Freddy Sanchez

Frederick Phillip Sanchez Jr. (born December 21, 1977) is an American former Major League Baseball second baseman. Sanchez played for the Boston Red Sox (20022003), Pittsburgh Pirates (20042009) and San Francisco Giants (20092011). He batted and threw right-handed.

Sanchez announced his retirement on December 21, 2015.[1]

Freddy Sanchez
Freddy Sanchez on August 29, 2010
Sanchez with the Giants in 2010
Second baseman
Born: December 21, 1977 (age 41)
Hollywood, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 10, 2002, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
June 10, 2011, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Batting average.297
Home runs48
Runs batted in371
Career highlights and awards

High school and college

Sanchez graduated in 1996 from Burbank High School in Burbank, California, where he was a three-year varsity player. In his senior year he was named MVP of the Foothill League of the CIF. He also played in the Daily News Bernie Milligan All-Star Game, where he earned MVP honors. While in high school, he played on the same summer league team as former teammate Jack Wilson. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 30th round out of Burbank High, but opted not to sign.

Sanchez was born with a severely pigeon-toed left foot and a club right foot, and his parents had received an initial medical prognosis that he might never walk. After seeking specialized medical attention through the Children's Orthopaedic Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, he underwent surgery to correct his foot problems at 13 months, and then had to undergo years of physical therapy before he could walk properly.[2]

Sanchez went to Glendale Community College for two years, where he led the team to a co-championship in the Western State Conference, which was also the college's first playoff appearance since 1981. He transferred to Dallas Baptist University as a Junior, where he played in the NAIA College World Series. In his senior year, he transferred to Oklahoma City University in 2000, where he was named a NAIA All-Star.


Minor leagues to the majors

Sanchez was originally signed by Boston Red Sox scout Ernie Jacobs after being selected in the 11th round of the 2000 draft. In the 2000 season, he split the year between Single-A Lowell and Augusta. For Lowell he hit .288, and for Augusta he hit .301. He began 2001 playing for Single-A Sarasota, where he hit a Red Sox minor league system best of .339. He quickly moved up to Double-A Trenton, where he hit .326.

On August 2, 2002, Sanchez was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket, and made his major league debut for the Red Sox on August 10 against Tampa Bay. He went 1-for-2 with a pinch-hit two-run single. The 2003 season saw him optioned back and forth between the Red Sox and Pawtucket. At the 2003 trading deadline, Sanchez was dealt (along with LHP Mike Gonzalez) to the Pittsburgh Pirates in return for pitchers Jeff Suppan, Brandon Lyon and Anastacio Martinez, and was assigned to Triple-A Nashville;[3] he played only one game there before an ankle injury forced him onto the disabled list.

Sanchez spent most of the 2004 season on the disabled list because of the ankle injury, and did not play until July; he joined the major league roster in September.

Pirates: Breakout and Batting Title


2005 was Sanchez's first full season in the major leagues. He began the season as a backup infielder, but ended up playing in a majority of the team's games due to injuries and poor performance by other players. He appeared in 132 games and made 100 starts (39 at second base, 6 at shortstop and 55 at third base), compiling a .291 batting average with 5 home runs and 35 RBI.


Sanchez began the 2006 season as a bench player. When third baseman Joe Randa suffered an injury on May 6, Sanchez took over the position.

Sanchez received over 850,000 write-in votes for the 2006 All-Star Game, the most of all MLB players. He made the National All-Star squad as a reserve selected by NL manager Phil Garner. Sanchez entered the game in the 5th inning at shortstop, replacing Édgar Rentería. He made a stellar leaping catch. He finished the game at 2nd base and went 0 for 2 at the plate with two groundouts.

A local reporter dubbed 2006 Sanchez's "storybook season" for his rise from a high-ceiling, limited-visibility prospect to an All-Star and batting champion. Pirates manager Jim Tracy admitted his surprise and praised him, "If you handed out ballots at the start of the season listing potential candidates to win the National League batting championship, I don't know that his name would have been on it. Now? He's a guy people are going to keep an eye on for many years to come."[4]

Sanchez won the 2006 NL batting title, beating Florida Marlins third baseman Miguel Cabrera on the last day of the season. Sanchez became the first Pirate to win a batting title since Bill Madlock in 1983. Sanchez reached the 200-hit mark for the first time in 2006. He also led the National League in doubles with 53, as well as having 85 RBIs. He led the majors in line drive percentage (27.5%).[5] After the season, Sanchez received the Tony Conigliaro Award for having overcome his physical adversities.[2]

In early January 2006 his Burbank High School Bulldog baseball jersey number "21" was retired during a ceremony hosted by the school and city officials. The day was declared "Freddy Sanchez" day. In January 2007, Sanchez was voted one of Pittsburgh's most 25 beautiful people by Pittsburgh Magazine.[6]


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Sanchez in 2007.

In 2007, Sanchez was moved to second base, replacing Jose Castillo. Sanchez was also named to the 2007 National League All-Star as a reserve, selected by Tony La Russa. He was the only Pirate All-Star, and it was his second straight All-Star game. He finished the season with a batting average above .300, and a career-high 11 home runs.


On February 5, the Pirates and Sanchez agreed to a multi-year deal. Sanchez's new contract guaranteed him two seasons with the Pirates, plus a club option for 2010 that would become a guaranteed year if Sanchez met certain performance criteria in 2009; the 2010 option took the place of Sanchez's first year of free agency. The contract would pay Sanchez up to $18.9 million. With a sluggish first half but a strong second half, Sanchez batted .271 in 2008, with 9 home runs.


On May 25 Sanchez had six hits in one game, Pittsburgh's first six-hit game in 19 years, joining Texas Ranger Ian Kinsler as the only ballplayers to do so in 2009[7]

Shortly after it was announced that Sanchez was the Pirates' lone representative in the 2009 All-Star Game, the team began to promote Sanchez on the trade market. Interested teams included the Giants, Rockies, Twins, and Mariners. On July 16, reports broke that the Pirates had asked to sit down and talk about a long term contract with Sanchez and Jack Wilson. Both players rejected the initial offers, but reportedly were still open to negotiation.[8] On July 29, 2009, Sanchez was traded to the San Francisco Giants for minor league pitcher Tim Alderson.[9]

San Francisco Giants


On August 26, Sanchez was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left shoulder.[10]

On October 30, after hitting a combined .293/.326/.416 over 111 games with the Pirates and Giants, Sanchez signed a two-year, $12 million contract to remain with the Giants.[11][12]

2010: World Series Champion

Sanchez hit .292 with 7 home runs and 47 runs batted in 2010. The San Francisco Giants won 92 games and the National League Western Division, in a season that culminated in the Giants' winning the 2010 World Series title. Sanchez became the first player in history to collect 3 doubles in his first 3 World Series at-bats.[13] He had initially been awarded doubles in his first four at-bats, but his fourth consecutive stop at second base was ultimately ruled a single and an error.


On April 1, the Giants extended Sanchez's contract an additional year for $6 million in 2012.[12] On June 10, Sanchez dislocated his shoulder diving for a ground ball by Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips. On August 1, it was announced that Sanchez would have season-ending surgery.


Sanchez started the year on the disabled list. On July 5, 2012, it was announced that Sanchez would miss the rest of the season after undergoing back surgery.


Sanchez officially retired on December 21, 2015, on his 38th birthday.

Career statistics

10 904 3686 3402 434 1012 215 17 48 371 180 420 .297 .335 .413 .988

Sanchez has played 646 games at second base, 172 games at third base and 55 games at shortstop. In the 2010 postseason covering 15 games, he hit .254 (16-for-63) with 5 runs and 3 RBI.


Sanchez and his wife Alissa have two sons; Evan (born April 19, 2005) and Ryan (born January 26, 2008).[14][15]

See also


  1. ^ Crasnick, Jerry. "Freddy Sanchez, former NL batting champion, officially retires". ESPN. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Sanchez wins Tony C Award for overcoming adversity". ESPN. Associated Press. 2006-12-06. Retrieved 2006-12-09.
  3. ^ "Sox trade Sanchez for pitcher Suppan". 2003-07-31. Retrieved 2010-10-28.
  4. ^ Paul Meyer (2006-08-31). "Sanchez delivers happy ending: Batting leader's storybook season continues in Pirates' 10-9, extra-inning win vs. Cubs". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  5. ^ "Major League Leaderboards >> 2006 >> Batters >> Batted Ball Statistics". FanGraphs. FanGraphs Baseball. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  6. ^ Speed, Elizabeth; Randall, Reese; Stanek, Jeff. "WQED Multimedia: Pittsburgh Magazine: December 2006: Signature Sendall". Pittsburgh Magazine: December 2006. WQED Multimedia. Archived from the original on June 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  7. ^ "Freddy Sanchez's six hits leads Pittsburgh Pirates over Cubs 10-8". MSN Sports. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  8. ^ Langosch, Jenifer (2009-07-20). "Sanchez, Wilson open to staying with Bucs". Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  9. ^ Schulman, Henry (July 29, 2009). "UPDATE: Giants acquire Freddy Sanchez for Tim Alderson". The San Francisco Chronicle.
  10. ^ "Infielder Sanchez on disabled list". Associated Press. 2009-08-26.
  11. ^ Haft, Chris (2009-10-30). "Sanchez signs two-year contract". Retrieved 2011-01-09.
  12. ^ a b "Freddy Sanchez gets new 2012 deal". 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
  13. ^ Haft, Chris. "Ten-gallon splat: SF knocks Texas off a Cliff". Archived from the original on April 30, 2016.
  14. ^ Krise, Todd (13 June 2008). "Sanchez's dad is his No. 1 fan". MLB. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  15. ^ "Freddy Sanchez Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights". Retrieved 2009-07-21.

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This is the only draft to last 100 rounds. The last player taken was outfielder Aron Amundson, drafted by the New York Yankees in the 100th round.

This draft is also notable because a record four first-round draft picks were not offered contracts by the teams that drafted them and subsequently became free agents.

2000 Boston Red Sox season

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2003 Boston Red Sox season

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2009 San Francisco Giants season

The 2009 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 127th year in Major League Baseball, their 52nd year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 10th at AT&T Park. After four consecutive losing seasons, the team finished in third place in the National League West with an 88-74 record, 7 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. Following Peter Magowan's retirement, Bill Neukom served as general managing partner of the Giants. After a season with the fewest home runs of any team since the 1993 Florida Marlins, general manager Brian Sabean said the Giants would attempt to bring in a power hitter as well as strengthening a bullpen that held a 4.45 ERA in 2008, fourteenth in the National League.After leading the National League Wild Card race for most of the season, the Giants were ultimately passed by the Colorado Rockies. The team finished third in the NL West and second in the Wild Card. Though they missed the playoffs, the Giants surpassed most expectations for their season; for example, Sports Illustrated projected that the Giants would finish with a record of 77–85. Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins noted San Francisco's promising farm system (including products Pablo Sandoval and Madison Bumgarner) and the perceived weakness of the NL West as reasons to be optimistic about the Giants' potential. Additionally, the Giants' starting rotation boasted three Cy Young Award winners: Randy Johnson, Tim Lincecum, and Barry Zito. After the season ended, Lincecum won his second straight Cy Young. The Giants would build on their surprising 2009 season the following year, winning the World Series. It would be their first in San Francisco.

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(1) Philadelphia Phillies (Eastern Division champions, 97–65) vs. (3) Cincinnati Reds (Central Division champions, 91–71): Phillies won the series, 3–0.

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Conigliaro debuted with the Red Sox in 1964, and was selected to the MLB All-Star Game in the 1967 season. Subsequently, he was hit in the face by a pitch at Fenway Park on August 18, 1967. After missing the rest of the year and all of 1968, he made a comeback in 1969, homering on opening day. He then hit 20 home runs in that season, winning The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award. In 1970, he posted career highs in home runs with 36 and RBIs with 116, but vision problems continued to persist; his performance fell off, and he was never the same player. After a final comeback attempt in 1975, Conigliaro retired at age 30.Conigliaro died in 1990, and the Red Sox instituted the award in his honor. A panel is composed of the media, representatives of the commissioner, and the two leagues' offices. The selection is made by a panel of voters and the award is presented at the annual dinner of the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, held in January, by members of the Conigliaro family.

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