David Dewitt "Homer" Bailey, Jr. (born May 3, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball.
The Reds selected Bailey in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft. Prior to the 2007 season, both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus named Bailey the top prospect in the Reds' farm system. Because of his success at the minor league level, Bailey's debut was highly anticipated when he was called up to the major league level in June 2007. He made his major league debut on June 8, 2007, against the Cleveland Indians. At the time of his debut, Bailey was the youngest player in the National League. Bailey has pitched two no-hitters in his career. On February 19, 2014, Bailey signed a six-year, $105 million contract with the Reds.
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- ^ Erardi, John (June 6, 2007). "Homer's odyssey". Cincinnati Enquirer.
- ^ "Homer Bailey agrees to $105M deal". ESPN. February 19, 2014.
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