November 4, 1977 |
|June 23, 2001, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 4, 2006, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Runs batted in||137|
Larry Robert Bigbie (born November 4, 1977) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and outfielder. Bigbie last played for an MLB-affiliated team in 2007 for the Richmond Braves, the Triple-A affiliate for the Atlanta Braves organization. He attended Ball State University.
Bigbie was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st round (21st pick overall) of the 1999 Major League Baseball amateur draft and played over four years (2001-2005) for the Orioles before being traded during the 2005 season to the Colorado Rockies.
Bigbie played the remainder of 2005 season for the Rockies. On December 8, 2005, the Rockies traded him and Aaron Miles to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Ray King. On February 2, 2007, he signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bigbie exercised a free agent option in his contract on June 1, 2007, and on June 11 signed a minor league contract with the Braves.
During his five-year career, he has posted a .268 batting average, hitting 31 home runs and amassing 322 hits in 375 games. Bigbie is an average fielder, but has an above-average arm. He batted .240 in 2006 with the Cardinals, also posting only 1 RBI, in 17 games.
In December 2007, it was announced that he had agreed to a deal to play for the Yokohama Bay Stars in the Japanese Central League. The deal was signed in January, even after Bigbie's name appeared in the Mitchell Report.
He was named in the Mitchell Report on Steroid Abuse in Baseball on December 13, 2007. According to the report, Bigbie admitted to purchasing and using a variety of performance-enhancing substances from Kirk Radomski from 2001 to 2005, including human growth hormone, Deca-Durabolin, Sustanon, testosterone, and anti-estrogen drugs. Bigbie was introduced to Radomski through former teammate David Segui. Segui reportedly instructed him on "training regimens and the use of creatine, a legal muscle builder, before teaching him about steroids and eventually injecting him with Deca-Durabolin". After he started using steroids, Bigbie gained 30 pounds while maintaining a body fat percentage of 7%.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube