Raúl Ibañez

Raúl Javier Ibañez (/ɪˈbɑːnjɛz/; born June 2, 1972) is an American former professional baseball left fielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) now serving as a special advisor to Los Angeles Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. He played 11 of his 19 big league seasons for the Seattle Mariners, while also playing for the Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. While primarily a left fielder, Ibañez often saw considerable time as a designated hitter (DH), throughout his career.

An All-Star in 2009, Ibañez won the Player of the Week Award five times. Despite not reaching 500 plate appearances in a single season until the age of 30, Ibañez batted .272 with 424 doubles, 305 home runs and 1,207 runs batted in (RBI) over nineteen major league seasons. He had eight seasons with at least 20 home runs, two seasons with at least 30 home runs, six seasons with at least 90 RBI, four seasons with at least 100 RBI, and ten consecutive seasons (2002–2011) with at least 30 doubles. In 2004, Ibañez tied an American League record with six hits in one game.

Raúl Ibañez
Raúl Ibañez on September 9, 2012
Ibañez with the New York Yankees
Left fielder
Born: June 2, 1972 (age 47)
New York City, New York
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 1, 1996, for the Seattle Mariners
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 2014, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
Batting average.272
Hits2,034
Home runs305
Runs batted in1,207
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life and amateur and college

Ibañez's parents emigrated from Cuba to New York in 1970.[1] His father, Juan Armando, who was a chemist in Cuba, worked in a warehouse in the United States.[2]

Ibañez attended Miami Sunset Senior High School, where he played on the baseball team as a catcher.[3][4] Fredi González, who worked at the school as a security guard during the minor league baseball offseason, worked with Ibañez on catching.[4] After graduation, he attended Miami-Dade Community College, and was a baseball letterman and an All-Conference selection.

Professional career (1992–2014)

Draft and Minor Leagues (1992–96)

Ibañez was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 37th round of the 1992 Major League Baseball draft. Ibañez played as a catcher and outfielder at various levels in the Mariners minor league organization. He began his professional career with the rookie-level AZL Mariners in 1992. Ibañez batted .308 with 37 hits, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, and 16 RBIs in 33 games that season. The next season, 1993, Ibañez split the season between the Class-A Short-Season Bellingham Mariners, and the Class-A Appleton Foxes. He batted a combined .278 with 81 hits, 14 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs, and 36 RBIs in 95 games. Ibañez played for the Class-A Appleton Foxes again in 1994, and batted .312 with 102 hits, 30 doubles, 3 triples, 7 home runs, 59 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases in 91 games. That season, Ibañez led the team in RBIs, and doubles.[5]

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Ibañez at bat on August 2, 2008 against the Baltimore Orioles

In 1995, Ibañez was promoted to the Class-A Advanced Riverside Pilots of the California League. He batted .332 with 120 hits, 23 doubles, 9 triples, 20 home runs, and 108 RBIs in 95 games. Ibañez was second in the league in RBIs, and was tied for seventh in the league in home runs.[6] Ibañez played for two minor league teams in 1996. He started the season with the Double-A Port City Roosters where he batted .368 with 28 hits, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, and 13 RBIs in 19 games. He was later promoted to the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers where he batted .284 with 115 hits, 20 doubles, 3 triples, 11 home runs, and 47 RBIs in 111 games.

Seattle Mariners (1996–2000)

On August 1, 1996, after being called up from the minor leagues, Ibañez made his first major league appearance against the Milwaukee Brewers.[7] That season, Ibañez appeared in four games and went hitless.[8] In 1997, Ibañez began the season in the minor leagues with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers. He batted .304 with 133 hits, 30 doubles, 3 triples, 15 home runs, 82 RBIs in 111 games. On August 10, Ibañez made his first appearance of the season in the majors against the Chicago White Sox.[9] He got his first major league hit, a triple, on August 16 against White Sox's pitcher Doug Drabek.[10] On September 27, Ibañez hit his first major league home run against the Oakland Athletics' pitcher Mike Oquist.[11] After 11 games in the majors, Ibañez batted .154 with 4 hits, 1 triple, 1 home run, and 4 RBIs.[12]

Ibañez started the 1998 season with the Triple-A Rainiers and batted .216 with 41 hits, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, and 25 RBIs in 52 games. Ibañez was called up in August to the majors and batted .255 with 25 hits, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, and 12 RBIs in 37 games.[13]

Ibañez played the majority of the 1999 season with the Mariners, however, he did spend 8 games with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers and batted .335 with 11 hits. In 1999 with the Mariners, Ibañez batted .254 with 54 hits, 7 doubles, 9 home runs, and 27 RBIs in 87 games.[14] Ibañez hit the first grand slam home run in Safeco Field history, at the park's third-ever game.[15]

In 2000, Ibañez again split the season between the Mariners and the Triple-A Rainiers. With the Rainiers, Ibañez batted .250 with 10 hits, 4 doubles, and 6 home runs in 10 games.[16] Ibañez appeared in 92 regular season games with the Mariners in 2000. He batted .229 with 32 hits, 8 doubles, 2 home runs, and 15 RBIs.[17] Ibañez appeared in three games in the 2000 American League Division Series and in 8 at-bats got 3 hits.[18] During the next round of the playoffs, the 2000 American League Championship Series, Ibañez appeared in six games and went hitless. He became a free agent after the season.[19]

Kansas City Royals (2001–03)

Ibañez was signed by the Kansas City Royals as a free agent before the 2001 season. In 2001 with the Royals, Ibañez batted .280 with 78 hits, 11 doubles, 5 triples, 13 home runs, and 54 RBIs in 104 games. He also played with the Triple-A Omaha Royals for 8 games and batted .148 with 4 hits.[20] The next season, 2002, Ibañez played the entire season in the majors for the first time in his career. On June 9, Ibañez hit a walk-off home run against St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Mike Timlin to give the Royals a three-to-two win.[21] On June 26, Ibañez hit a double, triple, and a home run in the same game against the Detroit Tigers.[22] About the opportunity to play everyday, Ibañez said this:

[During my career], my confidence sometimes wavered because I wasn't playing as much. I put a lot of pressure on myself to perform. But I knew if I got an opportunity to play consistently then I would be able to perform.

— Raúl Ibañez, MLB.com: August 6, 2002[23]

At the end of 2002, Ibañez batted .294 with 146 hits, 37 doubles, 6 triples, 24 home runs, and 103 RBIs in 137 games. His 6 triples stood as his career high. Ibañez was second on the team in doubles, and RBIs; and was tied for second in triples, and home runs.[24] Ibañez received the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award as voted upon by the Kansas City, Missouri chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.[25]

Before the start of the 2003 season, Ibañez filed for salary arbitration.[26] The Royals avoided arbitration hearings with Ibañez after he accepted their one-year $3 million contract offer.[27] In 157 games with the Royals, Ibañez batted .294 with 179 hits, 33 doubles, 5 triples, 18 home runs, and 90 RBIs.

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Ibañez with the Seattle Mariners

Second stint with Mariners (2004–08)

After three seasons with the Royals, Ibañez returned to Seattle in 2004 and had a career-high .304 batting average. He also collected a 24-game go-ahead RBI string, matched a club record by reaching base 11 consecutive times, set a career-high and a club record and matched the American League record with six hits, and joined Ichiro Suzuki as only Mariners ever with two five-hit games in one season. He also ranked third among qualifying big league left fielders in UZR, an all-inclusive fielding statistic.[28]

With Edgar Martínez retired, Ibañez moved to the DH spot before the 2005 season. In 2005, Ibañez hit .280 with 20 home runs and 89 RBIs. The Mariners acquired the switch hitting designated hitter Carl Everett from the Chicago White Sox during the 2005 offseason, forcing Ibañez to move back to where he played before, namely left field.[29] Ibañez enjoyed his most productive season with the Mariners in 2006, when he collected career-highs in home runs (33), RBIs (123), doubles (33) and triples (5), and hit .289 with 103 runs.[30]

In 2007, the Mariners acquired José Vidro to assume the role of DH. Ibañez moved back out to left field and posted a .291 batting average with 21 home runs, 105 RBI, 80 runs and 35 doubles in 149 games.[31] Ibañez hit 12 home runs and 55 RBIs with a .321 batting average in the second half of the 2008 season. He finished the season with a .293 batting average, 23 home runs, 110 RBI, 85 runs and a career-high 43 doubles by playing 162 games that year.[32]

Philadelphia Phillies (2009–11)

On December 16, 2008, Ibañez signed a 3-year, $31.5 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.[33] On April 9, 2009, Ibañez hit his first home run as a member of the Phillies, a deep, two-run shot to right field at Citizens Bank Park.[34] Ten days later, on April 19, he hit a 2-run, walk-off home run to help the Phillies defeat the San Diego Padres. He hit his eighth career grand slam on April 27 as part of an eighth-inning comeback to help defeat the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.[35]

In voting for the 2009 All Star Game, Ibañez received the second-most votes for a NL outfielder with 4,053,355, trailing only the Brewers' Ryan Braun (4,138,559).[36] In the World Series, he batted .304 with four doubles, a home run and four RBI. In 134 regular season games, the 37-year-old Ibañez hit .272 with 32 doubles, 93 runs and 93 RBI. He posted career-highs in home runs (34), slugging percentage (.552), and OPS (.899). He had a .991 fielding percentage with two errors in 129 games in left field. He also ranked fourth among qualifying big league left fielders in UZR.[37] Ibanez was the left fielder in Roy Halladay's perfect game on May 29, 2010.[38]

Raúl Ibañez on June 1, 2011
Ibañez with the Phillies in 2011

During the 2010 season, Ibañez played in 155 games with a .275 average, 37 doubles, 16 home runs, and 83 RBI.[39] In 2011, on defense he had the lowest range factor of all major league left fielders, at 1.60.[40] He played 144 games with a .245 average, 31 doubles, 20 home runs, and 84 RBI.

New York Yankees (2012)

On February 20, 2012, Ibañez agreed to a contract worth $1.1 million with the New York Yankees.[41] The deal was made official one day later.[42] Ibañez struggled during spring training.[43] When Brett Gardner suffered an injury in April, Ibañez saw increased playing time in left field against right-handed pitchers.[44]

On September 22, Ibañez hit a game-tying home run in the 13th inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics.[45] In the second to last game of the regular season, Ibañez hit a pinch hit home run in the ninth inning and a game-winning RBI single in the 12th inning to keep the Yankees one game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in the division.[46] During the regular season, Ibañez appeared in 130 games, hitting .240 with 19 home runs and 62 RBI.[47]

In Game 3 of the 2012 American League Division Series against the Orioles, Ibañez pinch hit for Alex Rodriguez and hit home runs in consecutive at bats. He hit the first home run off of Jim Johnson to tie the game 2–2 in the bottom of the 9th inning; the second one came off of Brian Matusz in the bottom of the 12th—a walk-off home run to give the Yankees a 3–2 victory and a two-games-to-one series advantage. The pinch-hit performance set several major league records: he became the first player in major league history to hit two home runs in a postseason game he did not start;[48] the first to hit two home runs in the 9th inning or later of a postseason game;[49] the oldest player to hit a postseason walk-off home run;[49] and the oldest player to hit two home runs in a postseason game.[49]

Two days later in the deciding game 5 against the Orioles, Ibañez ended a scoreless tie with a single in the bottom of the 5th inning. The Yankees would rally around Ibañez, and win the game 3-1 and win the series. The next day, Ibañez once again hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 9th inning, this time in Game 1 of the 2012 American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers, becoming the first player ever to hit 3 home runs in the 9th inning or later in a single postseason. Despite the Yankees losing the series to the Tigers, Ibañez became a beloved New York sports figure.[50]

Third stint with Mariners (2013)

On December 22, 2012, Ibañez agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million with Seattle. The deal was made official four days later.[51] Ibañez hit .158 in April, but rebounded in May by batting .297 with 7 HR and 17 RBI.[52] On July 2, he hit his 20th HR of the season. Fifth most in the American League at the time, he became the oldest player in major league history to hit 20 HR before the All-Star break.[53] On September 21, Ibañez hit his 29th home run, tying Ted Williams for most home runs in a season by anyone 40 or older.[54] After the season, Ibañez was honored with the Hutch Award.[55] During the 2013 season, Ibañez batted .242 with 29 home runs and 65 RBI in 124 games played.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2014)

On December 27, 2013, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Ibañez officially agreed to terms on a one-year contract.[56][57] On May 15, 2014, in the bottom of the 9th inning, Ibañez hit game-tying three run home run off of New York Mets pitcher José Valverde, in which the Angels lost by a solo home run by Anthony Recker, later in the game, by a final score of 6-7. On June 21, the Angels released Ibañez.[58] In 57 games with the Angels, Ibañez hit .157 with 3 home runs and 21 RBIs.

Second stint with the Royals (2014)

On June 30, the Kansas City Royals signed Ibañez.[59] On July 2, he hit his first home run of the season.[60]

With the team struggling with a 48-50 win-loss record on July 21, following comments by manager Ned Yost that the team needed to improve its play, Ibañez led a players-only meeting, which players including Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain credited with turning around the attitudes of the players. The Royals then won 24 of their next 30, secured a wild card berth, and reached the 2014 World Series, losing to the San Francisco Giants.[61] Ibañez was not on the Royals' postseason roster, except for the Wild Card Game, in which he did not appear.

Having interviewed for the Tampa Bay's managerial position vacated by Joe Maddon, the club named Ibañez as one of three finalists on November 21, 2014. He had not yet officially retired as a player at the time.[62]

Post-playing career

On February 2, 2016, he was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a special assistant to the President of Baseball Operations, Andrew Friedman.[63]

In April 2016, ESPN hired Ibañez as an analyst to replace Curt Schilling. [64] Ibañez will also appear on ESPN Deportes.

Personal life

Ibañez and his wife Teryvette have two sons and three daughters.[65]

In the 2009 offseason, Ibañez discovered he had allergies to gluten and dairy and went on a special diet, for which he has meals delivered from Philadelphia, even while on the road.[66]

In a poll of 290 Major League players by Sports Illustrated, Ibañez was voted the second nicest major league player, after Jim Thome.[67]

See also

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2003 Kansas City Royals season

The 2003 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing third in the American League Central, with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses. It was the only winning season for the franchise between 1994 and 2013.

2003 was a hopeful and promising winning season ("We Believe" was the slogan) for the Royals, and the team spent 93 days in first place in the AL Central. But the team faded down the stretch, falling out of first place for the last time on August 31, and missed the playoffs.

2009 National League Championship Series

The 2009 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was a best-of-seven baseball game series pitting the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Philadelphia Phillies for the National League Championship and the right to represent the National League in the 2009 World Series. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers four games to one. Los Angeles, whose NL-best 95–67 record topped Philadelphia's 93–69 record, retained home-field advantage. The series, the 40th in league history, began on October 15 and finished on October 21. TBS carried the championship on television.

The Phillies won the series, four games to one, advancing to the World Series for the second consecutive year. They were, however, defeated by the New York Yankees, 4–2.

This was the second consecutive NLCS between the Dodgers and Phillies and the fifth overall. The first two meetings were won by the Dodgers in 1977 and 1978, and the third by the Phillies in 1983; none of the three resulted in a World Series Championship by either team. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers in five games in 2008 en route to their 2008 World Series title. This match-up is the most frequent in the history of the NLCS (as of 2009) tied with the Pirates vs Reds.

In 2009, the Dodgers won the regular season series, four games to three, outscoring the Phillies 26–25.

The Phillies would go on to lose to the New York Yankees in the World Series in six games.

2009 Philadelphia Phillies season

The Philadelphia Phillies' 2009 season was the 127th season in the history of the franchise. The team, managed by Charlie Manuel, began their sixth season at Citizens Bank Park and defense of their 2008 World Series championship on April 5. After collecting a third straight Eastern Division championship, the Phillies won their second consecutive National League pennant for the first time in franchise history; however they were defeated by the New York Yankees in the 2009 World Series.

The Phillies posted a second consecutive winning April to open the season with an 11–9 record, but the month was marred by the death of legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas. After opening the month of May against the rival New York Mets, the Phillies met President Barack Obama to celebrate their World Series victory the previous season, and had two rookie pitchers win consecutive starts for the first time since 2007. Starting pitcher Jamie Moyer earned his 250th career win during the month, while first baseman Ryan Howard and outfielder Raúl Ibañez became the first Phillies teammates to hit 10 home runs in the same month. Echoing their strong run in the middle of the 2008 season, the Phillies compiled a 16–4 record in late May and early June, which was countered by weakness during interleague play in late June.

After the team's largest victory of the season (22–1 over the Cincinnati Reds) in early July, five Phillies—Howard, Ibáñez, second baseman Chase Utley, and outfielders Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth—were selected to the All-Star team. July was the team's best showing of the season, as they compiled their first 20-win month since the 2001 season. The Phillies traded for starting pitcher Cliff Lee at the end of the month to bolster their starting rotation, who won his first five starts with the team, and signed free-agent pitcher Pedro Martínez. In August, Eric Bruntlett turned the first game-ending unassisted triple play in National League history, and the second in team history. The following month, the team clinched its third consecutive division championship on September 30, becoming the first Phillies team to make a third straight playoff appearance since the 1976–1978 Phillies.

Philadelphia defeated the Colorado Rockies in the National League Division Series (NLDS), 3–1, and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series (NLCS) for the second consecutive year, 4–1. Howard was named the most valuable player of the NLCS. The Phillies were defeated by the Yankees in the World Series, four games to two.

Statistical leaders in batting for the 2009 team included Victorino (batting average, .292), Howard (home runs, 45; runs batted in, 141), and Utley (runs scored, 112). For his season accomplishments, Utley won his fourth consecutive Silver Slugger Award. Pitching leaders included right-handed starting pitcher Joe Blanton (innings pitched, ​195 1⁄3), left-handed starter J. A. Happ (win–loss record, 12–4), and relief pitcher Brad Lidge (saves, 31). Victorino and shortstop Jimmy Rollins also won Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for their play in the field.

2010 National League Championship Series

The 2010 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was a best-of-seven game Major League Baseball playoff series that pitted the winners of the 2010 National League Division Series—the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants—against each other for the National League Championship. The Giants won the series, 4–2, and went on to win the 2010 World Series. The series, the 41st in league history, began on October 16 and ended on October 23. The Phillies had home field advantage as a result of their better regular-season record. The Phillies hosted Games 1, 2 and 6, while the Giants were at home for Games 3, 4 and 5.

The Giants would go on to defeat the Texas Rangers in the World Series in five games, winning their first World Series championship since 1954, and their first since relocating to San Francisco from New York City back in 1958, ending the Curse of Coogan's Bluff.

2011 National League Division Series

The 2011 National League Division Series (abbreviated NLDS) were two best-of-five playoffs comprising the opening round of the Major League Baseball postseason, played to determine the participating teams in the 2011 National League Championship Series. Three divisional winners and a fourth team—a wild card—played in two series. TBS televised all games in the United States (except Game 3 of the Brewers–Diamondbacks series, which aired on TNT due to scheduling conflicts with the ALDS). The regular season finished on September 28, with the National League playoffs beginning October 1.Under MLB's playoff format, no two teams from the same division were matched up in the Division Series, regardless of whether their records would normally indicate such a matchup. Home field advantage went to the team with the better regular-season record with the exception of the wild card team, which defers home field advantage regardless of record. The matchups are:

(1) Philadelphia Phillies (East Division champions, 102–60) vs. (4) St. Louis Cardinals (Wild Card qualifier, 90–72): Cardinals won the series, 3–2.

(2) Milwaukee Brewers (Central Division champions, 96–66) vs. (3) Arizona Diamondbacks (West Division champions, 94–68): Brewers won the series, 3–2.The Phillies and Cardinals played against each other in the postseason for the first time. The Brewers and Diamondbacks also met for the first time, having both joined the National League in 1998—Arizona as an expansion team and Milwaukee in a move from the American League after the AL expanded by adding the Tampa Bay Rays. The Brewers-Diamondbacks series was also notable as the first postseason series played between two teams in ballparks with retractable roofs.This is the first time since the strike-shortened 1981 season that both National League Division Series matchups went to a deciding Game 5 (it happened to the American League in 2001).

2012 American League Championship Series

The 2012 American League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the New York Yankees against the Detroit Tigers for the American League pennant and the right to play in the 2012 World Series. The series, the 43rd in league history, began on Saturday, October 13 in New York and ended on Thursday, October 18 in Detroit. The Tigers swept the Yankees, winning the series 4–0. TBS televised all games in the United States. In global markets, MLB International broadcast the ALCS in its entirety, with long-time Baltimore Orioles announcer Gary Thorne and ESPN's Rick Sutcliffe calling the games.

This was the third postseason meeting between the Yankees and the Tigers, but the first in the ALCS. The Tigers previously beat the Yankees in the 2006 ALDS (3–1) and the 2011 ALDS (3–2). The last appearance for each team in the ALCS resulted in a loss to the Texas Rangers; the Yankees in the 2010 ALCS and the Tigers in the 2011 ALCS.

The Tigers would go on to lose in a sweep to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

2012 American League Division Series

The 2012 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams in the 2012 American League Championship Series. The three divisional winners and a fourth team—the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff— played in two series. TBS carried most of the games, with some on MLB Network or TNT.

The series used the 2–3 format for 2012 because on March 2 the league had implemented the new "wild card" playoff, eliminating the travel day between Games 4 and 5. The 2–3 format was used for best-of-five Championship Series rounds prior to 1985 and for the Division Series rounds from 1995–1997. The matchups for the 2012 ALDS were:

(1) New York Yankees (East Division champions, 95–67) vs. (4) Baltimore Orioles (Wild Card Game winner, 93–69): Yankees win series, 3–2.

(2) Oakland Athletics (West Division champions, 94–68) vs. (3) Detroit Tigers (Central Division champions, 88–74): Tigers win series, 3–2.The restriction on teams from the same division meeting in the Division Series was removed prior to the 2012 season. Therefore, the Yankees and Orioles, both from the East Division, were able to meet in the Division Series. Under the format used from 1998-2011, (1) New York would have faced (3) Detroit in one Division Series, and (2) Oakland would have faced (4) Baltimore in the other.

This was the third postseason match-up between the Athletics and the Tigers, and previously the Tigers had defeated the A's 4–0 in the 2006 ALCS. The Yankees and Orioles were meeting in the postseason for the second time; the Yankees had beaten the Orioles 4–1 in the 1996 ALCS, which witnessed the controversial Jeffrey Maier incident in Game 1.

2012 New York Yankees season

The 2012 New York Yankees season was the 112th season for the New York Yankees franchise. The Yankees began the season in St. Petersburg, Florida against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 6. They finished the season 95-67, 1st place in the AL East. They began their post-season run by beating the Baltimore Orioles in five games in the Division Series. They advanced to play the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series, but were swept in four games by the Tigers following a season-ending injury to shortstop and team captain Derek Jeter.

Brian Gorman

Brian Scott Gorman (born June 11, 1959) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. After working in the National League from 1991 to 1999, he has umpired in both leagues since 2000. He is the son of Tom Gorman, who served as an NL umpire from 1951 to 1977. He has worn uniform number 9 throughout his career.

Born in Whitestone, Queens, he moved with his family as a child to Closter, New Jersey.After graduating from the University of Delaware, he began umpiring in the minor leagues in 1982, eventually reaching the American Association before being promoted to the NL. He umpired in three World Series (2004, 2009, 2012) and in two All-Star Games (1998 and 2009). He has also umpired in the 2014 National League Wild Card Game, seven American League Championship Series (2002, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018), and in 10 Division Series (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012).

During Game 3 of the 2012 ALDS, Gorman was the home plate umpire when Raúl Ibañez hit a game-tying and game-winning home run for the New York Yankees against the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees would win the ALDS in 5 games.

On May 23, 2002, Gorman was the plate umpire for Shawn Green's four-homer game.Gorman was the plate umpire for a World Baseball Classic game on March 9, 2013, between Canada and Mexico. After a benches–clearing brawl in the 9th inning, Gorman would issue a total of eight ejections, a national-team baseball record.

Jerod Morris

Jerod Morris is a 2004 graduate of Indiana University and the Founder and Managing Editor of the Midwest Sports Fans blog.

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.

Miami Sunset Senior High School

Miami Sunset Senior High School is a secondary school of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. The principal is John C. Lux.

Midwest Sports Fans

Midwest Sports Fans is a weblog, which was launched by Jerod Morris in August 2008. The site primarily focuses on professional and college teams and athletes relevant to the Midwest.

They receive approximately 600,000 pageviews each month, and is a part of the Yardbarker network, which links daily pieces to Fox Sports homepage

Philadelphia Phillies all-time roster (I–J)

The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. The team has played officially under two names since beginning play in 1883: the current moniker, as well as the "Quakers", which was used in conjunction with "Phillies" during the team's early history. The team was also known unofficially as the "Blue Jays" during the World War II era. Since the franchise's inception, 2,006 players have made an appearance in a competitive game for the team, whether as an offensive player (batting and baserunning) or a defensive player (fielding, pitching, or both).

Of those 2,006 Phillies, 10 have had surnames beginning with the letter I, and 57 beginning with the letter J. Two members of this list have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame: pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, who played two seasons with Philadelphia before joining the Chicago Cubs; and first baseman Hughie Jennings, whose tenure with the Phillies encompassed the 1901 and 1902 seasons. One list member was also elected to the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame; Willie "Puddin' Head" Jones was the starting third baseman for the Whiz Kids during his 13 seasons with the team.Among the 34 batters in this list, Orlando Isales has the highest batting average, at .400; he collected two hits in five at-bats during the Phillies' 1980 championship season. Other players with an average over .300 include Tadahito Iguchi (.303 in one season); and Jay Johnstone (.303 in five seasons), who has the highest mark among the players whose surnames begin with J. Jones leads all players on this list with 180 home runs and 753 runs batted in (RBI). Raúl Ibañez leads the I-named players with 70 home runs and 260 RBI.Of this list's 33 pitchers, two share the best win–loss record, in terms of winning percentage: Alex Jones won one game and lost none; and Eric Junge collected a 2–0 record in two seasons with Philadelphia. Larry Jackson leads all pitchers in this list with 41 victories, while Syl Johnson's 51 defeats are the highest total in that category. Jackson's 373 strikeouts are the best total of any pitcher in this list. Among the pitchers whose names begin with I, Ham Iburg leads in wins (11), losses (18), winning percentage (.379), and strikeouts (106).

Philadelphia Phillies annual franchise awards

The Philadelphia Phillies annual franchise awards have been given since 2004 by the Philadelphia chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America to four members of the Philadelphia Phillies franchise for "season-ending achievements." The awards were created by Bucks County Courier Times Phillies beat writer Randy Miller, who also served as the chairman of the BBWAA's Philadelphia chapter. Winners receive a glass trophy shaped like home plate. In 2014, a fifth award was added: the Charlie Manuel Award for Service and Passion to Baseball.

Port City Roosters

The Port City Roosters were a minor league baseball team based in Wilmington, North Carolina. The team, which played in the Southern League, was the Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners major-league club. The Roosters played in Brooks Field on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Opened in 1989, the park seats 3,000 fans.

The team began play in 1995, after the Nashville Xpress was relocated to Wilmington. Following the 1996 season, the Roosters franchise was relocated to Mobile, Alabama, and resumed play as the Mobile BayBears. Many factors were cited as necessitating the move, including an inadequate stadium, well below Minor League Baseball standards for Class AA, and low attendance.

The Roosters games were broadcast locally on WAAV 980. David Kelly and Mike Ferreri did the play-by-play. Kelly is now a sports anchor/reporter at KMSB-TV and KOLD-TV in Tucson, Arizona. Ferreri is the Sports Director at KOMO-TV in Seattle.

Among the better-known former major leaguers who wore the Roosters uniform were Red Sox captain Jason Varitek, pitchers Derek Lowe and Ryan Franklin, infielder Desi Relaford and outfielders José Cruz, Jr. and Raúl Ibañez.

Raul

Raul, Raúl and Raül are the Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Galician, Asturian, Basque, Aragonese, Catalan and Valencian forms of the Anglo-Germanic given name Ralph or Rudolph. They are cognates of the French Raoul.

Raul, Raúl or Raül may refer to the:

Raoul (founder of Vaucelles Abbey) (d. 1152), also known as Saint Raul

Raúl Acosta (born 1962), Colombian road cyclist

Raúl Alfonsín (1927–2009), former President of Argentina (1983–89)

Raúl Albiol (born 1985), Spanish footballer

Raul Amaya (born 1986), American mixed martial artist

Raul Boesel (born 1957), Brazilian race car driver

Raúl Castañeda (born 1982), Mexican boxer

Raúl Castro (born 1931), First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba; brother of Fidel Castro

Raul Correia (born 1993), footballer

Raúl Diago (born 1965), Cuban volleyball player

Raúl de Tomás (born 1994), Spanish footballer

Raul Di Blasio (born 1949), Argentinian pianist

Raúl Esparza (born 1970), Cuban-American actor and singer

Raúl Fuentes Cuenca (born 1975), Spanish pop singer

Raúl (footballer) (born 1977), Spanish footballer Raúl González

Raúl Ibañez (born 1972), Cuban American baseball player

Raúl Juliá (1940–1994), Puerto Rican actor

Raúl Mesa (born 1982), Spanish beach volleyball player

Raúl Montaña (born 1971), Colombian road cyclist

Raul Plassman (born 1944), Brazilian football goalkeeper and TV commentator

Raúl Prebisch (1901–1986), Argentinian economist

Raul Rebane (born 1953), Estonian journalist and communication consultant

Raul Renter (1920–1992), Estonian economist and chess player

Raul Roco (1941–2005), Philippine politician

Raúl Ruidíaz (born 1990), Peruvian footballer

Raúl Ruiz (director) (1941–2011), Chilean director and filmmaker

Raul Rusescu (born 1988), Romanian footballer

Raül Romeva (born 1971), Spanish economist and politician

Raul Salvatierra (born 1991), Bolivian basketball player

Raul Seixas (1945–1989), Brazilian singer–songwriter

Raul Varela (born 2001), Spanish dancer

Shane Monahan

Shane Hartland Monahan (born August 12, 1974 in Syosset, New York) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter. He played his entire, but brief career for the Seattle Mariners (1998–99). He is a graduate of Joseph Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia and attended Clemson University. Monahan now lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Monahan comes from a family that is well known in the National Hockey League. Monahan's father is Hartland Monahan, his grandfather was Bernie Geoffrion, a Hall of Famer who is credited with inventing the slap shot in hockey, and his great-grandfather was NHL Hall of Famer Howie Morenz. He is the nephew of Danny Geoffrion and cousin of Blake Geoffrion.

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