Donald Zackary "Zack" Greinke (/ˈɡrɪŋki/ GRING-kee; born October 21, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also pitched for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Greinke has battled social anxiety disorder throughout his career, which at one point almost caused him to retire from baseball.
He was drafted by the Royals in 2002 after being named the Gatorade National Player of the Year as a High School senior. After playing in the minor leagues, he made his MLB debut in 2004. His career was almost derailed by his battles with depression and anxiety in 2005–2006, and he missed most of the 2006 season. He returned in 2007 as a relief pitcher before rejoining the starting rotation in 2008 and developing into one of the top pitchers in the game. In 2009, he appeared in the MLB All-Star Game, led the major leagues in earned run average, and won the American League Cy Young Award. He was traded in 2011 to the Brewers and in 2012 to the Angels. His 2013 free agent contract with the Dodgers was the largest ever signed by a right-handed pitcher at the time, though it was surpassed the following season.
By Dean Hanley
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