Devon White (baseball)

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Devon White
Devon White 2009.jpg
White in 2009
Center fielder
Born: (1962-12-29) December 29, 1962 (age 51)
Kingston, Jamaica
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 1985 for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 2001 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Career statistics
Batting average .263
Home runs 208
Runs batted in 846
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Devon Markes Whyte[1] (formerly and commonly known as Devon White, born December 29, 1962), nicknamed "Devo", is a former Major League Baseball center fielder best known for his defensive ability at that position. He is currently an outfield coordinator for the Chicago White Sox.

Early life[edit]

Born as Devon Whyte in Kingston, Jamaica, his family immigrated to the United States when he was nine years old. However, the paperwork had their family name misspelled as "White". His last name was legally changed back to its original spelling in 2003 at the behest of his children, but throughout his baseball playing career, he was known as "Devon White" and continues to sign autographs with that spelling.[1] His daughter, Davellyn Whyte, plays basketball at the University of Arizona.

Baseball career[edit]

California Angels[edit]

White was drafted by the California Angels in the 6th round of the 1981 draft. He made his major league debut in the late stages of the 1985 season for California, but he did not establish himself as a major leaguer until 1987, when he played a full season and hit with power and ran the basepaths with speed. In fact, he hit 24 home runs and stole 32 bases that season. In 1988, only his second full season, he won his first of seven Gold Gloves. On September 9, 1989 became one of the few players in history to get on first base then score by stealing second base then stealing third base then stealing home. [2]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On December 2, 1990, he was traded with Willie Fraser and Marcus Moore to the Toronto Blue Jays for Junior Félix and Luis Sojo.

White won two World Series and five Gold Gloves with the Toronto Blue Jays. With a .336 batting average in his post-season career with the Blue Jays, compared to a .270 regular season average with Toronto, White consistently upped his game to help Toronto reach playoff success.

In Game 3 of the 1992 World Series against the Atlanta Braves, White was the central part of one of the most famous plays in World Series history. With David Justice batting and runners on first and second base, Justice hit a fly ball which White chased down and caught while jumping into the wall. White then threw the ball to second baseman Roberto Alomar who threw to John Olerud at first to try to double up Terry Pendleton, but Pendleton had already been called out for running past Deion Sanders. Olerud promptly threw the ball to third baseman Kelly Gruber who chased down Sanders, diving and clipping him on the heel with his glove. However the umpire, Bob Davidson, did not see the tag, and called Sanders safe, which cost the Jays the second triple play in World Series history.[3] After the game, Davidson watched the replay and admitted he missed the call. Many people who saw White's famous catch and throw have positively compared it to Willie Mays' famous catch in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series, often claiming that White's effort was more impressive.

Later years: Florida Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

After the 1995 season, White signed with the Florida Marlins and won another World Series in 1997, despite a poor performance — he only hit .215 in the playoffs that year. He later played with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Milwaukee Brewers before retiring in 2002.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bob Elliott. "White or Whyte, he's still Devo". Toronto Sun. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CAL/CAL198909090.shtml
  3. ^ "White's catch ranks among all–time best". Star-Banner (AP). 22 October 1992. p. 4C. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 

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