Gerardo Parra

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Gerardo Parra
Parrawin.jpg
Parra, 2011
Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 8
Outfielder
Born: (1987-05-06) May 6, 1987 (age 26)
Santa Barbara del Zulia, Venezuela
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
May 13, 2009 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
(through April 9, 2014)
Batting average .277
Home runs 34
Runs batted in 227
Stolen bases 46
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Gerardo Enrique Parra (born May 6, 1987) is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball.

Major league career[edit]

On May 13, 2009 he was called up from AA (Double A) Mobile BayBears when left fielder Conor Jackson was placed on the disabled list.[1] He was inserted into the starting lineup the same day, and in his first Major League at bat he became the 100th player in MLB history to hit a home run in his first at bat.[2]

In his first five games he had at least one RBI, becoming the second player since Mike Lansing (1993) in the last 30 years to accomplish this feat. Parra was named NL Rookie of the Month for May and reached base in each of his first 17 games.[3]

In 2011, Parra broke out batting .292 with 8 home runs and 46 runs batted in. Not only did he do well offensively, he also established himself as a threat with his powerful throwing arm, throwing out runners on various occasions. He was a very underrated player in 2011 as he was a key ingredient in leading the Diamondbacks turnaround.[4]

After an outstanding season defensively Parra was awarded the 2011 National League Left Fielder Gold Glove award on November 1, 2011.[5]

In an 18 inning game on 24-25 August 2013 at the Philadelphia Phillies, Parra collected a career-high five hits. The teams drew a combined 28 bases on balls, a National League record. The Diamondbacks' 18 walks tied the National League mark. The game lasted seven hours and six minutes, the longest in franchise history for both clubs.[6][7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schlegel, John (May 13, 2009). "Shorthanded D-backs call up outfield help". MLB.com. Retrieved November 2, 2009. 
  2. ^ Singer, Tom (May 13, 2009). "Parra goes deep in first career at-bat". MLB.com. Retrieved June 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ Rubin, Adam. "espn.com". Espn.go.com. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/29807/gerardo-parra
  5. ^ http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7180262/los-angeles-dodgers-boston-red-sox-trios-lead-gold-glove-winners
  6. ^ "D-backs outlast Phillies in game lasting over 7 hours". espn.com. August 25, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ "D-backs win longest game in franchise history". mlb.com. August 25, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 

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