Shawn Anthony Chacón (born on December 23, 1977 in Anchorage, Alaska) is a Major League pitcher, currently playing for the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He last played in the Majors for the Houston Astros. He throws an 88–92 mph sinker, a big curveball, a slider, and a changeup.
Chacón was born in Anchorage, Alaska, but has only dim recollection of his biological mother and none of his father (he believes his biological father was African-American and his mother Latina). His mother placed him in a Greeley, Colorado foster home when he was 4, and he was adopted by Tony and Blanca Chacón.
"There's no way I could have ended up any better than I am," Chacón told the Rocky Mountain News. "Some (adopted) people go back and ask, 'Why?' I don't want to ask, 'Why?' The only thing I'd say is, 'Thank you.' "My parents were not able to have children, which is why they adopted me. We are pretty blessed to have each other."