|John Rocker is FPD’s most famous former Athlete. While with the Vikings in the early 1990’s he pitched three no hitters for the baseball team which was only a preview of things to come for the hard throwing lefthander. He signed a scholarship to pitch for the University of Georgia but opted to play professional baseball in the Atlanta Braves organization after being drafted in the 1993 major league draft.
After four seasons in the minor leagues, which included a stint with the Macon Braves, he was called up to the majors in 1998 and immediately made his mark. That first season he went 1-3 with a 2.13 era in 32.1 innings pitched. In 1999 he moved into the closer’s role after Kerry Lightenburg was put on the DL following an injury. Rocker responded with 38 saves and a 2.49 era while finishing with a 4-5 record. In 2000 Rocker had 24 saves with a 2.89 era and a 1-2 record.
He was traded to the Cleveland Indians in 2001 and had a 3-7 record and a 5.45 era for the Tribe which made it to the AL playoffs that season. Rocker also played for Tampa Bay and Texas in the majors and with the Long Island Ducks Independent League team before retiring in 2005.