Aaron Cook


Aaron Cook

Infobox MLB player
name = Aaron Cook


width = 250
caption =
team = Colorado Rockies
number = 28
position = Starting pitcher
birthdate = birth date and age|1979|2|8
birthplace = Fort Campbell, Kentucky
bats = Right
throws = Right
debutdate = August 10
debutyear = 2002
debutteam = Colorado Rockies
statyear = 2008
stat1label = Win-Loss
stat1value = 52-44
stat2label = Earned run average
stat2value = 4.36
stat3label = Strikeouts
stat3value = 370
teams =
*Colorado Rockies (by|2002-present)

Aaron Lane Cook (born February 8, 1979 in Fort Campbell, Kentucky) is a right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher currently playing for the Colorado Rockies. He has played with the Rockies for his entire Major League career, spanning from 2002 onwards.

Cook saw his 2004 season come to an abrupt end when it was discovered that he suffers pulmonary embolism, or blood clots. During an August 7 start against the Cincinnati Reds, Cook complained of dizziness and shortness of breath. After he was taken to a local hospital, doctors discovered blood clots had formed in his right shoulder. On September 10, Cook underwent extensive surgery at a St. Louis hospital during which the first rib on his right side was removed to relieve compression on a major blood vein. [ [http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=41751 Colorado's Aaron Cook wins 'Tony C.' Award] ]

He stayed on the disabled list until July 30, when he gave up seven runs and eleven hits in 4 1/3 innings of a 9-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field. His first 2005 victory came in an 11-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on August 15 when he pitched six innings and gave up two runs and nine hits. In his final 12 starts of 2005, Cook went 7-1 with a 3.07 ERA. For this outstanding recovery from his very serious condition, he was awarded the 2005 Tony Conigliaro Award.

Cook and his wife, Holly, have two children, stepdaughter Alexis and son Elijah (12/1/03).

On June 27, 2007 Cook allowed Craig Biggio's 3000th hit in Minute Maid Park. [ [http://houston.astros.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070628&content_id=2055088&vkey=news_hou&fext=.jsp&c_id=hou Biggio reaches 3,000-hit milestone] ]

As of July 3, 2008, Cook has compiled a career high 11 wins along with 5 losses and has a 3.38 ERA. He won six consecutive starts from April 13, 2008 to May 9, 2008. [ [http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6981/career;_ylt=Amvia4IZtmwH31wxohsC4r6FCLcF Yahoo Sports] , Accessed 2008-07-03.]

On July 6, 2008, Cook was named an All-Star to the 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The All-Star selection was the first of his career. [ [http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_9801835 Cook, Holliday are All-Stars - The Denver Post ] ] [ [http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/jul/06/rockies-cook-holliday-all-star-team/ Hurdle has winning on his agenda : Rockies : The Rocky Mountain News ] ] He pitched three scoreless innings in the All-Star Game, and at one point pitched out of a no-out, bases loaded jam after two errors and an intentional walk, avoiding the loss. [ [http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=280715131 ESPN - National League All-Stars vs. American League All-Stars - Recap - July 15, 2008 ] ] Various broadcasters have stated that, had the National League won the game, he would have been named MVP of the All-Star Game that year.

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