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What Happened to Former World Series MVP Josh Beckett?

Josh Beckett had a lot of success during his pitching career during his time as a pitcher in the MLB. Beckett did something in his career that many pitchers can’t say that they did. He also won multiple World Series titles.

Beckett played for some successful teams and was one of the top starting pitchers on numerous starting rotations. Not too many pitchers can say they had the success that Beckett had.

Josh Beckett coming into the MLB

Beckett started his MLB career playing for the Florida Marlins. He made his MLB debut on September 4, 2001, against the Chicago Cubs, and he picked up his first MLB win. That game he pitched six shutout innings. Two seasons later, he was named the opening day starter for the Marlins during the 2003 season. Beckett was 22 years old at the time and was the youngest opening-day starter in the team’s history.

Beckett finished had a 9-8 record at the end of the regular season with a 3.04 ERA. That season the Marlins had a lot of success and made it to the World Series. They would match up with the New York Yankees and defeat them 4-2. Beckett was named World Series MVP. During the World Series, Beckett pitched in two games and had a 1-1 record throwing one complete game with 19 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched.

Josh Beckett’s career after playing in Florida

Beckett spent five seasons with the Marlins and finished with a 41-34 record with a 3.46 ERA. In November of 2005, Beckett was traded to the Boston Red Sox. Just like his time in Florida, Beckett had success in Boston. He would make his first all-star team in 2007 and finished the season with a 20-7 record posting a 3.27 ERA. Beckett led the MLB in wins that season and would help lead the Red Sox to the 2007 World Series. The Red Sox would sweep the Colorado Rockies 4-0, and Beckett got his second World Series title.

During his time as a Red Sox, Beckett played in three all-star games and was in the running for a CY Young award in 2011. The award recognizes the top pitcher in each league. After playing for the Red Sox, Beckett ended his career playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his first two seasons with the Dodgers, Beckett only pitched in a combined 15 games finishing with a 2-8 record. Going into his final season in 2014, Beckett accomplished something that will always be remembered.

Josh Beckett’s no-hitter game

Beckett appeared in more games in his final season with the Dodgers than the two previous seasons combined. He started in 20 games and finished with a 6-6 record posting a 2.88 ERA. There was one game that Beckett would never forget.

On May 25, 2014, the Dodgers were playing the Philadelphia Phillies, and Beckett got the start that game. He would go on to become the 21st pitcher in Dodgers history to throw a no-hitter and the first since Hideo Nomo did it in 1996. Beckett threw 128 pitches that game while striking out six and walking three batters. What a great way to end your baseball career throwing a no-hitter during your final season.