Todd Coffey

Todd Coffey
Coffey with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012
Relief pitcher
Born: (1980-09-09) September 9, 1980
Forest City, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 2005, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
July 2, 2012, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 25–18
Earned run average 4.10
Strikeouts 329

Justin Todd Coffey (born September 9, 1980) is an American retired professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was born in Forest City, North Carolina.

Baseball career

Cincinnati Reds

Coffey was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 41st round of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft out of Chase High School in Forest City, North Carolina.[1] A draft-and-follow prospect, Coffey signed with the Reds for a $1,000 signing bonus and $850 monthly salary.[2]

Coffey missed the 2000 season because of an elbow injury and remained in the Reds minor league system through 2005. He made his major league debut on April 19, 2005,[1] pitching two innings and giving up two runs against the Chicago Cubs.[3] He picked up his first win in a two inning relief appearance against the San Diego Padres on May 10, 2005 and his first save against the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 28, 2005. Overall, he spent four years with the Reds and pitched in 213 games, with a 12-9 record and 4.62 ERA and 9 saves, 8 of which he recorded in 2006.

Milwaukee Brewers

On September 9, 2008, Coffey was designated for assignment by the Reds[4] and claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers on September 12.[5]

On April 22, 2009, Coffey made an appearance as the closer for the Brewers; he held the role until Trevor Hoffman returned from an injury.[6] He picked up two saves in that role, while also suffering 2 blown saves. He remained with the Brewers through 2010 and was 2-4 with a 4.76 ERA in 69 games.

On December 2, 2010, the Brewers announced the team would not offer him arbitration and he became a free agent.

Washington Nationals

Coffey signed with the Washington Nationals on January 24, 2011. He finished the year with a 3.62 ERA and 5-1 record in 69 games before again becoming a free agent.[7]

Los Angeles Dodgers

On February 3, 2012, Coffey signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers that contained a 2013 club option worth $2.5 million. Coffey pitched in 23 games for the Dodgers, with an ERA of 4.66. However, on July 2, Coffey injured his shoulder while pitching against the Cincinnati Reds. On July 3, it was announced that Coffey would undergo Tommy John surgery for the second time of his career and miss the rest of the 2012 season.[8] The Dodgers declined his 2013 option on October 29, 2012.

Seattle Mariners

On May 20, 2014, Coffey signed a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners. Coffey passed his physical on May 22, making the deal official.[9] He served as the closer for the Mariners' Triple-A team the Tacoma Rainiers for the remainder of the season, and was released on 4 September.

Atlanta Braves

On February 11, 2015, Coffey signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Diablos Rojos del Mexico

He spent part of 2015 pitching for the Diablos Rojos del Mexico in the Mexican League.

Long Island Ducks

On April 8, 2016, Coffey signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He became a free agent after the 2016 season.

Pitching style

Coffey mainly throws two pitches: a sinking fastball that goes up to 95–96 mph, and a sharp dropping slider at 81–82 mph.

He is known for his full-speed sprints from the bullpen to the mound when he is brought into games.[10] As a result, the Brewers introduced a "Coffey Time!" graphic on the scoreboard that kept track of Coffey's time to sprint from the bullpen to the pitcher's mound after getting called out to pitch.[10]


  1. 1 2 The Baseball Cube. "Todd Coffey – The Baseball Cube". Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  3. "April 19, 2005 Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds Box Score and Play by Play". Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  4. TSN. "MLB – Todd Coffey". Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  5. "2008 Milwaukee Brewers Trades and Transactions". Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  6. McCalvy, Adam (April 22, 2009). "Coffey closing, but cool with any role". Major League Baseball. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  7. Ladson, Bill (2011-01-24). "Nationals bring aboard right-hander Coffey". Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  8. Reliever Coffey needs Tommy John surgery
  9. Adams, Steve (May 22, 2014). "Mariners Sign Todd Coffey". Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  10. 1 2 Milwaukee Brewers (May 13, 2009). "Chat transcript: Todd Coffey". Retrieved May 15, 2009.
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