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Shawn Andrew Kelley

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Kelley shakes the hand of a Coast Guardsman in 2010

Pitcher Shawn Kelley was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 13th round of the 2007 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Alvin Rittman and made his pro debut that summer.

Kelley made his major league debut with the Mariners in 2009.

He was traded to the New York Yankees in return for minor league outfielder Abraham Almonte on February 13, 2013. He pitched 57 times for the Yankees that season, going 4-2 with a 4.39 ERA. He struck out 71 batters in 53 1/3 innings, a very positive sign for a short reliever. When the great Mariano Rivera retired after the season, it set off a chain of events that found Kelley as the Yankees' 8th-inning set-up man at the start of 2014, with David Robertson, who had been Rivera's understudy for a number of years, taking over as closer. However, Robertson suffered a pulled groin muscle barely a week into the season, and Kelley suddenly found himself as a closer for the first time of his career. He recorded his first career save on April 7th, preserving a 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Things did not go as smoothly in his next opportunity, though, as he gave up four straight singles to the Orioles in the 9th inning, turning a 4-3 lead into a 5-4 loss.

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