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Jeremy Joseph Fikac

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Jeremy Fikac pitched four seasons in the majors. His 65 appearances with the San Diego Padres in 2002 were tops on the team, beating out Trevor Hoffman by four games.

Fikac was born in Shiner, TX and went to college at Southwest Texas State University. His time there overlapped with that of Scott Linebrink.

Jeremy was picked in the 19th round of the 1998 amateur draft, and pitched in the San Diego Padres organization from 1998 to 2002. Primarily a reliever, he had a winning record each season and a high of 20 saves for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2000.

He came up to the majors in August 2001 and pitched well for the Padres, posting a 1.37 ERA in 23 games with a record of 2-0. He was a winner in his first major league appearance, facing the New York Mets on August 16th, striking out the side in his only inning of work. After the 2002 season, in which he was heavily used, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics. The A's had him up for 14 games in 2003, during which he posted an ERA of 4.50 (the league ERA was 4.52). In the minors that year, he had an ERA of 2.25 for the Sacramento RiverCats in 42 games.

After the season he signed as a free agent with the Montreal Expos, and was up with the team for 19 games at the start of the 2004 season, during which he went 1-2, 5.40 in 25 innings. Ironically, his only win came in his last major league appearance, on June 19th in an interleague game against the Chicago White Sox; he pitched two-thirds of an inning and was credited with the win in a 17-14 slugfest; it was a game in which the official scorer had to decide whom to credit with the win, and Fikac was the only Expos' pitcher not to be charged with a run allowed that day, even though all three of his inherited runners managed to score. In the minors, he was in 28 games with the Edmonton Trappers, going 5-5 with a 5.88 ERA.

In 2005 he was in the San Francisco Giants organization, with the Fresno Grizzlies, appearing in 50 games with an ERA of 4.42. He was one of the older pitchers on a Fresno team which also featured 21 other future or former major league pitchers. It was his last season in organized baseball.

In 2008 he joined the staff of the Texas State University baseball team and in 2009 he became an assistant coach.

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