Michael McKenry

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Michael McKenry
Mike McKenry on July 2, 2011.jpg
McKenry in 2011
Colorado Rockies – No. 8
Catcher
Born: (1985-03-04) March 4, 1985 (age 29)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 8, 2010 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .245
Hits 174
Home runs 25
Runs batted in 86
Teams

Michael Charles McKenry (born March 4, 1985), nicknamed "The Fort", is an American professional baseball catcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball.

Personal[edit]

Michael McKenry is the son of Cliff and Shelia McKenry.[1] He married his wife, Jaclyn, in 2008, the same year Jaclyn's Father died.[2]

High School and College[edit]

McKenry attended Farragut High School and Middle Tennessee State University.

International career[edit]

McKenry was originally named to the USA roster for the 2009 Baseball World Cup,[3] but was injured and replaced by Lucas May before the tournament began.[4]

Professional Baseball Career[edit]

Colorado Rockies[edit]

McKenry was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 7th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2006, he played for the Tri-City Dust Devils. In 2007, he played for the Asheville Tourists. In 2008, he played for the Modesto Nuts. In January 2009, Baseball America rated McKenry the #9 prospect in the Colorado Rockies organization.[5] In 2009, he played for the Tulsa Drillers. In 2010, he played for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, before being called up to the Rockies in September. McKenry made his major league debut on September 8, 2010, flying out against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Carlos Fisher in his only at bat. On March 29, 2011, McKenry was traded to the Boston Red Sox for minor league RHP Daniel Turpen.[6]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

On March 29, 2011, McKenry was traded to the Boston Red Sox for minor league RHP Daniel Turpen.[6] On June 13, 2011, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash or a player to be named later.[7]

McKenry catching with Bill Welke umpiring in 2012

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On June 13, 2011, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash or a player to be named later.[7] McKenry made his debut for the Pirates on June 13 and recorded his first major league hit, a single off of Houston Astros starter J. A. Happ, two days later. He hit his first major league home run on July 8, 2011 against the Chicago Cubs.

On July 26, McKenry was involved in a controversial play against the Atlanta Braves in the bottom of the 19th inning. With runners on the corners, Scott Proctor hit a ground ball to Pedro Alvarez, who threw to McKenry, who appeared to tag Julio Lugo out at home. However, home plate umpire Jerry Meals called him safe, allowing Lugo to score the walk-off run.

McKenry has been given the nickname "Fort McKenry" or simply "The Fort" by fans and media in Pittsburgh due to his defensive skills behind the plate as the Pirates' catcher and the similarity of his name to Fort McHenry, the famous fort in Baltimore known for its role in the War of 1812.

On April 14, 2013 McKenry posted his first multi-homer game game in the major leagues as he hit 2 home runs, rallying the Pirates to a 10-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds.[8] On July 30, 2013, McKenry underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus and was ruled out for the rest of the 2013 season.

On December 2, 2013, the Pirates acquired Chris Stewart from the New York Yankees, and designated McKenry for assignment.[9] He was non-tendered by the Pirates later that day, becoming a free agent.[10]

Second stint with Rockies[edit]

McKenry signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies on January 16, 2014.

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