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Jason David Schmidt (born January 29, 1973, in Lewiston, Idaho) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. On December 6, 2006, he signed with the Dodgers, and received a three-year, $47 million contract.

Before signing with the Dodgers, he played for the San Francisco Giants (2001-06), Pittsburgh Pirates (1996-2001), and Atlanta Braves (1995-96) by whom he had been drafted in the eighth round, 206th overall, of the 1991 draft.

Schmidt attended Kelso High School in the state of Washington, where he played football and basketball in addition to baseball. In 1991 as a senior he tossed a no-hitter, striking out 20 of 21 batters he faced. He was named Washington's Gatorade State Player of the Year and All-State MVP in baseball. He was offered a scholarship to the University of Arizona but chose to sign with the Atlanta Braves after they drafted him in the 8th round of the 1991 MLB Draft.

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