Austin Kearns

Austin Ryan Kearns (born May 20, 1980) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 2002 through 2013 for the Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, and Miami Marlins.

Austin Kearns
Austin Kearns coming in from right field
Kearns with the Miami Marlins
Right fielder
Born: May 20, 1980 (age 39)
Lexington, Kentucky
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 2002, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
May 3, 2013, for the Miami Marlins
MLB statistics
Batting average.253
Home runs121
Runs batted in494
Teams

Baseball career

Cincinnati Reds

After playing at Lafayette Senior High School, he was offered a scholarship to play college baseball at the University of Florida. However, he decided to sign with the Cincinnati Reds after being selected seventh overall in the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft. After three seasons in the Reds' minor league system, he made his Major League debut on April 17, 2002.

Washington Nationals

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Kearns, with the Washington Nationals in 2007.

Kearns was traded to the Nationals on July 13, 2006, along with Felipe Lopez and Ryan Wagner from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Gary Majewski, Bill Bray, Royce Clayton, Brendan Harris, and Daryl Thompson.

On September 23, 2006, playing against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium, Kearns and first baseman Nick Johnson collided while making a sliding attempt to catch a fly ball. Kearns originally remained in the game relatively unhurt, but was removed shortly after play resumed by Manager Frank Robinson. Kearns was replaced by Ryan Church, who played in Kearns's spot for most of the rest of the season. Kearns suffered severe bruising down his left side as well as soreness. Johnson sustained a broken femur and underwent surgery that night to repair his injuries. Johnson missed all of 2007 recuperating from his injuries. Kearns, however, had career highs in several key areas, including 161 games played and 74 RBIs. On May 12, 2007, in a game at home against the Florida Marlins, Kearns hit a bases-empty inside-the-park home run, the first ever for a Nationals player. The ball bounced off the glove of Florida Marlins player Reggie Abercrombie. Kearns scored after receiving the sign to keep running by 3rd base coach Tim Tollman. Down the stretch, he tallied 4 hits in 11 at bats (with 2 home runs) in a late-season Nats' series sweep over the division leading New York Mets that kept the Mets out of the playoffs.

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Kearns batting for the New York Yankees in 2010.

In 2008, the Nationals placed Kearns on the 15-day disabled list on May 22 because of loose bodies in his right elbow and on August 25 with a stress fracture in his left foot.

Kearns was placed on the disabled list on August 5, 2009 with a right thumb injury. His move to the list was retroactive to August 4. The Nationals called up outfielder Jorge Padilla from the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs to replace the ailing Kearns.[1] On November 6, the Nationals declined the 2010 contract option on Kearns making him a free agent.[2]

Cleveland Indians

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Kearns in an interview while with the Cleveland Indians

On January 5, 2010, Kearns signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians with an invite to spring training. He was added to the Major League roster on April 3. On July 5, 2010, vs. the Texas Rangers, Kearns was hit by a pitch three times. This set a new all time Indians record and tied the Major League record for most hits by pitch. The last player to do so was Manny Ramirez on the same date in 2008.

New York Yankees

On July 30, 2010, Kearns was traded to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later,[3] later revealed to be Zach McAllister.[4] Kearns was part of the Yankees 2010 postseason roster until the team lost to the Texas Rangers in the 2010 ALCS.

Second stint with Cleveland

On December 20, 2010, Kearns signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians.[5] He was designated for assignment on August 12, 2011 to make room on the active roster for the return of Shin-Soo Choo from the disabled list. Kearns was released on August 17.

Miami Marlins

Kearns signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins on January 25, 2012. He also received an invitation to spring training and would later make the Opening Day roster.

On May 23, 2012, The Marlins placed Kearns on a 15-day Disabled List after he strained his right hamstring. He was reinstated on June 7. In 2012, he hit .245 with 6 doubles, no triples, 4 home runs, 16 RBI, 22 walks, and 2 stolen bases in 147 at bats.[6]

In 2013, Kearns was batting .185 through 19 games before he was placed on the Bereavement List by the Marlins. After seven games, having not returned to the team, he was transferred to the restricted list.[7]

References

  1. ^ http://ownersedge.fanball.com/mlb/player/3357
  2. ^ http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/11/nationals-decline-option-on-austin-kearns.html
  3. ^ Sherman, Joel (2010-07-30). "Yankees acquire Indians OF Kearns". NYPOST.com. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  4. ^ Collins, Donnie. "Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Blog » Zach McAllister dealt to Cleveland". Blogs.thetimes-tribune.com. Archived from the original on 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  5. ^ Bastian, Jordan (December 20, 2010). "Tribe finds right-handed bat in Kearns". MLB.com. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  6. ^ http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-03-29/sports/fl-miami-marlins-0330-20120329_1_bryan-petersen-logan-morrison-giants
  7. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130512&content_id=47336752&notebook_id=47358636&vkey=notebook_mia&c_id=mia

External links

1998 Major League Baseball draft

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2004 Cincinnati Reds season

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2005 Cincinnati Reds season

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The Reds missed the playoffs for the tenth straight season, tying a record set between 1980-89.

2006 Cincinnati Reds season

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2008 Washington Nationals season

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2010 Cleveland Indians season

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Billings Mustangs

The Billings Mustangs are a minor league baseball team based in Billings, Montana. The Mustangs are the Pioneer League Rookie affiliate of the Major League Cincinnati Reds. The team has been a part of the Pioneer League since 1948 with a five-year gap between 1964 and 1968, and has been affiliated with the Reds since 1974 (after an affiliation with the Kansas City Royals). Along with the Elizabethton Twins, the Mustangs affiliation with the Reds is the longest-running among all rookie-level teams. The team was officially established on November 4, 1947.

The Mustangs play at Dehler Park, named after Jon Dehler, a Billings businessman who bought the naming right to the field in 2007. Prior to the 2008 season the Mustangs played at Cobb Field (named after Bob Cobb who was responsible for bringing professional baseball to the city of Billings). Cobb Field was demolished in September 2007 to make way for the new park.

The Mustangs won three consecutive Pioneer League titles from 1992 and 1994, then won another in 1997. In 2003, Billings swept the Provo Angels in the Championship Series, winning two games to none. Provo had tied the league record for wins that year with 54. Billings, the last team to qualify for the postseason, won Game 1 at Provo 8-5 in 11 innings, then, Billings won 3-0 on a no-hitter by James Paduch to win the Championship in front of a sold-out Cobb Field in Billings. The game was a classic pitchers duel between two of the top pitchers in the league (Provo's being 2003 Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year Abel Moreno). In 2006, Chris Valaika set a Pioneer League record with a 32-game hitting streak during the Mustangs 51-win campaign.

Many Major League stars have begun their pro careers in Billings. These include George Brett, Reggie Sanders, Paul O'Neill, Trevor Hoffman, Keith Lockhart, Danny Tartabull, Ben Broussard, Scott Sullivan, Aaron Boone, Adam Dunn, Austin Kearns, and B. J. Ryan.

After years of award-winning work in the front office, Assistant General Manager Gary Roller was promoted to General Manager for the 2005 season. Roller took over for long time GM and Mustangs Hall-of-Famer Bob Wilson. Matt Bender, who formerly handled the duties of Official Scorer, took over the vacated Assistant General Manager position.

Dehler Park (and before at Cobb Field) is renowned in the Pioneer League for the "Beer Batter" tradition. Every game the Mustangs Beer Boosters designate one player as the "Beer Batter." If that player gets a hit, attendees can buy four beers for $10. Many eager buyers stand at the stairs anticipating a hit and the oncoming rush of people.

The Billings Mustangs changed their logo for the 2006 season. The 2007 season was their last at Cobb Field and the Mustangs begin the 2008 season at Dehler Park. On September 11, 2014, the Mustangs defeated the Orem Owlz for their first Pioneer League Championship since the 2003 season. After the 2014 season The team introduced its new ownership group at a December 5 in a press conference at Dehler Park.

Dayton Dragons

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Kearns (surname)

Kearns is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Anthony Kearns (born 1971), Irish musician

Austin Kearns (born 1980), baseball player

Bracken Kearns (born 1981), Canadian ice hockey player

Burt Kearns (born 1956), American author and television & film producer

Daniel Kearns (footballer) (born 1991), Irish footballer

Daniel Kearns (designer) (born 1975), Irish menswear designer

Daniel F. Kearns (1896–1963), American military aviator

Dan Kearns (born 1956), Canadian football player

David T. Kearns (1930–2011), American CEO of Xerox Corporation and Deputy Secretary of Education

Dennis Kearns (born 1945), Canadian retired ice hockey player

Doris Kearns Goodwin (born Doris Helen Kearns, 1941), American author

Gerard Kearns (born 1984), English actor

H.G.H. Kearns (1902–1986), British entomologist

James Kearns (born 1957), writer of the film John Q

John Kearns (1784–1864), Irish-Canadian politician

John Kearns (1883–1928), British footballer

John Kearns (born 1987), British comedian

Joseph Kearns (1907–1962), American actor

Martin Kearns (1977-2015), English drummer

Michael Kearns (born 1950), American actor

Mick Kearns (born 1950), Irish footballer

Mike Kearns (1929–2009), American professional basketball player

Mogue Kearns (died 1798), United Irishmen during the 1798 Rebellion

Ollie Kearns (born 1956) English footballer

Peter Kearns (1937–2014) English footballer

Robert Kearns (1927–2005), inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper

Steve Kearns (born 1956), Canadian football player

Thomas Kearns (1862–1918), early United States Senator from Utah

William Henry Kearns (1794–1846), Irish composer

Lafayette High School (Lexington, Kentucky)

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List of Cincinnati Reds first-round draft picks

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Of those 58 players, 28 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 22 of these were right-handed, while 6 were left-handed. The Reds have also selected 12 outfielders, eight shortstops, four catchers, four third basemen and two first basemen. They have never selected a second baseman in the initial round of the draft. The franchise has drafted eleven players from colleges or high schools in California, while another eight were drafted out of Texas. The only first-round pick out of the Reds' home state of Ohio was Barry Larkin, a native of Cincinnati.One of these picks has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Barry Larkin, drafted in 1985, was elected to the Hall in his third year of eligibility in 2012. Five of these picks have won a World Series championship with the Reds. Don Gullett & Gary Nolan won two consecutive Series with the Reds, 1975 and 1976, and Gullett won again in 1977 as a member of the New York Yankees. Three of the Reds first-round picks participated in the team's 1990 championship: Larkin, Scott Scudder, and Jack Armstrong. In addition to eventually reaching the Hall of Fame, Larkin was awarded the Roberto Clemente Award in 1993, the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 1994, and named the National League Most Valuable Player in 1995.Cincinnati has made ten selections in the supplemental round of the draft, but has never held the first overall pick. They have also had two compensatory picks since the first draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. The Reds have failed to sign their first-round pick twice. Mike Miley, selected in 1971, chose to attend college at Louisiana State University; he would later be drafted by the California Angels in 1974. The Reds did not receive a compensatory pick for failing to sign Miley. Jeremy Sowers, the Reds' 2001 choice, decided to attend Vanderbilt University, and was selected in the first round of the 2004 draft by the Cleveland Indians. Sowers' MLB debut came in 2006 against Cincinnati. For failing to sign Sowers, the Reds received the 40th pick in the 2002 draft, which they used to select Mark Schramek.

List of Major League Baseball career putouts as a right fielder leaders

In baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO or fly out when appropriate) is given to a defensive player who records an out by a tagging a runner with the ball when he is not touching a base (a tagout), catching a batted or thrown ball and tagging a base to put out a batter or runner (a force out), catching a thrown ball and tagging a base to record an out on an appeal play, catching a third strike (a strikeout), catching a batted ball on the fly (a flyout), or being positioned closest to a runner called out for interference.

A right fielder, abbreviated RF, is the outfielder in baseball or softball who plays defense in right field. Right field is the area of the outfield to the right of a person standing at home plate and facing towards the pitcher's mound. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the right fielder is assigned the number 9.

Paul Waner is the all-time leader in putouts by a right fielder with 4,740 career. Roberto Clemente (4,454), Dwight Evans (4,247), Hank Aaron (4,163), Tony Gwynn (4,052), Sammy Sosa (4,019), and Ichiro Suzuki (4,009) are the only other right fielders to record over 4,000 career putouts.

Putout

In baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO or fly out when appropriate) is given to a defensive player who records an out by one of the following methods:

Tagging a runner with the ball when he is not touching a base (a tagout)

Catching a batted or thrown ball and tagging a base to put out a batter or runner (a force out)

Catching a thrown ball and tagging a base to record an out on an appeal play

Catching a third strike (a strikeout)

Catching a batted ball on the fly (a flyout)

Being positioned closest to a runner called out for interference

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Wayne Krivsky

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