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Scott David Schoeneweis

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Scott Schoeneweis began his collegiate career in 1993 with a fine 12-3, 3.12 season for Duke, but then ran into trouble. He battled testicular cancer and required Tommy John surgery for an elbow injury. He went 10-4, 3.23 his senior year, then was taken in the third round of the 1996 amateur draft by the California Angels. He signed and joined the Lake Elsinore Storm, going 8-3 with a 3.94 ERA and tying for the team lead in wins despite joining them midway into the season. In 1997, Scott had a 7-5, 5.96 campaign for the Midland Angels. He bounced back in the Arizona Fall League, going 3-2 with a 1.98 ERA for the Scottsdale Scorpions and finishing second in ERA behind Rolando Arrojo. With the 1998 Vancouver Canadians, the Duke alumnus had a 11-8, 4.50 year. Struggling in AAA in the second half of '99, Scott was 2-4, 7.64 for the Edmonton Trappers, he had spent most of the year with the 1999 Angels. His season was cut short due to a torn medial collateral ligament in his left elbow.

Schoeneweis was a below-average starter but could enough to hold on to a job for the 2000 Angels and 2001 Angels, going 17-18, then went back to the bullpen for much of 2002, when he won a World Series ring. He did a respectable job as a reliever the next year, during which he was traded to the Chicago White Sox. Back in the rotation with the 2004 White Sox, he again did not excel. Returning to bullpen duty with the 2005 Blue Jays, he had a 134 ERA+ in 80 appearances (second in the 2005 AL) as a very good LOOGY and middle reliever.

In 2006, Scott struggled early, going 2-2, 6.18 for the Blue Jays through August 16, but finished strongly after being traded to Cincinnati for cash, going 2-0 with 2 saves for the Reds with a 0.63 ERA in 16 games. In 2007 and 2008, he pitched for the New York Mets, logging 70 and 73 appearances as the main lefthander out of the bullpen.

Tragedy struck his family on May 20, 2009 when his wife Gabrielle was found dead at their house in Fountain Hills, AZ, leaving him and his four young children bereaved. An investigation later revealed the cause of death to be a drug overdose. Schoeneweis left the Diamondbacks for three weeks after the event and pitched poorly after his return to action, going 1-2 with a 7.12 ERA for the year. After the season, he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers for the 2010 campaign but was released at the end of spring training; he then found a job with the Boston Red Sox.

Schoeneweis is the cousin of former agent and current Boston Red Sox senior advisor Jeremy Kapstein.

Sources include 1994-2000 Baseball Almanacs, The Big Book of Jewish Baseball by Peter Horvitz and Joachim Horvitz

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