Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Former Trenton Trojan J.J. Putz has agreed to a $13.5 million, two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, a deal that adds a $7 million salary for 2014, according to The Crescent-News.
Former Trenton High School superstar J.J. Putz has added another year to his contact with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The relief pitcher has agreed to a $13.5 million, two-year contract with the D-backs, a deal that adds a $7 million salary for 2014, according to The Crescent-News. Arizona exercised Putz's option for $6.5 million in October. He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2013 season. The 35-year-old right-hander had 32 saves in 37 chances and a 2.82 ERA last year, converting 19 straight save chances from late May through August. He had a 0.84 ERA from June 23 through the end of the season, according to the same source. Putz has a 33-31 record with 183 saves in 514 big league games for Seattle (2003-08), the New York …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Trenton High School graduate J.J. Putz played catcher until ninth grade when coaches noticed he had a powerful throwing arm during freshman tryouts.
Smiles and excitement beamed toward one of Trenton's most famous former athletes as district and city officials watched J.J. Putz inspire children at Hedke Elementary Thursday morning-- the students enjoyed it too. Major League Baseball closing pitcher Putz, 35, graduated from Trenton High School in 1995 and went on to play baseball at the University of Michigan, until he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners. The Arizona Diamondbacks recently picked up Putz' contract option for the 2013 season for $6.5 million. Putz returned to Trenton to speak to students at Hedke and Anderson elementary schools about the keys to following their D-R-E-A-M's (Drug Free, Respect, Education, Attitude and Motivation). "If you can just touch a couple of those …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
J.J. Putz visited Hedke Elementary where Mayor Kyle Stack declared Nov. 8 J.J. Putz Day in Trenton.
City and district officials gathered at Hedke Elementary School Thursday to honor a Trenton High School graduate with an impecable resume. J.J. Putz is a star pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks who visited Hedke to offer students words of wisdom. Trenton Mayor Kyle Stack declared Nov. 8 J.J. Putz Day in Trenton.
Former Trenton Trojan J.J. Putz is a closing pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Putz played several sports at Trenton High School including baseball, football and basketball.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Mayor Kyle Stack read aloud a proclamation at Hedke Elementary School Thursday declaring Nov. 8 J.J. Putz Day in Trenton. Students gathered in the Hedke gymnasium to hear Putz speak to them about following their dreams. Stack began by saying it was a great day in Trenton. "I'ts a great day in Trenton when we can show off the people of our community," Stack said. Putz took a few moments to answer questions asked by Hedke students. Here are a few of the students' questions followed by Putz's answers: What is it like being a professional baseball player? "I love playing baseball. I've been playing since I was eight years old. I wake up some mornings and pinch myself. It took a lot of hard work to get where I am." What do you do besides play …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
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: 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 …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The Arizona Diamondbacks exercised the 2013 option for former Trenton High School baseball star J.J. Putz, according to MLB.com.
Trenton High School graduate J.J. Putz will remain an Arizona Diamondback after the team's general manager exersized the 2013 option to retain him as a closing pitcher, according to MLB.com. The Diamondbacks have exercised their $6.5 million option on Putz for the 2013 season, according to the SportingNews.com.
The annual Signature Event raises money for the Trenton Educational Foundation which donates thousands of dollars to Trenton Public Schools each year.
Major League pitcher and Trenton High School graduate J.J. Putz is expected to be a showcased guest at this year's Trenton Educational Foundation (TEF) Signature Event. The current Arizona Diamondback will have his high school jersey retired among family and friends at the event beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Fratello's Restaurant. “We are excited and proud to have the opportunity to feature one of our own for his significant athletic achievements,” TEF co-chair Tom Dickman said in a release. Mike McCullough, TEF co-chair, said he expects tickets to the event to sell out quickly. “J.J. is a product of the Trenton High School system and deserves to be recognized,” McCullough said in the same release. Putz is a right-handed pitcher who was …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
J.J. Putz, an All-Star pitcher with the Diamondbacks and a graduate of Trenton High School, found a rare Justin Bieber card. A photo of the star closer and the card that was posted on Twitter then went viral.
Arizona Diamondbacks closer and Trenton High School alum J.J. Putz has Justin Bieber fever. In fact, Putz's Bieber fever—or at least a photo of the baseball player holding a baseball card of the teen idol—has gone viral. Putz, a former All-Star who saved 45 games for the Diamondbacks last year, found a rare, autographed Justin Bieber card in a pack given to him by teammate Brad Ziegler. Yahoo! Sports Big League Stew said the Bieber card is worth a lot of money. The Knights Lance, a blog devoted to Panini America, the company that makes the cards, said the Bieber card has sold for $4,500 on eBay. Ziegler posted a photo of Putz with the Bieber card on Twitter, and the picture went “viral,” according to a report on diamondbacks.com. The photo…
Monday, June 27, 2011
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Saturday, June 25, 2011
The two-time all-state pitcher returns home and gets the save for the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night.
It was a special night at Comerica Park as former Tiger greats Kirk Gibson and Alan Trammell returned home for the retirement of Sparky Anderson's #11 jersey, but they weren't the only ones to return home. Arizona Diamondbacks and former Trenton Trojan pitcher J.J. Putz got the save against Detroit. Putz was raised in Trenton and graduated from Trenton High School in 1995, the same year he won all-state honors for the second consecutive year and was crowned Mr. Baseball of the state of Michigan--the prestigious award given to the state's best player. After the game, Putz told reporters that he along with everyone else thought that the only thing to make the night better was if Sparky himself could have been there. "I remember it like it …