Joseph Michael Nathan is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, and Chicago Cubs. Nathan started out his baseball career as a shortstop in high school and at Stony Brook University, but converted to a pitcher after being drafted by the Giants. He worked his way through the minor leagues, alternating between spots in the rotation and the bullpen. After a few years of splitting time between the major leagues and minor leagues, Nathan had a breakout season as a setup man for the Giants in 2003. That offseason, Nathan was traded to the Twins and became their closer. From 2004 to 2009, Nathan was considered one of the top closers in the major leagues, with four All-Star selections and a league-leading 246 saves. In 2010, Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow and missed the entire season.
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About Joe Nathan
MLB relief pitcher who was named to 6 All-Star teams from 2004 to 2013, mostly while pitching for the Minnesota Twins; joined the 300-save club in April, 2013.
He ran track and played basketball and baseball at Pine Bush High School in New York.
He became the Twins' all-time and single season saves leader.
He married Lisa Lemoncelli, with whom he had a son in 2004 and a daughter in 2007.
He played alongside star catcher Joe Mauer on the Minnesota Twins.
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