22 Facts About George Kontos


George Nicholas Kontos was born on June 12,1985 and is an American former professional baseball pitcher.

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George Kontos played in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cleveland Indians.

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George Kontos attended Northwestern University as an economics major, where he played for the Northwestern Wildcats baseball team in the Big Ten Conference.

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George Kontos signed with the Yankees after his college career and played for the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League in 2006, winning the league championship.

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George Kontos pitched for the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League in 2007 and the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League in 2008.

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George Kontos made his major league debut on September 10,2011 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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George Kontos was part of the Yankees postseason roster until the Yankees lost to the Detroit Tigers in the 2011 ALDS.

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George Kontos got his first major league win in relief of Barry Zito, successfully recording 7 outs without allowing a baserunner.

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George Kontos entered the postseason for a second straight season and eventually won the 2012 World Series with the Giants in a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers.

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On June 11,2013, George Kontos was ejected for the first time in his Major League career after hitting Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen with a pitch.

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On September 20,2013, George Kontos achieved notoriety as he surrendered Alex Rodriguez's 24th career grand slam that broke the record formerly held by Lou Gehrig.

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George Kontos was named to the Giants' opening-day roster for 2015.

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George Kontos appeared in a career-high 73 games, recording a career-best 0.

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George Kontos was claimed on waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 5,2017.

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George Kontos was designated for assignment on May 25,2018, and later released from the organization on May 28.

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On June 2,2018, George Kontos signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.

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George Kontos was promoted to the major leagues on August 13,2018.

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On January 25,2019, George Kontos signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs.

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On May 10,2019, George Kontos signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

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On May 25,2019, George Kontos had his contract purchased by the Washington Nationals and was assigned to the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies.

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George Kontos announced his retirement from professional baseball on July 20,2020.

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George Kontos joined NBC Sports Bay Area as a Giants pre- and postgame analyst for the 2020 season.

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