Michael Bourn

Michael Ray Bourn (born December 27, 1982) is an American former professional baseball center fielder. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Baltimore Orioles. He has also been a member of the United States national baseball team.

Bourn was raised in Houston, Texas, where he attended Nimitz High School and the University of Houston, playing baseball. He was named to the NL All-Star team in both 2010 and 2012 and won consecutive Gold Glove Awards in 2009 and 2010. Bourn also led the MLB in stolen bases in 2011, and led the National League in stolen bases from 2009–2011. He was as of 2018 in 119th place on the all-time Major League Baseball stolen base list, with 341.

Michael Bourn
Michael Bourn on May 13, 2013
Bourn with the Cleveland Indians in 2013
Center fielder
Born: December 27, 1982 (age 36)
Houston, Texas
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 30, 2006, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 2016, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Batting average.266
Home runs36
Runs batted in361
Stolen bases341
Career highlights and awards

Amateur career

Michael Ray Bourn was born in Houston, Texas on December 27, 1982, the first of two sons to parents Carrie and Raymond. As a child, Michael played three sports, baseball, basketball and football.[1] His Little League team was coached by his father. Teammates included Carl Crawford. At the age of 10, his father had him facing 85-mile-per-hour (137 km/h) pitching in a batting cage.[2]

Bourn attended Nimitz High School in Houston. He earned a scholarship to play college baseball at the University of Houston for the Houston Cougars baseball team, competing in NCAA Division I. He played with the Cougars for three seasons. While he displayed little power, collecting only two home runs and 23 extra-base hits in 644 at-bats, he won attention from professional scouts by posting a .431 on-base percentage and stealing 90 bases in 119 attempts.[3]

He was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2002 Conference USA Baseball Tournament, in which Houston was the runner-up.[4]

Professional career

Philadelphia Phillies

In June 2003, following his junior year, the Philadelphia Phillies drafted Bourn in the fourth round, with the 115th overall selection of baseball's first-year player draft. Bourn signed shortly after the draft, and was assigned to play for the Batavia Muckdogs of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League.

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Bourn playing for the Reading Phillies, AA affiliates of the Philadelphia Phillies, in 2006

In 2004, Bourn was the starting center fielder with the Lakewood BlueClaws of the Class A South Atlantic League. Bourn ended the season with a .433 on-base percentage and an OPS of .903, earning 85 bases on balls in 109 games. He also stole 57 bases in 63 attempts – a success rate of over ninety percent. Following the season, he was named to Baseball America's Top Ten Prospects list for the Phillies organization.

Bourn started the 2006 season with the Reading Phillies of the Class AA Eastern League, and was promoted to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons of the Class AAA International League late in July 2006. In early September 2006, Bourn took a brief hiatus from his professional obligations to play for the USA Olympic qualifying team, for whom he hit two home runs to help Team USA defeat Cuba in the gold-medal game. Bourn was then promoted to the expanded major league roster. He was sent to home plate to bat only 11 times during the month of September, but was used frequently as a pinch runner as the Phillies competed for the National League's wild card position (ultimately coming up two games short) to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Disappointingly, he stole only one base in three attempts during the month, and was memorably tagged out after accidentally oversliding second base on a steal attempt in a late-season loss against the Washington Nationals on September 26, 2006.[5]

After a strong performance during spring training in 2007, Bourn won a position on the Phillies' major league roster to begin the year. He was used sparingly, appearing primarily as a frequent defensive replacement in left field for Pat Burrell.

On July 15, 2007, Bourn hit his first career home run as the Phillies recorded their 10,000th franchise loss by losing to the St. Louis Cardinals 10–2.[6] On July 27, Bourn was in the Phillies' starting lineup for the first time due to injuries to both Chase Utley and Aaron Rowand, and had his first 4-hit game in an 8–1 rout of the Pirates, in which he scored two runs.

Bourn finished third among all NL rookies with 18 stolen bases, and was caught only once.[7] He batted .277.

Houston Astros

Michael Bourn on April 3, 2010
Bourn during his tenure with the Houston Astros in 2010

On November 7, 2007 Bourn was traded along with Geoff Geary and Mike Costanzo to the Houston Astros for Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett.[8] Houston's General Manager, Ed Wade, declared Bourn as the 2008 Astros' leadoff hitter and starting center fielder, effectively moving Hunter Pence to right field.

Bourn stole 41 bases in 2008. Among players who had enough plate appearances to qualify, Bourn's OPS was the worst in the Majors in 2008. He finished the season with a .229 batting average and a major league-low .288 on-base percentage and a major league-low OPS of .588, while striking out 111 times in his 467 at-bats.[9]

In 2009 spring training, Bourn led all players in steals, with 13, while being caught twice. Bourn had a major turnaround year, as he finished with 61 stolen bases, which was the most in the National League and second in the Majors only to the 70 steals by Jacoby Ellsbury, to go along with a .285 BA and a .354 OBP in 157 games, as well as 27 doubles and 12 triples (tied for second most in the Majors with Stephen Drew) in 606 ABs. Bourn's OPS went from .588 in 2008 to .738 in 2009, which was the eighth best improvement in the Majors.[10] His much improved play prompted former manager Cecil Cooper to informally name him the club MVP before he was fired.[11] The Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America formally named Bourn the Astros 2009 team MVP shortly after the end of the season.[12]

Changing his uniform number to 21, Bourn followed up his breakout season with another successful year in 2010, being elected to the National League All-Star team[13] and was in the outfield when the final out of the game was recorded. Bourn suffered an oblique injury on September 19 while swinging at a pitch,[14] causing him to miss the final 3 weeks of the season. He finished the year hitting .265 with a .341 on-base percentage and a .346 slugging percentage. He won a Fielding Bible Award for his statistically based defensive excellence in center field during the year.[15] He was later awarded his second consecutive Gold Glove award on November 10.[16]

Michael Bourn on April 5, 2012
Bourn with the Atlanta Braves in 2012

Atlanta Braves

In July 2011, prior to the trade deadline, Bourn was traded to the Atlanta Braves for Jordan Schafer, Brett Oberholtzer, Paul Clemens and Juan Abreu. Bourn finished 2011 with a career best .294 batting average and 61 stolen bases (39 with the Astros and 22 with the Braves).[17]

Bourn was named a candidate in the All-Star Final Vote, with the winner being added to the 2012 MLB All-Star Game roster. Bourn finished second behind David Freese[18] but was added to the roster a day later as a replacement for the injured Ian Desmond.[19]

In 2012, Bourn hit .274 and with a .739 OPS for the Braves. He stole 42 bases and hit a career high nine home runs. His 155 strikeouts were a new career high.[20] Bourn finished 18th in the voting for the N.L. MVP.[21]

In November, Bourn rejected the Braves $13.3 million qualifying offer and became a free agent.[22]

Cleveland Indians

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Bourn in 2015

On February 11, 2013, Bourn agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with the Cleveland Indians that includes a vesting option for 2017, which would be met if he records 550 plate appearances in the final guaranteed year, 2016.[23] He is the Tribe's first player to wear a number 24 on his back since Grady Sizemore from 2004 to 2011.

Bourn played in 130 games in 2013, as he battled injuries throughout the season. He had 23 steals, which was his lowest total since 2007,[24] when he was with the Philadelphia Phillies.

On May 27, 2014, Bourn robbed White Sox captain Paul Konerko of a two-run homer in the 8th inning.[25] The Indians lost that game 2–1. On May 30, Bourn collected his 1,000 career hit in eventual win over the Colorado Rockies.[26] Two days later on June 1, Bourn hit a walk-off two-run home run to lead the Indians to a 6–4 win over and three–game sweep of the Rockies.[27]

Bourn struggled offensively to begin the 2015 season. On April 26 against the Detroit Tigers, he was dropped from the leadoff spot in the lineup for the first time as a Cleveland Indian as a result of his struggles, batting ninth instead.[28]

Second stint with the Atlanta Braves (2015)

On August 7, 2015, the Indians traded Bourn and Nick Swisher with cash considerations to the Atlanta Braves for Chris Johnson.[29] He was designated for assignment on April 2, 2016,[30] and released on April 14.[31]

Toronto Blue Jays

Bourn signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on April 22, 2016.[32] He was assigned to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays, and hit .257 in 9 games before being released on May 7.[33][34]

Arizona Diamondbacks

On May 10, 2016, Bourn signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[35] The Diamondbacks assigned Bourn to the Mobile BayBears of the Class AA Southern League.[36] After playing in five games for Mobile, the Diamondbacks promoted Bourn to the major leagues.[37]

In 89 games with the Diamondbacks, Bourn slashed .262/.307/.373 with 21 extra-base hits while driving in 30 runs and stealing 13 bases.

Baltimore Orioles

The Diamondbacks traded Bourn to the Baltimore Orioles for Jason Heinrich on August 31, 2016.[38] Bourn made an immediate impact with the O's with his offense, speed and defense, including an outfield assist to end the game in a 5-4 win against the Rays to preserve teammate Zach Britton's perfect season as a closer.

On February 20, 2017, Bourn re-signed with the Orioles to a minor league contract.[39] He was released on March 27,[40] but later resigned on April 11.[41] The Orioles released him on May 24, 2017.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

On June 2, 2017, Bourn signed a minor league deal with the Angels. On July 2, 2017, the Angels released Bourn.

Personal life

Michael has one son, Bryson, who was born in 2009.[42]

See also


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  2. ^ Lemire, Joe (August 8, 2011). "Childhood friends Bourn, Crawford watch careers take different paths". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "2-Michael Bourn". Houston Cougars Athletics. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
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  11. ^ "Sortable Player Stats". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
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  14. ^ "Astros notes: Bourn leaves game with strained oblique". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  15. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (November 1, 2010). "Yadier Molina leads fifth annual "Fielding Bible Awards"". NBCSports.com. Retrieved November 11, 2010. For those of us who have come to more or less ignore Gold Glove awards as a meaningful way to measure defensive excellence, the fifth annual Fielding Bible Awards were announced today.
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  17. ^ "Braves finalize deal with Astros to acquire speedy center fielder Michael Bourn". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  18. ^ Breen, Matt (July 5, 2012). "Bryce Harper loses Final Vote to join All-Star Game". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  19. ^ Wagner, James (July 7, 2012). "Ian Desmond to miss all-star game because of sore oblique". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  20. ^ "Michael Bourn Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  21. ^ "2012 Awards Voting". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  22. ^ "Michael Bourn turns down Braves' qualifying offer | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  23. ^ "Michael Bourn, Indians agree to 4-year contract, according to report". SI=February 11, 2013.
  24. ^ "Michael Bourn » Statistics » Batting – FanGraphs Baseball". fangraphs.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  25. ^ Kiesel, Connor (May 28, 2014). "Leaping like Lofton! Bourn makes fabulous homer-saving grab". Fox Sports. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
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  27. ^ "Colorado Rockies vs. Cleveland Indians – Recap – June 01, 2014". ESPN. Associated Press. June 1, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
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  30. ^ Bowman, Mark (April 2, 2016). "Braves regretfully cut Bourn; Bonifacio, too". MLB.com. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
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  32. ^ "Blue Jays' Chris Colabello banned 80 games by MLB for PEDs". ESPN.com. April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  33. ^ Adams, Steve (May 9, 2016). "Blue Jays Release Michael Bourn". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  34. ^ "Florida State League Transactions". MiLB.com. p. May 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
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  36. ^ http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2016/05/former_atlanta_braves_all-star.html
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  38. ^ Simon, Andrew (August 31, 2016). "D-backs deal Bourn for Minors outfielder Heinrich". MLB.com. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  39. ^ Encina, Eduardo A. (February 20, 2017). "Orioles re-sign outfielder Michael Bourn to minor league contract". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  40. ^ Todd, Jeff (March 27, 2017). "Orioles Release Michael Bourn, Chris Johnson". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
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External links

2002 Conference USA Baseball Tournament

The 2002 Conference USA Baseball Tournament was the 2002 postseason baseball championship of the NCAA Division I Conference USA, held at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina from May 21–26. East Carolina defeated Houston in the championship game, earning the conference's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

2003 Major League Baseball draft

The 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 3 and 4. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams.

Source: MLB.com 2003 Draft Tracker

2008 Houston Astros season

The Houston Astros' 2008 season was the 47th season for the Houston Astros. The Astros attempted to return to the postseason, after missing the past two postseasons. This was the last season where the Astros finished the season above the .500 mark prior to the post season run in 2015.

2010 Houston Astros season

The 2010 Houston Astros season was the 49th season in the history of the franchise. The team, managed by first-year manager Brad Mills, began their 11th season at Minute Maid Park and 46th as the Astros on April 5. After finishing 74–88 the year before in 5th place, the Astros finished 76–86 in 4th place in 2010.

The Astros struggled in April. After starting the season 0–8, they finished April 8–14, despite a 3.92 ERA from their pitching staff. They lost the last four in April, as well as the first four in May for a second 8-game losing streak. They finished May with a 9–20 mark to give the Astros a 17–34 record over the first two months. The Astros rebounded to win 8 of their first 10 games in June, but struggled in Interleague play, going 2–10 against the AL in June to finish 14–14 in June.

The Astros lone representative to the All-star Game was Michael Bourn, who was batting .255 with 28 stolen bases. The Astros traded away Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman in late July for a total of 5 prospects, and ultimately the Astros went 13–11 in July. The Astros would go 34–27 after trading away Oswalt and Berkman. The Astros won the final four games of July and the first three of August for a season-high 7-game winning streak, capped by a season-high 18–4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Astros would have their best month of the year in August by going 17–12, including a four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, the first time the Phillies were swept in Citizens Bank Park. The Astros would experience their third consecutive winning month in September, going 14–13, however the poor months of April and May kept them out of contention down the stretch. They finished the season in Chicago to face the Cubs, losing 2 of 3, but still finishing 4th ahead of the Cubs.

Jeff Keppinger led the Astros in batting average with a .288 clip, while Hunter Pence led them in home runs (25) and RBIs (91). Brett Myers led the Astros in wins (14), ERA (3.14), and Strikeouts (180) in a career year, where he went 6 innings in his first 32 starts. Michael Bourn his 2nd consecutive Gold Glove Award to go along with his All-Star selection.

2012 Atlanta Braves season

The 2012 Atlanta Braves season was the Braves' 16th season of home games at Turner Field, 47th season in Atlanta, and 142nd season overall. After a late season collapse in 2011 kept the Braves from the playoffs, the team returned to the postseason for the second time in three seasons as a Wild Card team, with a record of 94-68. They lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the one-game Wild Card Playoff.

2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 83rd edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was held on July 10, 2012, during the 2012 Major League Baseball season at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, home of the Kansas City Royals. This marked the third time the Mid-summer Classic had been played in Kansas City, with Kauffman Stadium (then named Royals Stadium) last hosting the event in 1973, the stadium's first year of existence. The event was also held at Municipal Stadium in 1960, when the Athletics were still based there, one of two played that season. The game was televised in the United States by Fox.

The National League shut out the American League for the sixth time in All-Star Game history. It was the third-largest margin of victory for any Mid-summer Classic. The TV ratings fell even further than the 2011 edition, earning a 6.8 rating and 12 share on Fox. The total number of viewers who watched any portion of the game was up 7 percent from the previous year, however, with 27.7 million total viewers.

2013 Major League Baseball draft

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Each team received one selection per round, going in reverse order of the 2012 MLB season final standings. In addition, teams could receive compensation draft picks if they had made a qualifying offer to a free agent player from their team, and the player rejected the offer and signed with another team.

Atlanta Braves award winners and league leaders

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