Eric Ladell DuBose
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 231 lb.
- School Mississippi State University
- High School Patrician Academy
- Debut September 19, 2002
- Final Game April 7, 2006
- Born May 15, 1976 in Bradenton, FL USA
Eric DuBose pitched in the major leagues from 2002 to 2006.
In the 1994 World Junior Championship, DuBose was 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA for the US despite 12 walks in 15 innings. He helped the US win Bronze.
He was a star in college, with record of 27-12 and 428 strikeouts in 365 innings at Mississippi State University. A first round draft pick in 1997 by the Oakland Athletics, he was in the A's minor league organization from 1997-2000. A highlight was in 1998 when he went 6-1 with a 3.38 ERA for the Visalia Oaks in the California League and in the same season went 7-6 with a 2.70 ERA for the Huntsville Stars in the Southern League.
After 2000, he was selected off waivers by the Cleveland Indians and then the Detroit Tigers, who released him in March 2001. He had surgery in April and spent the rest of the 2001 season in rehabilitation. The Baltimore Orioles signed him in 2002 and put him in the Double A Eastern League as a reliever where he posted a 2.51 ERA for the Bowie Baysox. He made his major league debut in September of that year.
He was back in the minors in 2003, but with the Ottawa Lynx in Triple A, posting a 3.39 ERA with a 9-5 record. He also spent some time in the majors, starting 10 games with a 3.79 ERA. He was injured in June of 2004 after starting the season with the Orioles and had surgery in July. He had pitched poorly as a starter, going 4-6, 6.39 in 14 big league starts before his season ended.
He pitched 23 games in the minors in 2005. Mostly he pitched at Bowie in the Eastern League (where he been for part of 2002), with a 3.25 ERA as a starter. He had 15 games at the major league level. In 2006 he was back in Bowie and Ottawa. In Bowie for 20 games, he had a record of 7-1 with a 3.11 ERA. In Ottawa, he had a record of 3-4 with an ERA of 5.58. He had 2 games at the major league level, which turned out to be his last big league appearances. He pitched two more seasons in organized baseball after that, in 2007 and 2008, then made a short-lived comeback with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League in 2010 before retiring for good.