December 7, 1976 |
|July 9, 2005 for the Detroit Tigers|
Last MLB appearance
|September 24, 2006 for the Detroit Tigers|
|Runs batted in||0|
Kevin James Hooper (born December 7, 1976) is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played for the Detroit Tigers. He is currently the manager of the Wichita Wingnuts of the independent American Association.
He was then drafted in 1999, this time in the 8th round, by the Florida Marlins. He signed with the Marlins on June 3, 1999. In 1999, he played with the Low-A Utica Blue Sox of the New York-Penn League. In 2000, he moved up to Single-A playing for the Kane County Cougars, for 2000 and only part of 2001, after 17 games he was moved to Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. In 2002 he made the move to Triple-A Calgary Cannons. In 2003 he stayed in Triple-A, but this time with the Albuquerque Isotopes, where he remained until he was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees.
New York Yankees
The Yankees claimed him off waivers from Florida on May 26, 2004, where he played for the Columbus Clippers the Triple-A team for the Yankees, at the time. He played there until the Yankees released him on August 6, 2004.
Kansas City Royals
The Detroit Tigers signed him as a free agent in the 2005 offseason. He played for the Detroit Tigers and Toledo Mud Hens after being signed and gained two Governors' Cup Championships with Toledo in 2005 and 2006. During a home game, the last of the season against the Indianapolis Indians, Kevin Hooper played one inning in every position of the game, including a successful inning pitching. On September 2, 2006, his contract was purchased by the Tigers. On October 11, 2006, he was designated for assignment and refused, becoming a free agent. On November 17, 2006, Hooper was re-signed by the Tigers and invited to spring training in Lakeland, Florida. He became a free agent after the 2007 season in which he spent the whole season in Triple-A
On November 28, 2007, Hooper signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Houston Astros.
Before the 2008 season started, Hooper signed with the Wichita Wingnuts, where he was the starting shortstop. He hit .373, winning the American Association batting title, and was successful in 34 of 35 stolen base attempts. At the end of the season, he was named the Wingnuts MVP. On November 6, 2008, Hooper was named the manager of the Wingnuts.