Jeff Blauser

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Jeff Blauser
Shortstop
Born: (1965-11-08) November 8, 1965 (age 53)
Los Gatos, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 5, 1987, for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1999, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average .262
Home runs 122
Runs batted in 513
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Jeffrey Michael Blauser (born November 8, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop. He played for the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs from 1987 to 1999.

Career

Blauser went to Placer High School in Auburn, California and Sacramento City College. He was selected by the Braves in the first round (4th pick) of the 1984 June amateur draft (secondary phase) and made his major league debut on July 5, 1987. Blauser was a powerful right-handed shortstop at 6' 0", 170 lb. He hit well for a middle infielder but was shaky with the glove, which often led him to be replaced on the field in the later innings.[1] In 1993, Blauser had a breakout season, batting over .300 for the first time and scoring 110 runs. He was also named to the All-Star team.

During the next few seasons, Blauser's production suffered. He made 23 errors in 1996 and spent half the season on the disabled list. He came back in 1997, however, batting .308 with 17 home runs and 70 runs batted in. He was an All-Star for the second time and also won the Silver Slugger Award for National League shortstops.

After the '97 season, Blauser signed a 2-year, $8.2 million deal with the Cubs as a free agent. The contract also contained a club option for 2000 worth $7 million. In two years with them, he struggled with injuries and batted under .230. After the 1999 season, the Cubs declined to pick up his 2000 option, opting instead to pay a $200,000 buyout. Blauser retired after the season.

Blauser retired with a lifetime batting average of .262 and 122 home runs. He managed the Mississippi Braves, the AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, during the 2006 season.

Blauser and Braves' teammate Mark Lemke are the namesakes of the police officers in the 2014 movie Hits

References

  1. ^ "Jeff Blauser Biography" Archived 2012-10-20 at the Wayback Machine.. baseballlibrary.com. Retrieved 2010-11-1.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Jeff Blauser Interview at Baseball Digest Daily - March 2006
Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jeff_Blauser&oldid=860605337"
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Blauser
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Jeff Blauser"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA