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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zack_Greinke

Donald Zackary "Zack" Greinke (pronounced /ˈɡrɪŋki/; born October 21, 1983 in Orlando, Florida) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.

After being named the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2002, he was selected out of Apopka High School (and turning down a scholarship to Clemson) in the first round of the 2002 draft, he spent the winter of 2002-03 in the Puerto Rican League. Afterwards, he played for the Wilmington Blue Rocks and Wichita Wranglers, where he was named the Royals Minor League Pitcher of the Year, and The Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year, with a 15-4 record and 1.93 ERA. Greinke made his major-league debut on May 22, 2004 against the Oakland Athletics, starting the game where Reggie Jackson's number was retired.

He ended the 2004 season with a record of 8 wins and 11 losses (second-highest on the team, after Jimmy Gobble) and a 3.97 ERA. Greinke has been compared to Greg Maddux and Bret Saberhagen.[1] He has sports endorsement deals with Adidas and Rawlings. However, Greinke's 2005 season was not as successful, as he went 5-17 with a 5.80 ERA.

Pitching in the American League, Greinke rarely bats due to the designated hitter rule. Greinke's first major league hit was a home run off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Russ Ortiz in a 12-11 loss on June 10, 2005.

Greinke left the Royals spring training camp for personal reasons in late February, 2006.[2] It was later revealed that he was suffering from social anxiety disorder and was having trouble working with others.[3] He reported back to the Royals' spring training facility in Surprise, Arizona, on April 17, where he has been undergoing pitching sessions. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list due to psychological issues and took time away from baseball entirely until returning on a rehab assignment with Wichita.

In 2007, Greinke succeeded in staking his claim of the inside portion of the plate and was dominant throughout spring training. He returned to the Royals rotation at the start of the season, but was sent to the bullpen in early May after alternating good starts with bad ones and compiling a 1-4 record with a 5.71 ERA. As a reliever, he was very effective, going 4-1 with a 3.54 ERA. After the 2007 season he signed a one year contract to stay in Kansas City and to avoid arbitration.

Greinke's 2008 saw him return to the rotation and put up a good year, starting in 32 games with a record of 13 wins and 10 losses and an ERA of 3.47. On January 26, 2009, Greinke agreed to a four-year contract with the Royals worth $38 million.[4]

Greinke started off his 2009 season by not allowing a run in his first 24 innings. Greinke's 2008 ended with 14 scoreless innings, which meant that for 38 innings in a row, he hadn't given up a run. On April 25th, Greinke pitched his second complete game in a row, winning 6-1 over the Detroit Tigers after having pitched a complete game shutout against the Texas Rangers in his previous start. Over those two starts Greinke pitched 18 innings, allowed one unearned run and collected 20 K's.
 

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It's admirable for them to come out with it and say "yeah, this is what I'm dealing with".
It's a very good thing. It's good for other SAlers to see they're not alone and it's nothing to shame for. And just to make SAD public. If I gonna be famous someday I'll do it also (well, I have no idea with what I should get famous, haha).
 

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During the Royals/Jays game yesterday, the announcers mentioned how Greinke wished he hadn't made the cover of Sports Illustrated since he'd prefer to avoid the extra attention and interviews. Plus they noted the cover has an overhead shot not showing his face, which they speculated he requested. I had to laugh since I can image just how he feels.

I hope he continues to keep his SA under control... but speaking as a Blue Jays fan, here's hoping he doesn't go 5-0 tonight. ;)
 
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