Inglemoor High Class of 2000
- Bobby Jenks
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Jenks never played on his high school team at Timberlake High School, in Spirit Lake, Idaho or Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Washington, because his grades were too low. Jenks did play his sophomore year of high school for Lakeland High School before Timberlake High School was opened in 1998. Since Jenks was ineligible to play the remaining years of his high school career due to grades, he played in the Prairie Cardinals American Legion program where he dominated as both a pitcher and hitter. During his final season for the Prairie Cardinals, Jenks had 123 strikeouts in 92 innings pitched.
Jenks was claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox for $20,000, and was sent to the club's Double-A affiliate, the Birmingham Barons. Jenks was called up to the major leagues by the White Sox on July 5, 2005, and has remained with the team ever since.
Jenks appeared in each game of the 2005 World Series, pitching a total of five innings, and making the series' final pitch. He recorded saves in Games 1 and 4, had a blown save in Game 2, and pitched scoreless 11th and 12th innings in the 14-inning Game 3. Jenks and Adam Wainwright of the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals are the only rookie closers to earn a save in the clinching game of a World Series.
Jenks continued his success in 2006. He was selected to the American League All-Star team, and for the season converted 41 out of 45 save opportunities.
Jenks was again selected to the American League All-Star team in 2007.
On September 25, 2007, Jenks was named as one of 10 finalist for the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award."
On January 19, 2009, Jenks avoided arbitration and signed a one-year $5.6 million contract.
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