James Joseph Deshaies, born June 23, 1960 also known as “JD”, is a former left-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball and currently a color analyst with the Chicago Cubs along with Len Kasper.
On September 23, 1986, in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Deshaies set a major-league record by striking out the first eight batters of the game. The following year, the Topps company inserted a trading card into its 1987 set honoring this accomplishment. This feat was equaled by Jacob deGrom on September 14, 2014.
Deshaies was a mainstay on the Astros’ rotation from 1986 to 1991, pitching in 26 or more starts in those years. His best season was 1989, when he pitched a 15–10 record, with a 2.91 ERA and 153 strikeouts. On May 2 that year, Deshaies served Mike Schmidt’s 548th and final home run.
He holds the major league record for most at-bats without an extra base hit, with 440.
In 1992, Deshaies and the Astros parted ways. He played for brief stints with the San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies. He retired in 1995.
ESPN’s Chris Berman referred to him as Jim “Two Silhouettes on” Deshaies.
Jim Deshaies formerly did commentary for the Astros’ TV broadcasts from 1997 to 2012, along with Bill Brown. Deshaies gained respect as an analyst and enjoyed very high popularity with Astros fans during his tenure. He is the co-host of the popular “J.D. and Dave’s Excellent Offseason Adventure” in the offseason and occasionally serves as an analyst for Major League Baseball on Fox. He agreed to move to the Chicago Cubs’ TV broadcast for the 2013–16 seasons. On January 10, 2017, the Cubs announced extensions for both Deshaies and play-by-play man Len Kasper through 2019.
In 2001, Deshaies ran a tongue-in-cheek campaign urging Baseball Writers Association of America voters to elect him to the Baseball Hall of Fame, even though he knew that he was not qualified for the honor. His goal was to get one vote in the Hall of Fame election, which succeeded when Houston Chronicle writer John Lopez voted for him. Lopez is a current sports talk radio show host in Houston.