September 16, 1973 |
|August 1, 1996, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 28, 2007, for the Texas Rangers|
|Runs batted in||308|
Desmond Lamont "Desi" Relaford (born September 16, 1973) is an American former professional baseball infielder. He played in Major League Baseball for the Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies.
Known more for his defense than his bat, his versatility was his trademark. Over the course of an 11-year major league career, he played every position in the field except first base and catcher; he pitched in one game for the New York Mets in which he recorded a perfect inning with a strikeout and threw over 90 mph.
Relaford signed a minor league deal with the Rangers on February 14, 2007. He competed with Jerry Hairston, Jr., Drew Meyer, and Joaquin Arias for a spot as utility infielder during spring training, but wound up starting the season in the minors. In early July, Relaford was called up to the Rangers after regular second baseman Ian Kinsler was placed on the disabled list after suffering a stress fracture. Relaford was released after the season, and never played professionally after that.
Life beyond baseball
Relaford currently has a home in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife, Cassandra Sapphire Daley, whom he married in 2002, and their two children. Desi Relaford is the founder of 6 Hole Records, a hip-hop record label based in Jacksonville.
Relaford attended Sandalwood High School and graduated there as well.