Mo Vaughn

Maurice Samuel "Mo" Vaughn (born December 15, 1967), nicknamed "The Hit Dog", is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. He played from 1991 to 2003. Vaughn was a three-time All-Star selection and won the American League MVP award in 1995 with the Boston Red Sox.

Mo Vaughn
First baseman
Born: December 15, 1967 (age 51)
Norwalk, Connecticut
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 27, 1991, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
May 2, 2003, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Batting average.293
Home runs328
Runs batted in1,064
Career highlights and awards

Early life and education

Vaughn attended New Canaan Country School in New Canaan, Connecticut.[1] He played baseball for Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, New York.[2][3] He then moved on to play baseball at Seton Hall for head coach Mike Sheppard. While there he set the school record for home runs with 28. In his three years at Seton Hall he hit a total of 57 home runs and 218 RBIs, both team records.[4] His teammates included seven-time All-Star and Hall of Famer Craig Biggio and Red Sox teammate John Valentin. Vaughn earned the Jack Kaiser Award as MVP of the 1987 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament while keying the Pirates' championship run.[5] While at Seton Hall, Vaughn played collegiate summer baseball for two years (1987-88) with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), and in 2000 was named a member of the inaugural class of the CCBL Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Boston Red Sox

Vaughn became the centerpiece of the Red Sox's line-up in 1993, hitting 29 home runs and contributing 101 RBIs. In 1995, he established a reputation as one of the most feared hitters in the American League when he hit 39 home runs with 126 RBIs and a .300 average. He also garnered 11 stolen bases. His efforts, which led the Red Sox to the playoffs (only to lose to the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series), were rewarded with the American League MVP award.

Vaughn had his career year with the Red Sox in 1996, batting an average of .326, playing in 161 games, with 44 home runs, and 143 RBIs. On September 24, 1996, he hit three home runs against the Orioles, going 4-5 with five RBI in a 13-8 win. In a May 30, 1997 game against the Yankees, Vaughn went 4-for-4 with three solo homers in the Red Sox's 10-4 win.[2]

Vaughn continued to improve over the next several seasons, batting .315 or higher from 1996 to 1998 and averaging 40 home runs and 118 RBIs. The Red Sox lost in the American League Division Series in 1998, once again to the Cleveland Indians, although Vaughn played well, hitting two home runs and driving in seven runs in game one.

He was noted for "crowding the plate"; his stance was such that his front elbow often appeared to be hovering in the strike zone, which intimidated pitchers into throwing outside pitches.

Last season with the Sox

Though Vaughn's powerful personality and extensive charity work made him a popular figure in Boston, he had many issues with the Red Sox management and local media; his disagreements with Boston Globe sports columnist Will McDonough and Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette were particularly acute. As an outspoken clubhouse leader, Vaughn repeatedly stated that the conservative Sox administration did not want him around. Incidents in which he allegedly punched a man in the mouth outside of a nightclub and crashed his truck while returning home from a strip club in Providence led to further rifts with the administration.

Vaughn hit a walk-off grand slam in the ninth inning of Opening Day at Fenway Park against the Seattle Mariners in 1998. Vaughn was one half of a formidable middle of the lineup with shortstop Nomar Garciaparra. The two combined for 75 home runs in 1998, Vaughn's final year with the club. After the Cleveland Indians knocked Boston out of the playoffs in the first round, Vaughn became a free agent. Almost immediately, he signed a six-year, $80-million deal with the Anaheim Angels,[6] the highest contract in the game at that time.

Anaheim Angels

While he hit well for Anaheim when he played—he hit 30-plus home runs and knocked in over 100 runs in both 1999 and 2000—Vaughn was plagued by injuries in 1999 and didn't play a single game in the 2001 season. He started his Anaheim career by falling down the visitor's dugout steps on his first play of his first game, badly spraining his ankle. Vaughn was nevertheless seen as a viable middle of the line-up producer before the 2002 season and was traded to the New York Mets for Kevin Appier on December 27, 2001.

Following Vaughn's departure from Anaheim, Angels closer Troy Percival took a shot at him, saying "We may miss Mo's bat, but we won't miss his leadership. Darin Erstad is our leader." This prompted the normally mild-mannered Vaughn to go off on a profanity-laced tirade, saying that Percival and the Angels "ain't done (expletive) in this game." He remarked "They ain't got no flags hanging at friggin' Edison Field, so the hell with them." The Angels won the World Series that year and hung a World Series flag at Edison Field.[7]

New York Mets

With the Mets, Vaughn was counted upon to be a key catalyst in a revamped lineup that featured imports Roger Cedeño, Jeromy Burnitz, and Roberto Alomar. Vaughn got off to a slow start in 2002, and he was ridiculed in local sports columns and on sports talk radio shows for being out of shape; he weighed 268 pounds during his first season in New York. However, he hit his 300th career home run on April 3 against Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Kip Wells and a game winning three-run home run in the 8th inning of a game on June 16 that gave the Mets a 3–2 win over the Yankees. He hit a memorable 505-foot home run at Shea Stadium (in the middle of the "Bud" sign on the Shea scoreboard) on July 28, and he finished the season with 26 HR and 72 RBI.[8]

In 2003, he played less than a month before knee problems ended the season for him. In January 2004, he announced that his knee problems would not allow him to play in the upcoming season. Vaughn's agent said that Vaughn was not announcing his retirement, but Vaughn acknowledged that he was unlikely to ever play again.[9]

Career statistics

Over 12 seasons, Vaughn was in 1512 games played, compiling a .293 batting average (1620-5532) with 861 runs, 328 home runs, 1064 RBI, 725 bases on balls, .383 on-base percentage and .523 slugging percentage. He had five consecutive seasons with a batting average greater than .300 (1994-98). In seven post-season games, he hit .226 (7-31) with 4 runs, 2 home runs and 7 RBI. His career fielding percentage was .988.[2]

Post-playing career

Vaughn is a managing director of OMNI New YorK, LLC, along with Eugene Schneur, which has bought and rehabilitated 1,142 units of distressed housing in the New York metropolitan area. The company also manages these properties to provide low cost housing using government tax credits. He purchased the Noble Drew Ali Plaza in Brownsville, Brooklyn for $21 million, and plans to add massive security upgrades and renovate it.[10] He has also been involved in refurbishing the Whitney Young Manor in Yonkers, New York, a development first constructed by a company owned by his hero Jackie Robinson. Besides the New York metropolitan area, his company is also involved in projects in Cheyenne, Miami and Las Vegas and has expressed an interest in Boston.[11]

In January 2009 it had been reported by WCVB-TV in Boston that Vaughn had recently committed to investing "$6 million in improvements to the 168-unit Sycamore Village complex that will include new appliances and exterior renovations. Vaughn said his company does not tolerate guns, drugs and criminal behavior. Planning Director Michael Sweeney said Omni's purchase is a 'major reinvestment' in the city" of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Vaughn lives in Gates Mills, Ohio,[12] and is the president of a trucking company (Mo Vaughn Transport) in Solon.[13]

His cousin Greg Vaughn has a son named Cory Vaughn who played professional baseball for nine seasons.[14] However, Cory was initially drafted by the New York Mets organization in the 4th round of the 2010 June amateur draft out of San Diego State University where he played under Tony Gwynn.[15]

On April 18, 2013, Vaughn bought an advertisement section of The Boston Globe and used it to salute those involved in helping the victims of the April 15, 2013 Patriots Day Bombing in Boston. "You are all heroes in my eyes", wrote Vaughn, "Boston will march on."

Vaughn became eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009. 75% of the vote was necessary for induction, and 5% was necessary to stay on the ballot. He received 1.1% of the vote and dropped off the ballot.

Performance-enhancing drugs

It was revealed on December 13, 2007, in the report by Senator George J. Mitchell that Vaughn had purchased steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs from Kirk Radomski, who said he delivered the drugs to him personally. Radomski produced three checks, one for $2,200 and two more for $3,200, from Vaughn, one of the latter dated June 1, 2001, and another dated June 19, 2001. Radomski said that the higher checks were for two kits of HGH, while the lower one was for one and a half kits. Vaughn's name, address and telephone number were listed in an address book seized from Radomski's house by federal agents. Vaughn's trainer instructed him to take HGH in attempt to recover from injury.

Mitchell requested a meeting with Vaughn in order to provide Vaughn with the information about these allegations and to give him an opportunity to respond, but Vaughn never agreed to set a meeting.[16]

See also


  1. ^ Chass, Murray (1999-03-22). "BASEBALL; Vaughn Brings Bat and Leadership". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  2. ^ a b c "Mo Vaughn". Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  3. ^ "Dedication of Mo Vaughn '86 Baseball Field". Trinity-Pawling school via YouTube. September 29, 2012.
  4. ^ 1991 Score card # 750.
  5. ^ 2012 Big East Baseball Media Guide. Big East Conference. p. 66. Archived from the original on 2013-03-26. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "Risk of further injury is too high". January 25, 2004. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
  7. ^ Vaughn Blasts Percival, TeamThe Los Angeles Times
  8. ^ Axisa, Mike (December 27, 2014). "Unhappy anniversary: Mets trade for Mo Vaughn".
  9. ^ Caldwell, Dave (January 9, 2004). "BASEBALL; Vaughn Is out for the year And is unlikely to return". The New York Times.
  10. ^ RICH CALDER (2007-01-10). "MO'S THE MAN OF THE HOUSE". New York Post. Archived from the original on 2007-04-02. Retrieved 2007-06-17.
  11. ^ Stan Grossfeld (2007-06-17). "Vaughn is in rebuilding mode". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-06-17.
  12. ^ Mo Vaughn means business - Crain's Cleveland Business Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  13. ^ McIntyre, Michael K. (2011-08-28). "'Divine intervention' lands a baseball buyer for Ken Lanci's posh pad: Michael K. McIntyre's Tipoff". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
  14. ^ "Cory Vaughn". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  15. ^ TIM ROHAN (February 20, 2014). "Like Father Like Son? The Mets Can Only Hope". NY Times. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  16. ^ Mitchell, George (December 13, 2007). "Report to the Commissioner of Baseball of an Independent Investigation into the Illegal Use of Steroids and Other Performance Enhancing Substances by Players in Major League Baseball" (PDF). Retrieved 25 June 2012.

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Preceded by
Frank Thomas
American League Player of the Month
May 1996
Succeeded by
Mark McGwire
1987 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament

The 1987 Big East Baseball Tournament was held at Muzzy Field in Bristol, CT. This was the third Big East baseball tournament, and was won by the Seton Hall Pirates. As a result, Seton Hall earned the Big East Conference's automatic bid to the 1987 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

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.

1995 Major League Baseball season

The 1995 Major League Baseball season was the first season to be played under the expanded postseason format, as the League Division Series (LDS) was played in both the American and National leagues for the first time. However, due to the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike which carried into the 1995 season, a shortened 144-game schedule commenced on April 25, when the Florida Marlins played host to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Atlanta Braves became the first franchise to win World Series championships for three different cities. Along with their 1995 title, the Braves won in 1914 as the Boston Braves, and in 1957 as the Milwaukee Braves.

1996 Boston Red Sox season

The 1996 Boston Red Sox season was the 96th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished third in the American League East with a record of 85 wins and 77 losses, seven games behind the New York Yankees.

1997 Boston Red Sox season

The 1997 Boston Red Sox season was the 97th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished fourth in the American League East with a record of 78 wins and 84 losses, 20 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. It was the last time the Red Sox had a losing record until 2012. The Red Sox had 5,781 at bats, a single season major league record.

1998 Boston Red Sox season

The 1998 Boston Red Sox season was the 98th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League East with a record of 92 wins and 70 losses, 22 games behind the New York Yankees. The Red Sox qualified for the postseason as the AL wild card, but lost to the American League Central champion Cleveland Indians in the ALDS.

1999 Major League Baseball draft

The 1999 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft of high school and college baseball players, was held on June 2 and 3, 1999. A total of 1474 players were drafted over the course of 50 rounds.

2000 Anaheim Angels season

The Anaheim Angels 2000 season involved the Angels finishing 3rd in the American League West with a record of 82 wins and 80 losses.

The Angels had an extremely powerful offense, with five players (Garret Anderson, Darin Erstad, Troy Glaus, Tim Salmon, and Mo Vaughn) hitting at least 25 homers and driving in 97 runs. Glaus led the AL in HRs, and Erstad had the most hits on his way to a .355 batting average. However, the pitching was very inconsistent. No one pitched over 170 innings. Reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa led the team with a 3.57 ERA and was also the only one to win 10 games.

Aaron Myette

Aaron Kenneth Myette (born September 26, 1977) is a former Major League Baseball Canadian right-handed pitcher.

Myette attended the University of Washington, where he played college baseball for the Huskies in 1996.He was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 17th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball draft (454th overall), and then by the Chicago White Sox in the first round of the 1997 Major League Baseball draft (43rd overall), and subsequently played for the White Sox (1999–2000), Texas Rangers (2001–2002), Cleveland Indians (2003) and Cincinnati Reds (2004). He was a member of Team Canada at the 2004 Summer Olympics, where they finished in fourth place. In 2005, he played for Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. Myette played for the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League for the 2008 season.

Aaron's brother Andrew was drafted in three consecutive years by the Rangers: the 17th round of the 2000 draft (514th overall), the 44th round of the 2001 draft (1305th overall) and the 41st round of the 2002 draft (1222nd overall).

Myette's first major league strikeout was Mo Vaughn.

Adam Katz

Adam Katz is an American lawyer and sports agent specializing in baseball. Alongside Joel Wolfe, Katz is the Executive Vice President and Co-Managing Executive of Baseball at Wasserman, a sports agency. Throughout his career, he has represented clients such as Sammy Sosa, Mo Vaughn and Hanley Ramirez.Before joining Wasserman, Katz served as President and Partner of the Reich, Katz & Landis Baseball Group.

Greg Vaughn

Gregory Lamont Vaughn (born July 3, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball left fielder who played for the Milwaukee Brewers (1989–96), San Diego Padres (1996–98), Cincinnati Reds (1999), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2000–02) and Colorado Rockies (2003). He was born in Sacramento, California, where he attended Kennedy High School. He then played baseball at the University of Miami. He is the cousin of fellow former Major Leaguer Mo Vaughn.

Harrisonburg Turks

The Harrisonburg Turks are a collegiate summer baseball team in Harrisonburg, Virginia. They play in the South division of the Valley Baseball League, a collegiate wooden bat summer league consisting of 12 teams in the state of Virginia.

List of Boston Red Sox first-round draft picks

The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Boston, Massachusetts. They play in the American League East division. Since the institution of MLB's Rule 4 Draft, the Red Sox have selected 70 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs to its teams. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.Of the 70 players picked in the first round by the Sox, 31 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 20 of these were right-handed, while 11 were left-handed. 19 of the players picked in the initial round were outfielders, while nine shortstops, four first basemen, four catchers, and two second basemen were selected. The team also selected one player at third base. Ten of the players came from high schools or universities in the state of California, while Texas and South Carolina follow with seven and six players, respectively. The Red Sox have also drafted two players from outside the United States: Chris Reitsma (1996) from Canada and Reymond Fuentes (2009) from Puerto Rico.Two of their first-round picks have won championships with the franchise. Outfielder Trot Nixon (1993) was on the 2004 championship team and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (2005) played with the 2007 championship team. Nomar Garciaparra (1994) won the Rookie of the Year Award with the Red Sox in 1997. Jim Rice (drafted in 1971), Roger Clemens (drafted in 1983), and Mo Vaughn (drafted in 1989) have each won a Most Valuable Player Award with the team. Clemens also won three Cy Young Awards with the Red Sox and another four with other teams for a total of seven, more than any other pitcher in MLB history. Clay Buchholz (2005) threw a no-hitter, the 17th in Red Sox franchise history, in his second major league start, tying him with Wilson Álvarez for the second-fastest no-hitter by an MLB pitcher. Jim Rice is the only first-round pick of the Red Sox in the Baseball Hall of Fame, inducted in 2009.The Red Sox have made 20 selections in the supplemental round of the draft. They have never made the first overall selection in the draft. They have had 30 compensatory picks since the institution of the First-Year Player Draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the prior off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. The Red Sox have failed to sign two first-round picks across their draft history. First, Jimmy Hack (1970) did not sign but they received no compensation pick. The Red Sox also did not sign Greg McMurtry (1986) and were given the 32nd pick of the 1987 draft in compensation which they used to draft Bob Zupcic.

MLB 2000

MLB 2000 is a Major League Baseball video game for the PlayStation and is by 989 Sports. It was released on February 28, 1999 and is rated E for everyone. The color commentary for the game is from Dave Campbell and the play by play announcer is Vin Scully. Anaheim Angels hitter Mo Vaughn was featured on the cover.

It has been succeeded by MLB 2001.

Matt Sczesny

Matthew John Sczesny [says'-nee] (September 7, 1932 – January 3, 2009) was an American infielder and manager in minor league baseball, and a longtime scout for the Boston Red Sox of the American League. Sczesny, a native of Flushing, New York, spent 55 years in baseball, all of them in the Red Sox organization.

Sczesny graduated from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, and attended St. John's University. He signed with the Red Sox in 1954 and played in their farm system through 1959, except for the 1957 campaign, which he missed while performing military service. He was named a member of the 1955 Sally League All-Star team as an infielder, while a member of the Montgomery Rebels.In 1960, Sczesny became a manager in the Boston system with the Waterloo Hawks of the Class D Midwest League, and he promptly led the Hawks to the MWL championship—the only league title he would win as a manager. However, he handled many future Major Leaguers as a skipper of Class A farm clubs in the Red Sox chain, until 1970, his final season in uniform, when he served as the first manager in the history of the Pawtucket Red Sox, then Boston's Double-A Eastern League affiliate.

In 1971, he became a scout for the Red Sox, based in Deer Park, New York, on Long Island. Sczesny scouted and signed future Red Sox stars Mo Vaughn, Bob Stanley and John Valentin, among others. In 2003, he switched from being an "area scout" tracking amateur high school and college talent to a member of the Red Sox' professional scouting corps, serving through the 2008 campaign.

He died at age 76 from cancer in West Islip, New York, on January 3, 2009.

Big East Conference Baseball Player of the Year


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