings in 23 games in 2014. He finished the season with a 9-5 record, 124 strikeouts to 45 walks, and a 3.71 ERA.
Bailey pitched in just two games with the Reds in 2015 before his season ended with Tommy John surgery. He spent most of the 2016 season recovering from his surgery. He pitched just 23.0 innings in 6 games in 2016.
Bailey had surgery to remove bone spurs on February 8, 2017. He pitched in 18 games in 2017, finishing with 6 wins and 9 losses, 67 strikeouts to 42 walks, and a 6.43 ERA in 91.0 innings.
Career pitching statistics for Bailey through 2017 include:
- 192 games played
- 1,124.0 innings pitched
- 66-63 win-loss record
- 926 strikeouts to 374 walks
- 4.42 ERA
Bailey has a charity wine, Homer Bailey's Chardonnay. Proceeds from sales of the wine go to "Outdoors Without Limits," an organization that helps disabled people have the freedom to enjoy outdoor life.