Shawn Green

Shawn David Green (born November 10, 1972) is an American former Major League Baseball right-fielder. Green was a 1st round draft pick and a two-time major league All-Star. He drove in 100 runs four times and scored 100 runs four times, hit 40 or more home runs three times, led the league in doubles, extra base hits, and total bases, won both a Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award, and set the Dodgers single-season record in home runs. Green was also in the top five in the league in home runs, RBIs, intentional walks, and MVP voting.

Green holds or is tied for the following major league records: most home runs in a game (4), most extra base hits in a game (5), most total bases in a game (19), most runs scored in a game (6), most home runs in two consecutive games (5), most home runs in three consecutive games (7), and most consecutive home runs (4). He hit his 4 home runs, 5 extra base hits, and 19 total bases in one game against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 23, 2002. Green broke the record of 18 total bases (4 home runs and double) set by Joe Adcock of the Milwaukee Braves (vs. Brooklyn Dodgers) in 1954.

At the time of his retirement, he was one of only four active players with at least 300 home runs, 1,000 runs and RBIs, 400 doubles, a .280 batting average, and 150 stolen bases. The others were Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Gary Sheffield, each of whom was at least two years older than Green, with at least 1,400 more at bats (though in each case, the other three had considerably more home runs and, in the case of Bonds, far more doubles and runs scored too).

Green was noted for his smooth swing. He was also known for the strength and accuracy of his arm. For example, he had 14 assists from the outfield in 1998.[1]

Shawn Green
Shawn Green
Green with the New York Mets, 2007
Right fielder
Born: November 10, 1972 (age 46)
Des Plaines, Illinois
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 28, 1993, for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 2007, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Batting average.283
Home runs328
Runs batted in1,070
Career highlights and awards

Early and personal life

Green was born in Des Plaines, Illinois, and his family moved to New Jersey when he was one year old, and later to San Jose, California, and finally to Tustin, California when he was 12 years old.[2][3][1][4] His father Ira played forward in basketball at DePaul University for the Blue Demons during the 1960s, graduating in 1966, and his mother is the former Judy Schneider.[5][4] Green was one of the best-known Jewish major league ballplayers,[6] and the most prominent one with the New York Mets since Art Shamsky played right field for the 1969 World Champion Mets.[7] Of Jewish major leaguers, only Hank Greenberg, with 331 home runs and 1,276 RBIs, has more major league home runs and RBIs than Green.[8][9] Green opted to miss games on Yom Kippur, even when his team was in the middle of a playoff race.[10] While Green is often likened to Hank Greenberg, Green's grandfather in fact shortened the family name from Greenberg to Green, for "business reasons."[11][4] Green was arguably the best Jewish baseball player since Sandy Koufax, although his stats (especially his home runs) declined in his last years.[12] Green retired on February 28, 2008.

Green has a residence in the Orange County, California city of Irvine, not far from his old Tustin hometown.[13] In 2002, he married Lindsay Bear in a mixed Jewish and Christian ceremony.[14] The couple have two daughters.[15]

High school

He attended Tustin High School in Tustin, California, where he tied the California Interscholastic Federation record with 147 hits during his high school career. He was a 1st team selection to the 1991 USA Today All-USA high school team,[16] while ranking 3rd in his class academically.[17]

College and the baseball draft

In 1991, Green won a baseball scholarship to Stanford University, where he became a brother of the Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.

Green was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays as their 1st round pick (16th overall) in the 1991 amateur draft.[1] He ultimately struck a deal with the Blue Jays. They agreed that Green would play in the minor leagues during the summer, but go back to the university in the off-season.

Green received one of the highest signing bonuses at that time ($725,000; ($1,334,000 today)), a portion of which he donated to the Metropolitan Toronto Housing Authority Breakfast Club (which provides breakfast for kids who would otherwise go to school hungry).[18]

Minor league career

In 1992, Green played for the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League, and was selected to the league's all-star team.

Green spent most of 1993 and 1994 in the minors, where he compiled impressive numbers. In 1994, he hit .344—winning the International League batting title—while ranking third in runs, hits, and on-base percentage and hitting 13 home runs with 61 RBIs for Toronto's AAA affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs. He was an International League all-star, was voted the International League Rookie of the Year, and was also voted the International League's Best Batting Prospect, Best Outfield Arm, and Most Exciting Player in Baseball America's Tools of the Trade poll. In addition, he won the R. Howard Webster Award as the Chief's MVP, and was the Blue Jays' Minor League Player of the Year. Green then hit .306 in the 1994–1995 Venezuelan Winter League.

Major league career

Toronto Blue Jays (1993–99)

Green made his Major League debut on September 28 as the second-youngest player in the Major Leagues.[1] Though he did not play in the 1993 World Series, he was awarded a World Series ring. He would appear in just 17 games in 1993 and 1994.[1]

In 1995, his full rookie season, Green started in 97 games, hitting 15 home runs and batting .288.[1] Green set Blue Jays rookie records in doubles (31), hit streak (14), extra base hits (50), and slugging percentage (.509). He came in 5th in voting for the American League Rookie of the Year.[1]

His 1996 and 1997 seasons were similar, in that Green was given limited at bats, wasn't trusted to hit left-handed pitching, and produced only sporadically. Green was, however, more aggressive on the basepaths in 1997 than in any previous year, stealing 14 bases while being caught only 3 times.[1]

In 1998, Green was granted an everyday spot in the line-up and he delivered by becoming the first Blue Jay to both hit 30 or more home runs and steal 30 or more bases in the same season. He also became the tenth Major Leaguer to hit 35 or more home runs and steal 35 or more bases in a season, joining among others Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, and Alex Rodriguez. Green had never hit more than 18 home runs in a season (major or minor leagues).[1] He finished the season batting .278 with 35 home runs, 100 RBIs, and 35 stolen bases (a career best).[1]

In 1999, Green proved his new-found power was no fluke. On April 22, he hit a 449-foot (137 m) home run into SkyDome's fifth deck, putting him in prestigious company with José Canseco, Mark McGwire, and Joe Carter. By the All-Star break, he had hit 25 home runs and knocked in 70 runs, earning him not only his first All-Star appearance, but also a chance to compete in the Home Run Derby at Fenway Park. Green hit only two home runs, however, and was eliminated in the first round. He finished the season batting .309 (a career best), with 42 home runs (5th in the league), 134 runs (2nd in the league, and a career best), 123 RBIs, and a .588 slugging percentage (5th best in the league).[1] Green also led the league in doubles (45), extra-base hits (87), and total bases (361).[1] He hit a home run in every 14.6 at-bats. After the season, he was awarded a Gold Glove Award for his defense, and a Silver Slugger Award for his offense, and came in 5th in the voting for MVP.[1]

In the off-season, Green expressed a desire to sign as a free agent with a team closer to his California roots after the 2000 season. The Blue Jays, facing the rising contract demands of Green and slugger teammate Carlos Delgado, decided not to leave the decision of which player to pursue until mid-way through the season. On November 8, 1999, Green was traded with Jorge Nuñez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Pedro Borbón, Jr. and Raúl Mondesí.[1] Green quickly signed an extension with Los Angeles, agreeing to a $84 million ($122,000,000 today)/6-year deal that included a $4 million ($5,820,000 today) signing bonus.

Los Angeles Dodgers (2000–04)

With a lot of pressure riding on his now well-paid shoulders, Green struggled at times in 2000, his first season with Los Angeles. Still, he led the league in games played (with 162), and was 5th in the league in doubles with 44 (the second-highest total in Dodgers history), while driving in 99 runs.[1] He also had one of the longest consecutive games on-base streaks in baseball history, at 53; 5 behind Duke Snider's modern day National League (NL) record. He hit home runs in five straight games; the only other Dodgers to achieve this feat are Roy Campanella (1950), Matt Kemp (2010), Adrian Gonzalez (2014–15), and Joc Pederson (2015).[19] He hit .329 in late innings of close games.[1]

Green had a career year in 2001, batting .297 (.331 with runners in scoring position) with a .598 slugging percentage (a career best), 49 home runs (a career best), 121 runs (7th in the league), 125 RBIs (a career best), 370 total bases (5th in the league), and 20 stolen bases.[1] His 49 home runs were a Dodgers single-season record, but only tied for 4th in the league, behind Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Luis González.[1] For the 4th straight year he stole 20 or more bases, and batted .331 with runners in scoring position.[1] Green came in sixth in voting for league MVP.[1]

Green made headlines for two decisions that he made during the 2001 season. On September 26, he stood by his word and sat out a game for the first time in 415 games, to honor the most significant holiday on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur.[20] He also made a second notable decision on September 26, donating his day's pay of $75,000 ($106,000 today) to a charity for survivors of the New York 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Green started off slowly in 2002, but turned things around with a record-setting power display. On May 23, the turning point of his season, he had one of the best single game performances ever. He hit a Major League record-tying 4 home runs and a record-tying 5 extra-base hits (he hit a double in addition to the home runs) against the Milwaukee Brewers, and had 19 total bases, breaking Joe Adcock's 1954 Major League record by one, while matching the major league record of 6 runs scored in one game. No other major league player had 6 hits, 5 runs, and as many as 4 extra-base hits in a game again until Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers in 2009.[21] He hit a 5th home run during the following game to tie the Major League 2-game home run record (5), and then hit 2 more the game after to break the Major League 3-game record (7). Green also broke the NL record with 9 home runs in that calendar week. He was voted to the All-Star team, and finished the season with a .285 average, .385 OBP (a career best), 42 home runs (3rd in the league), 114 RBIs (4th in the league), 114 runs (4th in the league), 93 walks (a career best), 22 intentional walks (5th in the league), and 20 stolen bases.[1] He hit .333 with runners in scoring position and two out.[1] Green came in 5th in voting for league MVP.[1]

In 2003, Green struggled with his power and RBI production. He had problems with tendinitis in his left shoulder, which limited him to a 19 home runs and 85 RBIs as he batted .280. [1] Still, he was 2nd in the league in doubles (with 49; a career best).[1]

Green's power improved in 2004, as he hit 28 home runs and collected 86 RBIs, while batting .266, leading the Dodgers to the 2004 playoffs.[1] Green moved to first base for much of the season. He hit three home runs in the post-season, in just 16 at bats.[1]

Green was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks on January 11, 2005.[1] He waived his no-trade clause for a three-year extension from the team for $32 million. The trade was part of a three-team trade which sent Green and cash to the Diamondbacks, in exchange for catcher Dioner Navarro and three minor leaguers.

Arizona Diamondbacks (2005–06)

While Green's batting average in 2005 (.286) was his best in four years, he walked fewer times (62) than he had in the prior 6 years, and hit fewer home runs (22) and scored fewer runs (87) than he had in all but seven of his prior seasons.[1] Green came to bat 398 times with the Diamondbacks before being traded in 2006, and while his batting average and OBP were near his career averages, his slugging percentage (.425) was the lowest it had been since he broke into the Majors.[1]

On August 22, 2006, Green was dealt, along with $6.5 million in cash, by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the New York Mets for Triple-A 23-year-old left-handed pitcher, Evan MacLane.[1]

New York Mets (2006–07)


Green's second at bat as a Met was an RBI single off Cardinals' pitcher Jason Marquis, another Jewish ball player.

Overall, in 2006 Green had his worst offensive year in a decade. He hit only 15 home runs, with 66 RBI, four stolen bases, a .432 slugging percentage, and a .277 batting average.[1] Green's 15 home runs matched his second-lowest total since becoming a full-time player.[1] His 73 runs scored was also a significant drop-off from the 134 runs he scored in his outstanding 1999 season with Toronto.[1] One bright point was that his .799 OPS against lefties was the 10th-best in the league for lefty batters. Curiously, while he had the 9th-highest ground ball/fly ball ratio in the league (2.17), he also tied with Barry Bonds for the longest average home run in the NL in 2006 (407 ft).[22] His 470-foot (140 m) home run against the Mets on April 11 was the ninth-longest in the NL for the year, and only two longer home runs were hit in the AL. He also had another bright point—he struck out only 15.5% of the time, his best career year through 2006.[23] He faded as the season progressed, dropping 65 points—and batting .240—after the All Star break.

After the season ended, Green was 18th of all active players in doubles (and younger than all those ahead of him), and in the top 30 of all active players in home runs, runs, total bases, and extra base hits. He was also in the top 100 of all players ever lifetime in home runs.

2006 marked only the second post-season appearance of Green's career. In the 2006 playoffs, Green tied for the team lead with 3 doubles, and hit .313, second best on the team (as the Mets hit only .250).[1]


On February 13, 2007, the Mets declined a $10 million mutual option on Green's contract, that would have kept him in New York through the 2008 season. He got a $2 million buyout instead.[24] The report came amid retirement rumors. Green commented on them, saying: "There's been no decision on the future at all as far as I'm concerned. I'm planning on playing and seeing how things go...."[25]

In the 5th inning of the May 25, 2007, game against the Florida Marlins, Green suffered a chip fracture of the first metatarsal bone in his right foot when he fouled a ball off of it.[26] Green at the time of the injury was batting .314, 10th-best in the NL, and .341 against right-handers, with 5 home runs, 22 RBIs, 12 doubles, and 4 stolen bases. On May 29, Green was placed on the 15-day disabled list; his first time on the DL in his career.[27] The bone was expected to fully heal in 6 weeks, but he was activated well before then; on June 11 he was back in the lineup, though the bone was not completely healed, and went 2–4 with an RBI and a stolen base.[28] On June 24, Green started at first base for the first time since 2006, when he was a member of the Diamondbacks. On September 25, he notched his 2,000th career hit.


After the 2007 season, Green became a free agent.[29] He chose to retire before the start of the 2008 season as he wanted to be with his family. Green confirmed his retirement on February 28, 2008.[30]

Among all-time Jewish major league baseball players—through 2010—he was second in career home runs and RBIs (behind Hank Greenberg), and tenth in batting average (behind Morrie Arnovich).[31]


In 1998, Green had 14 assists and 5 double plays from the outfield. Most of Green's innings in the field were in right field, where he was awarded a Gold Glove Award in 1999.[1] In 2005, he did not commit an error in the outfield.[1] Green also played over 100 games at first base (mostly in 2004 and 2006), and over 50 games each in center field and left field.[1] Green, lifetime, has a better fielding percentage at each position than the league average.


  • Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Player of the Year (1994)
  • Fifth in AL Rookie of the Year voting (1995)
  • Topps All-Star Rookie Team (1995)
  • Member of the 30–30 club (1998)
  • All-Star (1999, 2002)
  • AL Total Bases leader (1999)
  • AL Doubles leader (1999)
  • AL Gold Glove Award (1999)
  • AL Silver Slugger Award (1999)
  • Ninth in AL MVP voting (1999)
  • Toronto Blue Jays Player of the Year (1999)
  • Holds Dodgers record for most home runs in a season, with 49 (2001)
  • Sixth in NL MVP voting (2001)
  • LA Dodgers Player of the Year (2001)
  • Four home runs in a game (May 23, 2002)
  • Holds record for total bases in a game, with 19 (May 23, 2002)
  • Fifth in NL MVP voting (2002)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 7 (1998–2002, 2004 & 2005)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 4 (1998, 1999, 2001 & 2002)
  • 40-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1999, 2001 & 2002)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 4 (1998, 1999, 2001 & 2002)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 4 (1998, 1999, 2001 & 2002)
  • Only Major League player to ever hit seven home runs in a three-game span (May 23 (4), 24 (1), 25 (2), 2002)
  • Recorded his 2,000th Major League hit (September 25, 2007)

Hall of Fame candidacy

Green became eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013. 75% of the vote was necessary for induction, and 5% was necessary to stay on the ballot. Of the 37 total candidates,[32] Green received 2 votes (0.4%) and was eliminated from future BBWAA voting.[33]

Team Israel

Green played and coached for the Israeli national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier in September 2012.[34] He was eligible to play for Israel because he is Jewish. Under the Classic's rules, non-Israeli citizens of Jewish heritage can play for the country.[35][36] Israel lost to Spain in extra innings in the Pool Finals, missing out on a spot in the tournament.[34][37][38] During the first game of the tournament Green was the designated hitter and batted fifth, going 2 for 5 with a run scored and a strike out.[39] Green did not play in the second game.[40] During the third and final game, Green went 1 for 4 with an RBI while leaving seven men on base.[41]

Non-baseball career

Charitable work

Green assists several charities, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Special Olympics, Parkinsons Foundation, and the United Jewish Federation. He donated $250,000 of his salary each year to the Dodgers' Dream Foundation ($1.5 million over 6 years), supporting the development of 4 Dodger Dream Fields throughout LA and the purchase of books for local elementary schools and youth community programs. He also served as Spokesman for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles to promote literacy.

In 2007, Green pledged to donate $180—or 10 times chai—to the UJA-Federation of New York for every run batted in. This was also matched by the New York Mets and Steiner Sports Collectibles. Chai, which means life in Hebrew, has a numerological value of 18 and the Jewish community often gives gifts in multiples of 18 as a result.[42]

Honors and awards


  • Green's walkup songs were "Be Yourself" by Audioslave and "Song 2" by Blur.
  • Threw his batting gloves to children each time he hit a home run in his home ballpark.[46]
  • Has two bats in the National Baseball Hall of Fame: 1) the bat he used on May 23, 2002, to hit 4 homers against the Milwaukee Brewers; and 2) the bat he used to hit a grand slam on May 21, 2000, one of a record six grand slams hit on that day.[47]
  • Shawn Green was also a playable character in Backyard Baseball 2001,Backyard Baseball 2003, and "Backyard Baseball 2005", representing the Dodgers.

See also


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  8. ^ "Jewish Major League Career Leaders". Jewish Major Leaguers, Inc. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2007.
  9. ^ "With the glove and the bat, Jews sparkled on the diamond", New Jersey Jewish Standard, 2007-11-16, accessed 2007-11-17
  10. ^ Schwarz, Alan (September 5, 2001). "Dodgers' Green will not play vs. Giants on Yom Kippur". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved March 6, 2009.
  11. ^ Jews and the Sporting Life: Studies in Contemporary Jewry XXIII - Google Books
  12. ^ "A Power Hitter. And a Source of Jewish Pride", The New York Times, 2006-08-26, accessed 2007-11-04
  13. ^ Lansner, Jon (December 6, 2007). "Shady Canyon's last lot goes for $1.9 million". Orange County Register. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved February 29, 2008.
  14. ^ Orange Coast Magazine: "The Dodger and the Damsel" February 2002
  15. ^ His father Ira owns The Baseball Academy, where local youths learn various baseball skils including dynamics of Green's swing."Biography". New York Mets.
  16. ^ ""Player File", Mets website, accessed 2007-11-04". Archived from the original on 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
  17. ^ Levin, Jason, "Shawn Green—Following in Koufax's Footsteps—As the Dodgers' new player settles in, the Los Angeles Jewish community takes note", 12/30/99, accessed 7/21/09
  18. ^ "Shawn Green, 28; Professional baseball player with the Los Angeles Dodgers", OC Metro Business, 2001, accessed 2007-11-04
  19. ^ "Joc Pederson homers again but Dodgers blow lead in ninth". The Orange County Register.
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  23. ^ Shawn Green Stats and Graphs – New York Mets | FanGraphs
  24. ^ "Green says 2008 option declined by Mets", Rotoworld, 2007-02-13, accessed 2007-11-04
  25. ^ "Green: I'm Not Retiring", New York Post, 2007-02-13, accessed 2007-11-04 Archived 2007-02-16 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ "Shawn Green out with foot injury", UPI, 2007-05-26, accessed 2007-11-04
  27. ^ DiComo, Anthony (May 29, 2007). "Broken foot lands Mets' Green on DL". Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
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  29. ^ "Castillo could be key to second base stability for Mets", Lower Hudson Online, 2007-10-14, accessed 2007-11-04
  30. ^ Hale, Mark (February 28, 2008). "Former Met Enjoying Green-er Pastures". New York Post. Retrieved February 28, 2008.
  31. ^ "Career Batting Leaders through 2010". Career Leaders. Jewish Major Leaguers. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  32. ^ 2013 HoF election Archived 2013-08-01 at
  33. ^ 2013 MLB Hall of Fame voting
  34. ^ a b Mets' Q-and-A with utility player Josh Satin |
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  36. ^ Belson, Ken (June 8, 2011). "Shawn Green Says He'd Play for Israel". The New York Times.
  37. ^ Corey Brock (October 25, 2012). "Padres prospect Freiman looks to raise his game; First baseman enjoys the competition in World Classic, Arizona Fall League". Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  38. ^ "Astros select Fields, Freiman in Major League portion of Rule 5 Draft". Archived from the original on May 11, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  39. ^ Israel 7, South Africa 3
  40. ^ Israel 4, Spain 2
  41. ^ Spain 9, Israel 7
  42. ^ "Jewish Met goes to bat for charity" Archived 2007-04-14 at the Wayback Machine, JTA, 2007-04-12, accessed 2007-11-04
  43. ^ Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Home
  44. ^ National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum to induct one-day Miami Marlin Adam Greenberg - Sun Sentinel
  45. ^ Shawn Green
  46. ^ "A kosher look at Judaism in baseball", ESPN, 2007-04-02, accessed 2007-11-04
  47. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2002-02-10. Retrieved 2006-12-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ryan Klesko, Raúl Mondesí, Manny Ramírez
Topps Rookie All-Star Outfielder
Succeeded by
Jermaine Dye, Todd Hollandsworth, F.P. Santangelo
Preceded by
Mike Cameron
Batters with 4 home runs in one game
May 23, 2002
Succeeded by
Carlos Delgado
2000 Los Angeles Dodgers season

In 2000, the Dodgers set a club record for home runs with 211, led by Gary Sheffield, who tied Duke Snider's single-season club mark with 43. Eric Karros became the L.A. Dodger all-time leader with his 229th home run and Dave Hansen set a Major League record with seven pinch-hit home runs. Kevin Brown led the league in E.R.A. with 2.58 and rookie pitcher Matt Herges started the season 8-0, the first pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela to open the season with eight straight victories. The Dodgers won 86 games, but failed to make the post-season, finishing second in the Western Division of the National League. Manager Davey Johnson was fired after the season and replaced with bench coach Jim Tracy.

2001 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 2001 season saw Jim Tracy take over as the Manager, after serving as the Bench coach the previous two seasons. The Dodgers won 86 games, finishing third in the Western Division of the National League, six games behind the eventual World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks. This was their last season to be broadcast by KTLA (5).

Shawn Green had his best season, hitting a Dodger-record 49 home runs and also setting L.A. records for extra-base hits (84) and total bases (358). Paul Lo Duca became the full-time catcher and led the team with a .320 batting average and Jeff Shaw became the Dodgers all-time leader in saves, with 129.

2002 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 2002 season saw Dan Evans take over as General Manager and in his first season the team won 92 games and was not eliminated from post season contention until the next-to-last day of the season, finishing third overall in the Western Division of the National League. Shawn Green hit 42 home runs to become the first L.A. Dodger to have back-to-back 40 or more homer seasons. He had four homers in one game on May 23 against the Milwaukee Brewers. He went 6 for 6 in that game and set a Major League mark for total bases with 19. The number broke the previous record of 18 total bases set by Joe Adcock. Éric Gagné who had been a starter previously became the closer in 2002 and set a club mark with 52 saves. This is also their first season to be broadcast on KCOP (13).

2003 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 2003 season was a turbulent period as News Corporation (Fox) was seeking to sell the team. Nevertheless, the Dodgers fell just short of a Wild Card berth, winning 85 games, finishing second in the Western Division of the National League. The Dodgers pitching staff led baseball in earned run average, Éric Gagné became the first Dodger to earn the NL Cy Young Award since 1988 as he converted all 55 of his save opportunities. Shawn Green set a new L.A. Dodger single season record with 49 doubles and Paul Lo Duca had a 25-game hitting streak.

2004 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 2004 season brought change to the Dodgers as the sale of the franchise to developer Frank McCourt was finalized during spring training. McCourt promptly dismissed General Manager Dan Evans and hired Paul DePodesta to take over the team. That led to a flurry of trade activity as the new group attempted to rebuild the Dodgers in their image.

Despite it all, the Dodgers managed to finish the season in first place in the Western Division of the National League and won their first post season game since 1988. However they lost the NL Division Series 3-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals.

2004 National League Division Series

The 2004 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2004 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 5, and ended on Monday, October 11, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champion, 105–57) vs. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers (Western Division champion, 93–69): Cardinals win series, 3–1.

(2) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 96–66) vs. (4) Houston Astros (Wild Card, 92–70): Astros win series, 3–2.The St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Cardinals became the National League champion, and lost to the American League champion Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series.

2005 Arizona Diamondbacks season

The 2005 Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team looked to improve on their 51-111 record from 2004. They looked to contend in what was once again a weak National League West Division. They finished the season with a record of 77-85, good for second place in the division.

2006 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 2006 season was the 45th regular season for the Mets. They went 97-65 and won the NL East, a feat the team would not repeat until 2015. They were managed by Willie Randolph. They played home games at Shea Stadium. They used the marketing slogan of "The Team. The Time. The Mets." throughout the season.

2013 World Baseball Classic – Qualifier 1

Qualifier 1 of the Qualifying Round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic was held at Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, Florida, United States from September 19 to 23, 2012.

Qualifier 1 was a modified double-elimination tournament. The winners for the first games matched up in the second game, while the losers faced each other in an elimination game. The winner of the elimination game then played the loser of the non-elimination game in another elimination game. The remaining two teams then played each other to determine the winner of the Qualifier 1.

Team Israel, under the Classic's rules, was entitled to have non-Israeli citizens of Jewish heritage play for the team. The players who qualified to play on the Israeli team included major leaguers catcher Ryan Lavarnway, first baseman Ike Davis, second basemen Ian Kinsler and Josh Satin, third basemen Kevin Youkilis and Danny Valencia, outfielders Ryan Braun (whose father is Israeli), Sam Fuld, Ryan Kalish, and Gabe Kapler, and pitchers Jason Marquis, Scott Feldman, Craig Breslow, and John Grabow, as well as what were then recent major leaguers catcher Brad Ausmus and pitcher Scott Schoeneweis. Kinsler said: "Wow, I would be happy to play for Team Israel.... The truth is that if a proposal comes from Team USA to play for them, I will have a very difficult decision to make. Yuk [Kevin Youkilis], Braun [Ryan Braun], and I could make a fantastic team. I am sure that I'll talk it over with Yuk – we always laugh about things like this." Outfielder Shawn Green, who retired in 2007, was also eligible inasmuch as he is Jewish, and said in early June 2011 that assuming it works out, it "would be an honor" and he "would love to" play for Israel in the Classic.Because they were held in September, however, with the Major League Baseball season still in progress, Qualifiers 1 and 2 could not feature major league players such as the above ones who qualified to play for Team Israel. Kevin Youkilis announced that he would play for the team if they made it past the qualifying round.The highest-level players involved in Qualifiers 1 and 2 were minor-league prospects ranked among the top 20 in their respective organizations. Team Israel, managed by former major league All Star Brad Ausmus, included minor league pitchers Eric Berger (1–0) and Brett Lorin, first baseman Nate Freiman (.417; 4 HR in 12 AB), second baseman Josh Satin (.273), shortstops Jake Lemmerman and Ben Orloff, and outfielders Adam Greenberg, Ben Guez, Joc Pederson (.308), and Robbie Widlansky. Also, retired major leaguer Shawn Green played for Israel (.333).In Qualifier 1, Israel and Spain both won easily in the first round. Israel then beat Spain in the winner's bracket. Spain then eliminated South Africa to earn a rematch with Israel. Spain won the winner-take-all final game, 9–7 in 10 innings, to advance to the main tournament.

Bethesda Game Studios Dallas

Bethesda Game Studios Dallas LLC (formerly Escalation Studios) is an American video game developer based in Dallas, Texas, founded in 2007 by Tom Mustaine, Marc Tardif, and Shawn Green. The company was briefly owned by 6waves Lolaps in 2012 and acquired by ZeniMax Media in February 2017. In August 2018, Escalation became part of Bethesda Game Studios under the name Bethesda Game Studios Dallas.

Cardenales de Lara

The Cardenales de Lara (English: Lara Cardinals) is a baseball team in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. Founded in 1942 and based in Barquisimeto, the Cardenales have won five domestic titles, the most recent in 2019.

Dunedin Blue Jays

The Dunedin Blue Jays are a minor league baseball team based in Dunedin, Florida. They play in the Florida State League, and are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball club. They play their home games at Dunedin Stadium, which opened in 1990 and seats 5,509 fans. For the 2019 season, the team will play at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium while Dunedin Stadium undergoes renovations.Two teams named the Blue Jays, both affiliates of Toronto, have played in Dunedin: the original incarnation, from 1978 to 1979, and the current team, established in 1987. Since their inception they have won five division championships, in 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2017. In 2017 they were named co-champions of the FSL.

Joe Adcock

Joseph Wilbur Adcock (October 30, 1927 – May 3, 1999) was a major league baseball player and manager in the Major and Minor Leagues. He was best known as a first baseman and right-handed slugger with the powerful Milwaukee Braves teams of the 1950s, whose career included numerous home run feats. A sure-handed defensive player, he later retired with the third highest career fielding percentage by a first baseman (.994). His nickname "Billy Joe" was modeled after Vanderbilt University basketball star "Billy Joe Adcock" and was popularized by Vin Scully.

Born in Coushatta, the seat of Red River Parish in northwestern Louisiana, Adcock attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he played on the baseball team; before attending college he had never played a game of baseball in his life.He was signed by the Cincinnati Reds, however Ted Kluszewski had firm hold on the team's first base slot. Adcock played in left field from 1950 to 1952, but was extremely unhappy, demanding a trade, which he received.

His first season with the Milwaukee Braves was capped by a mammoth home run into the center field bleachers at the Polo Grounds on April 29, 1953, a feat which had never been done before and would only be accomplished twice more, by Hank Aaron and Lou Brock.

On July 31, 1954, Adcock accomplished the rare feat of homering four times in a single game, against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, also hitting a double off the top of the wall to set a record for most total bases in a game (18) which stood for 48 years, until broken by Shawn Green in 2002.Another notable home run was the blast ending the epic duel between Lew Burdette and Harvey Haddix on May 26, 1959, in which Haddix took a perfect game into the 13th inning. Adcock did not get credit for a home run, however, because Aaron – who was on first base – saw Félix Mantilla, the runner ahead of him, score the winning run and thought the hit had only been a double and walked back to the dugout, causing Adcock to be called out for passing him on the base paths. (Eventually, the ruling was that instead of a 3-run home run for a 3–0 Braves victory, Adcock got a double and 1 RBI, and the Braves won 1–0.)Adcock was often overshadowed both by his own teammates Aaron and Eddie Mathews, and by the other slugging first basemen in the league, Kluszewski and Gil Hodges, although he did make one All-Star team (1960) and was regularly among the league leaders in home runs. In 1956, he finished second in the National League in home runs, runs batted in, and slugging average.

After concluding his playing career with the Cleveland Indians (1963) and Los Angeles/California Angels (1964–66), Adcock managed the Cleveland Indians for one year (1967), with the team registering its worst percentage finish in 21 years (.463, vs. .442 in 1946), finishing eighth in a 10-team league. Following the season he was replaced as Cleveland manager by Alvin Dark. Adcock managed two more years in the minor leagues before settling down at his 288-acre (1.2 km2) ranch in Coushatta to raise horses.

He later died in Coushatta at age 71 in 1999 as a result of Alzheimer's Disease.

List of Los Angeles Dodgers seasons

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the second most successful franchise in the National League and the third-most successful and second-most wealthy in Major League Baseball after the New York Yankees. The franchise was formerly based in Brooklyn and known originally as the "Grays" or "Trolley Dodgers" after the trams which supporters had to avoid to enter games. Later it became known successively as the "Bridegrooms", "Superbas", "Dodgers" and "Robins"; the present "Dodgers" was firmly established in 1932.

The franchise has won the World Series six times and lost a further 13, and like the Yankees and Cardinals have never lost 100 games in a season since World War I, with their worst record since then being in 1992 with 63 wins and their best records ever being in 1953 with 105 wins and both 1942 and 2017 with 104. Their most successful period, between 1947 and 1966 with ten World Series appearances and only two seasons with 71 or more losses (one of them the year they moved to Los Angeles after a dispute over stadium funding), was famous for the Dodgers becoming the first Major League Baseball team to incorporate African American players, led by Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella.

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 Major League Baseball single-game runs scored leaders

In Major League Baseball, players have scored six or more runs in one game 16 times. This record has been achieved by 15 players, the most recent being Joe Randa of the Kansas City Royals on September 9, 2004. Mel Ott is the only player to accomplish the feat twice, doing so nearly a decade apart.

Three players — Ott, Cap Anson, and King Kelly — have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. A player's team has never lost a game in which he scored six runs. None of the players who have scored six runs are currently active in MLB.

Guy Hecker scored seven runs for the Louisville Colonels against the Baltimore Orioles in the American Association on August 15, 1886, setting the record for professional baseball. Hecker is also the only pitcher to score as many as six runs in a game. In addition, Hecker collected six hits, another unique accomplishment for a pitcher.

Shawn Green's six run game set the Major League record for total bases (19) and tied the Major League records for home runs (4) and extra-base hits (5).

Five players on this list also collected six hits on their way to scoring six runs: King Kelly, Ginger Beaumont, Edgardo Alfonzo, Shawn Green and Joe Randa.

The record for runs in a postseason game is five.

Shawn Green (disambiguation)

Shawn Green may refer to:

Shawn Green (born 1972), American Major League Baseball all star outfielder

Shawn Green (game designer), American video game designer

Shawn Green (game designer)

Shawn C. Green is a video game developer who is best known for his work in the Doom and Hexen series for id Software and for 3D Realms. He also worked on Daikatana as a programmer for Ion Storm in Dallas, Texas, United States. He has also worked for Gearbox Software making Halo: Combat Evolved, as well as co-founding Escalation Studios.

Toronto Blue Jays award winners and league leaders

This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Toronto Blue Jays professional baseball team.


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