Chris Iannetta

Christopher Greg Iannetta (/ˌaɪ.əˈnɛtə/, Italian pronunciation: [janˈnetta]; born April 8, 1983) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Rockies, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Seattle Mariners, and Arizona Diamondbacks. He played in college for the North Carolina Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He stands stands 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m) tall, and weighs 230 pounds (100 kg).

Chris Iannetta
Chris Iannetta (17575026429)
Iannetta with the Los Angeles Angels
Colorado Rockies – No. 22
Born: April 8, 1983 (age 36)
Providence, Rhode Island
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 11, 2006, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through July 7, 2019)
Batting average.231
Home runs141
Runs batted in502

Early life

Christopher Domenic Iannetta is the son of Maria (née DiLorenzo) and Domenic Iannetta. He is of Italian descent. His mother Maria was born in Casa Nova, Italy and his father Domenic was born in Scapoli, Italy.[1] He has a younger brother Matt (born 1986).[2] Chris and his wife Lisa (married 2009) have a daughter Ashlyn Brooke Iannetta.[3]

He went to St. Ann School in Providence, Rhode Island, and attended St. Raphael Academy, a Roman Catholic high school in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. His jersey was retired there, and is hung there for all to see. He was awarded All-State honors on three consecutive occasions. He was awarded the C. Dona Manyard Award which is given to a male athlete who excels in the classroom and on the field. He graduated from St. Raphael Academy in 2001.


Iannetta attended the University of North Carolina, where he played catcher and first base while majoring in mathematics.[4] As a sophomore in 2003, he finished fourth on the squad with a .319 batting average and ranked third with 55 RBI. Iannetta was named to the 2003 NCAA Starkville Regional All-Tournament Team after tallying five hits and four RBI in the Tar Heels' NCAA Tournament run. As a junior in 2004, he was selected as one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate catcher. Iannetta was also named a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

During his college career, Iannetta played summer baseball in the Cape Cod League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League. His 2002 season with the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod League, led to him being featured in the book "The Last Best League: One Summer, One Season, One Dream" by Jim Collins. In his 2003 season with the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, Iannetta batted .302 with 20 RBIs, and was selected to play in the NECBL All-Star Game. He was also named the league's Defensive Player of the Year.

Professional career

Draft and Minors

The Colorado Rockies selected Iannetta in the fourth round of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft. He began his minor league career with the Asheville Tourists, and spent the 2005 season with the Modesto Nuts. He played the majority of the 2006 season with Double-A Tulsa Drillers before being promoted to the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

Colorado Rockies

Chris Iannetta on April 16, 2008
Iannetta playing for the Colorado Rockies in 2008

Iannetta made his Major League Debut with the Rockies on August 27, 2006. Iannetta got his first career hit on August 27, 2006 off Jake Peavy of the San Diego Padres. He hit his first career home run off of Jonathan Sánchez of the San Francisco Giants. Iannetta played 21 games during 2006 with 2 home runs and 10 RBI.

In 2007, he was named the starting catcher coming out of spring training over Yorvit Torrealba, but struggled at the plate and was demoted to backing up Torrealba. During 2007, Iannetta played in 67 games with a .218 average, 4 home runs, and 27 RBI. Iannetta was part of the backup catcher's role as the Rockies went to the World Series for the first time ever but ended up losing the series to the Boston Red Sox in a 4-game sweep.

The 2008 year was a break-out season for Iannetta, in which he played 104 games batting .264 with 18 home runs and 65 RBI. In 2009, Iannetta played in 93 games batting .228 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI. In 2010, he played in 61 games batting .197 with 9 home runs and 27 RBI. In 2011, he played in 112 games batting .238 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

On November 30, 2011, Iannetta was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for pitcher Tyler Chatwood.[5] On May 2, 2012, he caught Jered Weaver's first no-hitter. He finished the 2012 season playing 79 games with a .240 batting average, 9 home runs, and 26 RBI.

On October 5, 2012, the Angels and Iannetta agreed to terms on a three-year, $15.55 million deal.[6]

Seattle Mariners

On November 23, 2015, Iannetta signed a one-year, $4.25 million deal with the Seattle Mariners.[7]

Arizona Diamondbacks

On January 13, 2017, Iannetta signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[8]

On May 13, 2017, Iannetta was hit by a pitch from Johnny Barbato. Iannetta suffered a broken nose along with four fractured teeth, and required stitches on his lips.[9]

Second stint with the Colorado Rockies

On December 8, 2017, the Rockies and Iannetta agreed to a two year contract, bringing the catcher back to Colorado.[10]

International career

Iannetta was the starting catcher for Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, along with Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann.


  1. ^ Edes, Gordon (March 10, 2009). "USA tugs Iannetta from Italian roots – Yahoo! Sports". Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  2. ^ 16 Matt Iannetta (August 19, 1986). "Player Bio: Matt Iannetta – University of North Carolina Tar Heels Official Athletic Site – University of North Carolina Tar Heels Official Athletic Site". Retrieved October 5, 2015.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ / (June 30, 2014). "Iannetta, wife welcome baby girl to the world |". Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Saxon, Mark (February 21, 2012). "Chris Iannetta already knows the angles". Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  5. ^ Spencer, Lyle (November 30, 2011). "Angels add Iannetta, deal Chatwood". Retrieved December 1, 2011.
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  7. ^ "Seattle Mariners sign free-agent catcher Chris Iannetta to a 1-year contract". November 23, 2015.
  8. ^ "Veteran Chris Iannetta to join Diamondbacks' catching mix".
  9. ^ "Chris Iannetta has fractured teeth, nose after beaning". MSN. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  10. ^ "Colorado Rockies sign catcher Chris Iannetta to a two-year deal". Purple Row. Retrieved December 8, 2017.

External links

2003 NECBL All-Star Game

The 2003 New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game was the 11th exhibition game between all-stars from the NECBL's Northern and the Southern Divisions. The National All-Stars shut out the Southern All-Stars 6-0. Josh DiScipio of the Concord Quarry Dogs was named the game's MVP.

2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament was held at the Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium in Salem, VA from May 25 through May 30. Florida State won the tournament and earned the Atlantic Coast Conference's automatic bid to the 2004 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

2004 Major League Baseball draft

The 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 7 and 8. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams. The draft marked the first time three players from the same university were chosen in the

first ten picks.

Source: 2004 Draft Tracker

2006 Colorado Rockies season

The Colorado Rockies' 2006 season was the 14th for the Rockies. They competed in the National League West finishing with a record of 76–86 and tied for 4th place in the division. Clint Hurdle was the manager. They played home games at Coors Field.

2010 Colorado Rockies season

The Colorado Rockies' 2010 season, the franchise's 18th in Major League Baseball, was a season in American baseball. It featured the club's attempt to make the postseason in consecutive seasons for the first time in the history of the franchise. The club finished 3rd overall in the NL West with a record of 83-79.

2011 Colorado Rockies season

The Colorado Rockies' 2011 season, the franchise's 19th in Major League Baseball, was a season in American baseball. They did not return to the postseason for the third time in five years after also missing in 2010.

2012 Los Angeles Angels season

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's 2012 season was the franchise's 52nd season and 47th in Anaheim (all of them at Angel Stadium of Anaheim). The Angels would miss the playoffs for the 3rd straight, even though they had an 89-73 record as a 3rd seed team in the AL West.

2014 American League Division Series

The 2014 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams in the 2014 American League Championship Series. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Baltimore Orioles, and Detroit Tigers (divisional winners, seeded 1–3 based on regular season record) as well as the Wild Card game winning Kansas City Royals played in the two series. TBS carried all the games.

These matchups were:

(1) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (West Division champions, 98–64) vs. (4) Kansas City Royals (Wild Card winner, 89–73)

(2) Baltimore Orioles (East Division champions, 96–66) vs. (3) Detroit Tigers (Central Division champions, 90–72)This was the first postseason played under the current divisional alignment, going back to 1995, in which neither the Boston Red Sox nor the New York Yankees competed in an ALDS. It was also the Royals' first appearance in the current version of the ALDS, as their last previous postseason appearance had come in 1985, prior to its conception (although the team had played in one of the 1981 ALDS necessitated by that year's player strike and the resulting split season). It was also the Orioles' first ALDS win since 1997.

Both the Angels and the Royals, and the Tigers and the Orioles, met for the first time in the postseason.

2018 Colorado Rockies season

The 2018 Colorado Rockies season was the franchise's 26th in Major League Baseball and the 24th season the Rockies played their home games at Coors Field. Bud Black returned for his 2nd consecutive as Manager. He They won 91 games during the regular season, which was the second-highest mark in franchise history and just one win behind the franchise record set in 2009. They finished the season with a record of 91-72 after losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 National League West tie-breaker game and subsequently opened the postseason by defeating the Chicago Cubs in the Wild Card Game. Their season ended when they were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers in the Division Series.

The Rockies became the first team since the 1922 Philadelphia Phillies to play in four different cities against four different teams in five days, including the 162nd game of the regular season, NL West tie-breaker, NL Wild Card Game and NLDS Game 1. They also finished with the best road record in franchise history, going 44-38 away from Coors Field.

2019 Colorado Rockies season

The 2019 Colorado Rockies season is the franchise's 27th in Major League Baseball. It is their 25th season at Coors Field. Bud Black returned as Manager for his 3rd season in 2019. Before the season began Black was officially offered a 3-year contract extension deal that would see him remain Manager till the 2022 season.

Chatham Anglers

The Chatham Anglers, more commonly referred to as the Chatham A's and formerly the Chatham Athletics, are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Chatham, Massachusetts, playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League's East Division. Prior to the 2009 season, the team was known as the "Athletics" or "A's" but changed its name to the Chatham Anglers due to Major League Baseball Properties' trademark.

Chatham plays its home games at historic Veterans Field, the team's home since 1923, in the town of Chatham on the Lower Cape. The A's have been operated by the non-profit Chatham Athletic Association since 1963. Like other Cape League teams, the Chatham Anglers are funded through merchandise sales, donations, and other fundraising efforts at games such as fifty-fifty raffles.

Chatham has won five CCBL championships, most recently in 1998, when they defeated the Wareham Gatemen in the championship series. Major League alumni include Hall of Famers Jeff Bagwell and Thurman Munson, along with current Major League stars Andrew Miller, Kris Bryant, Evan Longoria, and more (see Alumni section below). 24 Chatham A's alums played in the Major Leagues in 2017.

Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies are an American professional baseball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. The team's home venue is Coors Field, located in the Lower Downtown area of Denver. The Rockies won their first National League championship in 2007, after having won 14 of their final 15 games in order to secure a Wild Card position. In the World Series they were swept by the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox in four games.

Colorado Rockies all-time roster

This list is complete and up-to-date as of December 31, 2014.The following is a list of players, both past and current, who appeared at least in one game for the Colorado Rockies franchise.

Jeff Mathis

Jeffrey Stephen Mathis (born March 31, 1983) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played in MLB for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Marlins, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

List of Major League Baseball career putouts as a catcher 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 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.

Catcher is a position for a baseball or softball player. When a batter takes his/her turn to hit, the catcher crouches behind home plate, in front of the (home) umpire, and receives the ball from the pitcher. In addition to these primary duties, the catcher is also called upon to master many other skills in order to field the position well. The role of the catcher is similar to that of the wicket-keeper in cricket.

Iván Rodríguez is the all-time leader in putouts at the catcher position with 14,864 career. Rodríguez is the only catcher to record more than 14,000 career putouts. Yadier Molina (13,057) and Jason Kendall (13,019) are the only other catchers to record more than 13,000 career putouts.

List of Major League Baseball players (I)

The following is a list of Major League Baseball players, retired or active. As of the end of the 2011 season, there have been 53 players with a last name that begins with I who have been on a major league roster at one point.

Tulsa Drillers

The Tulsa Drillers are a minor league baseball team based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The team, which plays in the Texas League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers major-league club.

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.

Yorvit Torrealba

Yorvit Adolfo Torrealba ([ʝoɾˈβit toreˈalβa]; born July 19, 1978) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers. He bats and throws right-handed.

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