September 23, 1977 |
|June 25, 2001, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 29, 2005, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Runs batted in||79|
|Olympic medal record|
|Representing the United States|
|2000 Sydney||Team competition|
Michael Brent Abernathy (born September 23, 1977) is a former professional baseball infielder. He played in the major leagues from 2001 to 2003 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Kansas City Royals, and again in 2005 for the Minnesota Twins.
Abernathy was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2000, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for pitchers Steve Trachsel and Mark Guthrie. He played for the gold-medal winning United States team in the 2000 Olympics, and went on to make his debut in the majors with Tampa Bay and later played with the Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins. He has not been in the majors since 2005.
Abernathy was the sole Tampa Bay Devil Rays player to reach base against the Boston Red Sox on April 27, 2002, on a walk. This plate appearance broke up Derek Lowe's bid for a perfect game. Lowe did finish the game, however, with a no-hitter.
- "Panel names Ralph, Abernathy winners of Dial award". Daily Herald. December 7, 1995. p. 9.