||JockBio Vital Stats
Height: 6' 1"
- Jake broke both
of his ankles twice playing high school sports.
- The year the Padres
drafted Jake in the 15th round, they had six first-round picks. Only
one—Mike Bynum—saw any major league time.
- Jake wanted to
wear his father’s high school number, 22, but it was already taken.
He chose 44 instead.
- In May of 2006,
Jake set a franchise records with 16 strikeouts in a game. He pitched
seven innings and lost to the Atlanta Braves.
- Jake is the youngest
San Diego hurler to appear in an All-Star Game.
- Jake was San Diego’s
first ERA champion since Randy Jones in 1975. He was the youngest ERA
champion since Dwight Gooden.
- Jake gave up Barry
Bonds’ 700th home run. But he also stopped the slugger’s
seven-game home run streak in 2003.
- In 2004, Jake became
the first San Diego starter to be named Pitcher of the Month since Andy
Hawkins in 1985. He was honored again in 2005.
- Jake was the first
pitcher to throw a shutout in RFK Stadium since Mickey Lolich in 1971.
- Jake , Andy Benes
and Kevin Brown are the only San Diego starters to average a strikeout
an inning over the course of a season.
- When Jake bats,
the Padres play the Dukes of Hazard theme song over the PA.
- During his fabulous
2004 campaign, the Padres rewrote Jake’s contract and gave him
a four-year, $15 million deal. When agent Scott Boras suggested he hold
out during the winter, Jake fired him.
- Jake’s younger
brother, Luke, was a star catcher in high school. He led St. Paul to
the state championship in 2003 and accepted a scholarship to the University
of South Alabama. He hopes to catch for his brother in the majors one
- Jake met his wife,
Katie, in high school. They were married at 19 and now have two children,
Jake II and Wyatt.
- Jake owns a home
in Mobile where he and Katie spend the winters. He also owns a family
retreat about two hours north in Camden.
Randy Jones, 1976 Sports Illustrated
Mickey Lolich, 1976 SSPC