Josh Harrison

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Josh Harrison
Josh Harrison in 2017 (35149702545).jpg
Harrison with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2017
Free agent
Second baseman / Third baseman / Outfielder
Born: (1987-07-08) July 8, 1987 (age 32)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 31, 2011, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
(through April 27, 2019)
Batting average.273
Home runs53
Runs batted in277
Stolen bases79
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Joshua Isaiah Harrison (born July 8, 1987) is an American professional baseball infielder who is a free agent. He previously played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2011–2018 and the Detroit Tigers in 2019. He is a two-time MLB All-Star.

Early life and career[edit]

Harrison began playing tee ball at the age of three years. Before playing in organized baseball, Harrison displayed interest in the game. Using a fork from his home's kitchen as a bat and a balled-up piece of paper, Harrison played makeshift baseball with his older brother, Vince, who pitched the paper to him.[1]

Harrison played shortstop at Princeton High School in Sharonville, Ohio.[2] Harrison enrolled at the University of Cincinnati, and played college baseball for the Cincinnati Bearcats as a second baseman. In 2008, he was the Big East Conference's Co-Player of the Year.

Professional career[edit]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

The Chicago Cubs selected Harrison in the sixth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft. He became the first Bearcat drafted in the first ten rounds since Kevin Youkilis was taken in the eighth round of the 2001 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox.[3]

On July 30, 2009, the Cubs traded Harrison, along with Kevin Hart, and José Ascanio to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny.[4]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Harrison had his contract purchased by the Pirates on May 30, 2011.[5] Harrison made his major league debut on May 31, 2011, and recorded his first Major League hit, off New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey. On May 18, 2012, he broke up Justin Verlander's no-hitter in the ninth inning, which would have been the third no-hitter of Verlander's career.

Harrison was optioned to the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians on April 14, 2013.[6] He was recalled on May 7 when James McDonald was placed on the disabled list. Harrison was optioned back to Indianapolis on May 8 when Duke Welker was recalled.[7] Harrison was optioned back to Indianapolis on May 31.[8]

Josh Harrison waves to fans before a spring training game in March 2016.
Josh Harrison playing with the Pirates during Spring Training in 2016.

On July 6, 2014, Harrison was selected to his first career All-Star Game, along with teammates Andrew McCutchen and Tony Watson.[9] At the time of his selection, Harrison was hitting .298 through 72 games. Harrison also had played 5 different positions throughout the season, and was listed as a utility player for the All-Star Game.

Despite his role as a utility player throughout the 2014 season, Harrison played in 143 games and stood at bat enough times to qualify for the NL batting title. Finishing the season with a .315 batting average, Josh came in second to Justin Morneau of the Colorado Rockies. Morneau won the title with a .319 average after sitting out the team's final two games, one of which lasted twelve innings.

Since then, Harrison has played multiple positions for the Pirates. He spent most of his time at third base following Pedro Álverez's move to 1st Base. Harrison finished 2014 with the best statistics of his career with a .315 batting average (second in the NL), 13 home runs, 52 runs batted in, and finished ninth in voting for NL MVP.[10]

Harrison began the 2015 season as the starting third baseman for the Pirates, agreeing to a four-year contract extension through 2018, with club options for 2019 and 2020, shortly after the season's start.[11]

Following the 2015 season, the Pirates' regular starting Second baseman, Neil Walker, was traded to the New York Mets. Josh Harrison then became the starting second baseman for the 2016 season.

On August 23, 2017, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Harrison became the first player in MLB history to break up a no-hitter in extra innings with a walk-off home run. The home run was hit in the tenth inning, off of pitcher Rich Hill, to give the Pirates a 1-0 win.[12][13] On September 3, 2017, Harrison went on the disabled list due to a fracture of the fifth metacarpal on his left hand.[14]

On April 15, 2018, Harrison was hit by a pitch on the left hand and left the game. The next day, on April 16, he was ruled out for 6 weeks due to a fracture of the fifth metacarpal, a similar injury he suffered last September.[15] The Pirates declined his 2019 contract option and made him a free agent on October 31, 2018.[16]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

On February 23, 2019, Harrison signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers.[17] Upon joining the team, he switched his number to 1 to honor former second baseman Lou Whitaker.[18] He batted .176 in 36 games before he strained a hamstring in May.[19] The Tigers released Harrison on August 9, while he was rehabilitating from the injury.[20]

International career[edit]

Harrison was selected to the United States national baseball team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Personal[edit]

Harrison is the nephew of major league outfielder and coach John Shelby. Harrison's brother, Vince Harrison, played minor league baseball from 2001-2011, before joining the Pirates organization as a player-coach.[1][21]

Beginning in 2014, Harrison started a youth baseball camp for kids and teens in Cincinnati.[22] Harrison's brother Vince also sponsors and helps with the event.[23]

Harrison and his wife, Brittney, have two daughters; one born in 2014,[24] and one born in 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Williams, Tim (March 4, 2012). "The Harrison Brothers Making Their Way in the Pirates Organization".
  2. ^ https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/2014/07/12/josh-harrison-pittsburgh-pirates-star-game/12570117/
  3. ^ "UC Baseball's Josh Harrison Taken in Sixth Round by Cubs". GoBearcats.com. June 5, 2008.
  4. ^ Staats, Wayne (July 30, 2009). "Pirates get three for Grabow, Gorzelanny".
  5. ^ "Pirates place Doumit, Pearce on 15-day DL". Associated Press. Sacramento Bee. May 30, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Singer, Tom (April 14, 2013). "Bucs send Harrison to Triple-A Indianapolis". mlb.com. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  7. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (May 8, 2013). "Pirates promote Duke Welker, option Josh Harrison". Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  8. ^ "Pirates Send Josh Harrison Back To Indianapolis, Recall Alex Presley". May 31, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  9. ^ David Manel (July 6, 2014). "Josh Harrison, Andrew McCutchen and Tony Watson are All-Stars". Bucs Dugout.
  10. ^ "Josh Harrison". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  11. ^ Singer, Tom. "Pirates, Harrison agree to four-year extension". MLB.com. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  12. ^ Biertempfel, Bob (August 23, 2017). "History at PNC Park! Pirates' Josh Harrison ends Rich Hill's no-hit bid with walk-off homer". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  13. ^ Berry, Adam; Gurnick, Ken. "Josh Harrison hits walk-off HR, ending Rich Hill's chance of a no-no". MLB. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  14. ^ "Josh Harrison goes on DL with left hand fracture". MLB. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  15. ^ "Josh Harrison out for 6 weeks with left hand fracture". MLB. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  16. ^ https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/10/pirates-to-decline-option-over-josh-harrison.html
  17. ^ Beck, Jason (February 24, 2019). "Josh Harrison signs with Tigers". MLB.com. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  18. ^ "Josh Harrison To Wear Lou Whitaker's No. 1 For The Tigers". 971theticket.radio.com. February 21, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  19. ^ Fenech, Anthony (May 28, 2019). "Detroit Tigers' infield has struggled and now Josh Harrison is hurt again". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  20. ^ Fenech, Anthony (August 9, 2019). "Detroit Tigers release Josh Harrison, who wasn't to play much anyway the rest of 2019". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  21. ^ Williams, Tim (November 9, 2011). "Pirates Sign Six Minor League Free Agents".
  22. ^ "Harrison Brothers Baseball Camp" (PDF). CBS Academy. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 2, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  23. ^ "Harrison holds MLK Day baseball camp for kids". MLB.com. Archived from the original on January 28, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  24. ^ "Kovacevic: No measuring Harrison's heart". Trib Live. July 5, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2017.

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