Michael Thomas Conforto (born March 1, 1993), nicknamed Scooter, is an American professional baseball outfielder for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). After he played college baseball for the Oregon State Beavers, the Mets selected him in the first round of the 2014 MLB draft with the 10th overall pick. He made his MLB debut in 2015.
Conforto with the Mets in 2019
|New York Mets – No. 30|
|Born: March 1, 1993|
|July 24, 2015, for the New York Mets|
|MLB statistics |
(through July 21, 2019)
|Runs batted in||267|
|Career highlights and awards|
Conforto represented the Northwest Region in the Little League World Series in 2004. He attended Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington where he was an honor roll student. He played shortstop on the baseball team and quarterback and safety on the football team. As a football player, Conforto was recruited by Ivy League schools. Meanwhile, Conforto received offers to play baseball at Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Oregon State.
As a freshman at Oregon State University in 2012, Conforto hit .349/.437/.601 with 13 home runs and 76 runs batted in (RBI) over 58 games. His 76 RBI were an Oregon State single-season record. He was named Freshman Hitter of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. During the summer he played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. As a sophomore in 2013, Conforto hit .328/.447/.526 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 65 games. He helped lead the team to the College World Series, where he went 7 for 16 and was named to the All-Tournament Team. He was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and was named a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). He again played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team during the summer in 2013. Prior to the 2014 season, he was named the preseason Sporting News College Baseball Player of the Year. He finished the season hitting .345/.504/.547 with seven home runs and 56 RBI in 59 games. He again was named the Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Year. He was also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy.
The New York Mets selected Conforto in the first round, with the 10th overall selection, of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. Conforto signed with the Mets on July 11, 2014, receiving a $2,970,800 signing bonus. He played for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League after he signed.
Conforto started the 2015 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League on June 26, 2015. On July 12, 2015 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, he started in left field for the United States team at the All-Star Futures Game and collected two hits and one assist.
On July 24, 2015, the Mets promoted Conforto to the major leagues. He made his debut later that day, picking up his first major league RBI on a groundout, but going 0-3 while becoming the 1000th player to appear in a game for the Mets. The next day, he collected his first major league hit -an RBI infield hit- as part of a 4 hit game. He hit his first major-league home run on August 3 off Marlins' starter Tom Koehler. He finished the season with 9 home runs in 56 games played. The Mets won the 2015 National League pennant, making Conforto the third player in history to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series, along with pitcher Ed Vosberg and catcher Jason Varitek. Conforto hit two home runs in Game 4 of the 2015 World Series, becoming the first rookie to homer twice in a world series game since Andruw Jones in the 1996 World Series.
Entering 2016, Conforto became the Mets everyday left fielder. After a torrid start in April, Conforto began to slump once May came. From May 1 to June 25, 2016, Conforto's batting average dipped to .130. On June 25, the Mets demoted Conforto to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League and called up Brandon Nimmo. He was recalled in July 18 to the Mets. After his return to the Mets, Conforto began playing both corner outfield positions. He made his major league debut in center field on July 23, 2016 as a defensive replacement. For the season, he batted .220/.310/.414 for the Mets.
Conforto started the 2017 season as the Mets fourth outfielder but worked his way to a starting job. He was selected to the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami after hitting .285/.405/.548 through the first half. On August 24, his suffered a season-ending injury during a swing after he dislocated his left shoulder and tore his posterior capsule. He elected to have surgery on September 2. For the 2017 season, Conforto hit 27 home runs with 68 RBIs and a .279 average.
In 2018, Conforto hit .243 and led the Mets with 28 home runs, 82 RBIs, and 78 runs scored.
His mother, Tracie Conforto (née Ruiz) is a three-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, and his father, Mike, an Italian American, played inside linebacker at Penn State. His sister, Jacqueline, played soccer at Azusa Pacific University. Conforto is of Italian, Spanish and Hawaiian descent.
The 2004 Little League World Series took place between August 20 and August 29 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curaçao, defeated Conejo Valley Little League of Thousand Oaks, California, in the championship game of the 58th Little League World Series. This was the first LLWS title for the Caribbean island of Curaçao.2013 College Baseball All-America Team
This is a list of college baseball players named first team All-Americans in 2013. 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).2014 College Baseball All-America Team
This is a list of college baseball players named first team All-Americans for the 2014 NCAA Division I baseball season. 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).2015 National League Division Series
The 2015 National League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams in the 2015 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. TBS carried all the games in the United States, with Sportsnet simulcasting TBS coverage for Canada. The Division Series began on October 9 and concluded on October 15. The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals had home field advantage in this round of the playoffs.
These matchups were:
(1) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champion) versus (5) Chicago Cubs (Wild Card winner)
(2) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champion) vs (3) New York Mets (East Division champion)The higher seeded team in each series hosts Games 1, 2, and 5 (if necessary), and the lower seeded team hosts Games 3 and 4 (if necessary).
The Mets and the Dodgers met for the third time in postseason play, having split the first two meetings (Dodgers won 4–3 in the 1988 NLCS; Mets won 3–0 in the 2006 NLDS). This was the third overall postseason meeting between the Cubs and Cardinals, with the two having met in the 1885 and 1886 World Series, and their first since the Cardinals joined the National League in 1892.2015 World Series
The 2015 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2015 season. The 111th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion New York Mets and the American League (AL) champion Kansas City Royals. The series was played between October 27 and November 1, with the Royals winning the series 4 games to 1. It was the first time since the 2010 World Series that the World Series extended into November. The Royals became the first team since the Oakland Athletics in the 1989 World Series to win the World Series after losing in the previous year. It was the first World Series to feature only expansion teams and the first since the 2007 World Series to not feature the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, or San Francisco Giants as the NL champions.
The Royals had home field advantage for the first two games of the series because of the AL's 6–3 victory in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was the 13th World Series in which home field advantage was awarded to the league that won the All-Star Game, a practice that was discontinued after the 2016 season. The series was played in a 2–3–2 format: the Royals hosted Games 1 and 2, and the Mets hosted Games 3, 4, and 5 (there was no Game 6 or 7, which the Royals would have hosted).
The Royals won Game 1 in extra innings. The Royals also won Game 2 with a complete game by Johnny Cueto, who allowed only one unearned run and two hits. With the series shifting to New York, the Mets won Game 3 with home runs by David Wright and Curtis Granderson. The Royals came from behind to win Game 4 after an error by Daniel Murphy led to a blown save by Jeurys Familia. Game 5 also went into extra innings, where bench player Christian Colón drove in the go-ahead run for the Royals, who clinched the series. Salvador Pérez was named the World Series Most Valuable Player.2016 New York Mets season
The 2016 New York Mets season was the franchise's 55th season. The Mets opened the season against their 2015 World Series opponent, the Kansas City Royals. This was the first time in the history of the league that World Series opponents played a rematch on Opening Day. This was made possible by interleague play being scattered throughout the season. Despite being below .500 (60–62) as late as August 19, the Mets went 27–13 in their final 40 games to make the postseason in consecutive seasons for the second time in franchise history. They lost to the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card Game.2018 MLB Little League Classic
The 2018 MLB Little League Classic was a regular season Major League Baseball (MLB) game that was played on August 19, 2018, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, during the 2018 MLB season and the 2018 Little League World Series.The game was played between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. It was televised on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball and MLB Network, and it also aired on ESPN Radio.Amed Rosario
German Amed Valdez Rosario (born November 20, 1995) is a Dominican professional baseball shortstop for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB).Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Tate Nimmo (born March 27, 1993) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (also known as Collegiate Baseball Magazine and Collegiate Baseball) is an American publication based in Arizona that considers itself the "voice of amateur baseball" which has been published for over 40 years. It is most noted for handing out the following awards: Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year, Collegiate Baseball Coach of the Year, and Collegiate Baseball All-Americans.It is published twice a month from January until June, and then once each in September and October.The "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper poll is college sports' oldest baseball poll. A ranking of the top 30 teams is released prior to the season, weekly throughout the season, and after the conclusion of the College World Series. It started with the 1957 college baseball season.Conforto
Conforto may refer to:
Giovanni Giacomo Di Conforto (1569 – 1630), Italian architect and engineer
Giovanni Luca Conforti or Conforto (1560–1608), Italian composer and prominent falsetto singer
Nicola Conforto (1718–1793), Italian composer
Tracie Lehuanani Ruiz-Conforto (born 1963), American Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming
Michael Conforto (born 1993), American professional baseball player
The Conforto Family of Western New York,Dentists, Donato Antonio Conforto DDS,and his three sons who were dentists, Donato, Lorenzo, and Roberto, and two grandsons; Christopher J Comfort DDS, A-AACD,F-AGD and Matthew R Comfort DDS: The name was changed to Comfort by Lorenzo (Lawrence J Comfort DDS, MD)
Christopher Comfort DDS and Matthew Comfort DDS, both known for their artistic and cosmetic dentistry, and trauma rehabilitationEd Vosberg
Edward John Vosberg (born September 28, 1961) is a former left-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who had a 10-year career (1986, 1990, 1994–1997, 1999–2002). He played with the San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Florida Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos in the National League, and the Oakland A's and Texas Rangers in the American League. He is currently the pitching coach for the Tucson Toros.
He is one of only three players (Jason Varitek and Michael Conforto are the others) to play in the Little League World Series, the College World Series, and the Major League World Series, and is the only pitcher to have done so. He played first base for Tucson, Arizona in the 1973 Little League World Series final. He pitched a one-hitter in the semifinals against Birmingham, Michigan. He played for the 1980 NCAA champion University of Arizona. He then played for the Florida Marlins in the 1997 Major League World Series.
Edward John Vosberg was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 3rd round of the 1983 MLB draft. He began his professional career with the single A Reno Padres in the California League. Whilst with Reno he showed promise going 6-6 and sporting a 3.87 ERA. After only 15 games with the single A Reno Padres he was called up to the AA Beaumount Golden Gators. His brief stint there in 1983 yielded one game where he went 7.0 shutout innings only giving up 2 hits with 2 walks and 1 strikeout. Vosberg stayed in AA with the Golden Gators for the 1984 season improving to a 13–11 record with an ERA on 3.43 and 100 strikeouts.
He was promoted to the AAA roster in 1986 to the Los Vegas Stars where he went 7–8 with an ERA of 4.72 He also made his MLB debut in 1986 on September 18 at the age of 24. He pitched in 5 games in 13 innings going 0–1 with an ERA of 6.59 He returned to the AAA Las Vegas Stars for the 1987 season. In December 1988 he was traded to the Houston Astros for Dan Walters. Vosberg remained in the Astros system until 1989 when he was traded to the Dodgers and assigned to AAA Albuquerque. He became a free agent in 1990 and signed with the San Francisco Giants. During the 1990 season, Edward returned to the Major League level. He pitched in 18 games with 24 innings pitched and an inflated 5.55 earned run average. He was granted free agency after the 1990 season and spent the next 4 years in the minors with the Angels, Mariners, Cubs, and Athletics organizations and even played in the Italian League in 1992.
In 1994 he returned to the majors once again with the Oakland Athletics. He pitched in 16 games with a record of 0-2 and a respectable ERA of 3.95 After the 1994 season Vosberg was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Supplemental Rule 5 draft. He was out righted to the minors shortly after and refused the Minor League assignment and became a free agent. He then signed a minor league contract with the Rangers organization. The Rangers purchased his contract and Vosberg once again returned to the big leagues. He pitched in 44 games out of the bullpen and put up his best numbers 5–5 and an ERA of 3.00. He returned to the Texas Rangers in 1996 and had another respectable season out of the Ranger's bullpen going 1–1 with an ERA of 3.27 and finishing 21 games. 1997 was his final season as a Texas Ranger he was traded to the Florida Marlins for Rick Helling. His overall record with both clubs in 1997 was 2 wins 3 losses 1 save and an ERA of 4.42 As a member of the 1997 Florida Marlins Ed Vosberg was rewarded with a World Series Ring. He pitched in the postseason and had 5 strike outs and giving up 5 hits and 3 walks. His ERA in the 1997 World Series was a robust 6.00 however the Marlins still managed to win.
After his stint with the Marlins, he was traded to the San Diego Padres for minor leaguer Chris Clark on November 20, 1997. He missed the 1998 season due to injury and did not pitch at all. At the age of 37 Vosberg returned to the Majors and played with the San Diego Padres. His time with the Padres was limited and his numbers were terrible. His record with the Padres was 0-0 with an ERA of 9.72. He sustained a shoulder injury and was placed on the 15-day DL. A few months after rehab, he was ultimately released by the Padres on June,7th 1999. He was picked up by the Arizona Diamondbacks a few days later on June 18, 1999. His numbers improved with the move to Arizona, going 0–1 with a respectable ERA of 3.38 in 4 games. His entire Arizona Diamondback career was those 4 games. He was designated for assignment once more. He returned to the minor league with yet another organization: The Colorado Rockies.
At the age of 38, the Rockies traded Ed Vosberg to the Philadelphia Phillies on June 28, 2000 in part of a conditional deal. He once again found his way onto a major league roster with the Phillies in 2000. He went 1–1 in 31 games with an ERA of 4.13 He played in 2001 with the Phillies and put up his best ERA in his career at a 2.84 clip out of the Phillies’ bullpen. However, once again after the 2001 season the well traveled reliever was granted Free Agency and picked up by the now defunct, Montreal Expos. His Canadian career was short-lived, only pitching in 4 games and stacking up an ERA of 18.00. On April 18, 2002 Ed Vosberg refused a minor league assignment and became a free agent once more.
He made a comeback attempt in the Mexican leagues in 2006–07 at the age of 45. Ed Vosberg was quoted as saying, "The last couple of years I have gotten the itch. When I retired five years ago I think I still could have done it physically, but mentally it is such a grind. It is such a great life, but it is a grind. It is difficult being away from your family. I needed these years to get the love of the game back and get on the field again." In his final seasons in the Mexican leagues he had a combined record of 7–8 with an ERA of 4.14.Jace Fry
Jace Hayden Fry (born July 9, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). Prior to his professional career, he played college baseball for the Oregon State Beavers.Jake Lamb
Jacob Ryan Lamb (born October 9, 1990) is an American professional baseball infielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2014, and was an All-Star in 2017.Jason Varitek
Jason Andrew Varitek (; born April 11, 1972), nicknamed Tek, is a retired American baseball catcher. After being traded as a minor league prospect by the Seattle Mariners, Varitek played his entire career in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox, for whom he now works as a special assistant. A three-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner at catcher, as well as a Silver Slugger Award winner, Varitek was part of both the 2004 World Series and 2007 World Series Championship teams, and was viewed widely as one of the team's leaders. In December 2004 he was named the captain of the Red Sox, only their fourth captain since 1923. He was a switch-hitter.Varitek is one of only three players, along with pitcher Ed Vosberg and outfielder Michael Conforto, to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series. He additionally participated in Olympic Baseball and the World Baseball Classic. His Lake Brantley High School baseball team won the Florida State Championship his senior year in 1990 and was named the number one high school baseball team in the nation by a USA Today poll. Varitek caught an MLB-record four no-hitters, a record which was later tied by Carlos Ruiz.Oregon State Beavers baseball
The Oregon State Beavers baseball team represents Oregon State University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team participates in the Pac-12 Conference. They are currently coached by Mitch Canham and assistant coaches Nate Yeskie and Andy Jenkins. They play home games in Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers won the 2006 and 2007 College World Series to become only the fifth team in history to win back-to-back national championships, and the first since the super regional format has been implemented. In 2018, the program won its third national title. In addition, the program has won 26 conference championships, qualified for 20 NCAA tournaments, and appeared in seven College World Series.Pac-12 Conference Baseball Player of the Year
The Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year is a baseball award given to the Pac-12 Conference's most outstanding player. From 1978–1998, an award was given to the most outstanding player in both the North and South divisions, with both pitchers and position players eligible. After the 1999 season, the divisions were eliminated and the Pac-12 Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Year award was created to honor the most outstanding pitcher.Sterling Award
The Sterling Awards are annual baseball awards given to the top players in the New York Mets organization at each level of the minor leagues. The two principal awards are the Sterling Minor League Organizational Player of the Year and the Sterling Minor League Organizational Pitcher of the Year. Nine additional awards are given to the most valuable player on each of the Mets-affiliated teams in Minor League Baseball (MiLB). The award was originally called the Doubleday Award in honor of former Mets co-owner Nelson Doubleday, Jr.. When Doubleday sold his shares of the team to fellow co-owner Fred Wilpon, the name of the award was changed to the Sterling Award.Tracie Ruiz
Tracie Lehuanani Ruiz-Conforto (born February 4, 1963) is a three-times Olympic medalist from the United States in synchronised swimming.
2014 College Baseball All-America Team consensus selections
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