Addison Russell

Addison Wayne Russell (born January 23, 1994) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Russell was drafted 11th overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. In 2015, Baseball America listed Russell as the third-best prospect in professional baseball. He made his MLB debut for the Cubs in April 2015 and was an All-Star in 2016. That same year, Russell won a World Series ring with the Cubs.

Addison Russell
Addison Russell 2017
Russell with the Chicago Cubs in July 2017
Chicago Cubs – No. 27
Second baseman / Shortstop
Born: January 23, 1994 (age 25)
Pensacola, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 2015, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through July 29, 2019)
Batting average.242
Home runs57
Runs batted in246
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Russell was born on January 23, 1994, in Pensacola, Florida, the eldest of four children raised by mother Milany Ocampo-Russell and stepfather Wayne Russell.[1][2] Russell's mother is Filipina.[3] The full name on Russell's birth certificate is Geoffreye O'Neal Addison Robert Watts Jr III. He was nearly killed by human respiratory syncytial virus at three months old. He was adopted by his stepfather, Wayne, at 13 years old and took the name Addison Wayne Russell.[4]

Amateur career

High school

Russell attended Pace High School in Florida and in 2010 led his high school to a class 5A FHSAA baseball state championship and a runner-up finish in 2012.[5] Russell played in the 2010 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game,[6] was named a Perfect Game Aflac All-American Game participant and a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American in 2011.[5] He was also ranked as the No. 18 high school prospect by Baseball America and as the No. 24 high school prospect by Perfect Game.[5] In his final high school baseball season, Russell hit for a .368 batting average and recorded a .532 on base percentage.[7] Russell also played high school football at the running back position.[8]

In November 2011, Russell signed a National Letter of Intent to play college baseball at Auburn University for the Tigers baseball team.[9]

International

Russell was a member of the USA Baseball 18U National Team at the 2011 COPABE 18U/AAA Pan American games that won a gold medal.[5][9] At the tournament, Russell batted .393, going 11-for-28 with three doubles, a triple and a home run, driving in nine RBIs and scoring 11 runs.[9] During the championship game against Team Canada, Russell hit a grand slam and was named First-Team All Tournament as Shortstop for his efforts.[10] At the tournament for Team USA, Russell played alongside future professional baseball players Albert Almora, Alex Bregman, David Dahl, Joey Gallo, and Carson Kelly.[10]

Professional career

Draft and minor leagues

Russell was drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the 11th overall pick of the first round in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft out of Pace High School in Pace, Florida.[7][11] Russell received a $2.625 million signing bonus for signing with the A's instead of attending Auburn.[8] He was also the first high school athlete selected by the A's in the first round of the draft since Jeremy Bonderman in 2001.[8]

Russell started his career with the Arizona League Athletics, where he hit .415/.488/.717 with six home runs and 29 runs batted in in 26 games. He was then promoted to the Vermont Lake Monsters and hit .340/.386/.509 with one home run in 13 games. He finished the season with the Class-A Burlington Bees, hitting .310/.369/.448 in 16 games. Overall, he finished his first season hitting .369/.432/.594 with seven home runs and 45 runs batted in 55 games. In 2012, he was named an Oakland MILB.com organization All-Star and an AZL post-season All-Star.[12]

Prior to the 2013 season, Russell was the Athletics' best prospect according to Baseball America.[13] He was also named the best prospect in the Arizona League.[14] In 2013, he was named an Oakland MILB.com organization All-Star, a CAL rookie of the year,[15] a CAL post-season All-Star, and a CAL Futures Game selection.[12][16] Playing for Mesa, he was also named to the AFL All-Prospect Team, and an AFL Rising Star.[12]

Chicago Cubs

On July 4, 2014, Russell, along with pitcher Dan Straily, outfielder Billy McKinney, and a player to be named later, was traded to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for pitcher Jason Hammel and pitcher Jeff Samardzija.[17][18] The Cubs sent Russell to the Arizona Fall League for the second time at the end of the 2014 minor league season.[19]

2015

Baseball America named him the #3 prospect before the 2015 season.[20] On April 21, Russell was called up to the 25-man roster to play second base against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.[21][22] On May 1, Russell hit his first career home run off of Wily Peralta in a 1–0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.[23] He moved to his normal infield position at shortstop in early August, replacing three-time All-Star Starlin Castro. Russell committed only two errors in 52 games as the regular Cubs shortstop.[24]

In the 2015 postseason, he had 3 hits in 12 at bats with 1 RBI. Cardinal Pitcher John Lackey had a no-hitter into the sixth. Russell's single was the first hit. He hit a triple in the late innings of the third NLDS game and was slightly injured sliding into third. He did not play in game four. After the Cubs defeated the Cardinals in the NLDS to advance to the NLCS to face the New York Mets, it was announced that Russell had pulled his hamstring. This injury kept him out of the NLCS.

After the season, the Cubs acquired Jason Heyward. Russell gave up his jersey number, 22, to Heyward, and switched to number 27 in honor of Eddie George.[25]

2016

Batting .242 with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs, Russell was the starting shortstop at the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[26] By the beginning of September of the 2016 season, Russell had 108 hits in 445 at bats with 19 home runs and 88 runs batted in. Russell had a bases-loaded game-winning hit in a late-season game against the San Francisco Giants.[27] He was 9-for-23 (.391) with 24 RBIs in bases-loaded situations for the year;[28] the 9 bases-loaded hits led MLB for the season.[29] In the seventh inning of the same game, in a bases loaded situation, Russell made an acrobatic catch at the left field foul line for the final out of the inning.[30] Russell finished the year with 95 RBIs and became the second Cub shortstop with over 90 for a season. Previously, Hall of Famer Ernie Banks accomplished this feat five times. Russell hit decisive two-run home runs in Games 4 and 5 of that year's National League Championship Series, helping the Cubs break the Curse of the Billy Goat en route to their first World Series appearance in 108 years.[31][32]

On October 25, 2016, Addison Russell along with teammates Dexter Fowler, Jason Heyward, and Carl Edwards Jr., became the first African-Americans to play for the Cubs in a World Series game. Both Russell and Fowler are the first African-Americans to start for the Cubs in a World Series due to it being the first World Series the Cubs have played in since desegregation.[33][34][35][a] Addison hit the 19th grand slam in the history of the World Series in the sixth game and also tied an MLB record of 6 RBI by one player in a game on a team facing elimination from the fall classic. He became the first player of full or part Filipino ancestry to hit a grand slam in a World Series game. It was the first World Series grand slam since Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox in the 2005 World Series.

2017

On April 19, 2017, Russell hit his first career walk-off home run, a three-run shot against the Milwaukee Brewers.[36] On August 4, Russell was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a strained right foot.[37] At that point in the season his batting average was .241 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI's.

On September 16, 2017, Russell returned from a long stint on the disabled list, and homered in his first at-bat. [38]

2018

Russell had a disappointing season (.250 BA, 5 HR, 38 RBI[39]), and he did not play again after September 19 due to the MLB placing him on administrative leave as it investigated abuse allegations made against him by his ex-wife.[40]

2019

Russell was suspended for the first 29 games of the season, finishing the 40-game suspension he received in 2018 as a result of allegations, found credible by MLB, that he abused his wife. Once his suspension was served, he reported to the Iowa Cubs.[41] He was recalled to Chicago on May 8. [42] Immediately, he switched from shortstop to second base. That night he went 0-for-3 with a walk against the Miami Marlins. The Wrigley Field crowd greeted Russell with mostly boos.[43] Russell hit his first home run of the 2019 season on May 15 against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs optioned Russell to AAA on July 24, 2019, to make room for catcher Willson Contreras.

Personal life

Russell has a daughter named Mila, born in May 2015. Mila's mother is Mallory Engstrom.[44] Russell and Melisa Reidy married in January 2016 and have a son, Aiden, born in August 2015.[45] In June 2017, Russell was accused, by an unknown party, of domestic violence against Reidy, an incident which led to Reidy filing for divorce.[46] Two weeks after this initial allegation, Reidy's lawyer said that she would not be cooperating with MLB's investigation and that she "isn't interested in legitimizing anything that doesn’t come from her."[47] Ultimately, Reidy did meet with MLB once she felt strong enough to do so.[48] MLB suspended Russell for 40 games as a result of its investigation.[49] Russell did not appeal the suspension.

Russell's third child, a son named Raynor, was born in October 2018 to girlfriend Asti Kelley.[50]

Russell chose "Addy" as his nickname for the Players Weekend during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.[51][52]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Jackie Robinson's rookie season was 1947 which was two years after the Chicago Cubs appearance in the 1945 World Series. In 1953, Ernie Banks, known as Mr. Cub, became the first African-American on the Cubs roster.

References

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2014 Oakland Athletics season

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Shortly before the season opener, the Athletics were dealt a huge blow when starting pitchers Jarrod Parker and A. J. Griffin were ruled out for the season. The team responded by promoting reliever Jesse Chavez (and, eventually, Drew Pomeranz) to the starting rotation. Despite this setback, the team raced out to an impressive start; by the All-Star Break, the Athletics had compiled a league-best record of 59-36. Unexpectedly strong performances by starting pitchers Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, and Drew Pomeranz enabled much of this surge; the Athletics' red-hot hitters (particularly sluggers Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Céspedes, and Brandon Moss) also played a major role.

Despite their fantastic first-half performance, the Athletics remained locked in a tight battle for first place in the American League West. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, like the Athletics, had also raced out to an impressive start; at the All-Star Break, the Angels owned the league's second-best record (and, at 57-37, only trailed the Athletics by 1.5 games). In part because of this, the Athletics traded noted prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney, along with starting pitcher Dan Straily, to the Chicago Cubs for two starters (ace Jeff Samardzija and veteran Jason Hammel) on July 4th.

The Athletics continued to play well throughout July. Still, they failed to gain significant ground on the Angels. On July 31, with a scant 2.5 game lead over Los Angeles, the Athletics stunned the league by trading Yoenis Céspedes for all-star starter Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes. In the week immediately following the trade, things went well for the team; by August 9th, they had upped their lead over the Angels to four games. From that point forward, however, the As were met with disaster. An historic collapse, defined largely by ineffective hitting and a spate of narrow losses, saw Oakland tumble in the American League standings; all told, the team won just 16 of its final 46 games. The Athletics only managed to clinch an AL Wild-Card berth on the final day of the regular season. The team finished some ten games behind the Angels, who clinched the league's best record with an impressive 98-64 finish.

The Athletics met the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 American League Wild Card Game. The Athletics held a 7-3 lead over the Royals through seven innings; a furious Royals rally, however, saw the Royals tie the game by scoring three runs in the eighth inning and one run in the ninth. In the 12th inning, the Athletics' took an 8-7 lead on an Alberto Callaspo line drive; the Royals, however, would again rally for a 9-8 walk-off victory (their first playoff win in 29 years). The Athletics did not reach the postseason again until the 2018 season.

2016 Chicago Cubs season

The 2016 Chicago Cubs season was the 145th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 141st in the National League and the Cubs' 101st season at Wrigley Field. To celebrate their 100 years at Wrigley, the Cubs wore a patch on their home uniforms and wore 1916 throwback uniforms on July 6.They began the season on April 4, 2016 at the Los Angeles Angels and finished the regular season on October 2, 2016 at the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs finished with the best record in Major League Baseball and won their first National League Central title since the 2008 season, winning by 17½ games. The team also reached the 100-win mark for the first time since 1935 and won 103 total games, the most wins for the franchise since 1910.

The Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series and returned to the National League Championship Series for the second year in a row, where they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.

The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games in the 2016 World Series, their first appearance since the 1945 World Series and first win since the 1908 World Series. In the World Series, the Cubs came back from a three-games-to-one deficit, winning the final three games. The last time a team came back from a three-games-to-one deficit to win the World Series was the Kansas City Royals in 1985. The Cubs were also the first team to win Games 6 and 7 on the road in a World Series since the Pittsburgh Pirates had done so against the Baltimore Orioles in 1979. The World Series victory put an end to the so-called Curse of the Billy Goat and the longest World Series championship drought in history.

2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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The host city was announced on January 15, 2015, by then-Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. This was the third time the city of San Diego hosted the All-Star Game and the first time since 1992.Eric Hosmer, an infielder for the Kansas City Royals, was named the 2016 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

2016 National League Championship Series

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2016 World Series

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The Cubs defeated the Indians 4 games to 3 to win their first World Series since 1908. Game 7, an 8–7 victory in 10 innings, marked the fifth time that a Game 7 had gone into extra innings and the first since 1997 (which, coincidentally, the Indians also lost). It was also the first Game 7 to have a rain delay, which occurred as the tenth inning was about to start. The Cubs became the sixth team to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-seven World Series, following the 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates, the 1958 New York Yankees, the 1968 Detroit Tigers, the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates, and the 1985 Kansas City Royals.

The Cubs, playing in their eleventh World Series and their first since 1945, won their third championship and first since 1908, ending the longest world championship drought in North American professional sports history. It was the Indians' sixth appearance in the World Series and their first since 1997, with their last Series win having come in 1948. The two teams entered their matchup as the two franchises with the longest World Series title droughts, a combined 174 years without a championship. Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who had previously won World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007, fell short in his bid to become the third manager to win his first three trips to the Fall Classic, after Casey Stengel and Joe Torre.

2017 Chicago Cubs season

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The Cubs began the season on April 2, 2017 at the St. Louis Cardinals and finished the regular season October 1 at home against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs finished the season 92–70 in first place in the Central Division. With a win over the Cardinals on September 27, the Cubs won the division title for the second consecutive year.The Cubs defeated the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series three games to two to advance to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the League Championship Series in a rematch of the previous year's series. In the best of seven NLCS, the Cubs lost to the Dodgers four games to one.

2017 National League Championship Series

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This was the first time in history that the NLCS and ALCS teams were from the four most populous U.S. cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.For the first time, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; this NLCS was sponsored by Camping World and was officially known as the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World.The Dodgers would go on to lose to the Houston Astros in the World Series in seven games.

2018 Chicago Cubs season

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It was the second of the last for team broadcasts on long time FTA broadcaster WGN-TV, the 2018-19 offseason was when it was announced that effective Opening Day 2020, the Cubs will be moving to a brand new regional cable TV channel, making them the 4th team overall to have their own cable station, officially ending a 7-decade long presence there. WLS-TV, the team's secondary over the air broadcaster, will soon take over the free to air broadcasts of Cubs games from that year on.

2019 Chicago Cubs season

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The Cubs began their season at the Texas Rangers on March 28 and will end their season at the St. Louis Cardinals on September 29.

Charles Addison Russell

Charles Addison Russell (March 2, 1852 – October 23, 1902) was a U.S. Representative from Connecticut.

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Russell attended the public schools. He graduated from Yale College in 1873, and served as city editor of the Worcester Press 1873–1879 and associate editor of the Worcester Spy in 1879 and 1880. He moved to Killingly, Connecticut, in 1879 and engaged in the manufacture of woolen products. He served as aide-de-camp on the staff of Gov. Hobart B. Bigelow in 1881. He served as member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1883, and as Secretary of the State of Connecticut in 1885 and 1886.

He was elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1887, until his death. He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Fifty-seventh Congress). He had been renominated as the Republican candidate for reelection in 1902. He died in Killingly, Connecticut, October 23, 1902. He was interred in the High Street Cemetery, Dayville, Killingly, Connecticut.

Jason Hammel

Jason Aaron Hammel (born September 2, 1982) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays, Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, and Kansas City Royals.

John T. Wait

John Turner Wait (August 27, 1811 – April 21, 1899) was a U.S. Representative from Connecticut.

Born in New London, Connecticut, Wait moved with his mother to Norwich, Connecticut. He attended the common schools and Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, for two years. He engaged in mercantile pursuits. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1836, and began the practicing law in Norwich this same year.

He served as state's attorney for the county of New London from 1842 to 1844 and 1846 to 1854. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election as Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut in 1854, 1855, 1856, and 1857. He served in the Connecticut Senate in 1865 and 1866, the latter year as president pro tempore. He served as member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1867, 1871, and 1873, serving as speaker in 1867.

Wait was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry H. Starkweather. He was reelected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth and to the four succeeding Congresses, serving from April 12, 1876, to March 3, 1887. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1886, and resumed the practice of his profession.

Congressman Wait was a first cousin of U.S. Chief Justice Morrison Waite.

He died in Norwich, Connecticut, April 21, 1899, and was interred in Yantic Cemetery.

List of Major League Baseball players investigated for domestic violence

Major League Baseball (MLB) and the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) announced the creation of a domestic violence policy in August 2015. According to the policy, the Commissioner can place any player suspected of domestic violence, sexual assault, or child abuse on administrative leave for up to seven days while conducting an investigation. The Commissioner can choose to suspend or reinstate the player, or can defer judgment until after criminal proceedings conclude. The policy does not include minimum or maximum punishments.Under baseball’s collectively bargained policy, players undergo mandatory domestic violence training once a year in spring training. MLB conscripted a San Francisco-based nonprofit, Futures Without Violence, to spearhead its training program. The nonprofit is also part of MLB’s joint committee on domestic violence, a collaboration between the players’ union and the commissioner’s office.Prior to MLB's 2015 policy on domestic violence, the league office and individual clubs did not take disciplinary action against players and managers who were either arrested or accused of domestic violence. Players and managers who had been arrested or accused of domestic violence while active but did not face an investigation or suspension from MLB include: Jose Canseco, Dante Bichette, Barry Bonds, Bobby Cox, Wil Cordero, Pedro Astacio, Julio Lugo, Brett Myers, Milton Bradley, and Josh Lueke.

Midland RockHounds

The Midland RockHounds are a minor league baseball team based in Midland, Texas. The team, which plays in the Texas League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics major league club. The RockHounds play in Security Bank Ballpark, which opened in 2002 and seats 6,669 fans. The RockHounds have won seven Texas League championships: in 1975 (co-champions with the Lafayette Drillers), 2005, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Political Animal (radio show)

Political Animal is a performance and radio show created by British comedians John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman in which various stand-up comedians perform political material.

Political Animal began at the 2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has returned every year since, it was initially co-hosted by Zaltzman and Oliver but since 2006 hosted by Zaltzman alone except for some of the 2011 fringe where Oliver returned. In 2007 Political Animal also became a radio series on BBC Radio 4. It returned for a second series in 2008, running for 10 episodes. The series took the form of a stand-up show, with Zaltzman and Oliver performing in between the acts they introduced.Previous guests have included Frankie Boyle, Daniel Kitson, Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Jeremy Hardy, Marcus Brigstocke, Robert Newman, Chris Addison, Russell Howard and Russell Brand.

Stockton Ports

The Stockton Ports are a Minor League Baseball team of the California League and the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. They are located in Stockton, California, and are named for the city's seaport. The team plays its home games at Banner Island Ballpark which opened in 2005 and seats over 5,000 people.

The Ports were established in 1941 and have won the California League championship eleven times. They are tied with the San Jose Giants in having the most titles among the league's active franchises.

Tyler Chatwood

Tyler Cole Chatwood (born December 16, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Colorado Rockies.

Under Armour All-America Baseball Game

The Under Armour High School All-America Baseball Game is a high school baseball all-star game held annually to spotlight the United States' top high school players who are juniors or seniors. The game is played in late July or August, at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Since 2008 and through the 2018 Major League Baseball draft, 318 of the 361 draft-eligible players from the game have been selected in the MLB draft, including 98 first round picks.

Vermont Lake Monsters

The Vermont Lake Monsters are a Minor League Baseball team in the Class A Short Season New York–Penn League affiliated with the Oakland Athletics. The team plays its home games at Centennial Field, one of the oldest minor league stadiums, on the University of Vermont campus in Burlington, Vermont.

The team was previously located in Jamestown, New York, (as the Jamestown Expos) from 1977 to 1993.

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