Eric Chavez

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Eric Chavez
Eric Chavez making throw for Yankees 2011.jpg
Chavez with the New York Yankees
Third baseman / First baseman
Born: (1977-12-07) December 7, 1977 (age 36)
Los Angeles, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 8, 1998 for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
June 8, 2014 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
Batting average .268
Hits 1,477
Home runs 260
Runs batted in 902
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Eric Cesar Chavez (born December 7, 1977) is an American former professional baseball player. He played for the Oakland Athletics (1998–2010), New York Yankees (2011–2012), and Arizona Diamondbacks (2013–2014).

Chavez won six Gold Glove Awards (20012006) and a Silver Slugger Award (2002).

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Chavez's high school success was such that in the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft, he was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the first round as the tenth pick.[1] Chavez eventually chose a professional baseball career over a full scholarship at the University of Southern California (USC), signing with the Athletics on August 27, 1996.[1] His time in the minor leagues was relatively short, lasting just under two seasons. He spent the 1997 season playing for the Visalia Oaks, the Single-A team in the Athletics' farm system.[2] He played 134 games, all at third base, and hit .271 with 18 home runs and 100 RBI.[2] Before the start of the 1998 season, Chavez was promoted to the Double-A Huntsville Stars.[2] After 88 games, he had a batting average of .328, 28 home runs, 86 RBIs, 12 stolen bases, and a triple.[1] His efforts caused him to be promoted to the Edmonton Trappers, where in 47 games he hit 11 home runs and had a .325 batting average.[2] When Edmonton's season finished up on September 8, 1998, he was called up to the major leagues.[3] He finished his minor league career by being named Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America, as well as earning the J.G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps/NAPBL Minor League Player of the Year.[3]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

He made his major league debut on September 8, 1998, in a game against the Baltimore Orioles, where he came in as a pinch hitter for Mike Blowers and struck out in his only at bat.[3] He finished the 1998 season having played in 16 games, and ending with a .311 batting average, as well as a triple.[1]

Chavez won six consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Awards from 2001 to 2006. In 2004, the A's signed him to a six-year, $66-million contract extension.

In the 27 games of September and October in 2001, Chavez hit ten home runs with 31 RBIs, a .379 batting average and a .738 slugging percentage resulting in him being named the American League Player of the Month for the only time in his career.

Chavez batting for the Athletics against the Devil Rays

Between 2002-2005, his batting average remained consistent, hitting in the .270-.280 range. His home runs hit remained steady, hitting 29 in 2003 and 2004, and 27 in 2005. However, his offense production dropped in 2006, with his batting average dropping to .241, despite hitting 22 home runs. This slump continued into 2007, hitting .240 and 15 home runs.[4]

Through his first ten years with the A's, Chavez played 1256 games and batted .269. He had 227 home runs and 762 RBIs. Chavez batted .250 and slugged .445 in April and in May combined, but batted .294 and slugged .544 in June, July and August, continuing a constant theme in the Oakland A's organization in that they are a "second half" team.

He started the 2008 season on the disabled list, due to back pain. He was activated from the disabled list on May 29. On July 2, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list again with right shoulder inflammation. On June 14, 2009, Chavez was placed on the disabled list once again due to back pain, this time out for the season.

Chavez became a free agent at the conclusion of the 2010 season when the Oakland A's declined a club option to keep him on the roster for the 2011 season.[5] He had the longest continuous tenure as an Athletic, at 13 years, and second overall total behind Rickey Henderson's 14 years.

New York Yankees[edit]

On February 4, 2011, Chavez agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Yankees with an invitation to spring training for the 2011 season.[6] The major league team purchased his contract on March 28, 2011.[7]

On May 5, 2011 Chavez broke a bone in his left foot while rounding second base in a game against the Detroit Tigers.

On July 26, 2011 Chavez returned from the disabled list and batted 8th for the Yankees against the Seattle Mariners.

On August 3, 2011, Chavez hit his first home run as a Yankee, a towering two-run shot to right field against the Chicago White Sox.

On February 27, 2012 Chavez re-signed with the Yankees for one season.[8] Chavez is guaranteed $900,000, and can earn an additional $3.05 million in incentives based on plate appearances.

Chavez suffered a minor concussion when diving for a ground ball during a game on May 2, 2012. He left the game and was placed on the 7-day disabled list for concussions.[9] He returned to action on May 11.

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

Chavez agreed to a one-year contract worth $3 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the 2013 season.[10] On June 1, 2013, Chavez was placed on the 15-day DL due to a minor right oblique tear. On December 19, 2013, Chavez re-signed with the Diamondbacks for $3.5 million.[11] Chavez retired on July 30, 2014.[12]

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Preceded by
Jermaine Dye
American League Player of the Month
September 2001
Succeeded by
Torii Hunter