He’s a man of many hats. Former White Sox and Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson takes the mound today on a whirlwind of occasions.
Jackson is known as a journeymen in MLB. His career started when he was drafted in 2001 by the Dodgers.
His stint with the Dodgers didn’t last long after Jackson was traded to the Rays just three seasons after he was drafted.
However, there was plenty more traveling to do for Jackson.
Fast forward 15 seasons, Jackson is tying a record and celebrating history. As of yesterday, the A’s called up Jackson to join their rotation making this his 13th MLB team, tying former reliever Octavio Dotel’s record.
Jackson signed a minor league contract with the Oakland A’s on June 6 to their Triple-A affiliate Nashville Sounds.
How coincidental is this. On this date eight years ago, Jackson is celebrating his no hit bid he threw as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Rays.
In that game, Jackson threw 149 pitches. Now a days, that’s unheard of. In 1-0 win, Jackson threw 70 pitches in just three innings, but still pulled it off.
Jackson also walked eight hitters in the game, and that marks just the second no-hitter in Diamondbacks history. The first was Hall of Famer Randy Johnson.
Before Jackson joined the Cubs, he was traded to the White Sox from the Diamondbacks in 2010.
In his tenure with the Sox, he went 11-9, 3.66 ERA, 134 BB, and 174 strikeouts.
Two years later, Jackson signed with the Cubs on a four-year $52 million dollar contract. But, Jackson never lived up to the hype.
In his first season as a Cub in 2013, he finished 8-18 with a 4.98 ERA. The year to follow, he was just as bad.
Jackson finished with a 6-15 record with a 6.33 ERA. By the end of the 2015 season, the Cubs released Jackson eating the remaining $13 million of his contract.
While the experiment didn’t work for the Cubs, he’s played for six different teams since being released.
Jackson has his fair share of struggles, but he did make the MLB All-Star team in 2009, and won a World Series in 2011.