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James Clancy (born December 18, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Toronto Blue Jays (1977-88), Houston Astros (1989-91) and Atlanta Braves (1991). He batted and threw right handed.
Clancy made his debut in 1977 with the expansion Toronto Blue Jays, starting 13 games and struggling to a 4-9 record and 5.05 ERA. Over the next decade, however, Clancy established himself as a dependable starter who regularly posted 13 to 16 wins and a ERA below 4.00 each year. Some of his best seasons include 1982, when he went 16-14 with a 3.71 ERA, and 1987, when he went 15-11 with a 3.54 ERA and 180 strikeouts, a career best. He made the American League All-Star team in 1982.
Clancy signed as a free agent with the Houston Astros before the 1989 season but was unable to demonstrate the consistency he had shown with Toronto over the rest of his career. After posting a 5.08 ERA with Houston, Clancy was relegated to mainly relief work in 1990 and 1991. He was traded at the trade deadline to the Atlanta Braves, with whom he appeared in his second postseason (after 1985 with Toronto) and first World Series that fall. Clancy pitched in three games and picked up a victory but the Braves lost to the Minnesota Twins four games to three.
- Jim Clancy's career statistics at Baseball-Reference.com
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