August 16, 1970 |
Southport, North Carolina
|September 17, 1995, for the Colorado Rockies|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 5, 2006, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Runs batted in||244|
Quinton Antoine McCracken (born August 16, 1970) is a former professional baseball outfielder. He played all or part of twelve seasons in Major League Baseball, and was the Tampa Bay Devil Rays franchise's first center fielder and batter on March 31, 1998.
High school years
McCracken attended South Brunswick High School and was the starting running back and the free safety in football, the starting point guard in basketball, in addition to being a baseball star and a track standout. In baseball, as a senior, he led his team to a 29-0 record and the state Championship. South Brunswick finished the baseball season that year ranked #5 among national high school baseball teams in 1988.
After graduating from Duke University. McCracken was selected by the Colorado Rockies in their inaugural draft in 1992 in the 25th round. He made his major league debut as a September call up on September 17, 1995; in three games, he struck out in his only at bat. In 1996, he played mostly center field, batting .290 in 283 at-bats. In 1997, he stole a career-high 28 bases and increased his batting average to .292.
McCracken was drafted by the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays on November 18, 1997, as their 4th pick in the 1997 Major League Baseball expansion draft, to be their starting center fielder for 1998. Playing in a career-high 155 games, McCracken had his best-ever season, batting .292 with 7 home runs, 59 RBI, and was named the Devil Rays first-ever most valuable player. After playing only 40 games in 1999, because of a torn ACL, he spent most of 2000 in the minors with Triple-A Durham. The Devil Rays released him on November 27, 2000, and he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on December 22, he was released in spring training. On April 13, 2001, McCracken signed with the Minnesota Twins. He again spent most of the year in Triple-A, where he batted .338 for Edmonton.
He became a free agent after the season and on January 9, 2002, signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He spent the entire season with the major league club, hitting .309 as the Diamondbacks won the NL West. McCracken batted .364 in 11 at-bats against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS, but the D-Backs were swept out of the playoffs by the Cardinals. His batting average dropped nearly 100 points in 2003 to .227. On December 15, 2003, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners for first baseman Greg Colbrunn. McCracken did not get much playing time with Seattle, however, and on June 9 he was released. Two days later, he re-signed with the D-Backs and batted .288 in 55 games. He became a free agent after the season and re-signed with Arizona. McCracken struggled with a .237 batting average in 2005, becoming a free agent after the season.
On February 14, 2006, he signed with the Cincinnati Reds, but was released on July 6. The Minnesota Twins, after signing him to a minor league contract on July 21, announced at the end of the 2006 season that they would not re-sign McCracken after he had played for their Triple-A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings. He was not picked up by another team, and signed on to play with the independent Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League. After one season in independent ball, McCracken played for the Dominican Winter Baseball League in late 2007 and retired.
Quinton married Maggie Moskal on January 29, 2005. The couple have a son Isaiah Cicero McCracken born July 7, 2009. Maggie McCracken is a cast member of VH-1's Baseball Wives. The first episode aired November 30, 2011.
- "McCracken, like Rays, looking for better days". July 16, 2008, Starnewsonline.com. Retrieved on August 13, 2008.
- Democrat & Chronicle; Morneau closing on Jeter in MVP race; September 21, 2006.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 18, 2007. Retrieved June 1, 2007.
- The Connecticut Post Online - McCracken believes he still has game Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- Minor League Baseball: Stats: Player
- Moss, Irv (April 4, 2011). "Colorado Classics: Quinton McCracken, former Rockie". Retrieved April 26, 2017.
- Laymance, Reid (October 19, 2015). "Astros name Quinton McCracken director of player personnel as front office reorganizes". Retrieved April 26, 2017.