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Andrew Lorraine

Andrew Lorraine

Andrew Jason Lorraine (born August 11, 1972 in Los Angeles, California) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1994-2002. He also played for the La New Bears in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League.

Lorraine's family name was originally Levine; but his grandfather, who served with the British army in Alsace-Lorraine, liked the name Lorraine so much he took it as his own. Andrew's father emigrated from England, where Andrew's uncle is an orthodox rabbi.

In his six-year major league career, he pitched for the California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, and Milwaukee Brewers. He is currently the pitching coach for the Clinton Lumberkings.

Baseball career

In 1990, Lorraine was selected out of Hart High School in Newhall, California, by the New York Mets in the 38th round of the draft, but chose not to sign because of his family's strong belief in education.

After graduating from Stanford, where he was a Pac-10 Conference All-Southern pitcher in his senior year, he was then drafted in 1993 in the fourth round by the California Angels.

In 1993, for Boise, he was 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA. In 1994, after going 12-4 for Vancouver and being chosen as a Triple-A All-Star pitcher in the Pacific League, he made his first appearance with the Angels at the age of 21, pitching in four games.

In his rookie season in 1994, perhaps the most notable moment of his career was being the losing pitcher for the California Angels in Kenny Rogers perfect game for the Texas Rangers on July 28, 1994.

In July 1995, he was traded by the Angels with Bill Simas, John Snyder, and McKay Christensen to the Chicago White Sox for Tim Fortugno and Jim Abbott.

When he returned to the majors that year, pitching for the White Sox, he appeared as a reliever in five games, with a 3.38 ERA.

In January 1996, he was traded by the White Sox with Charles Poe to the Oakland Athletics for Danny Tartabull.

He then played for the Oakland Athletics in 1997, going 3-1 in 12 games (6 starts). In 1998, Lorraine moved teams again, this time playing with the Seattle Mariners, for whom he had an ERA of 2.45 in four games.

After going 1-2 with Chicago in 2000, he was released. He split the rest of the season between the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons of the International League, where he went 8-3 with a 3.47 ERA, and their parent club, the Cleveland Indians, where he was 0-0, with an ERA of 3.86.

In 2001, Lorraine signed with the Florida Marlins' Triple-A affiliate, Calgary of the Pacific Coast League. He pitched in 29 games (20 starts -- 1 complete game), and was 9-4 with a 5.16 ERA in 144.2 innings with Calgary; he had 98 strikeouts and only 34 walks. He then played for the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, in the International League's playoffs.

Lorraine returned to the majors in 2002 with the Milwaukee Brewers. Lorraine finished the 2002 season with five appearances, a record of 0-1 (he got the loss in his only start) an ERA of 11.25, with ten strikeouts and six walks.

Lorraine played the 2003 season as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization with Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s. Lorraine appeared in 30 games (started 27) and finished 8-9 with an ERA of 4.16 for the 51s -- he allowed 73 earned runs in 158.0 innings.

Lorraine signed a minor league contract prior to the 2004 season with the Minnesota Twins. In 2005, Lorraine was a member of the Baltimore Orioles organization.

In 2006, he pitched for the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, and Charlotte Knights of the International League, where he had a 1.95 ERA in 27.2 innings.

In 2009, he pitched for the Orange County Flyers of the Golden Baseball League.

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