- David Dewitt Bailey Jr. was born May 3rd 1986 in La Grange Texas. The nickname "Homer" (which is a bad name for a pitcher) comes from his great-grandfather.
- He attended La Grange High School. During La Grange's 2004 baseball season, Bailey won 15 games and lost none. Additionally, he had a 0.68 earned run average and 201 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings pitched. That year, USA Today, named Bailey as a member of that year's USA Today All-USA high school baseball team and their High School National Player of the Year. Bailey completed his high school career with 41 wins, 4 losses, a 0.98 ERA, and 536 strikeouts in 298 innings pitched.
- The Reds drafted Bailey with the 7th pick in the 2004 draft. Prior to the 2007 season, both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus named Bailey the top prospect in the Reds' farm system.
- He looks like Christian Bale
- On September 28, 2012, Bailey pitched the first no-hitter at PNC Park, and the 15th in Reds history, in a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was the first no-hitter by a Reds' pitcher since Tom Browning's perfect game in 1988.
- Bailey is an avid hunter and sportsman. In 2008, Homer Bailey released a charity wine called "Homer Bailey's Chardonnay" with 100% of his proceeds supporting Outdoors Without Limits, an organization committed to help reduce the barriers that prevent disabled people from enjoying the great outdoors.
Drafted/Signed: by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 2004 amateur draft. Signed July 22, 2004
MLB Service Time: 4.017
Current Contract Status: 2nd-Year Arb Eligible, 1 yr/$5.35M (2013)
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Ratings via TheBaseballCube:
As you'd expect, it's mostly about missing bats for Bailey. I'm surprised to see such a low score for control, however.