Former major league reliever Alan Embree turns 45 today, January 23rd. He is mostly remembered for his gutsy performances during the Red Sox World Series run in 2004, when he appeared in 11 games that postseason, while only allowing 2 runs. He did have two different stints with the Padres in 2002 and 2006. He was a part of the last playoff team the Padres have had.
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Embree was drafted out of high school in Vancouver, WA by the Cleveland Indians in 1989. Three seasons later, he broke into the majors at age 22. He appeared in 882 games in his career, 109 of those with the Padres. He had a solid career with San Diego, posting a career ERA of 2.56 in those two seasons. He struck out 91 in 81 innings for the Friars and posted a 7-7 record.
He also finished his career pitching in 31 postseason games and only allowing four runs in that span. Embree was one of the best middle-to-late inning relievers during his time. The Padres got two solid seasons out of him.