Kevin Nicholson (baseball)
March 29, 1976 |
Vancouver, British Columbia
|June 23, 2000, for the San Diego Padres|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 3, 2000, for the San Diego Padres|
|Runs batted in||8|
Kevin Ronald Nicholson (born March 29, 1976) is a Canadian baseball shortstop. He played part of the 2000 season for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball, and for the Canadian Olympic baseball team in 2004.
Nicholson was drafted by the California Angels in the 43rd round of the 1994 Major League Baseball draft (1182nd overall), but did not sign. He chose instead to attend Stetson University, where he played college baseball under head coach Pete Dunn. In 1997, he was named conference Player of the Year. In the 1997 Major League Baseball draft he was chosen in the first round, 27th overall, by the San Diego Padres.
Nicholson spent three seasons in the minors. He played in 1998 and 1999 with the Class AA Mobile Bay Bears, and in 1999 had a batting average of .288 with 13 home runs and 81 RBIs. Nicholson played 37 games for the Padres in 2000. He later spent time in the Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals, and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations, but never saw action for their major league clubs.
He was a member of the Canadian national baseball team for several years. In 2001, he was part of their Baseball World Cup team, and was part of Team Canada's fourth place team in the 2004 Summer Olympics. He played for Canada at the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006. That was also the last season in which Nicholson played professionally, playing for the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League. His final appearance for Team Canada came at the 2007 Baseball World Cup.