Accardo has spent the entire season with Columbus, after
receiving a non-roster invitation to Cleveland spring training
earlier this year. While pitching for the Clippers, Accardo posted a
2.76 ERA in 13 relief outings (16 1-3 innings). He was also 4 for 4
in save opportunities.
The 30-year-old right-handed closer has appeared in 235 Major
League Baseball games with Baltimore, Toronto and San Francisco
since 2005. Accardo has a 10-20 career record in 235 appearances
with 38 saves and a 4.22 ERA. This marks his eighth consecutive
season on an MLB roster.
Last year, the former Redbird pitched in 31 games for the Orioles
and spent time with their Triple-A Norfolk affiliate. Accardo went
3-3 for Baltimore through 37 2-3 innings with 5.73 ERA. He was also
1-1 with Norfolk, with a 2.16 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 33 1-3
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While at Illinois State, Accardo amassed a 5-4 record with 12
saves in 33 appearances on the mound in two seasons (2001-03).
He signed with the San Francisco Giants organization following
his junior season at ISU as an undrafted free agent and was
later called up to the major leagues by the organization in May
news release received from John Twork, graduate assistant,
athletics communications, Illinois State University]