Mike Cameron

Michael Terrance Cameron (born January 8, 1973) is an American former professional Major League Baseball outfielder. He played for the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, and Florida Marlins.

In 2002, Cameron became the 13th player to hit four home runs in one game. He was also an All-Star in 2001 and won Gold Gloves in 2001, 2003, and 2006.[1] Mike Cameron has distinguished himself by being only one of 22 players in the history of baseball to have at least 250 home runs and 250 stolen bases and became the 20th member of this exclusive 250/250 club.[2] Cameron is also the only MLB player to hit 2 home runs in the same game with 8 teams.[3]

Mike Cameron
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Cameron with the Red Sox in 2011
Center fielder
Born: January 8, 1973 (age 46)
LaGrange, Georgia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 27, 1995, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 12, 2011, for the Florida Marlins
MLB statistics
Batting average.249
Home runs278
Runs batted in968
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Cameron was born in La Grange, Georgia and raised on Render Street by his grandmother; he moved into her house when he was seven years old to keep her company after her husband died. Cameron attended LaGrange High School. His grandmother kept him from playing baseball as a high school junior because he failed his chemistry class. As a result, he drew less attention from scouts.[4]

Playing career

Chicago White Sox

Cameron was drafted out of high school in the 18th round by the Chicago White Sox in 1991.[4] His major league debut took place on August 27, 1995, with the White Sox. In 1997 he won a starting job as the team's regular center fielder.[4]

Cincinnati Reds

He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Paul Konerko in 1998.[5]

Seattle Mariners

Along with three other players he was traded to the Seattle Mariners for Ken Griffey, Jr. before the 2000 season.[6]

Cameron tied a major league record on May 2, 2002 when he hit four home runs in one game[7][8] becoming only the 15th player in MLB history to do this. In his fifth at bat, he hit one to the warning track, just missing what would have been a record-setting fifth home run. He played in the All-Star Game in 2001[9] and reached the postseason twice and won the Gold Glove Award in 2001, 2003, and 2006 (with the Padres) for his defensive play in the outfield.[10] He led all major league center fielders in range factor (3.42) in 2003.[11]

New York Mets

In 2004 he signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract to play center field for the New York Mets. With the acquisition by the Mets of Carlos Beltrán before the 2005 season, Cameron surrendered his position to the star center fielder and played most of his games in right field during the 2005 season.[12] On August 11, 2005, in San Diego, Cameron collided with Beltran in the outfield as both made diving attempts to catch a fly ball. Cameron suffered a concussion and multiple fractures of his nose and cheekbones, and was removed from the field on a stretcher.[13] Beltran also suffered a concussion but was able to walk off the field with help.

San Diego Padres

Cameron batting for the Padres in 2007.

On November 15, 2005 Cameron was traded to the San Diego Padres for Xavier Nady.[14] He won his first National League Gold Glove award during the 2006 season with San Diego.[15]

After leaving the Seattle Mariners in 2004 via free agency, Cameron played his first game back in Seattle during interleague play in May 2006. Mariners fans greeted his return with a standing ovation.

On October 31, 2007, it was announced that he had failed a test for banned stimulants for a second time and would miss the first 25 games of the 2008 season.[16] Cameron has said he believes that a supplement he took was "tainted." However, given the requirement of two failed drug tests before an announcement is made, this explanation is questionable. He was just the second major leaguer to be suspended for a second positive test for stimulants, following Neifi Pérez.[17]

Milwaukee Brewers

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Cameron playing for the Brewers in 2008.

On January 14, 2008 he signed a 1-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.[18]

On March 13, 2008, Cameron applied for a therapeutic exemption to use stimulants during the 2008 season because of his outfield collision with former teammate Carlos Beltrán. He claimed to be struggling with after-effects of the collision that ended his 2005 season.[19] If he had applied for the exemption in 2007, he could have avoided the 25-game suspension he had to serve to begin this season for testing positive for a banned stimulant for the second time. He also told USA Today that he will see a neurologist to determine if he is suffering from post-concussion syndrome.[19] If the exemption is granted, Cameron would be permitted to use some amphetamines that are currently banned by the Major League Baseball drug policy.

In November 2008, his club option was picked up by the Brewers for the 2009 season.[20]

On May 24, 2009, Cameron hit his 250th career home run against the Minnesota Twins, becoming the 20th player in the league to hit 250 home runs and steal 250 bases.[21]

Boston Red Sox

On December 16, 2009, Cameron signed a 2-year deal with the Boston Red Sox.[22] He missed most of the season with a groin injury but managed to still hit 4 home runs on the season.

Cameron made 70 plate appearances for Boston, batting .143, before being designated for assignment on June 29.[23]

Florida Marlins

On July 5, he was traded to the Florida Marlins for a player to be named later or cash considerations.[24] He was released on September 13, 2011.[25]

Washington Nationals

On December 19, 2011, he agreed to a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals.[26]

Cameron never played in any games for the Nationals after announcing his retirement on February 19, 2012.[27] He signed a one-day contract with Seattle on April 14, 2012, to officially retire as a Mariner before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Mariners' home opener that same day.[28]

Personal life

Together with Greg Brown and Robin Roberts, Cameron wrote a book (aimed primarily at children) titled "It Takes a Team: Mike Cameron", ISBN 1-57243-502-X, where he presents his views on the importance of teamwork and describes his life. Published in 2002 by Triumph Books.

After being selected to the American League All-Star Team in 2001, Cameron used his salary bonus to purchase All-Star Game warm-up jackets for all of his Seattle Mariner teammates. He is known for routinely sitting on top of the dugout to sign autographs and talk with fans before games. He is also the founder of the Cam4Kids Foundation and was host of the First State Golf Tournament for Inner City Kids in Seattle in 2002; these in effort to raise money to provide scholarships to inner-city youth. He is actively involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation as well as the Starlight Foundation.[29]

Cameron married his former high school classmate, JaBreka, in or around 1999. As of 2002, they had three children, sons named Dazmon and Mehki and a daughter named T'aja.[4] Cameron's son, Daz Cameron, played baseball at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy. He was drafted 37th overall by the Houston Astros in the 2015 MLB draft.[30][31] He is currently an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers' organization.

See also


  1. ^ "Mike Cameron wins Rawlings Gold Glove Award". MLB.com. November 3, 2006. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  2. ^ "Cameron joins 250 HR/250 SB club". Major League Baseball. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Mike Cameron Statistics and History | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Cannella, Stephen (January 14, 2002). "Home Runner CENTERFIELDER MIKE CAMERON IS A STAR IN SEATTLE BUT LOVES BEING WITH THE FOLKS BACK HOME IN GEORGIA". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  5. ^ on (July 20, 2011). "Mike Cameron for Paul Konerko". Berserk Hippo. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  6. ^ Megdal, Howard (July 9, 2011). "Jack Of All Trades: Mike Cameron: MLB Rumors". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  7. ^ "Box Score of Four Home Run Game by Mike Cameron". Baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  8. ^ Jaffe, Chris. "10th anniversary: Mike Cameron hits four homers". HardballTimes.com. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  9. ^ "Morosi: Don't take your first All-Star Game for granted – MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN". Msn.foxsports.com. July 5, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  10. ^ "Red Sox trade outfielder Mike Cameron to Marlins". Usatoday.Com. July 5, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  11. ^ "Single-Season Leaders &amp Records for Range Factor/9Inn as CF (s.1954)". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  12. ^ "Why is Right Field a black hole for the Mets?". Big Apple Mets Talk. March 21, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  13. ^ "Cameron suffers fractures in collision". MLB.com. Archived from the original on April 11, 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  14. ^ "Padres acquire Cameron in trade with Mets – MLB – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. November 18, 2005. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  15. ^ "MLB National League Gold Glove Award Winners". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  16. ^ "Baseball suspends Padres' Cameron 25 games for failed test". Slumz.boxden.com. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  17. ^ "Baseball suspends Cameron 25 games for failed test". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  18. ^ "Brewers finalize deal with Cameron". MLB.com. Archived from the original on July 1, 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  19. ^ a b "Brewers' Cameron applies for MLB exemption to use stimulants – MLB – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. March 13, 2008. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  20. ^ "Milwaukee Brewers pick up Mike Cameron option for $10M – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. November 3, 2008. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  21. ^ Spencer, Clark (June 10, 2011). "Florida Marlins acquire veteran Mike Cameron – Florida Marlins". MiamiHerald.com. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  22. ^ Browne, Ian. Red Sox welcoming Cameron, Lackey Archived December 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Boston Red Sox. Published December 16, 2009. Retrieved December 16, 2009.
  23. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Red Sox Designate Mike Cameron For Assignment". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  24. ^ Links, Zach. "Marlins Acquire Mike Cameron". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  25. ^ "Marlins release veteran outfielder Cameron". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  26. ^ Kilgore, Adam (December 21, 2011). "Stats, scores and schedules". The Washington Post.
  27. ^ "Former All-Star Cameron retires after 17 years". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  28. ^ Baker, Geoff (April 13, 2012). "Mike Cameron retires as a Mariner". The Seattle Times.
  29. ^ "Former Met, Mike Cameron Shares His Thoughts as a Veteran in a Sox Uniform – Sports News, Blog, Videos, Collectables, and Memorabilia". Latino Sports. May 17, 2011. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  30. ^ "ELCA's Cameron has pedigree, tools and poise to be a star | Clayton News Daily". News-daily.com. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  31. ^ "Player of the Year: Dazmon Cameron | Henry Daily Herald". Henryherald.com. Retrieved February 14, 2014.

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Preceded by
Mark Whiten
Batters with 4 home runs in one game
May 2, 2002
Succeeded by
Shawn Green
1995 Chicago White Sox season

The 1995 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 96th season. They finished with a record 68-76, good enough for 3rd place in the American League Central, 32 games behind the 1st place Cleveland Indians.

1998 Chicago White Sox season

The 1998 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 99th season. They finished with a record 80-82, good enough for 2nd place in the American League Central, 9 games behind the 1st place Cleveland Indians.

1999 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 1999 season was a season in American baseball. During the season the Reds became a surprising contender in the National League Central, winning 96 games and narrowly losing the division to the Houston Astros, ultimately missing the playoffs after losing a one game playoff with the New York Mets.

1999 National League Wild Card tie-breaker game

The 1999 National League wild-card tie-breaker game was a one-game extension to Major League Baseball's (MLB) 1999 regular season, played between the New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds to determine the winner of the National League (NL) wild card. It was played at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati, on October 4, 1999. The Mets won the game, 5–0, with starting pitcher Al Leiter pitching a two-hit shutout. As a result, the Mets qualified for the postseason and the Reds did not.

The game was necessary after both teams finished the season with identical win–loss records of 96–66. Some described the Mets as collapsing late in the season while the race between the Reds and their division rival Houston Astros was close enough to create the possibility of a three-way tie. The Reds won a coin flip late in the season which, by rule at the time, awarded them home field for the game. Upon winning, the Mets advanced to NL Division Series (NLDS) where they defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, three-games-to-one. They then advanced to the NL Championship Series (NLCS) but were defeated by the Atlanta Braves in six games, bringing an end to the Mets' season. In baseball statistics, the tie-breaker counted as the 163rd regular-season game by both teams, with all events in the game added to regular-season statistics.

2000 American League Championship Series

The 2000 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a matchup between the East Division champion New York Yankees and the Wild Card Seattle Mariners. The Yankees had advanced to the Series after beating the West Division champion Oakland Athletics in the ALDS three games to two and the Mariners advanced by beating the Central Division champion Chicago White Sox three games to none. The Yankees won the Series four games to two and went on to defeat the New York Mets in the World Series to win their third consecutive World Series championship, twenty-sixth overall.

2000 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners' 2000 season was the franchise's 24th, and ended in the American League Championship Series, falling to the New York Yankees in six games.

The regular season ended with the Mariners finishing 2nd in the American League West but earning the franchise's first wild card berth, with a 91–71 (.562) record. In the playoffs, they swept the Chicago White Sox in the American League Division Series, then were defeated by the New York Yankees.

2002 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners 2002 season was their 26th since the franchise creation, and ended the season finishing 3rd in the American League West at 93–69 (.574), starting a postseason drought that has lasted for 17 years.

2005 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 2005 season was the 44th regular season for the Mets. They went 83-79 and finished 3rd in the NL East. They were managed by Willie Randolph. They played home games at Shea Stadium. The 2005 season is also noteworthy for being Mike Piazza's last season as a Met. In the last game of the season, he was given a long standing ovation from the fans at Shea Stadium.

2006 San Diego Padres season

The 2006 San Diego Padres season was the 38th season in franchise history. The Padres captured their second consecutive National League West crown, with a record of 88–74, and for the first time in franchise history back-to-back postseason appearances, and three consecutive winning seasons. Although the Padres final record equaled that of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Padres record of 13-5 against the Dodgers awarded them the official division title. The 2006 season also marked the end of Bruce Bochy's tenure as manager of the team, after 24 seasons overall, 12 seasons as manager (1995–2006), winning 4 division titles (1996, 1998, 2005, 2006). The Padres were eliminated in the 2006 National League Division Series by the eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, losing 3–1.

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.

2010 Boston Red Sox season

The 2010 Boston Red Sox season was the 110th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox opened and closed the season at Fenway Park against the New York Yankees – the last time the team opened and closed a season at home against the Yankees was 1950. With a record of 89 wins and 73 losses, the Red Sox finished third in the American League East, seven games behind the Tampa Bay Rays, and failed to advance to the postseason for the first time since 2006.

Daz Cameron

Dazmon Jaroid Cameron (born January 15, 1997) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Detroit Tigers' organization. He attended Eagle's Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Georgia, and was selected by the Houston Astros in the 2015 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. The Astros traded Cameron to the Tigers in 2017. His father, Mike Cameron, played in MLB.

Fordham Rams baseball

The Fordham Rams baseball team of Fordham University in New York City has been in existence since its first game played against the now-defunct St. Francis Xavier College in Manhattan, the first collegiate baseball game played with nine-man teams as today.

The team's 4,417 wins as of the 2017 season are the most of any NCAA Division I baseball team. The Rams have reached six NCAA Tournaments, most recently in 2019.

List of Major League Baseball single-game home run leaders

Writers of Sporting News described hitting four home runs in a single Major League Baseball (MLB) game as "baseball's greatest single-game accomplishment". Eighteen players have accomplished the feat to date, the most recent being J. D. Martinez with the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 4, 2017. No player has done this more than once in his career and no player has ever hit more than four in a game. Bobby Lowe was the first to hit four home runs in a single game, doing so on May 30, 1894. Fans were reportedly so excited that they threw $160 in silver coins ($4,600 today) onto the field after his fourth home run.These games have resulted in other MLB single-game records due to the extreme offensive performance. Mark Whiten, for example, tied Jim Bottomley for the most runs batted in in a single game with 12 in his four-homer game. Shawn Green hit a double and a single along with his four home runs for 19 total bases, an MLB record. It surpassed Joe Adcock's mark of 18, which also came from a four-homer game.Chuck Klein, Pat Seerey, and Mike Schmidt each hit their four in a game that went into extra innings. Scooter Gennett and Mark Whiten hit a grand slam as one of their four homers. Four home runs generate significant offense that generally allows a team to win, although Ed Delahanty's and Bob Horner's teams lost their respective milestone games. In fact, in all but three of those games, two being the aforementioned players' games, the player's team scored ten or more runs.

Carlos Delgado is the only player to hit four home runs in a game in which he made only four plate appearances. No player has ever hit four home runs in a postseason game; that record is three, first accomplished by Babe Ruth in Game 4 of the 1926 World Series.Warren Spahn pitched the ball which Gil Hodges hit for the first of his four, the only Hall of Fame pitcher faced during a four-home-run game. Hodges, Adcock, and Martinez are the only players to hit home runs against four different pitchers in one game. Lowe and Delahanty, on the other hand, are the only players to hit four home runs in one game against just one pitcher: Ice Box Chamberlain and Adonis Terry, respectively.

Mike Cameron hit his four on May 2, 2002, and Green matched the total 21 days later on May 23, 2002, the shortest span between such games. Lowe and Seerey each hit fewer than 100 career home runs, while Willie Mays, with 660, hit more than any other player in this group. Both Mays and Schmidt are also members of the 500 home run club.

Of the 14 players eligible for the Hall of Fame who have hit four home runs in a game, five have been elected. Players are eligible for the Hall of Fame if they have played in at least 10 major league seasons and have been either retired for five seasons or deceased for at least six months. These requirements leave three players ineligible who are living and have played in the past five seasons and one (Seerey) who did not play 10 seasons in MLB.

List of Seattle Mariners team records

The Seattle Mariners are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team who have participated in 36 seasons since their inception in 1977. Through 2012, they have played 5,707 games, winning 2,664, losing 3,043, and tying two, for a winning percentage of .467. This list documents the superlative records and accomplishments of team members during their tenures as Seattle Mariners in Major League Baseball's American League West.

Ichiro Suzuki holds the most franchise records as of the end of the 2012 season, with ten, including best single-season batting average, most career hits, and most career triples. He is followed by Edgar Martínez, who holds nine records, including best career on-base percentage and the single-season walk record.Two Mariners players currently hold Major League Baseball records. Ichiro holds the record for most single-season hits and singles, obtaining both in 2004. Mike Cameron is tied with 14 others for the most home runs in a game, with four. Additionally, Gene Walter, a Mariner for the 1988 season, is tied for the American League lead in balks for a single game, which he achieved on July 18 in a game against the Detroit Tigers.

Mike Smith (decathlete)

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Seattle Mariners award winners and league leaders

The following is a list of Seattle Mariners professional baseball players and managers who have won various awards or other accolades from Major League Baseball or other organizations or have led the American League in some statistical category at the end of the season.


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