Kent Mercker

Kent Franklin Mercker (born February 1, 1968) is an American former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He played for nine teams over his 17-year career.

Kent Mercker
Mercker with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008
Born: (1968-02-01) February 1, 1968
Brownsburg, Indiana
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 22, 1989, for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
May 30, 2008, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Win–loss record74–67
Earned run average4.16
Career highlights and awards


Mercker was born in Brownsburg, Indiana and lived in several different cities, including four years in Export, Pennsylvania, before his family settled in Dublin, Ohio in 1980.[1] He was taken in the first round (5th pick overall) of the 1986 Major League Baseball Draft by the Atlanta Braves. He made his major league debut with the Braves on September 22, 1989, and appeared in two games that season. During his years with the Braves, Mercker split time between the bullpen and the starting rotation. After serving as a reliever for the vast part of his first five seasons, he joined the Braves' rotation full-time for the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

After the 1995 season, the Braves traded Mercker to the Baltimore Orioles. Mercker then became a journeyman, spending time with Baltimore (1996), Cleveland (1996), Cincinnati (1997, 2003, 2005-2006, 2008), St. Louis (1998-1999), Boston (1999), Anaheim (2000), Colorado (2002), Atlanta (2003), and the Chicago Cubs (2004). He signed with Cincinnati for the third time in his career on December 20, 2004.[2]

Mercker received the Tony Conigliaro Award in 2000 following his recovery from a cerebral hemorrhage.

Mercker has taken part in two no-hit games during his career, both with the Braves. The first, on September 11, 1991, against the San Diego Padres at Fulton County Stadium, was a combined effort between Mercker, the starter, who pitched six innings; Mark Wohlers, who pitched the seventh and eighth innings; and Alejandro Peña, who pitched the ninth. The Braves defeated the Padres 1-0. The 13th no-hitter in Braves franchise history, attendance was 20,477 at Fulton-County Stadium.[3]

The second no-hitter was a solo effort by Mercker, as he no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 8, 1994, at Dodger Stadium in a 6-0 victory. To date, this no-hitter is the last to be pitched by a Brave.[4]

On February 8, 2008, Mercker signed a minor league contract with Cincinnati with an invitation to spring training.[5] He pitched in 15 games for the Reds that season. He currently works as a broadcaster for the Reds.

Mercker played in the 2022 Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships.[6]

See also


  1. Kovacevic, Dejan (1 August 1991). "Braves' Mercker traces pitching career to Claridge". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. E-9. Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  2. "Kent Mercker Stats, Fantasy & News".
  3. 100 Things Braves Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die: Revised and Updated, Jack Wilkinson, Triumph Books, Chicago, 2019, ISBN 978-1-62937-694-3, p.172
  4. Sports Illustrated. "Most Recent No-Hitters, by Team". Accessed April 26, 2010.
  5. "Reds invite LHP Kent Mercker to spring training -". 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  6. Monagan, Matt (April 21, 2022). "The big leaguer turned pickleball star". Retrieved April 22, 2022.
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