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Chuck Richter
Posted 2013-01-24 8:31 PM (#1927826)
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Where Are They Now – Jarrod Washburn


By Brian Waller - AngelsWin.com Columnist

During the offseason it gets a little slow around the message boards. Even though it’s the offseason, there is still plenty of Angel’s baseball to cover. Some like David Saltzer get some terrific interviews while others like Gregory Bird provide great in-depth analysis regarding how the line-up should be constructed. I personally have always enjoyed taking a look back at former Angels players and not only recap their career with the team, but also take a look at what they are up to today.

Nobody would ever describe Jarrod Washburn as a dominant pitcher. His “stuff” was not over powering and his success was never over whelming. The lefty however holds a special place in Halo fan’s hearts due to his contributions to the 2002 World Series club. Jarrod Michael Washburn was born August 13, 1974 in La Crosse Wisconsin and would spend the majority of his childhood in Webster, Wisconsin. Washburn would go on to graduate from Webster High School in 1992 and would later attend the University of Wisconsin (UW) at Oshkosh where he won the championship game of the 1994 NCAA Division III World Series. Washburn played just 2 years at UW Oshkosh, but he left his mark with a 15-2 record, a 1.97 ERA, and 141 strikeouts in 118.2 innings. Washburn entered the 1995 amateur draft and was selected with the 31st overall pick by the Angels. He was the 3rd highest selection ever from UW Oshkosh and would go on to have the most productive and successful career of any Titans player in the school’s history.

Washburn had decent success in the minor leagues as he was ranked the #66 prospect by Baseball America prior to the 1997 season and #73 prospect prior to the 1998 season. He debuted with the big league club in 1998 in grand fashion as he pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, striking out 5 while picking up his first major league win against the Kansas City Royals. Washburn posted a 6-3 record for the Halos during his rookie season and would go on to compile a 75-57 record with a 3.93 ERA over 8 seasons with the Angels. Washburn’s breakout season came in 2002 when he won 12 straight games at one point during the season en route to an 18-6 record with a 3.15 ERA. His stellar campaign would earn him consideration for the Cy Young award; he would end up finishing 4th in voting.

It was also during that 2002 season that one of the darker periods in Washburn’s career took place. Allegations were made that Washburn was involved in a sexual assault involving a 16-year-old girl. Washburn and his agent, Scott Boras, maintained all along the allegations had no merit. After investigating the claims for approximately 10-days the Orange County District Attorney’s office decided not to file charges against Washburn due to lack of evidence. The legal woes of a teammate during the season can easily create a distraction for a team. A good example of this would be the Tony Phillips incident in 1997 when the hardnosed fiery leadoff hitter for the Halos, who helped the team reach the top of the AL West at one point during the season, was arrested for possession of cocaine. At the time of Phillips arrest, the Halos were flying high but the off field distraction seemed to derail playoff hopes in Anaheim as the team finished in 2nd place in the AL West with a record of 84-78.

Rather than slow the Halos momentum in 2002 though, Washburn’s legal drama seemingly solidified the bond of the team as respected team leaders such as closer Troy Percival showed nothing but support for the lefty. Percival responded to the news that Washburn’s case had been dismissed by exclaiming, “Fantastic!” Percival also commented, “`it’s a shame he had to go through all that. Obviously, things worked out the way things should have worked out. Now we can get back to baseball. Hopefully, this is the end of it. Hopefully, it'll make as much front-page headlines in reverse.'' It didn’t take long for the Angels to get back on track as the team won 5 out of their next 6 games following the news the charges had been dropped. Of course we all know the team went on to roll through the playoffs and would eventually win the World Series.

After his time in an Angel’s uniform had come to an end at the conclusion of the 2005 season, Washburn signed as a free agent with the Seattle Mariners. Washburn would play 3 ½ seasons in Seattle, compiling a 31-49 record with a 4.17 ERA. His lackluster record with the Mariners could in part be attributed to anemic Seattle offenses which provided very little run support for the former Halo. During his last season with the Mariners in 2009, Washburn pitched like he hadn’t since his breakout 2002 campaign; he posted an 8-6 record and a 2.64 ERA for a sub-par Seattle squad and suddenly became very desirable to other teams in contention as the trade deadline approached. Washburn would eventually be dealt to the Detroit Tigers as they looked to make a strong playoff push to close out the season. Despite pitching for a contender, Washburn faltered down the stretch with the Tigers, going 1-3 over 8 starts with an ERA of 7.33. After a rough finish to the season, Washburn no longer felt a desire to pitch at the major league level; he quietly retired at the conclusion of the 2009 season at the age of 34.

Despite receiving offers from multiple teams to pitch in 2010, Washburn made the decision to retire and focus on his family and fishing. Washburn was inducted into the (UW) Oshkosh Hall of Fame in 2010 and prior to ceremony he spoke with the school’s newspaper regarding his future. Washburn explained that financially he was comfortable and he had accomplished all he set out to accomplish at the major league level. He cited his desire to spend time with his children as the reason for walking away from baseball and further explained he didn’t feel right playing the game just to collect a paycheck if his heart wasn’t in it.

Although never considered an ace, Washburn was consistent and reliable having tossed at least 149 innings every season from 2001 to 2009. Washburn made 300 starts during his 12 year career while notching 9 complete games, with 4 shutouts, and 1 save. Washburn’s career record stands at 107-109 with an ERA of 4.10 to go along with 1,103 career strikeouts.

Washburn is currently enjoying his retirement; he is the owner of the Clam River Whitetails deer farm where he tends to approximately 200 deer. The former Halo even made an appearance on the television show “Keith Warren’s Outdoor Adventures” in March of 2012 to discuss his deer farm and his life post-baseball. He and his wife, Kerrie, a former track and field All-American at (UW) Oshkosh, live in Webster, Wisconsin with their 3 children Jack, Owen and Ava. Although many believed Washburn walked away from the game prematurely, it appears he is leading a satisfying life focusing his time on what he truly is passionate about; his family and deer farm. Angel fans will always remember and admire the determination and competitiveness the gritty left-hander displayed on the mound; Nobody can deny he played a very important role during the magical 2002 season helping the Halos win their first ever championship.

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tomsred
Posted 2013-01-24 8:41 PM (#1927832 - in reply to #1927826)
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Thanks for the great article Brian. I always wondered how and where Wash moved on from his baseball life.
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Chuck Richter
Posted 2013-01-24 8:49 PM (#1927836 - in reply to #1927826)
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Hey Waller, I'm really glad you're doing these again. I really enjoy them!

Good job!I miss Washburn. I actually work with a guy who's friends with him. He went to school with Wash and they're still in touch.

I'll forward your Blog article to him.
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Halocory22
Posted 2013-01-24 8:52 PM (#1927838 - in reply to #1927836)
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Good stuff Wally.
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Halocory22
Posted 2013-01-24 8:52 PM (#1927839 - in reply to #1927826)
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PS- I will donate 500 bucks to AW if Waller can get an exclusive interview with Manti Te'o's GF.
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kyhalo
Posted 2013-01-24 9:57 PM (#1927869 - in reply to #1927826)
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He totally went to Jarrod.
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JAHV76
Posted 2013-01-24 10:06 PM (#1927876 - in reply to #1927826)
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It's always good to see an athlete choose his family over his career. Too many of them keep holding on to the dream.
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skills
Posted 2013-01-24 10:11 PM (#1927877 - in reply to #1927826)
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These would make great mini-podcasts.
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AngelsLakersFan
Posted 2013-01-25 4:59 AM (#1927923 - in reply to #1927826)
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One of the more underrated Angels, his numbers look decent but they are all the more impressive when you consider the offensive environments he pitched in. ERA's that started with a "3" were rare around 2000.

I always wondered what happened to him, he could've easily kept pitching for awhile longer. Same thing with Scot Shields, he still had a great arm when he walked away as well.
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afiguy222
Posted 2013-01-25 8:38 AM (#1927969 - in reply to #1927826)
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Washburn definitely could of stuck around for a few more years.
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afiguy222
Posted 2013-01-25 8:39 AM (#1927971 - in reply to #1927826)
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I think you should do a where are they now for every player that was on the 2002 team. I remember seeing Benji Gil was still playing down in Mexico.
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Brian Ilten
Posted 2013-01-25 8:40 AM (#1927972 - in reply to #1927826)
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Great read! Good job as always Waller!
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GlenM
Posted 2013-01-25 8:42 AM (#1927975 - in reply to #1927826)
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Good stuff, Waller. Nice to see the rare athlete that sees the writing on the wall and retires instead of continuing to decline for a few more years.
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Angel_Fan_4_Life
Posted 2013-01-25 8:55 AM (#1927981 - in reply to #1927826)
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Here's a video on Washburn and his deer farm....great way to retire!

http://keithwarren.net/?p=1195
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Blarg
Posted 2013-01-25 10:07 AM (#1928036 - in reply to #1927981)
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I felt the article didn't have enough Rs in it. Jarrod was a good start but it better would have been Jarrod Wasburrrrn.
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SO CAL HALOS FAN
Posted 2013-01-25 10:31 AM (#1928050 - in reply to #1927826)
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Great read Waller!
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NJHalo
Posted 2013-01-25 11:01 AM (#1928062 - in reply to #1927826)
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So Jarrod is my arch-enemy. I am in the Lyme Disease treatment business, and he is raising these disease carriers.

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djags45
Posted 2013-01-25 11:50 AM (#1928079 - in reply to #1927826)
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Always loved having Washburn on the Halos. I remember his first game in KC eventually turned into a brawl, kind of overshadowing a good start by him. He seemed like a good, easy going guy though. I hope he enjoys the rest of his post-baseball life.
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Angel Oracle
Posted 2013-01-25 12:02 PM (#1928084 - in reply to #1928079)
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His 2002 season was one of the best by a Halos starting pitcher since the 1980s.
A 3.18 ERA in 2002 probably would equal a mid 2.00s ERA in 2012.
All accomplished while basically using one pitch (heat) and locating it to every part of the strike zone with different movements on it.
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Angels Never Die
Posted 2013-01-25 1:42 PM (#1928167 - in reply to #1927826)
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I'm surprised he retired so soon, it seemed he had some decent pitching left.
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Wallerrrr
Posted 2013-01-25 2:02 PM (#1928183 - in reply to #1928167)
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Angels Never Die - 2013-01-25 1:42 PM

I'm surprised he retired so soon, it seemed he had some decent pitching left.


Yeah, he got rocked when he went to Detroit but the first half of the season in Seattle was very solid. I thought he had at least another 2-3 solid seasons left in him
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Geoff Stoddart
Posted 2013-01-25 2:08 PM (#1928186 - in reply to #1927826)
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Hey Waller, tell whoever you had write that for you, "good job!"






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PercySquint
Posted 2013-01-25 2:19 PM (#1928194 - in reply to #1928079)
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djags45 - 2013-01-25 11:50 AM

...I remember his first game in KC eventually turned into a brawl, kind of overshadowing a good start by him....


Overshadow schmovershadow. That was one of the greatest throwdowns EVER. DiSar chasing and then tackling that scrub will always be a treasured memory.

Regarding Washburn, I believe he was the 1st to refer to Lackey as Gomer. The man gets large props for that alone.
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ELEVEN
Posted 2013-01-25 3:51 PM (#1928318 - in reply to #1927839)
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Halocory22 - 2013-01-24 8:52 PM

PS- I will donate 500 bucks to AW if Waller can get an exclusive interview with Manti Te'o's GF.
That money doesn't exist!
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steveuk
Posted 2013-01-25 3:55 PM (#1928323 - in reply to #1927826)
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Great read - has Jarrod really been gone that long!?

Point of interest - if brian Waller wrote the article why does Chuck post it? i never get that...
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steveuk
Posted 2013-01-25 3:56 PM (#1928325 - in reply to #1928062)
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NJHalo - 2013-01-25 7:01 PM

So Jarrod is my arch-enemy. I am in the Lyme Disease treatment business, and he is raising these disease carriers.



Is this an injoke or as plainly in bad taste as it appears?
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Angel Oracle
Posted 2013-01-25 3:58 PM (#1928329 - in reply to #1928194)
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PercySquint - 2013-01-25 2:19 PM

djags45 - 2013-01-25 11:50 AM

...I remember his first game in KC eventually turned into a brawl, kind of overshadowing a good start by him....


Overshadow schmovershadow. That was one of the greatest throwdowns EVER. DiSar chasing and then tackling that scrub will always be a treasured memory.

Regarding Washburn, I believe he was the 1st to refer to Lackey as Gomer. The man gets large props for that alone.


That scrub hopefully is relagated to cleaning toilets today.
What a piece of garbage, and a chicken s_it one too in hitting people from behind and running away.
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NJHalo
Posted 2013-01-25 4:21 PM (#1928340 - in reply to #1928325)
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steveuk - 2013-01-25 6:56 PM

NJHalo - 2013-01-25 7:01 PM

So Jarrod is my arch-enemy. I am in the Lyme Disease treatment business, and he is raising these disease carriers.



Is this an injoke or as plainly in bad taste as it appears?


What? How is that bad taste? He raises deer who are the main carriers of lyme disease infected deer ticks. My business is treating those who have chronic lyme disease.
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steveuk
Posted 2013-01-25 4:24 PM (#1928341 - in reply to #1927826)
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um...you said he is your arch enemy as he raises disease carriers....?! I still dont get it, sorry

Edited by steveuk 2013-01-25 4:25 PM
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Bruce Nye
Posted 2013-01-25 4:27 PM (#1928344 - in reply to #1928325)
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steveuk - 2013-01-25 3:56 PM

NJHalo - 2013-01-25 7:01 PM

So Jarrod is my arch-enemy. I am in the Lyme Disease treatment business, and he is raising these disease carriers.



Is this an injoke or as plainly in bad taste as it appears?





I'm sure NJHalo realizes that the deer tick is the cause of Lyme's Disease and not the deer itself. He is surely joking.
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Wallerrrr
Posted 2013-01-25 4:28 PM (#1928345 - in reply to #1928323)
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steveuk - 2013-01-25 3:55 PM

Great read - has Jarrod really been gone that long!?

Point of interest - if brian Waller wrote the article why does Chuck post it? i never get that...


I usually like to send it to chuck so he can take a look prior to posting it to the blog. When you post to the blog and the msg board its the same formatting so its easy to just past it on here.
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NJHalo
Posted 2013-01-25 4:46 PM (#1928349 - in reply to #1928344)
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Bruce Nye - 2013-01-25 7:27 PM

steveuk - 2013-01-25 3:56 PM

NJHalo - 2013-01-25 7:01 PM

So Jarrod is my arch-enemy. I am in the Lyme Disease treatment business, and he is raising these disease carriers.



Is this an injoke or as plainly in bad taste as it appears?





I'm sure NJHalo realizes that the deer tick is the cause of Lyme's Disease and not the deer itself. He is surely joking.


Of course. Around my town this week, and next, they are having a deer hunt to thin out the herd. There are too many deer, and not enough food. These deer carry the ticks that spread the lyme disease. The ticks do not go far on their own. It just seemed ironic that he is raising them, while in my area they are considered a problem.
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NJHalo
Posted 2013-01-25 4:55 PM (#1928351 - in reply to #1927826)
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Funny thing is that I have been e-mailing back and forth with Jarrod all day, and he has agreed to try a new all natural insect repellent that I am bringing to the market. He seems like a nice guy.
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Chuck Richter
Posted 2013-01-25 5:08 PM (#1928352 - in reply to #1928323)
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steveuk - 2013-01-25 3:55 PM

Great read - has Jarrod really been gone that long!?

Point of interest - if brian Waller wrote the article why does Chuck post it? i never get that...


I post all of our articles here that are from our Blog for discussion.

With our new format, you should see these articles whenever you launch the website. The Blog will be the new homepage, with some little extras!
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Halo honk
Posted 2013-01-25 8:48 PM (#1928420 - in reply to #1927826)
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It was always amazing to me that Washburn could throw a 91 mph fastball (on avg) 95% of the time and still be successful. Uncanny
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NCHaloFan
Posted 2013-01-29 6:00 AM (#1929760 - in reply to #1927826)
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I played against Wash in the 1995 Division III College World Series, I was on the Methodist team that upset UW-Oshkosh in one of the prelim games of the WS. We touched him up a little bit. They were loaded, had a kid name Keith Mlodik who was a stud too. Great to see things are going well for him and he is enjoying his retirement from the game.
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Morales4MVP
Posted 2013-01-29 6:23 AM (#1929767 - in reply to #1927826)
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He did have the lowest ERA of the pitching staff in 2005 but only pitched 177 innings.
His K/9 was a scary 4.8 which was good reason not to bring him back !

Funny Bartolo Colon was 2nd in Ks to Lackey and only 3rd in ERA after Washburn and Lackey but he won the CY Young because of WINS.

Did you know that Ervin Santana's 4.65 ERA in 2005 was the only ERA above 4.00 in the 2005 rotation ?
Whats crazy is Byrdman and Washburn had K/9s below 5.0 !
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