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Major League Pitcher to Have Jersey Retired at Trenton High School

A new program to retire the jersey of outstanding athletes from Trenton High School will begin with Major League Baseball pitcher J.J. Putz.

Trenton Public School officials had many athletic accomplishments to choose from before selecting J.J. Putz as the first Trenton High School graduate to have a jersey retired at the school.

Here's a list of Putz's stats since he graduated in 1995, provided by Trenton High School officials:

  • Scholarship to U of M
  • Drafted by Chicago White Sox
  • Drafted by Seattle Mariners
  • Played with Seattle Mariners 2003-2008
  • Major League Relief Pitcher of the Year – 2007
  • Major League Rolaids Relief Pitcher of the Year
  • New York Mets 2009 World Baseball Classic
  • Chicago White Sox 2010
  • Selected to American League All Star Team – 2007
  • Arizona Diamondbacks – 2011 to present
  • 513 Innings Pitched
  • 541 Strike Outs
  • 180 Saves as Closer
  • Career ERA 3.07

Putz will have his jersey retired during a ceremony at this year's Signature Event held by the Trenton Educational Foundation on Nov. 7 at Fratello's Restaurant.

Athletic Director Bret Woodley said Putz was the obvious choice do to his lengthy professional career and impressive statistics.

"As of today, I would consider him to be the most accomplished athlete (from Trenton High School)," Woodley said. "He has a very accomplished career in Major League Baseball."

Woodley said he wants to put a Putz jersey on a banner along the outfield fence in the high school baseball field, so it can easily be seen from home plate.

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