McGehee with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
|Miami Marlins – No. 9|
|Third baseman / First baseman|
October 12, 1982 |
Santa Cruz, California
|MLB: September 2, 2008 for the Chicago Cubs|
|NPB: March 29, 2013 for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles|
|Runs batted in||359|
|Runs batted in||93|
|Career highlights and awards|
Casey Michael McGehee (born October 12, 1982) is an American professional baseball third baseman and first baseman for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball. He has previously played in MLB for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and New York Yankees. He also played for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball.
McGehee was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the tenth round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft out of Fresno State. McGehee was a September call-up for the Cubs in 2008, making his major league debut on September 2. He went 0 for 1 in his first game.
On March 31, 2009, it was announced that he would be a reserve infielder for the Brewers in 2009. When Ryan Braun got injured, third baseman Bill Hall played at Braun's position in left field, while McGehee started at third base. When Rickie Weeks got injured, he made his first start at second base. With Bill Hall struggling at the plate, and Mat Gamel struggling on defense, he saw a lot of time at third base. He hit his first home run on June 14, 2009 off of Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox; it was one of his two RBIs in the game. On June 29, 2009, he hit his first career grand slam off of New York Mets pitcher Brian Stokes, which came after he committed an error that led to two unearned runs. On July 4, McGehee had career highs of four hits and five RBIs against the Chicago Cubs. Although he came up short on the NL Rookie of the Year balloting for 2009, his solid season cemented him a starting job at third base for the Brewers in 2010.
McGehee was voted the Brewers' Most Valuable Player. He edged out second baseman Rickie Weeks and outfielder Corey Hart for the award. McGehee batted .285 with 23 home runs and a team-leading 104 RBIs in 157 games. On August 12, McGehee sets a team record with nine consecutive hits in going 4 for 4 in the Brewers' 8-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. McGehee hit a home run, a double, and two singles, driving in four and scoring three runs to lead Milwaukee. He grounded out in his first at-bat the next day to end his streak.
In 2011, he batted .223 with 13 home runs, three of which came in the same game on August 3. All three were off of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Edwin Jackson. He led all NL third basemen in errors, with 20.
New York Yankees
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
He signed a $1.5 million contract to play in Japan for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on December 21, 2012. McGehee led the Golden Eagles to their 1st Japan Series title. Also leading the way were Japan Series MVP Manabu Mima, current Yankees star Masahiro Tanaka, and fellow former MLB outfielder Andruw Jones. In 144 games, mostly at third base, McGehee hit .292 with 28 HR and 93 RBI.
McGehee's period in Japan paid off, and on December 18, 2013, McGehee signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Miami Marlins to start at third base. McGehee hit his first Marlins home run on May 10, despite hitting .309 with 23 RBI in 36 games before. It was in Miami that Casey earned his nickname "Hits McGhee". It is a play on a joke from the movie Anchorman. In 159 games of 2014, McGehee grounded into an MLB-leading 31 double plays while batting .289 with 4 home runs and 76 RBI.
McGehee has a wife, Sarah, and two children - a son, Mackail (Mack), who is 7, and a daughter, Cooper Reese, who is 3. Mack has Cerebral palsy. The McGehees met in Jackson, Tennessee where Sarah lived and Casey played for the minor league West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx.
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- Rakuten Eagles To Sign Casey McGehee
- Navarro, Manny (April 8, 2014). "Casey McGehee happy for new chance with Miami Marlins". Miami Herald.
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