Andy Cannizaro

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Andy Cannizaro
Born: (1978-12-19) December 19, 1978 (age 38)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 5, 2006, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
May 3, 2008, for the Tampa Bay Rays
MLB statistics
Batting average .222
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 1
Andy Cannizaro
Sport(s) Baseball
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Mississippi State
Record 40–27 (.597)
Biographical details
Born Mandeville, Louisiana
Alma mater Tulane University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2008 Louisiana Knights
2009–2014 New York Yankees (scout)
2014–2016 LSU (asst.)
2017–present Mississippi State

Andrew Lee Cannizaro (born December 19, 1978) is a former Major League Baseball infielder and current head baseball coach for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Cannizaro played college baseball for the Tulane Green Wave. While at Tulane, he was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 1999 Conference USA Baseball Tournament, which Tulane won.[1] He was a two time all-American and a four-year starter. After four seasons in college, he was drafted by the Yankees in the seventh round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft after two seasons at Tulane University.[2]

He was called up by the Yankees on September 5, 2006, as a September call-up after spending six seasons in the Yankee farm system with the Staten Island Yankees, Tampa Yankees, Trenton Thunder, and Columbus Clippers.[3][4]

Cannizaro played in his first major league game on September 5, 2006,[2] playing at shortstop for two innings, without an at-bat, against the Kansas City Royals.[5] Cannizaro singled in the first at-bat of his career on September 8, 2006, against Brian Burres of the Baltimore Orioles, and later scored. He hit his first major league home run on September 25, 2006, off Jon Switzer in a 16–1 win against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[6] Cannizaro signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2007-2008 offseason. He made his Rays debut on May 3, 2008. On August 4, 2008, Cannizaro was traded to the Cleveland Indians and assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.[2][7] On August 13, 2009 just one year after being traded to the Cleveland Indians Cannizaro was traded to the Chicago White Sox. In October 2009 Cannizaro was granted free agency.[2]

On November 5, 2016, Mississippi State University Athletic Director John Cohen announced Cannizaro as the university's new head baseball coach.

Cannizaro has two younger brothers. Lee Cannizaro, attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he played college baseball. His youngest brother, Garrett Cannizaro, 18, also attends Tulane University playing baseball.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mississippi State Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (2017–present)
2017 Mississippi State 40–27 17–13 3rd (West) NCAA Super Regional
Mississippi State: 40–27 (.597) 17–13 (.567)
Total: 40–27 (.597)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "2012 Conference USA Baseball Media Guide" (PDF). p. 93. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2012-06-21. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Andy Cannizaro". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  3. ^ Kepner, Tyler (2006-09-06). "No Setbacks for Rivera; No Concerns for Torre". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  4. ^ "Andy Cannizaro (Minors)". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  5. ^ "Kansas City Royals 5, New York Yankees 0". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  6. ^ "Three-run blasts in first by Abreu, Matsui stake Yanks in rout". ESPN. Associated Press. 2006-09-25. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  7. ^ Hoynes, Paul (2008-09-07). "Indians Insider: Reyes, Donnelly will see steady action with beleagured [sic] pitching staff". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 

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