Gregg Jefferies

Gregory Scott Jefferies (born August 1, 1967) is a retired infielder/outfielder in Major League Baseball who had a 14-year career from 1987 to 2000. He was a highly touted prospect who became the first two-time winner of the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award. In 2017, Baseball America called him their most highly regarded prospect until Andruw Jones.[1] He went on to become a two-time All-Star.

Gregg Jefferies
Infielder / Left fielder
Born: August 1, 1967 (age 51)
Burlingame, California
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 1987, for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
May 29, 2000, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average.289
Home runs126
Runs batted in663
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Playing career

New York Mets

Drafted by the New York Mets out of Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, California in the first round of the 1985 amateur draft (#20 overall), Jefferies hit .331 in his first year in the minor leagues, moving from Kingsport of the Appalachian League (rookie) to Jackson of the Texas League (AA) in two years. He was named Minor League Player of the Year for both 1986 and 1987, hitting .367 with 20 home runs, 48 doubles and 101 RBI for Jackson in the latter year, earning Jefferies a brief call-up the New York Mets at the end of the 1987 season. He went 3 for 6 in 6 games, at the age of 19, making him the youngest player in the Major Leagues that season.

The Mets decided they needed to make room for Jefferies, but didn't know where to play him, as the veteran team was full at the spots Jefferies played in the minor leagues (shortstop, third base and second base). The outfield was full also, with the team finding it difficult to get outfielders Lenny Dykstra and Mookie Wilson playing time alongside Darryl Strawberry and Kevin McReynolds, so Jefferies was sent to AAA Tidewater to start the 1988 season.

After spending most of the 1988 season at AAA (where he hit .282), Jefferies was recalled at the end of August and allowed to play out the year as a starter, mostly at third base. He responded by hitting .321 over the last 29 games of the 1988 season as the team finished with a 100-60 record to win the National League East.

The Mets made a full-time roster spot for Jefferies when they traded Wally Backman to the Minnesota Twins, leaving second base open for Jefferies. But Jefferies faltered, hitting .258 with little selectivity as a rookie in 1989.

During a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 27, 1989, Jefferies was the last batter to ground out before the Mets lost the game. Jefferies then heard some unkind comments from his former teammate, Roger McDowell and then charged the mound starting a bench-clearing brawl.

In response to criticism from teammates, on May 24, 1991, Jefferies pleaded his case in an open letter read on WFAN, New York's sports radio station. In the letter, Jefferies wrote: "When a pitcher is having trouble getting players out, when a hitter is having trouble hitting, or when a player makes an error, I try to support them in whatever way I can. I don't run to the media to belittle them or to draw more attention to their difficult times. I can only hope that one day those teammates who have found it convenient to criticize me will realize that we are all in this together. If only we can concentrate more on the games than complaining and bickering and pointing fingers, we would all be better off."[2]

In 1990, Jefferies raised his batting average up to .283 while scoring 96 runs and hitting 40 doubles, but the team finished 2nd for the second straight year. He slipped in 1991, hitting .272 with 30 extra base hits in 486 at bats as the team slipped to 5th place. That offseason the team traded him, along with McReynolds and infielder Keith Miller, to the Kansas City Royals for former All-Star pitcher Bret Saberhagen and utility man Bill Pecota, ending his stay with the Mets.

Post-New York

After playing the 1992 season with the Royals, he moved on to the St. Louis Cardinals, where he would have his two best seasons, batting .342 and .325, respectively, while finding a home at first base and being named to the National League All-Star team in both the 1993 and 1994 seasons. He signed a lucrative contract with the Philadelphia Phillies after the 1994 season due to a dispute over a no-trade clause the Cardinals wouldn't give him, and he moved to the outfield for the Phillies, where he performed adequately over the 1995, 1996 and 1997 seasons, but injuries to his thumb and hamstring hampered his effectiveness. In 1998, he was traded mid-season to the Anaheim Angels, where he hit .347 in 19 games before moving to the Detroit Tigers the next year. He hit a collective .231 for the Tigers over two seasons before he retired in 2000.

For his career, Jefferies had a career .289 batting average with 126 home runs, 663 RBIs and 196 stolen bases.

Jefferies resided in Pleasanton, California with his wife Jeannie Marshall and kids. He was a hitting instructor at Total Players Center in Pleasanton, California before opening his own Gregg Jefferies Sports Academy also in Pleasanton, California. He coached Troy Channing, who was selected in the MLB Draft.[3]

As of 2017, Jefferies worked as a hitting instructor at Office Sports Academy in Anaheim.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Morris, Ron (18 October 2017). "Where are they now?: Gregg Jefferies". Baseball America. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  2. ^ Pearlman, Jeff (2009). The Bad Guys Won. HarperCollins. p. 268. ISBN 0061851965.
  3. ^ Sports Illustrated, August 2, 2010, Where are they Now?, p.84, Published by Time Inc.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Greg Maddux
1986
Youngest Player in the
National League

1987
Succeeded by
Ramón Martínez
1988
Achievements
Preceded by
Rondell White
Hitting for the cycle
September 3, 1995
Succeeded by
Tony Fernández
1989 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1989 season was the 28th regular season for the Mets. They went 87-75 and finished 2nd in the NL East. They were managed by Davey Johnson. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

1990 New York Mets season

The 1990 New York Mets season was the 29th regular season for the Mets. They went 91-71 and finished second in the National League East. They were managed by Davey Johnson and Bud Harrelson. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

1991 New York Mets season

The 1991 New York Mets season was the 30th regular season for the Mets. They went 77-84 and finished fifth in the National League East for their first losing season since 1983. They were managed by Bud Harrelson and Mike Cubbage. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

An interesting note is that two Mets home games against the Cardinals were cancelled on August 19 and 20 due to the Crown Heights riot; this puts the 1991 Mets, alongside the 1992 Los Angeles Dodgers and the 2015 Baltimore Orioles to have games affected due to riots.

1992 Kansas City Royals season

The 1992 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 5th in the American League West with a record of 72 wins and 90 losses.

1992 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1992 season was the 31st regular season for the Mets. The Mets entered the season attempting to improve on their 1991 season, where due in part to a second half collapse they finished 78-84 and recorded their first losing record since 1983. All 81 of the Mets' home games were played at Shea Stadium.

1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 64th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 13, 1993, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, the home of the Baltimore Orioles of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 9-3.

This is also the last Major League Baseball All-Star Game to date to be televised by CBS.

1993 St. Louis Cardinals season

The St. Louis Cardinals 1993 season was the team's 112th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 102nd season in the National League. Under their manager Joe Torre, the Cardinals went 87-75 during the season and finished 3rd in the National League East Division, ten games behind the NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies. This was the final season in the NL East for the Cardinals, before their move to the NL Central for the following season.

1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 65th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 12, 1994, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League—tying the Indians for the all-time record of most All-Star Games hosted by one franchise, as the Pirates had also hosted in 1944, 1959, and 1974 (and would again in 2006). The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 8–7 in 10 innings. It was the National League's first win since 1987.

This All-Star Game also marked the inaugural telecast for The Baseball Network, a joint-venture between Major League Baseball, ABC and NBC. This was NBC's first television broadcast of a Major League Baseball game since Game 5 of the 1989 National League Championship Series on October 9 of that year.

1994 St. Louis Cardinals season

The St. Louis Cardinals 1994 season was the team's 113th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 103rd season in the National League. The Cardinals went 53-61 during the season and finished tied for 3rd place with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Central division, 13 games behind the Cincinnati Reds. The season was cut short due to the infamous 1994 player's strike.

Catcher Tom Pagnozzi won a Gold Glove this year.

2000 Detroit Tigers season

The Detroit Tigers' 2000 season was a season in American baseball. It was their first season at Comerica Park, after playing at Tiger Stadium since 1912, at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Avenue (also site of their previous stadiums since 1896).

Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award

Listed below in chronological order are the Minor League Baseball players chosen by Baseball America as recipients of the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award. Since 1981 the award is given to a single minor league player and is judged by Baseball America panel experts as having had the most outstanding season.

Bill Pecota

William Joseph "Bill" Pecota (born February 16, 1960) is a former professional baseball player who played infield in the Major Leagues from 1986–94. Pecota attended Peterson High School in Sunnyvale, California. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 10th round of 1981 MLB amateur draft after playing at De Anza College in Cupertino, California, and debuted in Kansas City in 1986. Pecota's best season came in 1991, his final year in Kansas City, as he hit .286 and played a career-high 125 games. After the 1991 season, Pecota, along with Bret Saberhagen, was traded to the New York Mets for Kevin McReynolds, Gregg Jefferies and Keith Miller. After one season in New York, Pecota signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves, with whom he played the final two seasons of his career. Pecota earned approximately $2.6 million as a player. He was nicknamed I-29 Pecota by his teammates for being frequently sent to the Royals AAA Minor League team in Omaha, Nebraska, a short drive up Interstate 29 from Kansas City.

Charlie Williams (umpire)

Charles Herman Williams (December 20, 1943 – September 10, 2005) was an American baseball umpire who officiated in the National League from 1978 to 1999, and in both leagues in 2000. In 1993 he became the first African American umpire to work behind home plate in a World Series game. He wore uniform number 25.

Williams was born in Denver, Colorado, attended George Washington High School, and became an All-America football player at Long Beach City College, later attending California State University, Los Angeles.

In his rookie season, Williams umpired third base for Tom Seaver's only no-hitter on June 16, 1978.Williams was the only umpire to eject Steve Garvey from a game, which occurred during the 1986 season and received media coverage for the incident.

Williams was the first base umpire in a 1990 game between the Mets and Braves, when he was involved in a well-known incident. With two Braves' on base, Met pitcher David Cone induced a chopper from Mark Lemke, fielded by Gregg Jefferies, who threw to Cone at first base. Williams mistakenly ruled Lemke safe. Cone argued vociferously with Williams while still holding the ball (Cone thought time had been called), and both Braves' runners scored while Cone was distracted.Williams was the home plate umpire for the longest game in World Series history, Game 4 of the 1993 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays, which lasted 4 hours and 14 minutes and ended with a 15-14 Toronto victory and a 3–1 Series lead for the Blue Jays.

He was the first base umpire on June 3, 1995 when Pedro Martínez pitched 9 perfect innings before giving up a hit in the 10th.

In 1999, he was shoved by Mets third base coach Cookie Rojas after Rojas had argued a foul ball that clearly, on replay, was a foul ball by inches. Rojas was suspended for 3 games.

He also worked the All-Star games in 1985 and 1995, the 1989 National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs, the 1997 NLCS between the Florida Marlins and the Atlanta Braves, and the 1999 National League Division Series. He ejected San Diego Padres first baseman Steve Garvey from a June, 1986 game between the Padres and the Atlanta Braves, the only ejection of Garvey's career, then ejected Padres manager Steve Boros the next day when Boros tried to present a videotape of the call Williams ejected Garvey over. He was also an umpire on September 28, 1988 when Orel Hershiser set the Major League record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched. He remained an umpire until his retirement in 2000 due to health problems, and died at age 61 in Chicago, Illinois after a long illness related to diabetes and kidney failure.

Dustin Delucchi

Dustin Delucchi (born 23 December 1977) is professional Italian baseball player who played for two Major League Baseball organizations Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres. He went to Junipero Serra high school in San Mateo, CA. He was a 3 sport athlete playing football, basketball, and baseball and is in Serra Highschool Hall of Fame next to greats Tom Brady, Lynn Swann, Gregg Jefferies, and Barry Bonds. He had offers to play football and baseball in college, but decided to accept scholarship and play baseball at Arizona State. In 1998 he played for a National Championship against USC in the College World Series. Dustin Delucchi stands 6 feet tall and is 195lbs. He played 7 seasons for both the MLB Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres organizations and was a member of team Italy in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

Jefferies

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

Alan Jefferies (born 1957), Australian writer

Chris Jefferies (born 1980), American basketball player

Cindy Jefferies, English writer of fiction for children

Darren Jefferies (born 1993), English footballer

Dinah Jefferies (born 1948), English writer

Gregg Jefferies (born 1967), American baseball infielder

Jim Jefferies (comedian) (born 1977), Australian comedian

Jim Jefferies (footballer) (born 1950), Scottish football player and manager

Jim Jeffries (baseball) (1893–1938), American baseball player

Matt Jefferies (1921–2003), American artist, set designer and writer

Richard Jefferies (1848–1887), English nature writer

Thomas Jeffries, also known as Thomas Jefferies (died 1826), Australian outlaw & prisoner

New York Mets award winners and league leaders

This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the New York Mets professional baseball team.

Rich Rodriguez (baseball)

Richard Anthony Rodriguez (born March 1, 1963), a graduate of Mountain View High School in the city of El Monte, California, is a retired professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1990-2003.

Rodriguez was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 17th round of the 1981 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign, opting to attend the University of Tennessee. He was drafted again by the New York Mets in the 9th round of the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft, and signed.

Prior to the 1989 season, Rodriguez was traded by the Mets to the San Diego Padres for minor leaguers Bill Stevenson and Brad Pounders. He made his major league debut in 1990 with the Padres and played for them until June 24, 1993, when he and Gary Sheffield were traded to the Florida Marlins for Andres Berumen, Trevor Hoffman and Jose Martinez.

In 1994, he was released by the Marlins and signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1996, he signed with the Cincinnati Reds, but was released during spring training. He signed with the Royals and spent the season in the minor leagues.

After the 1996 season, he signed with the San Francisco Giants, where he played for three seasons. He signed with the Mets for the 2000 season.

In 2001, he played for the Cleveland Indians. He signed with the Texas Rangers for the 2002 season, and the Anaheim Angels for the 2003 season.

Rich Rodriguez started "Elite Nine" baseball camps and clinics in 2012, a company who empowers and employs former Major League baseball players after their career has ended. Former players instruct at Elite Nine camps and provide private baseball lessons. Elite Nine Major League camps have travelled to Camarillo, CA, Thousand Oaks, CA, Newbury Park, CA, San Anselmo, CA, and Lincoln, CA. Former MLB players who have instructed at Elite Nine Camps are Dmitri Young, Gregg Jefferies, Mike Lieberthal, Rene Gonzales and Aaron Miles. Rich Rodriguez was inducted into the El Monte Athletic Hall of Fame on November 10, 2012.

Rich resides in the Greater Los Angeles area with his wife since 2006, Malia Rivera, who is a VP of marketing in the veterinary industry. He continues to teach and consult students, travel teams and Little Leagues in the Area.

Texas League Player of the Year Award

The Texas League Player of the Year Award is an annual award given to the best player in minor league baseball's Texas League. In 1931, Dizzy Dean won the first ever Texas League Player of the Year Award.

First basemen, with 21 winners, have won the most among infielders, followed by third basemen (16), second basemen (7), and shortstops (6). Two catchers have also won the award. Thirty outfielders have won the Player of the Year Award, the most of any position. A total of five pitchers have won the award. The Texas League established a Pitcher of the Year Award in 1933. The five pitchers who won Player of the Year Awards won the honor before its creation and during two periods in which the pitcher's award was not given.Eight players each from the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball (MLB) organizations have won the Player of the Year Award, more than any other, followed by the Houston Colt .45's/Astros organizations (7); the St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles and Milwaukee Brewers organizations (6); the New York/San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics organizations (5); the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, and San Diego Padres organizations (4); the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets organizations (3); the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, and Seattle Mariners, organizations (2); and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Philadelphia Phillies, and Texas Rangers organizations (1). Five players won the award on teams that were not affiliated with a major league team.

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