Mike Greenwell

Michael Lewis Greenwell (born July 18, 1963) is a former left fielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) who played his entire MLB career with the Boston Red Sox (1985–1996). He played a few games for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan (1997), before retiring. Greenwell was nicknamed "The Gator." He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.[1] He was fourth in Rookie of the Year voting in 1987. Greenwell was a leading contender for the American League MVP award in 1988, but lost to Jose Canseco, who had the first 40 home run, 40 stolen base season in baseball history. Greenwell hit .325 with 22 home runs and 119 RBIs in 1988, setting career highs in all three categories.

Mike Greenwell
Left fielder
Born: July 18, 1963 (age 55)
Louisville, Kentucky
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 5, 1985, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1996, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.303
Home runs130
Runs batted in726
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Greenwell was born in Louisville, Kentucky. When he was five years old, his family relocated to Fort Myers, Florida; he would later attend North Fort Myers High School, where he played both baseball and football.

Baseball career

Major League Baseball

Greenwell was drafted in the third round of the 1982 Major League Baseball Draft by the Red Sox, and was signed on June 9, 1982.[2] Throughout his Red Sox career, Greenwell suffered under the weight of lofty expectations for a Boston left fielder, as since 1940 the position had been occupied by Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski and Jim Rice – all MVP winners, regular triple crown candidates, and eventual members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Although his play rarely reached the level of his predecessors, he provided a solid and reliable presence in the team's lineup for several seasons. Well respected, he also served as the team's player representative for a time.[3] Greenwell was runner-up for the 1988 American League MVP Award to Jose Canseco of the Oakland Athletics; years later, Canseco's admission of steroid use led Greenwell to ask, "Where's my MVP?"[4]

On September 14, 1988, Greenwell hit for the cycle,[5] becoming the 17th player to do so in Red Sox franchise history.[6] On September 2, 1996, the Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 9–8 in 10 innings at the Kingdome, with Greenwell driving in all nine runs for the Sox,[7] a record for most runs driven in by one player accounting for all of that team's runs in a single game.[8] He also holds the American League record for most game-winning RBIs in a single season, with 23 in 1988;[9] the game-winning RBI has since been discontinued as an official statistic.[10] Greenwell was inducted to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2008.[11]

Career MLB statistics

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG TB SH HBP FLD%
1269 4623 657 1400 275 38 130 726 80 43 460 364 .303 .368 .463 2141 3 39 .981

"The Gator"

Greenwell received his nickname during spring training in Winter Haven. He had captured an alligator, taped its mouth shut, and put it in Ellis Burks' locker.[3]

Nippon Professional Baseball

Greenwell signed with the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball in 1997.[12] His career in the major leagues heightened expectations from Japanese fans, but he left the team during spring training and returned to the United States; he had suffered a herniated disc when diving for a ball.[13] He did not return to Japan until late April.[14] He played his first game on May 3, and hit an RBI triple in that game despite having missed spring training.[15] However, Greenwell suddenly announced his retirement after appearing in just seven games; he had fractured his right foot with a foul tip, and the injury would have prevented him from playing for at least four weeks.[16][17]

Coaching

In 2001, Greenwell was hired during the offseason as a player-coach for the Cincinnati Reds' Double-A affiliate in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[18] Greenwell was also the interim hitting coach for the Reds in 2001, filling in when Ken Griffey Sr. was given a medical leave of absence.[19][20]

Racing career

Mike Greenwell
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
2 races run over 1 year
Best finish69th (2006)
First race2006 City of Mansfield 250 (Mansfield)
Last race2006 O'Reilly 200 (Memphis)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

Upon his retirement from baseball, Greenwell began driving late model stock cars at New Smyrna Speedway, winning the 2000 Speedweeks track championship.[21] In May 2006, he made his Craftsman Truck Series debut at Mansfield Motorsports Park for Green Light Racing, starting 20th and finishing 26th. In 2010, Greenwell gave up racing.[3]

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Craftsman Truck Series
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCTC Pts
2006 Green Light Racing 08 Chevy DAY CAL ATL MAR GTY CLT MFD
26
DOV TEX MCH MLW KAN KEN MEM
33
IRP NSH BRI NHA LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 69th 149

Personal life

Greenwell owns a 890-acre (3.6 km2) ranch in Alva, Florida, on which he grows fruits and vegetables. He owned an amusement park in Cape Coral, Florida, called "Mike Greenwell's Bat-A-Ball & Family Fun Park", which opened in February 1992. He recently sold the park which is now known as Gator Mike's. [22]

Greenwell's wife Tracy is a nurse, and they have two sons, both of whom Greenwell coached.[3][23] Bo was drafted as an outfielder in the sixth round of the 2007 MLB Draft; he spent a total of eight years in the minor leagues, in the farm systems of the Cleveland Indians (2007–2013) and the Red Sox (2014).[24][25][26] First baseman Garrett started at Santa Fe Community College in 2011 before transferring to Oral Roberts University in 2013.[27] Greenwell is the uncle of Joey Terdoslavich,[28] who played for the Atlanta Braves (2013–2015).

See also

References

  1. ^ "Sortable Player Stats". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Mike Greenwell Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Grossfeld, Stan (June 29, 2010). "Bo knows". The Boston Globe.
  4. ^ "Greenwell makes case for '88 MVP". ESPN. February 17, 2005. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "Boston Red Sox 4, Baltimore Orioles 3", Retrosheet, September 14, 1988
  6. ^ Smith, Christopher (June 17, 2015). "List of the 20 Boston Red Sox players who have hit for the cycle starting with Brock Holt". masslive.com. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "Boston Red Sox 9, Seattle Mariners 8", Retrosheet, September 2, 1996
  8. ^ "RBI Records / Runs Batted in Records". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "Game Winning Runs Batted In Records". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  10. ^ "Baseball Prospectus - Wezen-Ball: The Drawbacks and Demise of a Stat". Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  11. ^ Dzen, Gary (February 25, 2008). "Eight selected to Red Sox Hall of Fame". Boston.com. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  12. ^ "Greenwell Is Going To Play in Japan". New York Times. December 18, 1996. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  13. ^ Miller, Glenn (February 26, 1997). "Injured Greenwell comes back home". The News-Press. Fort Myers, Florida. Retrieved January 6, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  14. ^ "Greenwell's Back". The News-Press. Fort Myers, Florida. May 1, 1997. Retrieved January 6, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  15. ^ "Greenwell triples in Japanese debut". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut. Associated Press. May 4, 1997. Retrieved January 6, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  16. ^ Dorsey, David (May 15, 1997). "Greenwell calls it a career". The News-Press. Fort Myers, Florida. Retrieved January 6, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  17. ^ "Struggling Greenwell calls it quits". South Coast Today. May 15, 1997. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  18. ^ "Greenwell will attempt comeback". reds.enquirer.com. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Greenwell Promoted". The News-Press. Fort Myers, Florida. June 19, 2001. Retrieved January 6, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  20. ^ "Griffey Sr. gets acupuncture". Lubbock Avalanche Journal. Associated Press. July 3, 2001. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  21. ^ "Former Boston OF Greenwell slated for NASCAR trucks debut". USA Today. Associated Press. May 23, 2006. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  22. ^ "Mike Greenwell's Bat-A-Ball & Family Fun Park". www.greenwellsfamilyfunpark.com. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  23. ^ Krasner, Steven (1998). "No diamond, but Greenwell's life still a gem". Providence Journal. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  24. ^ "Bo Greenwell Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  25. ^ Lauber, Scott (March 2, 2014). "Family reunion: Carl Yastrzemski in Red Sox camp, may get to watch grandson play for Orioles". Boston Herald. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  26. ^ Dorsey, David (March 27, 2014). "Red Sox fans know the Greenwell name". The News-Press. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  27. ^ "Garrett Greenwell Profile and Statistics". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  28. ^ Laurilla, David (May 24, 2013). "Q&A: Joey Terdoslavich, Future Braves Basher". Fangraphs. Retrieved January 10, 2016.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Chris Speier
Hitting for the cycle
September 14, 1988
Succeeded by
Kelly Gruber
1986 Boston Red Sox season

The 1986 Boston Red Sox season was the 86th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 95 wins and 66 losses. After defeating the California Angels in the ALCS, the Red Sox lost the World Series to the New York Mets in seven games.

1988 American League Championship Series

The 1988 American League Championship Series was a best-of-seven series that pitted the East Division champion Boston Red Sox against the West Division champion Oakland Athletics. It was the second meeting between the two in ALCS play. The Athletics swept the Series four games to none and would go on to lose to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1988 World Series.

1988 Boston Red Sox season

The 1988 Boston Red Sox season was the 88th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses, but were then swept by the Oakland Athletics in the ALCS.

1988 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1988 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 59th playing of the "Midsummer Classic" between Major League Baseball's American League (AL) and National League All-Star teams. The All-Star Game was held on July 12, 1988, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, the home of the NL's Cincinnati Reds.

The game resulted in the AL defeating the NL 2-1. Terry Steinbach, a catcher for the AL's Oakland Athletics, won the All-Star game's most valuable player award. Steinbach was credited with both of the AL's two runs in the game. Frank Viola of the Minnesota Twins was the winning pitcher.

1989 Boston Red Sox season

The 1989 Boston Red Sox season was the 89th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished third in the American League East with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses, six games behind the Toronto Blue Jays.

1990 American League Championship Series

The 1990 American League Championship Series was a best-of-seven series that matched the East Division champion Boston Red Sox against the West Division champion Oakland Athletics. For the second time in three years, the Athletics swept the Red Sox four games to none. The sweep was capped by a Roger Clemens ejection in Game 4 for arguing balls and strikes. The Athletics lost to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990 World Series.

1990 Boston Red Sox season

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1991 Boston Red Sox season

The 1991 Boston Red Sox season was the 91st season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished tied for second in the American League East with a record of 84 wins and 78 losses, seven games behind the Toronto Blue Jays.

1992 Boston Red Sox season

The 1992 Boston Red Sox season was the 92nd season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished last in the seven-team American League East with a record of 73 wins and 89 losses, 23 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays. It was the last time the Red Sox finished last in their division until 2012. The Red Sox hit seven grand slams, the most in MLB in 1992.

1993 Boston Red Sox season

The 1993 Boston Red Sox season was the 93rd season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished fifth in the American League East with a record of 80 wins and 82 losses, 15 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays.

1994 Boston Red Sox season

The 1994 Boston Red Sox season was the 94th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The season was cut short by the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike, and there was no postseason. When the strike started on August 12, the Red Sox were in fourth place in the American League East with a record of 54 wins and 61 losses, 17 games behind the New York Yankees.

1995 Boston Red Sox season

The 1995 Boston Red Sox season was the 95th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 86 wins and 58 losses, as teams played 144 games (instead of the normal 162) due to the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike. The Red Sox then lost to the American League Central champion Cleveland Indians in the ALDS.

George Digby (baseball scout)

George J. Digby (August 31, 1917 – May 2, 2014) was an American baseball scout and consultant in Major League Baseball.

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Digby started his professional career in 1944. He was coaching high school baseball in his homeland when a Boston Red Sox executive came to sign his best pitcher, Dick Callahan.

Digby helped young Callahan drive a hard bargain. The Red Sox paid out and, on the way to the train, also offered Digby a job.After that, Digby worked in the Boston organization for more than 60 years, half a century as a scout, 14 more as a consultant. Throughout the years, he traveled the South looking raw talent for the Red Sox. Among his finds were Red Sox graduates Tom Bolton, Steve Curry, Mike Greenwell, Jody Reed and Marc Sullivan. But Digby put great emphasis on signing future Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, after the Red Sox had reports that questioned Boggs' ability to be a Major League player, as he fought hard to convince the team that should draft the young man with the smooth swing. Finally, in 1976 Digby drafted Boggs in the seventh round and signed him for $7,500 and a college scholarship. In 1999, Digby saw Boggs belt a home run for his 3,000th career-hit, to become the first player in Major League history to enter the 3,000 hit club by hitting a home run. Boggs had invited Digby, all expenses paid.In 1948, one year after Jackie Robinson broke the baseball barrier in the Majors, the Birmingham Barons of the Southern Association were an affiliate team of the Red Sox who played at Rickwood Field in Alabama. The Barons, an all-white squad, shared the same field with the Birmingham Black Barons, an all-black team of the Negro leagues. At that time Digby spotted Willie Mays, by then a 17-year-old outfielder. Boston signed the Barons' player/manager Lorenzo ″Piper″ Davis for $15,000.Digby has served as role model, inspiration, catalyst and friend for many young scouts. The George Digby Award was created by the Red Sox in honour of Digby, to recognize annually the scout that has provided outstanding services for the organization.

In 2008 Digby was selected for induction into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, becoming the first scout to gain the honors. Digby is also in the Florida Scouts Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2000 and his plaque is near the press box at Tropicana Field. The plaque shows that he has signed 53 Major League players.

Digby died on May 2, 2014, aged 96.

Greenwell

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

Ashlee Greenwell (born 1988), American beauty queen

Carlyle Greenwell (1884–1961), Australian architect

Dora Greenwell (1821–1882), English poet

Emma Greenwell (born 1989), American actress

Garth Greenwell (born 1978), American poet, author, literary critic, and educator

George Clementson Greenwell (1821–1900), British mining engineer

Greenwell baronets, a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom, created in 1906

Henry Nicholas Greenwell (1826–1891), English merchant who sold Kona coffee, founder of the Greenwell Store

Jack Greenwell (1884–1942), English footballer and manager

Joe Greenwell (born 1951), British business executive

Leonard Greenwell (1781–1844), British Major-general

Mike Greenwell (born 1963), American baseball player

Peter Greenwell (1929–2006), English composer and pianist

Richard Greenwell (1942–2005), British cryptozoologist and explorer

Thomas George Greenwell (1894–1967), British Member of Parliament

Tom Greenwell (1956–2013), judge in the U.S. state of Texas

William Greenwell (1820–1918), English archaeologist

List of Nippon Professional Baseball players (G)

The following is a list of Nippon Professional Baseball players with the last name starting with G, retired or active.

North Fort Myers, Florida

North Fort Myers is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lee County, Florida, United States. The population was 36,609 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Randy Kutcher

Randy Scott Kutcher (born April 20, 1960) is a former Major League Baseball utility outfielder for the San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox from 1986 through 1990. He batted and threw right-handed.

Kutcher was born in Anchorage, Alaska. He was a member of two division-winning teams in his three seasons with the Red Sox, in 1988 and 1990, when he and Kevin Romine split duties as reserve outfielders for the Red Sox behind All-Star starters Mike Greenwell, Ellis Burks and Dwight Evans. Kutcher wore jersey number 5 and, later, 55.

In 448 career at bats, Kutcher was a .228 hitter with 10 home runs and 40 runs batted in.

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