Jayson Werth

Jayson Richard Gowan Werth (born May 20, 1979), is an American former professional baseball outfielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Nationals. During his playing days, Werth stood 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) tall, weighing 235 pounds (107 kg); he batted and threw right-handed. While primarily a right fielder throughout his career, Werth also played left field for the Nationals.

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Jayson Werth in 2017 (33703075704) (cropped)
Werth with the Nationals in 2017
Outfielder
Born: May 20, 1979 (age 40)
Springfield, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2002, for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 2017, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
Batting average.267
Home runs229
Runs batted in799
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Background

Werth was born in Springfield, Illinois, the son of Jeff Gowan, a collegiate baseball and football player who broke all the receiving records and led all Division I wide receivers in receptions while at Illinois State University, and played outfield in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system in 1978[1] and Kim Schofield, who competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the long jump and 100 meters. He is the grandson of Ducky Schofield and nephew of Dick Schofield, both Major League Baseball infielders, and stepson of Dennis Werth, who played in parts of four seasons with the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees from 1979 through 1982. Werth is married with two children.[2]

Baseball career

Early career

Werth was successful as a youngster, playing for the top youth traveling teams in Springfield, Illinois. His teams began traveling when he was seven and dominated the state of Illinois youth baseball with four consecutive state championships (never finishing worse than fourth in nationals) in Khoury League with the Bunn Brewers. He then played for a national power, the Springfield Flame, where his team won the state and Midwest Regional and finished third in the 1993 Sandy Koufax World Series in Spring, Texas, behind Pico Rivera, California and a Dallas, Texas, team that included future major leaguer Vernon Wells. Werth also was selected to play for the U.S. Junior Pan Am Games in 1995. He gained more attention while attending Glenwood High School in Chatham, Illinois, where he compiled a .616[3] batting average in his senior year with 15 home runs in 31 games and helped his team to the state championship in 1996 (his junior year).[4] Werth was named to the 1997 All-America First Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings as a catcher.[5]

Werth initially planned on playing college baseball at the University of Georgia,[6] but changed his plans when he was drafted in the first round (22nd overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1997 Major League Baseball draft. In the minor leagues, Werth played catcher as his primary position.

Toronto Blue Jays

Prior to making his major-league debut, the Orioles traded Werth to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitcher John Bale. Werth broke into the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002. It was with Toronto when he began the switch to the outfield from catcher.

Los Angeles Dodgers

On March 29, 2004, Werth was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jason Frasor after two seasons in Toronto.

During spring training, on March 2, 2005, Werth was hit by a pitch from A. J. Burnett that broke his left wrist. Despite the injury, Werth was able to play in 102 games during 2005, hitting .234 with seven home runs (compared to 16 the previous year, in fewer at-bats). Eight months later, Werth underwent exploratory surgery which revealed two ligament tears that were repaired; however, his discomfort never subsided. On May 21, 2006, Werth had cortisone injected into his wrist; the wrist was placed in a cast for three to four weeks. These injuries caused him to miss the entire 2006 season.

Philadelphia Phillies

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Jayson Werth batting

On December 19, 2006, Werth signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

On June 28, 2007, Werth suffered another wrist injury, but returned August 2 against the Chicago Cubs and went 3-for-6, with 4 RBI and 1 stolen base.

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Jayson Werth at Wrigley Field during a 2007 game vs. the Cubs.

In 2008, Werth began the season platooning with Geoff Jenkins in right field, but soon found himself playing every day in the early part of the season while regular center fielder Shane Victorino was on the disabled list. On May 16, he had a career night against the Blue Jays. He hit three home runs in one game, including a grand slam, a three-run home run, and a solo shot which put him one round-tripper short of hitting for the "homer cycle." He also tied the Phillies team record with 8 RBIs in one game.[7] For the season, he led the majors in home runs against left-handed pitchers, with 16.[8] On October 29, 2008, the Phillies won their second World Series title.

Despite being eligible for arbitration after the 2008 season, Werth agreed to a two-year contract with the Phillies worth $10 million on January 21, 2009.[9]

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Werth with the Phillies

On May 12, 2009, Werth made a steal of home plate in a bases-loaded situation against the Los Angeles Dodgers, which came in the seventh inning after previously stealing both second and third base. Werth stole four bases in the game, leading the team to a 5–3 victory, and again tying a Phillies record.[10] On June 27, Werth became the 14th player in Toronto's Rogers Centre history to hit a home run into the stadium's 500 level. On July 10, Werth was named to the NL All-Star Team as a replacement for New York Mets' outfielder Carlos Beltrán. On July 21, in a home game against the Chicago Cubs, Werth hit his first career walk-off home run, in the 13th inning against Jeff Samardzija, to deliver a 4–1 victory for the Phillies. He led the majors in pitches per plate appearance during the 2009 season, with 4.50.[11] In Game 5 of the 2009 National League Championship Series, Werth hit home runs in the first and seventh innings, in a game which the Phillies won 10–4, clinching the series. Baseball fans voted Werth the 2009 "Unsung Star of the Year" in MLB's This Year in Baseball Awards.[12]

Washington Nationals

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Werth playing in Citizens Bank Park against the Phillies in June 2014

On December 5, 2010, Werth signed a seven-year contract with the Washington Nationals worth $126 million, the 14th richest contract in baseball history. He was introduced to the media on December 15, 2010 with his number 28 jersey.[13]

Werth had a difficult 2011, highlighted by a June in which he had a .154 batting average, a .291 on-base percentage, and a .286 slugging percentage. On the season, Werth had a .232 batting average, with 20 home runs and 58 runs batted in.[14]

On May 6, 2012, Werth broke his left wrist attempting to make a diving catch against his old team, the Philadelphia Phillies. The wrist was the same one that had caused him to miss much of the 2005 season and all of 2006. While the injury was described as a "clean break", it was reported that Werth would consult with the same wrist specialist who treated him in 2005, to determine whether there was any ligament damage. The next day, Werth underwent surgery on the left wrist.[15] After a three-month absence for recuperation, Werth returned to the Nationals' lineup on August 2. Werth batted primarily in the leadoff spot for the first time in his career, posting a .309 batting average and .388 OBP in that role.[16]

On October 11, 2012, Werth, to conclude a 13-pitch at bat, hit a 9th inning walk-off home run off Lance Lynn of the St. Louis Cardinals in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game, 2–1, and tie the National League Divisional Series at two games apiece.[17] Werth finished the 2012 season with a .300 batting average, 5 homers, and 31 runs driven in in 81 games.

On August 11, 2013, Werth collected his 1,000th career hit. Werth finished the 2013 season batting .318 with 25 home runs and 82 RBI. Werth also finished 13th in the NL MVP voting. It marked the third time in his career that Werth had garnered MVP votes.

On April 19, 2016, Werth hit 200th career home run in a game against the Miami Marlins.[18] In 2016 he had the highest number of pitches per plate appearance in the major leagues (4.60).[19] In 2016 Werth set a franchise record with a 46 on-base streak over a two month period. [20]

Fouling a ball off his left foot in a June 3, 2017, game against the Oakland Athletics, Werth suffered a fractured first metatarsal bone as well as a bone bruise, which placed him on the disabled list.[21] Werth returned from injury on August 28, against the Miami Marlins, where he tallied two hits, including a home run.

Werth's name was added to the Ring of Honor at Nats Park on September 8, 2018.[22]

Seattle Mariners

On March 27, 2018, Werth signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners.[23][24][25] On June 27, Werth announced his retirement.[26][27]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Jeff Gowan's minor league statistics – Baseball Reference". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  2. ^ "Jayson Werth: Biography and Career Highlights (2008)". Phillies.MLB.com. Retrieved June 3, 2009.
  3. ^ "Records & History | Boys Baseball | IHSA Sports & Activities". Illinois High School Association.
  4. ^ "Records & History | Boys Baseball | IHSA Sports & Activities". Illinois High School Association.
  5. ^ "1997 ABCA/Rawlings High School All-America Teams". abca.prestosports.com. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  6. ^ Ching, David (June 4, 2012). "MLB draft, UGA signees no strangers". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  7. ^ Mandel, Ken (May 17, 2008). "Tripling his Werth". Phillies.MLB.com. Retrieved August 18, 2009.
  8. ^ "2008 Major League Baseball PH/HR/Situational Hitting". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 18, 2009.
  9. ^ "Phillies sign Werth, leaving Howard as lone arbitration case". USA Today. April 30, 2005. Retrieved May 21, 2010.
  10. ^ "Daily Feed (05.13.09)". WMMR's Preston and Steve Podcast. May 13, 2009. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011.
  11. ^ ""MLB Player Batting Stats – 2009", ''ESPN'', accessed October 9, 2009". Espn.go.com. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  12. ^ A new category was added in 2009, Unsung Star of the Year, with Werth being the inaugural winner. Go to 2009 This Year in Baseball Awards and click on "Unsung Star" for results and video. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  13. ^ "Nationals lure Werth with seven-year deal". MLB.com. December 5, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  14. ^ "Jayson Werth Splits". ESPN.com. September 28, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  15. ^ Wagner, James (May 7, 2012). "Jayson Werth breaks left wrist, could be out months". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  16. ^ Whyno, Stephen (October 3, 2012). "Jayson Werth finding new niche as Nationals' leadoff hitter". The Washington Times. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  17. ^ Svrluga, Barry (October 11, 2012). "Jayson Werth's walk-off home run powers Nationals to Game 5 against Cardinals". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  18. ^ "Werth belts 200th career home run". Washington Post. April 19, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  19. ^ [1]
  20. ^ https://www.federalbaseball.com/2016/8/20/12565920/an-autopsy-of-jayson-werth-46-game-on-base-streak
  21. ^ Rapp, Timothy (July 18, 2017). "Jayson Werth Reveals Foot Fracture Injury, Bone Bruise, Return Remains Unclear". Bleacher Report. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  22. ^ Woodfork, Rob (July 13, 2018). "Werth to be added to Nats Ring of Honor". WTOP.
  23. ^ Divish, Ryan (March 17, 2018). "Mariners bringing in veteran outfielder Jayson Werth on a minor league contract". Seattle Times. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  24. ^ Castillo, Jorge (March 27, 2018). "Jayson Werth finally has his next contract, signing minor league deal with Mariners]". Washington Post. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  25. ^ Johns, Greg (March 27, 2018). "Mariners sign Werth to Minor League deal". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  26. ^ "Former Phillie Jayson Werth Announces Retirement". philadelphia.CBSlocal.com. June 27, 2018. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  27. ^ Thosar, Deesha (June 27, 2018). "Werth announces retirement after 15-year career". mlb.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved June 27, 2018.

Further reading

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2004 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 2004 season brought change to the Dodgers as the sale of the franchise to developer Frank McCourt was finalized during spring training. McCourt promptly dismissed General Manager Dan Evans and hired Paul DePodesta to take over the team. That led to a flurry of trade activity as the new group attempted to rebuild the Dodgers in their image.

Despite it all, the Dodgers managed to finish the season in first place in the Western Division of the National League and won their first post season game since 1988. However they lost the NL Division Series 3-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals.

2004 National League Division Series

The 2004 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2004 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 5, and ended on Monday, October 11, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champion, 105–57) vs. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers (Western Division champion, 93–69): Cardinals win series, 3–1.

(2) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 96–66) vs. (4) Houston Astros (Wild Card, 92–70): Astros win series, 3–2.The St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Cardinals became the National League champion, and lost to the American League champion Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series.

2008 National League Division Series

The 2008 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2008 National League playoffs, began on Wednesday, October 1 and ended on Sunday, October 5, with the champions of the three NL divisions and one wild card team participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) Chicago Cubs (Central Division champions, 97–64) vs. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers (Western Division champions, 84–78): Dodgers win series, 3–0.

(2) Philadelphia Phillies (Eastern Division champions, 92–70) vs. (4) Milwaukee Brewers (Wild Card qualifier, 90–72): Phillies win series, 3–1.The underdog Dodgers swept the Cubs to advance to the NLCS, while the Phillies defeated the Brewers by three games to one. The series marked the first postseason series victory for the Dodgers since winning the 1988 World Series, and the first such victory for the Phillies since the 1993 NLCS.

2008 Philadelphia Phillies season

The Philadelphia Phillies' 2008 season was the 126th in the history of the franchise. The team finished with a regular season record of 92–70, first in the National League East. In the post-season, the Phillies won the World Series; this was the first major sports championship for Philadelphia since the 76ers swept the 1983 NBA Finals. During the season, they were managed by Charlie Manuel.

The Phillies opened the season by posting their first winning April since 2003. They also scored 60 runs over 5 games in late May in a sweep over the Colorado Rockies and accrued a 14–4 record over 18 games entering the month of June. The Phillies' performance declined in late June, but they improved after the All-Star break, going 9–6 immediately following the midseason hiatus. Closer Brad Lidge earned eight saves in those games, and did not blow a save throughout the season and the postseason. Philadelphia traded sweeps with the Los Angeles Dodgers in August and went 13–3 in their last 16 games, taking advantage of a late swoon by the New York Mets for the second year in a row to capture the division crown. The team won its position in the playoffs after its second consecutive East Division title. The Phillies also posted the best road record in the National League, at 44–37.Philadelphia defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series (NLDS), 3–1, and the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series (NLCS), 4–1, to win the National League Pennant and advance to the World Series. In the World Series, the Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 4–1, to win their first championship in 28 years, ending the Curse of Billy Penn. Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels was named the most valuable player of the NLCS and the World Series.Statistical leaders in batting for the 2008 team included center fielder Shane Victorino (batting average, .293), first baseman Ryan Howard (home runs, 48; runs batted in, 146), and second baseman Chase Utley (runs scored, 113). For their accomplishments, Howard won the Josh Gibson Award for the National League, and Utley won his third consecutive Silver Slugger Award. Pitching leaders included left-handed starting pitcher Hamels (innings pitched, 227​1⁄3), left-hander starter Jamie Moyer (wins, 16), and right-handed relief pitcher Lidge (saves, 41). Lidge won the DHL Delivery Man of the Year and the Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year awards for his performance during the season. Victorino and shortstop Jimmy Rollins also won Gold Glove awards for their play in the field.

2008 World Series

The 2008 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2008 season. The 104th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Philadelphia Phillies and the American League (AL) champion Tampa Bay Rays; the Phillies won the series, four games to one. The 2008 World Series is notable because it is the only Fall Classic to involve a mid-game suspension and resumption (two days later).

The Series began on Wednesday, October 22, and (after weather delays had postponed the end of Game 5) concluded the following Wednesday, October 29. The AL's 4–3 win in the 2008 All-Star Game gave the Rays home field advantage for the series, meaning no more than three games would be played at the Phillies' stadium Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won their second championship in their 126-year history to bring the city of Philadelphia its first championship in 25 years (since the 1983 NBA Finals). This was the first postseason series lost by an MLB team based in the state of Florida; previously, the Rays and Florida Marlins were 8–0 in post-season series. Additionally, both the Phillies' World Series wins have come against a team making their World Series debut (in 1980, they beat the Kansas City Royals).

The Phillies advanced to the World Series after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL's Divisional Series and Championship Series, respectively. The team won its position in the playoffs after its second consecutive NL East division title. This was the Phillies' first World Series appearance in fifteen years. The Tampa Bay Rays advanced to the World Series after defeating the Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox in the AL's Division Series and 2008 American League Championship Series.

2009 National League Championship Series

The 2009 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was a best-of-seven baseball game series pitting the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Philadelphia Phillies for the National League Championship and the right to represent the National League in the 2009 World Series. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers four games to one. Los Angeles, whose NL-best 95–67 record topped Philadelphia's 93–69 record, retained home-field advantage. The series, the 40th in league history, began on October 15 and finished on October 21. TBS carried the championship on television.

The Phillies won the series, four games to one, advancing to the World Series for the second consecutive year. They were, however, defeated by the New York Yankees, 4–2.

This was the second consecutive NLCS between the Dodgers and Phillies and the fifth overall. The first two meetings were won by the Dodgers in 1977 and 1978, and the third by the Phillies in 1983; none of the three resulted in a World Series Championship by either team. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers in five games in 2008 en route to their 2008 World Series title. This match-up is the most frequent in the history of the NLCS (as of 2009) tied with the Pirates vs Reds.

In 2009, the Dodgers won the regular season series, four games to three, outscoring the Phillies 26–25.

The Phillies would go on to lose to the New York Yankees in the World Series in six games.

2009 National League Division Series

The 2009 National League Division Series (NLDS) consisted of two concurrent best-of-five game series that determined the participating teams in the 2009 National League Championship Series. Three divisional winners and a "wild card" team played in the two series. The NLDS began on Wednesday, October 7 and ended on Monday, October 12. TBS televised all games in the United States. The matchups were:

(1) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champions, 95–67) vs. (3) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champions, 91–71): Dodgers win series, 3–0.

(2) Philadelphia Phillies (East Division champions, 93–69) vs. (4) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card qualifier, 92–70): Phillies win series, 3–1.This marked the second postseason meeting between the Phillies and Rockies in three seasons; the Rockies swept the Phillies in the 2007 NLDS. The Dodgers and Cardinals last met in the postseason during the 2004 NLDS, which the Cardinals won 3–1.

The Dodgers and Phillies won their respective series—the Dodgers three games to none and the Phillies three games to one. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers in the NLCS by a series score of 4–1, and lost the 2009 World Series to the New York Yankees, 4–2.

2009 Philadelphia Phillies season

The Philadelphia Phillies' 2009 season was the 127th season in the history of the franchise. The team, managed by Charlie Manuel, began their sixth season at Citizens Bank Park and defense of their 2008 World Series championship on April 5. After collecting a third straight Eastern Division championship, the Phillies won their second consecutive National League pennant for the first time in franchise history; however they were defeated by the New York Yankees in the 2009 World Series.

The Phillies posted a second consecutive winning April to open the season with an 11–9 record, but the month was marred by the death of legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas. After opening the month of May against the rival New York Mets, the Phillies met President Barack Obama to celebrate their World Series victory the previous season, and had two rookie pitchers win consecutive starts for the first time since 2007. Starting pitcher Jamie Moyer earned his 250th career win during the month, while first baseman Ryan Howard and outfielder Raúl Ibañez became the first Phillies teammates to hit 10 home runs in the same month. Echoing their strong run in the middle of the 2008 season, the Phillies compiled a 16–4 record in late May and early June, which was countered by weakness during interleague play in late June.

After the team's largest victory of the season (22–1 over the Cincinnati Reds) in early July, five Phillies—Howard, Ibáñez, second baseman Chase Utley, and outfielders Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth—were selected to the All-Star team. July was the team's best showing of the season, as they compiled their first 20-win month since the 2001 season. The Phillies traded for starting pitcher Cliff Lee at the end of the month to bolster their starting rotation, who won his first five starts with the team, and signed free-agent pitcher Pedro Martínez. In August, Eric Bruntlett turned the first game-ending unassisted triple play in National League history, and the second in team history. The following month, the team clinched its third consecutive division championship on September 30, becoming the first Phillies team to make a third straight playoff appearance since the 1976–1978 Phillies.

Philadelphia defeated the Colorado Rockies in the National League Division Series (NLDS), 3–1, and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series (NLCS) for the second consecutive year, 4–1. Howard was named the most valuable player of the NLCS. The Phillies were defeated by the Yankees in the World Series, four games to two.

Statistical leaders in batting for the 2009 team included Victorino (batting average, .292), Howard (home runs, 45; runs batted in, 141), and Utley (runs scored, 112). For his season accomplishments, Utley won his fourth consecutive Silver Slugger Award. Pitching leaders included right-handed starting pitcher Joe Blanton (innings pitched, ​195 1⁄3), left-handed starter J. A. Happ (win–loss record, 12–4), and relief pitcher Brad Lidge (saves, 31). Victorino and shortstop Jimmy Rollins also won Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for their play in the field.

2010 National League Championship Series

The 2010 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was a best-of-seven game Major League Baseball playoff series that pitted the winners of the 2010 National League Division Series—the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants—against each other for the National League Championship. The Giants won the series, 4–2, and went on to win the 2010 World Series. The series, the 41st in league history, began on October 16 and ended on October 23. The Phillies had home field advantage as a result of their better regular-season record. The Phillies hosted Games 1, 2 and 6, while the Giants were at home for Games 3, 4 and 5.

The Giants would go on to defeat the Texas Rangers in the World Series in five games, winning their first World Series championship since 1954, and their first since relocating to San Francisco from New York City back in 1958, ending the Curse of Coogan's Bluff.

2013 Washington Nationals season

The 2013 Washington Nationals season was the Nationals' ninth season for the baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia, the sixth season at Nationals Park, and the 45th since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The Nationals finished the year 2nd place in the National League East division with an 86-76 record, but were unable to return to the postseason after their division-winning 2012 campaign. The 2013 season was also the last with manager Davey Johnson, who retired following the end of the season.

2015 Washington Nationals season

The 2015 Washington Nationals season was the Nationals' 11th season as the baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia, the eighth season at Nationals Park, and the 47th since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The team finished in second place in the National League East with a record of 83–79. Manager Matt Williams and the entire coaching staff were dismissed at the conclusion of the season.

2016 National League Division Series

The 2016 National League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams in the 2016 National League Championship Series. The three divisional winners (seeded 1-3) and a fourth team—the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff— played in two series. FS1 and MLB Network carried all the games in the United States.These matchups were:

(1) Chicago Cubs (Central Division champions) versus (5) San Francisco Giants (Wild Card Winner)

(2) Washington Nationals (East Division champions) vs (3) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champions)This was the second postseason meeting between the Dodgers and the Nationals franchise. Their most recent meeting was in the 1981 National League Championship Series, in which the Dodgers won the National League pennant over the then-Montreal Expos in five games. The Dodgers defeated the Nationals in five games and reached the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2013.The Cubs and Giants also met for the second time in postseason play after the Giants defeated the New York Mets 3–0 in the National League Wild Card Game. Their last meeting was in the 1989 National League Championship Series, which the Giants won in five games. However, they did meet in a Wild Card tiebreaker in 1998 where the Cubs advanced, beating the Giants 5–3. The Cubs won the Division Series three games to one and advanced to the NLCS for the second consecutive year.

2016 Washington Nationals season

The 2016 Washington Nationals season was the Nationals' 12th season as the baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia, the ninth season at Nationals Park, and the 48th since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They won the National League East division title for the third time in five years, posting a 95–67 record, and were defeated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games in the Division Series.

Dick Schofield

Richard Craig Schofield (born November 21, 1962) is an American former professional baseball shortstop. He played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1983 to 1996 for the California Angels, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, and Los Angeles Dodgers. Schofield was with the World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays in 1993, but did not play in the postseason that year, after missing the bulk of the regular season with a broken arm. He shares the record for most seasons having at least 400 at bats and fewer than 100 hits, having done it four times.On August 29, 1986, Schofield hit a walk-off grand slam homer against Detroit to give the Angels a 13–12 victory and culminate an eight-run rally in the last of the ninth inning.

Schofield signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995 and finished his career with the Angels the following season, playing his final game on September 29, 1996.

He is the son of former Major League Baseball player Ducky Schofield, and the uncle of former outfielder Jayson Werth.

Ducky Schofield

John Richard Schofield (born January 7, 1935), nicknamed Ducky, is an American former professional baseball infielder. He played nineteen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1953 to 1971 for the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers.Schofield made his Major League Baseball debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on July 3, 1953, and appeared in his final game on September 30, 1971 for the Milwaukee Brewers. Ducky was a member of the 1960 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates and played a pivotal role in the team's N.L. pennant. It appeared the Pirates had suffered a huge loss on September 6, 1960 when team captain Dick Groat, who would subsequently be honored as both the National League's batting champion and most valuable player, suffered a broken wrist. Schofield took over as the Pirates' shortstop and batted .403 through the end of the season to help the Pirates clinch the N.L. pennant. He also hit .333 in the World Series (1 hit in 3 at-bats) after Groat returned. Schofield was also the first player to bat at Shea Stadium in 1964, with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Schofield is the father of daughters Kim Schofield Werth, who competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the long jump and 100 meters, and Tammy; and son, former Major League Baseball player Dick Schofield and the grandfather of former MLB outfielder Jayson Werth. Ducky, Dick, and Jayson all played for the Los Angeles Dodgers at one point in their respective careers. Ducky was also known as Dick Schofield, going by his middle name. His son's first name is Richard, so is technically not a "Junior".

Schofield resides in Springfield, Illinois where he is currently an elected official, serving on the Springfield Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority. His wife, Donna (Dabney) Schofield, died November 8, 2012. The couple had been married for 56 years.

Glenwood High School (Illinois)

Glenwood High School is a public high school in Chatham, Illinois, United States. It is the only high school of Ball Chatham Community Unit School District 5, which is in southern Sangamon County and includes Chatham, Glenarm, and the southern portion of Springfield, Illinois.

Jayson

Jayson is a masculine given name. Notable people with the name include:

Jayson P. Ahern, United States Department of Homeland Security official

Jayson Blair (born 1976), American journalist

Jayson Blair (actor) (born 1984), American actor

Jayson Bukuya (born 1989), Fijian rugby league player

Jayson Daniels (born 1971), Australian rules footballer

Jayson Dénommée (born 1977), Canadian figure skater

Jayson Durocher (born 1974), American baseball player

Jayson Foster (born 1985), American football player

Jayson Gonzales (born 1969), Filipino chess grandmaster

Jayson Granger (born 1989), Uruguayan basketball player

Jayson Hale (born 1985), American snowboarder

Jayson Jones (born 1977), German-born Belizean runner

Jayson Leutwiler (born 1989), Swiss footballer

Jayson Mansaray (born 1986), Australian-born British television journalist

Jayson Megna (born 1990), American ice hockey player

Jayson Mena (born 1992), Chilean footballer

Jayson More (born 1969), Canadian ice hockey player

Jayson Musson, American artist

Jayson Nix (born 1982), American baseball player

Jayson Obazuaye (born 1984), Nigerian basketball player

Jayson Rego, American rugby league player

Jayson Sherlock (born 1970), Australian drummer

Jayson Stark (born 1951), American sportswriter

Jayson Swain (born 1984), American football player

Jayson Tatum (born 1998), American basketball player

Jayson Trommel (born 1982), Dutch footballer

Jayson Velez (born 1988), Puerto Rican boxer

Jayson Vemoa (born 1971), New Zealand kickboxer

Jayson Werth (born 1979), American baseball player

Jayson Williams (born 1968), American basketball player

List of Baltimore Orioles first-round draft picks

The Baltimore Orioles are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Baltimore, Maryland. They play in the American League East division. Since the institution of MLB's Rule 4 Draft, the Orioles have selected 58 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs to its teams. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.Of the 58 players picked in the first round by Baltimore, 30 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 21 of them were right-handed, while 9 were left-handed. Eleven outfielders, eight shortstops, six catchers, two third basemen, and one second basemen were also taken. The team has never drafted a player at first base. 16 of the players came from high schools or universities in the state of California, and Florida follows with five players. The Orioles have also drafted two players from Canada, Ntema Ndungidi (1997) and Adam Loewen (2002). The Orioles have not drafted any players from their home state of Maryland.Two players have won a championship with the team; Bobby Grich (1967), who was a part of the 1970 World Series championship team, and Rich Dauer (1974), who was a part of the 1983 World Series championship team. None of the Orioles' first-round picks have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. One pick, Gregg Olson (1988), has won the MLB Rookie of the Year Award; he won the award in 1989. The Orioles had the first overall selection once in the draft, which they used on Ben McDonald (1989). Jayson Werth (1997) was originally drafted as a catcher, but was converted to a right fielder, and primarily plays that position in the major leagues.The Orioles have made 11 selections in the supplemental round of the draft and six compensatory picks since the institution of the First-Year Player 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 Orioles have failed to sign two of their first-round picks, Brad DuVall (1987) and Wade Townsend (2004). They received the 28th pick in 1988 and the 48th pick in 2005 for failing to sign DuVall and Townsend, respectively, as compensation.

Werth

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

Alexander Werth (1901–1969), Russian-British writer and journalist

Dennis Werth (born 1952), baseball first baseman and outfielder

Erik Werth, TV news producer

Henrik Werth (1881–1952), Hungarian general

Isabell Werth (born 1969), German equestrian

Jayson Werth (born 1979), baseball outfielder

Johann von Werth (1591–1652), German general

Joseph Werth (born 1952), Bishop of Siberia and the Russian Far East

Kurt Werth (1896–1983), German children’s books illustrator

Leon Werth (1878–1955), French writer and art critic

Nicolas Werth (born in 1950), French historian, son of Alexander Werth

Peter Werth, a British upmarket clothing retailer

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