MLB pitcher who was the 35th selection in the 1996 draft by the Atlanta Braves; played for many teams, including the Cubs, the Cardinals, and the Twins.
He led his team to third place in the Little League World Series by pitching a no-hitter when he was 12. He later led his high school team to consecutive New York City championships.
He was awarded the Silver Slugger Award in 2005, and his 65 wins between 2004 and 2008 placed him 7th within the ranks of N.L. pitchers.
His father ran a Brooklyn check-cashing business, and his mother served on the New York City Board of Education. He married Debbie Marquis and had three children with her.
He was an All-Star in 2009 while playing for the Colorado Rockies team that starred Troy Tulowitzki.