David Taylor Price
Born: 8-26-85, Nashville
High School: Blackman, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
College: Vanderbilt, Nashville
Who is David Price?
. A frequent user of Twitter — @DAVIDprice14 —with nearly 118,00 followers and more than 7,700 tweets.
. Has a famously popular French bulldog named Astro, who occasionally accompanies him to the Trop. An Astro figurine was include with a Price Superhero Figurine giveaway last season, and Price often puts a toy dog atop the dugout when he pitches.
. Has dates sewn into his glove marking the dates two of his closest high school friends passed away.
. Started the Project 14 Foundation which supports youth programs in his native Tennessee and the Tampa Bay area; hosts a golf outing, bowling event and a banquet.
His notable accomplishments
. Led AL with 2.56 ERA (2nd in majors) and shared lead with 20 wins.
. Selected to third consecutive All-Star team.
. Went 10-2, 2.51 in 16 starts vs. AL East teams.
. Had 12 wins vs. teams that finished .500 or better, second in MLB to Jered Weaver (no other pitcher had more than 9).
. Had MLB-most 23 starts of 7 IP or more, including 22 of last 26.
. Had 23 starts allowing 2 ER or fewer, most in AL, and allowed 1 or 0 in 11 of last 23 starts.
. Compiled a 1.62 ERA in six no-decisions, including two with eight shutout innings and three or fewer hits. (Rays were shut out in 3 of his starts.)
. Had most difficult "Quality of Opponents" of any MLB starter, according to SABR.
Other major Rays awards
Manager of the Year
Joe Maddon 2008, 2011
Rookie of the Year
3B Evan Longoria 2008
RHP Jeremy Hellickson 2011
RHP Matt Garza 2008
All-Star Game MVP
OF Carl Crawford 2009
Executive of the Year
Andrew Friedman 2008
1B Carlos Peña 2008
3B Evan Longoria 2009, 2010
OF Carl Crawford 2010
RHP Jeremy Hellickson 2012