Jeffrey Alan Samardzija, nicknamed Shark, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. He played college baseball and football for the University of Notre Dame, and was recognized as a two-time All-American wide receiver. He was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 5th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his MLB debut in 2008. He then played in MLB for the Chicago Cubs from 2008 to 2014, the Oakland Athletics in 2014, and the Chicago White Sox in 2015. He was an MLB All-Star in 2014.
About Jeff Samardzija
Right-handed pitcher known for his fastball and splitter who was a member of the Chicago Cubs from 2008 to 2014. He briefly played for the Oakland Athletics before a trade sent him to the Chicago White Sox ahead of the 2015 season. In 2016. he joined the San Francisco Giants.
He played baseball, basketball, and volleyball at Valparaiso High School in Indiana. He was also an All-American wide receiver at Notre Dame.
After being used primarily as a reliever, the Cubs made him a full-time starter in 2012.
His parents are named Sam and Debora. His grandparents emigrated from Serbia.
The feisty Carlos Zambrano was his teammate on the Cubs.