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Full Name: Darin Charles Erstad Primary Position: OF,1B,CF,LF
Height/Weight: 6'2"/220 First Game: June 14, 1996
Birthdate: June 4, 1974 MLB Experience: 12 years
Birthplace: Jamestown, North Dakota
Bat/Throw: Left/Left


Biography

Darin Charles Erstad (born June 4, 1974 in Jamestown, North Dakota) is a first baseman/center fielder in Major League Baseball who has played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Chicago White Sox. He bats and throws left-handed.

Career

In a ten-season career, Erstad has compiled a .287 batting average with 114 home runs and 620 RBI in 1280 games. He has also collected 1484 hits. Notably, he is the only player in MLB history to have won Gold Gloves both as an infielder and outfielder.

In the final year of his current contract, media speculation has begun that 2006 will be Erstad's final season with the Angels.[1] Although he has spent his entire career with the team, many feel that his offensive numbers of recent seasons do not justify his current $8.5 million USD per year salary. The recent free agent departures of such players as Troy Percival, Troy Glaus, Bengie Molina, and Jarrod Washburn from the Angels seem to indicate that the team will not hestitate to let go a free agent player—even one of long tenure and/or a fan favorite—if the team feels it can find similar production from a lower-salaried player.

Team officials acknowledge that they do not plan to attempt to negotiate a contract extension with Erstad during the 2006 season. But they stress that they are leaving open the possibility of re-signing Erstad as a free agent once the season is over.

In the 2000 season, Erstad led the American League in hits (240), singles (170) and at-bats (676); was second in total bases (366), third in runs (121), and hit .355, finishing second in the batting race behind Nomar Garciaparra (.372).

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1996 CAL A 57 208 34 59 4 20 .284 .333 .375 5 1 17 29 0 1 3 1 3
1997 ANA A 139 539 99 161 16 77 .299 .360 .466 34 4 51 86 4 5 23 4 5
1998 ANA A 133 537 84 159 19 82 .296 .353 .486 39 3 43 77 6 1 20 7 2
1999 ANA A 142 585 84 148 13 53 .253 .308 .374 22 5 47 101 1 2 13 3 16
2000 ANA A 157 676 121 240 25 100 .355 .409 .541 39 6 64 82 1 2 28 9 8
2001 ANA A 157 631 89 163 9 63 .258 .331 .360 35 1 62 113 10 1 24 7 8
2002 ANA A 150 625 99 177 10 73 .283 .313 .389 28 4 27 67 2 5 23 4 9
2003 ANA A 67 258 35 65 4 17 .252 .309 .333 7 1 18 40 4 2 9 1 8
2004 ANA A 125 495 79 146 7 69 .295 .346 .400 29 1 37 74 4 3 16 1 9
2005 ANA A 153 609 86 166 7 66 .273 .325 .371 33 3 47 109 1 4 10 3 8
2006 ANA A 40 95 8 21 0 5 .221 .279 .326 8 1 6 18 2 1 1 0 2
2007 CHW A 87 310 33 77 4 32 .248 .310 .335 13 1 28 44 0 6 7 0 4
Total 1407 5568 851 1582 118 657 .284 .339 .411 292 31 447 840 35 33 177 40 82

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1996 CAL A CF 36 35 309.1 101 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1996 CAL A LF 11 11 96.2 17 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .950
1996 CAL A OF 48 47 414 121 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .976
1996 CAL A RF 1 1 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1997 ANA A 1B 126 120 1083 999 64 11 92 1 0 0 0 0 .990
1997 ANA A CF 1 1 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1997 ANA A DH 9 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1997 ANA A OF 1 1 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1998 ANA A DH 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1998 ANA A 1B 70 55 503.2 464 39 2 46 0 0 0 0 0 .996
1998 ANA A OF 72 70 599.1 116 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1998 ANA A CF 3 3 26 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1998 ANA A LF 70 67 573.1 112 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1999 ANA A LF 67 66 569 177 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1999 ANA A 1B 78 72 640.1 669 41 1 59 0 0 0 0 0 .999
1999 ANA A CF 2 2 18 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1999 ANA A OF 69 68 587 185 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1999 ANA A DH 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2000 ANA A OF 136 136 1187.1 352 9 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .992
2000 ANA A DH 20 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2000 ANA A LF 112 111 968.2 275 9 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2000 ANA A 1B 3 0 3.1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 ANA A CF 30 25 218.2 77 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2001 ANA A CF 146 146 1269.1 398 10 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .998
2001 ANA A 1B 12 7 71.1 64 7 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2001 ANA A OF 146 146 1269.1 399 10 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .998
2001 ANA A DH 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 ANA A OF 143 142 1229 452 11 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .998
2002 ANA A DH 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 ANA A CF 143 142 1229 452 11 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .998
2002 ANA A 1B 5 0 8.1 9 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 ANA A OF 66 66 559.1 190 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 ANA A CF 66 66 559.1 190 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 ANA A 1B 124 124 1065.1 986 66 4 83 0 0 0 0 0 .996
2005 ANA A 1B 147 144 1279.1 1218 79 4 109 0 0 0 0 0 .997
2005 ANA A DH 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2006 ANA A OF 27 25 219.2 71 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 ANA A CF 27 25 219.2 71 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 ANA A 1B 13 0 28 31 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 CHW A OF 63 55 491.1 132 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .993
2007 CHW A CF 45 43 371.1 105 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .991
2007 CHW A 1B 22 19 173.2 174 14 1 18 0 0 0 0 0 .995
2007 CHW A LF 12 4 43.2 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 CHW A RF 9 8 76.1 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 CHW A DH 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total RF 10 9 84.1 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total 1B 600 541 4856.1 4619 311 23 418 1 0 0 0 0 .995
Total LF 272 259 2251.1 596 22 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 .992
Total CF 499 488 4229.2 1412 25 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 .997
Total OF 771 756 6565.1 2021 48 10 12 0 0 0 0 0 .995
Total DH 49 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Transactions

  • Selected by New York Mets in the 13th round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 1, 1992).
  • Selected by California Angels in the 1st round (1st pick overall) of the free-agent draft (June 1, 1995 - signed July 26, 1995).
  • Granted free agency (November 12, 2006).
  • Signed by Chicago White Sox (January 24, 2007).

Trivia

  • On June 10, 2000, Erstad hit a double in the Angels' 10-3 win over Arizona. With a major league-leading 100 hits in 61 games, he became the fastest to reach the 100-hit mark since Heinie Manush did it in 60 games for the 1934 Washington Senators.
  • Erstad was the first pick overall in the 1995 MLB draft from the University of Nebraska.
  • In addition to being a baseball star at Nebraska, he was also a punter on the Cornhuskers' football team, which won the 1994 national championship in his senior season.
  • Mentioned in the California Court of Appeal, Schauer v. Mandarin Gems of Cal., 125 Cal. App. 4th 949, 23 Cal. Rptr. 3d 233 (2005), which ruled that his ex-wife Sarah Jane Schauer had legal standing to sue the jeweler who sold Erstad her engagement ring and allegedly defrauded Erstad by misrepresenting the value of the ring.
  • Erstad has a billboard in his honor off of Interstate 94 in his hometown of Jamestown, ND.
  • His hometown carries all Angels games over the radio. Most North Dakota stations only carry Minnesota Twins games.
  • Has been selected twice to the American League All-Star team (1998, 2000)
  • 3-time Gold Glove Award winner (2000 outfielder, 2002 outfielder, 2004 first baseman)
  • Won the Silver Slugger Award (2000)
  • Member of 2002 World Series Champion Anaheim Angels. Erstad batted .300 in the seven game series vs. the San Francisco Giants. He hit a key home run in Game 6 of the series with the Angels losing 5-0 in the seventh inning and facing elimination. He also caught the final out of Game 7.
  • He was the punter for the College Football National Champion Nebraska Cornhuskers.



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