Chris Bootcheck

Chris Bootcheck
Bootcheck with the Angels in 2005
Born: (1978-10-24) October 24, 1978
La Porte, Indiana
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 9, 2003, for the Anaheim Angels
Last MLB appearance
June 14, 2013, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 3–7
Earned run average 6.55
Strikeouts 106

Christopher Brandon Bootcheck (born October 24, 1978) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He has played in Major League Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball, and the KBO League.

Playing career


Bootcheck played collegiately for the Auburn Tigers of the Southeastern Conference. He attended Michigan City (Rogers) High School for two years and La Porte High School for two years. He made his major league debut with the Anaheim Angels on September 9, 2003.

Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels

On May 2, 2006, Bootcheck was hurt while running from the bullpen to the mound during the Angels' brawl with the Oakland Athletics. He was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and missed most of the season.

Pittsburgh Pirates

He became a free agent after the 2008 season and signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Yokohama Bay Stars

In 2010, he played for the Yokohama Bay Stars of Nippon Professional Baseball.

Tampa Bay Rays

In 2011, he returned to Major League Baseball, signing a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. On July 2, he was granted his release by Tampa Bay.[1] He later played for the Lotte Giants in Korea.

Detroit Tigers

On December 11, 2011, he signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers.

New York Yankees

Bootcheck signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees for the 2013 season. The Yankees called him up to the major leagues on June 14.[2] He was designated for assignment on June 18, 2013. Bootcheck opted to become a free agent, but re-signed with the Yankees shortly after.[3] The new contract includes an August 15 opt-out date.[4]

Philadelphia Phillies

Bootcheck signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in December 2013. He became a free agent after the 2014 season.


  1. Links, Zach. "Rays Grant Chris Bootcheck His Release". Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  2. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. "Your much more frequent Jose Alvarez/Chris Bootcheck update". The Detroit Hustle. Archived from the original on 8 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  4. Links, Zach (June 21, 2013). "Bootcheck Clears Waivers, Re-Signs With Yankees". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
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