Jim Eisenreich

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Jim Eisenreich
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Born: (1959-04-18) April 18, 1959 (age 55)
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 6, 1982 for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1998 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Career statistics
Batting average .290
Home runs 52
Runs batted in 477
Career highlights and awards

James Michael Eisenreich (/ˈzɨnrk/; born April 18, 1959 in St. Cloud, Minnesota) is an American former Major League Baseball player with a 15-year career from 1982–1984 and 1987–1998. He played for the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals of the American League, and the Philadelphia Phillies, Florida Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League. He played first base, outfield and designated hitter.

Major league career[edit]

In 1993, his first year with the Phillies, Eisenreich put together one of his best years, batting .318 and helping the Phillies to win the National League pennant. As the Phillies began their slide the next season, Eisenreich was one of the team's few bright spots, batting .361 for the last place Phillies in 1996.

Eisenreich was part of a "blockbuster" baseball trade[1] on May 14, 1998. He was traded from the Florida Marlins, with Bobby Bonilla, Gary Sheffield, Charles Johnson, and Manuel Barrios, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Todd Zeile and catcher Mike Piazza.

Eisenreich was noted in Los Angeles for his long time success against Dodger pitching staffs, despite those staffs being among the best. His .405 batting average and .620 slugging percentage greatly exceed his other career numbers and rank among the most successful of any one player against any team.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Eisenreich has Tourette syndrome (TS),[3] which caused him to go on to the voluntary retirement list between 1984 and 1987 while undergoing treatment. Eisenreich was replaced on the Twins roster by Kirby Puckett. In 1990, he was the first recipient of the Tony Conigliaro Award, which is given annually to a Major League Baseball player who has overcome a significant obstacle in life.[4]

Eisenreich resides in the Kansas City area and runs the Jim Eisenreich Foundation for Children with Tourette's Syndrome whose goal is to help children with TS to achieve personal success.[3]


  1. ^ Spears, Mark J (1998). "Grand-slam trade: Piazza, Zeile bound for Florida in seven-player deal". Daily News (The Free Library). Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ Jim Eisenreich Career Batting Splits - Baseball-Reference PI
  3. ^ a b Jim Eisenreich Foundation. Retrieved on 2006-02-18.
  4. ^ "Tony Conigliaro Award". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 

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