Jean Segura

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Jean Segura
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Segura playing with the Arizona Diamondbacks
Seattle Mariners – No. 2
Shortstop / Second baseman
Born: (1990-03-17) March 17, 1990 (age 28)
San Juan, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 24, 2012, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
MLB statistics
(through September 25, 2018)
Batting average .286
Home runs 64
Runs batted in 315
Stolen bases 171
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Jean Carlos Enrique Segura (/ˈɑːn/ JAHN; born March 17, 1990) is a Dominican professional baseball infielder for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, and Arizona Diamondbacks. Segura was an All-Star in 2013, and led the National League in hits in 2016. He played for the Dominican Republic national baseball team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Segura signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2007.[1] He made his professional debut with the Dominican Summer Angels of the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League that year.[2] He played for the Arizona Angels of the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2008. He played for the Orem Owlz of the Rookie-level Pioneer League, and also played in five games for the Salt Lake Bees of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. His season was limited by a broken finger.[3] He had a 22 game hitting streak with the Owlz, falling one short of the franchise record.[4]

In 2010, Segura played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Class A Midwest League, where he had a standout year, as he hit 10 home runs and 24 doubles, while recording 79 runs batted in (RBIs).[2][5] He was promoted to the Inland Empire 66ers of the Class A-Advanced California League in 2011,[2] but missed a significant portion of the season after suffering a torn hamstring.[1]

Segura was added to the Angels 40 man roster on November 18, 2011.[6] He played for the Arkansas Travelers of the Class AA Texas League in 2012. After batting .287 with 25 stolen bases in his first 69 games of the season, he was named to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game.[1]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

Segura made his debut in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Angels on July 24, 2012. After playing in only one game for the Angels, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers along with John Hellweg and Ariel Peña for Zack Greinke on July 27, 2012.[7][8] The Brewers assigned him to the Huntsville Stars of the Class AA Southern League, and promoted him on August 6 after he batted 13-for-30 in eight games with the club. He batted .264 with seven stolen bases and 14 RBIs with the Brewers.[9]

In the offseason, Segura played in the Dominican Winter League, and won the league's batting title.[10] He was named the Brewers' Opening Day shortstop in 2013.[9] He was named a National League reserve for the 2013 MLB All Star Game. He finished the year hitting .294 with 12 home runs and 44 stolen bases.

"Stealing first base"[edit]

Segura batting in 2013

In the eighth inning of a game on April 19, 2013, Segura stole second base, and then "stole" first base, then was thrown out trying to again steal second base. After Segura singled and stole second, and Ryan Braun walked,[11] Segura and Braun attempted a double steal. However, Segura retreated to second after the pitcher Shawn Camp threw to third base instead of pitching. With both Segura and Braun standing on second base, both were tagged, and by baseball's rules it was Braun who was out. However, Segura thought that he himself was out and began to head back to the Brewers' dugout (which happened to be on the first-base side of the field), until first base coach Garth Iorg instructed Segura to stand on first base, where he was ruled safe. Two pitches later, Segura was caught stealing second base.[12]

The play resulted in much confusion regarding whether or not Segura should have been allowed to retreat to first base after he had legitimately occupied second base.[13] The umpires allowed it under a rule that specifies only that a player may not retreat if the intent is to "confuse the defense or make a travesty of the game,"[14] as Segura was doing no such thing but was simply confused. MLB later declared that the ruling on the field was wrong, as a rule forbidding a player from reaching a base after "abandoning the effort" at baserunning should have superseded the rule invoked when calling him safe, and that Segura should have been called out at first base.[15]

Because the usual methods of reporting baseball play-by-play do not allow for a runner on second to retreat to first base, some records of the game indicate that Segura remained on second and was thrown out trying to steal third base, though this is not what occurred.[12]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

On January 30, 2016, the Brewers traded Segura and Tyler Wagner to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Aaron Hill, Chase Anderson, Isan Diaz, and cash considerations.[16] In 153 games of 2016, Segura had a .319 batting average, an NL-leading 203 hits, and 20 home runs.[17]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

On November 23, 2016, the Diamondbacks traded Segura, Zac Curtis, and Mitch Haniger to the Seattle Mariners for Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte.[18] During the 2017 season, Segura signed a five-year contract extension with Seattle worth $70 million.[19] He ended the season with a .300 average in 125 games played.[20] In 2018, while batting .329, he was named to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game, in which he hit a go-ahead 3-run home run off of Josh Hader in the 8th inning. [21]

Personal life[edit]

Segura is married to wife Kellen with two sons. He had a son from a previous relationship who died in 2014 aged nine months, which nearly caused Segura to quit baseball.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Segura's path to Futures Game isn't blocked | angels.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. June 29, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Martinez, Chris (April 27, 2011). "Cal notes: 66ers' Segura off to fast start | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  3. ^ John Torenli / Special to MLB.com (August 21, 2009). "Article | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  4. ^ Scherting, Mike (July 31, 2012). "Article | Pioneer League News". MLB.com. Milb.com. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  5. ^ Miller, Sam (September 3, 2010). "Angels minors: Jean Segura having breakout year: The Owlz and Bees continue pushing for playoff spot". The Orange County Register. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  6. ^ "Angels set 40-man roster". Angels.ocregister.com. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  7. ^ Rosiak, Todd (March 29, 2013). "Season preview - Brewers believe Jean Segura will have long stay at short". Jsonline.com. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  8. ^ Hoffman, Mark (July 27, 2012). "Brewers trade Zach Greinke for 3 Angels Prospects". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Brewers' Jean Segura looks to be a hit at shortstop : Sports". Host.madison.com. April 1, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  10. ^ Haudricourt, Tom. "Segura wins Dominican batting title". JSOnline. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  11. ^ April 19, 2013 Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers Box Score and Play-by-Play, Baseball-Reference.com
  12. ^ a b "Brewers shortstop Jean Segura's bizarre baserunning play still under debate | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  13. ^ "New twist to Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura's baserunning madness - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  14. ^ "Official Rules: 7.09 The Runner: 7.0". MLB.com. Retrieved April 21, 2013.
  15. ^ Stark, Jayson (April 25, 2013). "Jean Segura should've been called out". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  16. ^ McCalvy, Adam (January 30, 2016). "Brewers, D-backs strike 5-player deal". MLB.com. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  17. ^ https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/mariners/after-tragedy-fathers-day-now-a-special-moment-for-mariners-jean-segura/
  18. ^ Perry, Dayn (November 23, 2016). "Mariners, D-Backs swap Taijuan Walker, Segura as part of 5-player trade: Arizona gets help in the rotation while Seattle lands an impact infielder". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  19. ^ https://www.mlb.com/news/mariners-sign-jean-segura-to-5-year-extension/c-234786126
  20. ^ https://www.mlb.com/mariners/news/mariners-jean-segura-raises-average-to-300/c-256911238
  21. ^ http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/24071912/2018-all-star-final-vote-winners-jesus-aguilar-milwaukee-brewers-jean-segura-seattle-mariners
  22. ^ https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/mariners/after-tragedy-fathers-day-now-a-special-moment-for-mariners-jean-segura/

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