Jackson with the Boston Red Sox
|First baseman / Left fielder|
May 7, 1982 |
|July 28, 2005 for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
Last MLB appearance
|September 25, 2011 for the Boston Red Sox|
|Runs batted in||295|
After graduating from El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California in 2000, Jackson proceeded to have a stellar collegiate career at the University of California (Berkeley) as a third baseman. He developed a reputation for a patient batting eye and led the Pac-10 with a .538 OBP in 2003. Jackson was drafted in the first round (19th overall) of the 2003 MLB amateur draft.
Jackson switched to the outfield shortly after being drafted. In his initial debut with Yakima of the shortseason Northwest League, he batted .319 with a league record 35 doubles. After his minor league debut, Jackson successfully climbed the minor league ladder. After fielding only .964 in the outfield in the minors, he was moved to first base, where his defensive struggles continued.
He received his first taste of the majors in 2005 (debuting July 28, 2005, in Wrigley Field), where he batted .200/.303/.306 with 2 home runs in 85 at bats. In 2006 he claimed the Diamondbacks' starting first base job. He finished the season with a .291 average with 15 home runs in 140 games. Jackson played a vast majority of first base for the D-Backs.
Although he missed some time in 2007 due to injury, he wound up hitting 15 home runs with 60 rbi's in 130 games, he hit .235 in 17 at bats in the postseason.
In 2008, Jackson started the season with a hot bat as the Diamondbacks took an early lead in the NL West. Conor had the opportunity to hit for the cycle in a game against San Diego on April 18. Facing Greg Maddux in his last at bat, Jackson hit a deep line drive to center field, and instead of stopping at second base for the double and the cycle, he continued on to third base for his second triple of the game. It would have been Jackson's first career cycle. He finished the game with four hits, tying his career high, and was later named National League Player of the Week for his 12 hits, 10 runs, 10 RBIs, and three home runs from April 14 through April 20. Jackson set career highs in Average (.300), plate appearances (612), at bats (540), runs (87) and stolen bases (10) while splitting the season between playing left field and first base.
His 2009 season was stalled in May when he contracted Valley Fever and lost approximately 35 pounds during the illness (per his interview on Chronicle Live 6/21/10). "I'm tired. I'm fatigued. Some days I feel like I'm able to do stuff, and I do stuff. I sleep 12, 13 hours and I'm exhausted."
Jackson wound playing just 30 games in 2009.
In 2010, he was hitting .238 before being traded to the A's.
On June 15, 2010, Jackson was traded with cash considerations to the Oakland Athletics for pitcher Sam Demel. After the demotion of Daric Barton in the spring of 2011, Jackson saw the majority of his starts at first-base until the call-up of trade acquisition Brandon Allen.
Boston Red Sox
On August 31, 2011, Jackson was traded to the Boston Red Sox for a minor league player. On September 19, he hit his first home run in a Red Sox uniform, a grand slam over the "Green Monster" at Fenway Park, in an 18–9 rout of the Baltimore Orioles.
On February 6, 2012, Jackson signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers. He was released on March 26.
Chicago White Sox
- Baum, Bob. D-backs trade Jackson to Oakland for Demel, Yahoo! Sports. Published June 15, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
- Boeck, Scott (2011-09-01). "Red Sox obtain utility player Conor Jackson from Oakland". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- Lee, Tony (2011-09-20). "Jacoby Ellsbury, Conor Jackson Team Up to Make Red Sox History". New England Sports Network. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- von Horn, Steve (March 31, 2012). "White Sox Sign Conor Jackson To Minor-League Deal, Assign Him To Triple-A Charlotte". SB Nation Chicago.
- Encina, Eduardo A. (December 5, 2012). "Orioles sign Conor Jackson to minor league deal with spring training invite". The Baltimore Sun.
- Conor Jackson Retires
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- Conor Jackson Interview at Baseball Digest Daily - May 2005