|San Diego Padres – No. 13|
July 15, 1980 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|September 7, 2005 for the Cincinnati Reds|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||157|
Professional baseball career
Denorfia first reached the major leagues with the Reds in 2005 in the September roster expansion. He also appeared in 49 games with Cincinnati in 2006, moving back and forth between the big league club and the Triple-A Louisville Bats. Denorfia had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in March of 2007 after tearing a ligament during an exhibition game.
On April 27, 2007, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Marcus McBeth, Ben Jukich, and cash. He missed the entire 2007 season as a result of the surgery, but returned in 2008, making Oakland's Opening Day roster. Denorfia played center and left field before being placed on the disabled list with back tightness in early May. He rehabbed with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats and did not return to the major league team until September. He finished the year batting .290 in 62 at-bats.
After Oakland's 2009 spring training camp, Denorfia was sent to Sacramento where he played 107 games across all three outfield positions. He appeared in only four games for the major league club in mid-June and was moved off the 40-man roster at the end of the season.
San Diego Padres
On December 16, 2009, Denorfia signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres and received an invitation to spring training. Denorfia started 2010 in the Padres system, playing the outfield for the Triple-A Portland Beavers. He was called up on May 17 to replace the injured Scott Hairston. He pinch hit that same night, hitting a single. Denorfia remained with the big league club for the rest of the season, batting .271 with 9 home runs in 284 at-bats and starting 44 games in center field, 15 in left and 13 in right. On August 5, he hit an unusual inside-the-park home run in Dodger Stadium. The ball chopped off the dirt cut-out in front of the batter's box only four or five feet in front of Denorfia and then bounced out of the reach of the third baseman before being misplayed alongside the tarp down the left field line. SABR investigated the possibility that the play had set the record for least distance travelled through the air for a home run ball.
In December 2010, Denorfia and the Padres agreed on a one-year deal for the 2011 season. Denorfia started this season on the 25-man roster and played in a then-career-high 111 games for the big-league club. Denorfia strained his hamstring on July 31 and missed all of August on the DL and on rehab assignment. Denorfia made most of his 72 starts in right field and finished the season with a .277/.337/.381 batting line and 5 homers.
On December 12, 2011, Denorfia signed another one-year deal to avoid arbitration and began the 2012 season on the Padres 25-man roster. Denorfia and Will Venable formed a platoon in right field, with Denorfia starting against left-handed pitchers. Denorfia hit .337 for the year against lefties, versus .247 against righties. When not starting as part of the right field platoon, Denorfia made occasional starts in left and center and also had 33 at-bats as a pinch hitter. He appeared in 130 of the team's 2012 games, batting .293/.345/.451 with 8 homers.
On September 5, 2012, Denorfia signed an extension that will keep him in San Diego throughout the 2014 season.
With center-fielder Cameron Maybin absent for most of the 2013 season, Denorfia saw increased playing time, playing in a career-high 144 games. He made 51 starts in right field, 36 in center, and 14 in left. He was still used in a platoon role at times, and he hit for a .834 on-base plus slugging (OPS) against left-handers versus a .663 OPS against righties. For the season, he batted .279/.337/.395 with 10 home runs in 473 at-bats. Denorfia was chosen as the Padres' winner of the Heart & Hustle Award in September, and was also the Padres' recipient of the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award as he tied for 5th in the Major Leagues with 13 outfield assists.
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