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Rich Thompson (pitcher, born 1984)

MLB Player information
NameRich Thompson
PositionRelief pitcher
Place of birthHornsby, Australia
MLB debut1 September, 2007 for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Career statistics
Earned run average3.98
* Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2007 present)

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Richard Graeme Thompson (born 1 July 1984 in Hornsby, Australia) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He resides in both Australia and Arkansas with his wife during the off seasons.

Thompson was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on 13 February, 2002.

In 2004, he was part of the Australian Olympic baseball team, which achieved a silver medal at the Athens Olympics.

Thompson had his contract purchased by the Angels' major league club on 1 September, 2007, marking the first time he was on the major league roster. He made his major league debut on that same day against the Texas Rangers

In 2008, Thompson began the season with the Angels after relievers Chris Bootcheck and Scot Shields began the season on the disabled list. However after allowing five earned runs on four hits in his only outing against the Texas Rangers, Thompson was optioned to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees to make way for Shields. He made one more appearance with the Angels, but became hurt pitching in Memphis for the Triple-A team. He spent the majority of his 2008 season rehabbing his shoulder injury in Arizona and finished the season with the Bees.

On 10 September 2010 Thompson picked up his first major league win after the Angels went into extra innings against the Seattle Mariners

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