Michael Choice

Michael Blair Choice (born November 10, 1989) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Algodoneros de Unión Laguna of the Mexican League. Choice played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers, and in the KBO League for the Nexen Heroes.

Choice played college baseball at the University of Texas at Arlington before the Athletics made him their first round draft pick in 2010. He made his MLB debut with the Athletics in 2013, and played for the Rangers in 2014 and 2015.

Michael Choice
Michael Choice at Minute Maid on August 30 2014
Choice with the Texas Rangers in 2014
Algodoneros de Unión Laguna – No. 35
Outfielder
Born: November 10, 1989 (age 29)
Fort Worth, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: September 2, 2013, for the Oakland Athletics
KBO: July 29, 2017, for the Nexen Heroes
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average.188
Home runs9
Runs batted in36
KBO statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.282
Home runs28
Runs batted in78
Teams

Amateur career

Choice attended Mansfield Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas. He played for the school's baseball team as a catcher and pitcher.[1] He had a .506 batting average during his senior year.[2]

Though universities in the Big 12 Conference scouted Choice, he received his only scholarship offer from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA),[2] where he played college baseball for the Texas–Arlington Mavericks baseball team of the Southland Conference. Due to the number of catchers and middle infielders on the team, Choice played as a center fielder.[3] As a freshman in 2008, Choice led the team in with a .376 batting average, seven home runs, and 51 runs batted in (RBIs). That year, Choice was named Second Team College Freshman All-American Outfielder and Southland Conference Freshman of the Year. In 2009, he was named Southland Conference All-Star Outfielder. In the summer of 2009, he played for the United States national baseball team in the World Baseball Challenge.[2]

As a junior in 2010, Choice hit .393 with 16 home runs, a .568 on-base percentage, and a .704 slugging percentage.[2] He was named First Team College All-American Outfielder,[4] Southland Conference All-Star Outfielder, and Southland Conference Player of the Year. He was also named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which is given to the best amateur baseball player of the year.[2] In his three years at UTA, Choice batted .392 and hit a school-record 34 home runs.[2]

Professional career

Oakland Athletics

Michael Choice on June 29, 2015
Choice playing for the Round Rock Express in 2015

The Oakland Athletics selected Choice with their first round pick, tenth overall, in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.[2] Choice was the first UTA player to be drafted in the first round, and the highest selection in Southland Conference history, tying Ben Sheets of Louisiana-Monroe, who was selected tenth overall in 1999.[1]

Choice signed with the Athletics on July 30 for a $2 million signing bonus.[5] That season, he played for the Arizona League Athletics of the Rookie-level Arizona League and Vancouver Canadians of the Class-A Northwest League. In 2011, he played for the Stockton Ports of the Class-A Advanced California League, where he batted .283 with 30 home runs, along with 82 RBIs. Playing center field for the Midland RockHounds of the Class-AA Texas League, he batted .264 with six home runs and 43 RBIs in the first 69 games of the season, as he was named to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game.[6] His season ended prematurely due to a broken hand suffered when he was hit by a pitch in July.[7]

Choice spent the 2013 season with the Sacramento River Cats of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL), where he batted .302 with 14 home runs and 89 RBIs in 132 games. The Athletics selected his contract on September 1, 2013.[8][9] He made his major league debut the following day.[10]

Texas Rangers

On December 3, 2013, the Athletics traded Choice and infielder Chris Bostick to the Texas Rangers for outfielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom.[11][12] Choice made the Rangers' Opening Day roster.[13] He hit his first career home run against the Houston Astros off of Kevin Chapman, becoming the first Rangers' player to hit his first career home run in a pitch-hit at-bat.[14] Struggling with a .177 batting average, the Rangers demoted Choice to the Round Rock Express of the PCL in July.[15] The Rangers promoted Choice back to the major leagues in August.[16] His season ended when he strained his hamstring in September; he batted .182 for the Rangers.[15]

Choice competed in spring training to become the Rangers' starting left fielder, but he struggled and was reassigned to minor league camp during the competition.[17] Choice spent the 2015 season with Round Rock, and was designated for assignment on August 18.[18]

Cleveland Indians

The Rangers traded Choice to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations on August 21, and the Indians optioned him to the Columbus Clippers of the Class AAA International League.[19] Choice finished the 2015 season with Columbus, and was designated for assignment after the season.[20] He cleared waivers and was sent outright to Columbus, and invited to 2016 spring training as a non-roster player.

Baltimore Orioles

Choice began the 2017 season in the Baltimore Orioles organization. They assigned him to the Norfolk Tides of the International League, where he batted 1-for-26 in 10 games before he was released.

Milwaukee Brewers

On May 5, 2017, Choice signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. He played for the Biloxi Shuckers of the Class AA Southern League.[21]

Nexen Heroes

On July 22, 2017, the Brewers sold Choice's contract to the Nexen Heroes of the KBO League.[22] Choice re-signed with the Heroes for $600,000 on November 24, 2017.[23] Choice batted .307 with 17 home runs in 46 games for Nexen, and was resigned for the 2018 season. He batted .258 with 17 home runs in 96 games, and Nexen released Choice on August 7, 2018.[24]

Diablos Rojos del México

On August 16, 2018, Choice signed with the Diablos Rojos del México of the Mexican League.[25] He became a free agent following the season.

Tigres de Quintana Roo

On April 19, 2019, Choice signed with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican League. He was released on May 31, 2019.

Algodoneros de Unión Laguna

On June 29, 2019, Choice signed with the Algodoneros de Unión Laguna of the Mexican League.

Personal

Choice was born in Fort Worth, Texas. His father, Charles, worked as an engineer for Bell Helicopter, and his mother, Charea, worked as a schoolteacher.[3]

Choice married his girlfriend, Jade, in October 2012.[26] The couple have two children.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b Jennings, Randy (June 8, 2010). "Oakland makes UTA player its Choice". ESPN Dallas / Fort Worth. ESPN. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Davison, Drew (June 7, 2011). "UTA's Michael Choice picked 10th by Oakland in MLB draft". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Stutzman, Brad (May 27, 2015). "Michael Choice is right at home in Round Rock, Arlington". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  4. ^ Fitt, Aaron (June 16, 2010). "2010 College All-America First Team". BaseballAmerica.com. Baseball America. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  5. ^ Lee, Jane (July 30, 2010). "A's announce agreement with Choice". MLB.com. Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  6. ^ Lee, Jane (June 21, 2012). "A's sending two prospects to Futures Game". MLB.com. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  7. ^ Parker, John (July 24, 2012). "A's prospect Choice out for season: Fractured hand ends slugger's campaign on 16-game streak". MiLB.com News. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  8. ^ Kirshman, Jeff (September 1, 2013). "Choice among A's callups as rosters expand". MLB.com. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  9. ^ Corkran, Steve (September 1, 2013). "Oakland A's add Jemile Weeks, Michael Choice to roster". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  10. ^ Hickey, John (September 2, 2013). "Oakland A's prospect Michael Choice debuts against hometown team". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  11. ^ "Texas Rangers trade Craig Gentry, Josh Lindblom to Oakland Athletics for Chris Bostick, Michael Choice". Dallas Morning News. December 3, 2013. Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  12. ^ Durrett, Richard (December 3, 2013). "Rangers trade for Michael Choice". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "Homegrown Michael Choice makes Rangers history on opening day". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  14. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (April 13, 2014). "Choice home run makes history". MLB.com. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  15. ^ a b "Texas Rangers officially rule Michael Choice out for remainder of season". Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on December 13, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  16. ^ "Extra Bases: Michael Choice finds his swing". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  17. ^ Fraley, Gerry (March 17, 2015). "Michael Choice: Plan after demotion is 'to get back feeling comfortable again'". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  18. ^ Fraley, Gerry (August 18, 2015). "Texas Rangers get outfield depth with addition of Will Venable". Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on August 21, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  19. ^ Meisel, Zack (August 21, 2015). "Cleveland Indians acquire outfielder Michael Choice from Texas Rangers". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  20. ^ "Cleveland Indians acquire right-hander Kirby Yates from Tampa Bay for cash". cleveland.com. November 25, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  21. ^ https://www.milb.com/milb/news/michael-choice-tees-off-three-times-for-biloxi-shuckers/c-241620482/t-185364810
  22. ^ Calcaterra, Craig (July 21, 2017). "Brewers sell Michael Choice's contract to the Nexen Heroes – HardballTalk". Mlb.nbcsports.com. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  23. ^ Adams, Steve (November 24, 2017). "Michael Choice, Jake Brigham Re-Sign With KBO's Nexen Heroes". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  24. ^ 2018/08/07 16:35. "Nexen Heroes replace struggling hitter with ex-big leaguer Jerry Sands". English.yonhapnews.co.kr. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  25. ^ "Michael Choice y Manny Acosta, nuevos refuerzos escarlatas" (in Spanish). August 16, 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  26. ^ Lee, Jane (February 25, 2013). "Former A's top pick Michael Choice settling in at camp". MLB.com. Retrieved March 20, 2013.

External links

1989 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1989 throughout the world.

2010 College Baseball All-America Team

This is a list of college baseball players named first team All-Americans in 2010. The NCAA recognizes four different All-America selectors for baseball: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947), Baseball America (since 1981), Collegiate Baseball (since 1991), and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (since 2001).

2010 Major League Baseball draft

The 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was held on June 7–9, 2010 at the MLB Network Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey.

2010 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2010 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament was held from May 26–29. The top eight regular season finishers of the league's twelve teams met in the double-elimination tournament held at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas. The winner of the tournament, Lamar, earned the conference's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

2011 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 2011 season was the 44th for the franchise in the Bay Area, as well as the 111th in club history. The team was competing for the American League West Division title after a 4-year absence from playoff contention, with a payroll just above $77 million.

2012 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 2012 season was the organization's 45th in Oakland, California and the 112th in club history. The team finished with a final record of 94–68, claiming first place in the American League West and reaching the postseason for the first time since 2006. After winning their last game of the season, they took sole possession of the West for the first time all year, overtaking the Texas Rangers. The A's had trailed Texas by 13 games on June 30, and had a five-game deficit with nine days left in the season. The 2012 team, which led the league with 15 walk-off wins, managed this with the second-lowest payroll in baseball, at $59.5 million. They lost in five games to the Detroit Tigers in the Divisional Series.

2014 Oakland Athletics season

The 2014 Oakland Athletics season was the 46th for the franchise at O.co Coliseum, as well as the 114th in club history. The Athletics entered the season hoping to win a third consecutive American League West championship; to that end, the team made a number of key signings and trades during the 2013-14 MLB offseason. Notably, Athletics traded outfielder Michael Choice for left fielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom; they also traded the promising but oft-injured Brett Anderson for reliever Drew Pomeranz. Additional trades brought in relievers Fernando Abad (acquired for John Wooten), Luke Gregerson (acquired for Seth Smith), and Jim Johnson (acquired for Jemile Weeks and David Freitas). In free agency, the Athletics signed former All-Star starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to a two-year deal. These moves, among others, sought to bolster the depth of team's starting pitching and bullpen.

Shortly before the season opener, the Athletics were dealt a huge blow when starting pitchers Jarrod Parker and A. J. Griffin were ruled out for the season. The team responded by promoting reliever Jesse Chavez (and, eventually, Drew Pomeranz) to the starting rotation. Despite this setback, the team raced out to an impressive start; by the All-Star Break, the Athletics had compiled a league-best record of 59-36. Unexpectedly strong performances by starting pitchers Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, and Drew Pomeranz enabled much of this surge; the Athletics' red-hot hitters (particularly sluggers Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Céspedes, and Brandon Moss) also played a major role.

Despite their fantastic first-half performance, the Athletics remained locked in a tight battle for first place in the American League West. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, like the Athletics, had also raced out to an impressive start; at the All-Star Break, the Angels owned the league's second-best record (and, at 57-37, only trailed the Athletics by 1.5 games). In part because of this, the Athletics traded noted prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney, along with starting pitcher Dan Straily, to the Chicago Cubs for two starters (ace Jeff Samardzija and veteran Jason Hammel) on July 4th.

The Athletics continued to play well throughout July. Still, they failed to gain significant ground on the Angels. On July 31, with a scant 2.5 game lead over Los Angeles, the Athletics stunned the league by trading Yoenis Céspedes for all-star starter Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes. In the week immediately following the trade, things went well for the team; by August 9th, they had upped their lead over the Angels to four games. From that point forward, however, the As were met with disaster. An historic collapse, defined largely by ineffective hitting and a spate of narrow losses, saw Oakland tumble in the American League standings; all told, the team won just 16 of its final 46 games. The Athletics only managed to clinch an AL Wild-Card berth on the final day of the regular season. The team finished some ten games behind the Angels, who clinched the league's best record with an impressive 98-64 finish.

The Athletics met the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 American League Wild Card Game. The Athletics held a 7-3 lead over the Royals through seven innings; a furious Royals rally, however, saw the Royals tie the game by scoring three runs in the eighth inning and one run in the ninth. In the 12th inning, the Athletics' took an 8-7 lead on an Alberto Callaspo line drive; the Royals, however, would again rally for a 9-8 walk-off victory (their first playoff win in 29 years). The Athletics did not reach the postseason again until the 2018 season.

2015 Texas Rangers season

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2017 KBO League season

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2018 KBO League season

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