April 14, 1968 |
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|April 24, 1992 for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 7, 2001 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jesse Levis (born April 14, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American Major League Baseball scout and former Major League Baseball player. Levis is a graduate of Northeast High School in Philadelphia and attended the University of North Carolina.
After starting as a catcher at Northeast High School in Philadelphia and accepting a baseball scholarship to North Carolina, Levis became a journeyman catcher, playing for the Cleveland Indians in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1999. He also played for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2001. He played Minor League Baseball with not only the Indians and Brewers organizations, but also the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, and New York Mets organizations. He last played professional baseball in 2004 with the Norfolk Tides.
After retiring, he was hired on November 7, 2006 to be a scout for the Boston Red Sox. He scouted for the Red Sox for two seasons, but was dismissed after the 2008 season, months after Levis was arrested on charges that he committed "lewd and lascivious acts" in a Port St. Lucie, Florida, hotel. Subsequently, Levis took and passed a lie detector test refuting the charges, the statements that led to his arrest were retracted and the case was dismissed in 2010. Levis returned to baseball in 2011 as a professional scout for the Philadelphia Phillies, based in Pennsylvania.
Levis is Jewish.
- Jeff Horrigan (March 5, 2008). "Scout in hot water: Levis arrested in Fla.". Boston Herald. Retrieved March 5, 2008.
- Hagen, Paul, "Baseball Scout Looking for Another Chance After False Charges," philly.com, June 22, 2010
- Leventhal, Josh, ed., Baseball America 2011 Directory, Durham, NC: Baseball America, 2011, page 57
- The Big Book of Jewish Baseball: An .... Retrieved March 7, 2011.