Known as "The Gambler" after a song by the well-known country singer of the same name, he spent 20 years in the major leagues as a starting pitcher, compiling a record of 219-156 while being selected to four All-Star games, including three straight from 2004 to 2006.
He was raised on a farm in Dover, Florida. In 1989, he broke into the major leagues with the Texas Rangers, his first of three stints with the team.
He pitched a perfect game with the Rangers on July 28, 1994 and he won a World Series Championship with the New York Yankees in 1996.
He had a son named Trevor and a daughter named Jessica with his wife Rebecca Lewis.
In 2006, he and catcher Ivan Rodriguez led the Detroit Tigers to an unlikely playoff run that culminated with a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.