Brandon Moss

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Brandon Moss
Brandon Moss on July 29, 2012.jpg
Oakland Athletics – No. 37
First baseman/Outfielder
Born: (1983-09-16) September 16, 1983 (age 30)
Loganville, Georgia
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 6, 2007 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .253
Home runs 66
Runs batted in 217
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Brandon Douglas Moss (born September 16, 1983) is an American professional first baseman for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball, who bats left-handed.

Through 2013, he was a .253 career hitter, and had played for the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, and Athletics.

Professional career[edit]

Boston Red Sox (2007–08)[edit]

Moss was drafted in the 8th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by the Boston Red Sox, out of Loganville High School in Loganville, Georgia. He was an 18-year-old infielder and pitcher when drafted, but transitioned into an outfield role.

Moss climbed up the ladder of minor league ball, starting with the Gulf Coast Red Sox. He then played for the Lowell Spinners, Augusta GreenJackets, and Sarasota Red Sox. He spent two years with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs in 2005 and 2006, and played for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.

Moss batting for the Boston Red Sox in 2007.

On August 6, 2007, he was called up to Boston to replace Eric Hinske when Hinske was placed on bereavement leave.[1] He recorded his first major league hit against Scot Shields of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket on August 10 to make room for Hinske, who was returning from bereavement leave.[2] On September 1, Moss was recalled to Boston when major league rosters expanded to 40 players.[3]

On March 25, 2008 (MLB Japan Opening Day 2008), in a game at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, Moss hit his first major league home run.[4][5][6] After playing the first two games of the season, Moss was optioned back to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox on March 26.[7] He was recalled on April 29, and was batting .286 on May 3 when he was diagnosed with appendicitis and brought to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy.[8]

Pittsburgh Pirates (2008–10)[edit]

On July 31, Moss was traded along with pitcher Craig Hansen to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-team deal that sent Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Jason Bay to Boston. Moss immediately became the team's starting left fielder, replacing the departed Bay. He was later shifted to right field. He batted .222 with a .288 on-base percentage for the Pirates, in 158 at-bats.[9]

Moss with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009.

He was the opening day right fielder for the Pirates in 2009, but with the emergence of Delwyn Young and Garret Jones he was demoted from that role. He did see time pinch hitting and some starts. He finished 2009 with 20 doubles, 4 triples, 7 home runs, 41 runs batted in, 1 stolen base, and a .236 average, .304 on-base percentage, and .364 slugging percentage in 385 at-bats.

After hitting 3-for-37 in spring training in 2010, and batting .154 in 26 at-bats during the beginning of the season,[10] Moss was designated for assignment by the Pirates on March 29. He later cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA (Indianapolis Indians).

Philadelphia Phillies (2011)[edit]

In 2011 he played in the Philadelphia Phillies minor league organization, and was called up to the big league club on September 16 after playing for the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the International League Championship series. He became a free agent on October 18. He was hitless in six at-bats for the Phillies.[11]

Oakland Athletics (2012–present)[edit]

On December 1, 2011, Moss signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics.

On June 6, 2012, the Athletics called him up. He started strong, hitting 5 home runs in 4 games. He only had 5 home runs in his previous 4 years. Moss earned his third career walk-off by hitting a single, allowing Yoenis Cespedes to score, against the New York Yankees on July 20. Moss again earned another walk-off, this time with a home run, in the bottom of the 10th inning on September 29 against the Seattle Mariners.

In 2012, Moss teamed up with Chris Carter for a first base platoon. He posted a .291/.358/.596 line with 21 home runs, which was third on the team behind Cespedes (23 home runs) and Josh Reddick (32 home runs), in 265 at-bats. He received honors for a 2012 platoon player of the year award by Zachery D. Rymer (MLB Lead Writer).[citation needed] On Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Barry Enright surrendered a two-run walk-off home run to Moss in the nineteenth inning. The home run, (Moss' second of the night) which ended the longest game in Athletics history, took place over six and a half hours after the first pitch, which was thrown by the Athletics' Dan Straily 7:05PM PT the previous day.

Personal life[edit]

Moss is a distant cousin of country musician Alan Jackson[12] and the eldest of four children: Brandon, Lindsey, Ashley, and Ethan. He and his wife, Allie, had their first child, Jayden, in late 2009, and their second child Brody in 2013.

Awards[edit]

  • 2004 SoxProspects.com Player of the Year
  • 2004 Augusta GreenJackets Player of the Year
  • 2004 South Atlantic League MVP
  • 2004 SAL Post-Season All-Star
  • Florida State League Player of the Week (8.22.04)
  • 2004 Red Sox Minor League Player of the Month (July)
  • South Atlantic League Player of the Month (July 2004)
  • 2004 South Atlantic League All Star
  • 2004 South Atlantic League All Star Game MVP
  • 2004 Red Sox Minor League Player of the Month (May)
  • 2004 Baseball America Low-A Midseason All-Star
  • Red Sox ML Defensive Player of the Month (May 2005)
  • Eastern League All-Star (2005)
  • Eastern League Player of the Week (9.06.05)
  • Red Sox ML Offensive Player of the Month (June 2006)
  • 2006 Portland Sea Dogs MVP
  • 2006 Eastern League Playoff MVP
  • 2007 International League All-Star
  • 2007 Pawtucket Red Sox MVP
  • American League Player of the Week (6.18.12)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Red Sox activate Schilling from DL for start in Anaheim". CBS SportsLine.com. August 6, 2007. Retrieved March 17, 2008. 
  2. ^ Bill Ballou (August 11, 2007). "Sore shoulder can’t stop Ortiz: Slugger ready to swing after BP". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Retrieved March 17, 2008. 
  3. ^ Mike Petraglia (September 1, 2007). "Buchholz to make second career start". MLB.com. Retrieved March 17, 2008. 
  4. ^ Amalie Benjamin (March 25, 2008). "Drew out, lower back tightness". Boston Globe. Retrieved March 25, 2008. 
  5. ^ Amalie Benjamin (March 25, 2008). "Moss goes deep, crowd goes wild". Boston Globe. Retrieved March 25, 2008. 
  6. ^ Amalie Benjamin (March 25, 2008). "Sox win, 6–5 in 10". Boston Globe. Retrieved March 25, 2008. 
  7. ^ Gordon Edes and Dan Shaughnessy (March 27, 2008). "Sent down, Moss had his day in sun". Boston Globe. Retrieved March 27, 2008. 
  8. ^ Red Sox post-game radio show on WEEI, evening of May 3, replaying a portion of Terry Francona's press conference.
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  12. ^ Tom Kielty (July 16, 2008). "Rocking with the Sox: Brandon Moss". BostonHerald.com. Retrieved October 29, 2008. 

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