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Brandon League

Brandon League
MLB Player information
NameBrandon League
PositionRelief pitcher
MLB debutSeptember 21, 2004 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
Win Loss record17 22
Earned run average3.73
* Toronto Blue Jays (2004 2009) * Seattle Mariners (2010 present)
* All-Star (2011)

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Brandon Paul League (born March 16, 1983 in Sacramento, California) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. He is married with three children. He resides in Honolulu, and is hapa Yonsei. His maternal great-grandparents were born and raised in Fukuoka prefecture on Kyushu Island in Japan. He previously pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays.

League is known for his down tailing fastball that reaches 100 mph-usually topping out at 98 mph. League also throws a slider and a changeup. In his first four seasons, he has been used as a relief pitcher, often as a setup man.

In the offseason following League's breakout 2006, he engaged in strength conditioning, and at the behest of the Blue Jays, did not pitch until spring training. As a result, he overdeveloped some shoulder muscles, resulting in a significant drop in his fastball velocity. League was placed on the 60-day disabled list and missed the majority of the 2007 season. Both his velocity and effectiveness recovered the following season.

On December 22, 2009, League was traded to the Seattle Mariners along with minor league outfielder Johermyn Chávez for pitcher Brandon Morrow. He signed a one-year, $1.08 million contract for 2010. Because of an injury to David Aardsma, League started the 2011 season as the Mariners' closer. He was selected as a relief pitcher for the 2011 All-Star game, his first.

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