Bailey with the Boston Red Sox
|Outfielder / First baseman|
November 19, 1978 |
|July 6, 2007, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 4, 2009, for the Boston Red Sox|
(through 2009 Season)
|Runs batted in||16|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jeffrey Todd Bailey (born November 19, 1978) is a former first baseman, outfielder, and designated hitter. He formerly played catcher until a throwing disorder prompted him to change positions. Bailey grew up in Kelso, Washington and graduated from Kelso High School.
Bailey was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 2nd round (64th overall) of the 1997 draft. Bailey began his professional career in 1997 playing for the Gulf Coast League Marlins and played in the Marlins minor league system until 2001.
Between 2004 and 2005, Bailey split time between Double-A Portland Sea Dogs and Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. In 2006, he played the entire season playing for the Pawtucket Red Sox and had a .275 batting average, 82 RBI, and 22 home runs in 134 games.
Bailey participated in the Red Sox' 2007 spring training before being sent back to the Pawtucket Red Sox. He was called up from Pawtucket on July 6, 2007, and made his MLB debut for the Red Sox replacing the injured Kevin Youkilis at first base, going 0-4. His first major league hit was a home run on July 8, against Detroit Tigers southpaw Nate Robertson. Bailey was optioned back to Pawtucket on July 12, 2007, to make room on the active roster for pitcher Joel Piñeiro.
Bailey had very good beginning to the 2008 season in Pawtucket, hitting well over .300 by the end of May. Bailey's contract was purchased by the Red Sox on May 30, 2008. On August 26, 2008 after being called up by the Red Sox, he was denied entry to Yankee Stadium, with security believing he was a fan trying to get in without a ticket. Eventually he was allowed in after they discovered he was a member of the Boston Red Sox, and he drove in two runs to help give the Red Sox a win 7 to 3. Bailey finished the 2008 season having played 27 games in the majors and batted .280 with two home runs and six RBIs.
On February 6, 2009, Bailey was outrighted off the 40-man roster to create roster space for re-signed catcher Jason Varitek. Bailey refused the assignment and became a free agent but was immediately re-signed to a minor league contract by the Red Sox and was invited to major league spring training.
Early in the 2009 season, Kevin Youkilis went on the DL, and Bailey was called to fill in his spot. On June 2, 2009 was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket after Mark Kotsay being activated off the DL. He was once again called to the majors on June 30, after Mike Lowell was placed on the DL. Bailey was designated for assignment on September 1, 2009. In October 2009, Bailey was granted free agency.
On December 28, 2009, Bailey signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks with an invitation to spring training.
On November 20, 2010, Bailey signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins with an invitation to spring training.
As of right now, he not listed on any of the Minnesota Twins minor league organization rosters as believe after 2011 season elected to become free agent after 2011 season..
Awards and recognition
- Nick Cafardo (2007-03-23). "Tidbits from the Fort". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
- Gordon Edes (2007-07-06). "Bailey called up". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
- Amalie Benjamin (2007-07-08). "Bailey's HR ball". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
- Ian Browne (2007-07-13). "Notes: Schilling set for next step: No timetable set on when veteran will return to action". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
- Amalie Benjamin (2008-03-09). "A small bend in road for Buchholz". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
- Amalie Benjamin (2008-03-09). "Extra Bases- Red Sox Blog". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-09-01.
- JOE McDONALD (2008-08-27). "Bailey, Zink win most valuable awards for their Triple-A seasons". Providence Journal. Retrieved 2008-08-27.