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Full Name: Michael Terrance Cameron Current Team: Boston Red Sox
Height/Weight: 6'2"/205 Uniform Number: 23
Birthdate: January 8, 1973 Entry Draft: 18th round (488th) in 1991
Birthplace: LaGrange, Georgia Drafted By: Chicago White Sox
Primary Position: CF College: N/A


Biography

Michael Terrance Cameron (born January 8 1973 in LaGrange, Georgia) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball with the Boston Red Sox.

Overview

Mike Cameron was a standout player at LaGrange High School. Cameron was drafted out of high school by the Chicago White Sox in 1991. In the minor leagues, he was in danger of losing his sight when his eye socket was almost fractured by a flying ball.

His major league debut took place in August 27, 1995 with the White Sox. In 1997 he won a starting job as the team's regular center fielder. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Paul Konerko in 1998. Along with 3 other players he was traded to the Seattle Mariners for Ken Griffey Jr. before the 2000 season. He played in the All-Star Game in 2001 and has reached the postseason twice and won the Gold Glove Award in 2001 and 2003 for his defensive play in the outfield. In 2004 he signed a three year, $19.5 million dollar contract to play center field for the New York Mets.

With the acquisition by the Mets of Carlos Beltran before the 2005 season, Cameron surrendered his position to the star center fielder and played most of his games in right field during the 2005 season. On August 11, 2005, in San Diego, Cameron collided with Beltran in the outfield as both made diving attempts to catch a fly ball. Cameron suffered multiple fractures of his nose and cheekbones and was removed from the field on a stretcher.[1]

On November 15, 2005 Cameron was traded to the San Diego Padres for Xavier Nady. He won his first National League Gold Glove award during the 2006 season with San Diego.

His former manager Jack McKeon has described him as "simply a delightful young man".

Cincinnati Reds announcer Marty Brennaman once said Cameron is one of his top 10 favorite players he has ever been around.

He is one of a small group of major leaguers who have hit 4 home runs in a single game.

After being selected to the American League All-Star Team in 2001, Cameron used his salary bonus to purchase All-Star Game warm-up jackets for all of his Seattle Mariner teammates. He is known for routinely sitting on top of the dugout to sign autographs and talk with fans before games. He is also founder of the Cam4Kids Foundation and host of the First State Goft Tournament in Seattle in efforts to raise money to provide scholarships to inner-city kids. He is actively involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation as well as the Starlight Foundation.

After leaving the Seattle Mariners in 2004 via free agency, Cameron played his first game back in Seattle during interleague play in May 2006. Mariners fans greeted his return with a standing ovation.

Cameron has won 5 Rawlings Gold Gloves, winning in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, and most recently with the Padres in 2006.

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
1995 CHW A 28 38 4 7 1 2 .184 .244 .316 2 0 3 15 0 3 0 0 0
1996 CHW A 11 11 1 1 0 0 .091 .167 .091 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
1997 CHW A 116 379 63 98 14 55 .259 .356 .433 18 3 55 105 5 2 23 1 8
1998 CHW A 141 396 53 83 8 43 .210 .285 .336 16 5 37 101 6 1 27 0 6
1999 CIN N 146 542 93 139 21 66 .256 .357 .469 34 9 80 145 6 5 38 2 4
2000 SEA A 155 543 96 145 19 78 .267 .365 .438 28 4 78 133 9 7 24 0 10
2001 SEA A 150 540 99 144 25 110 .267 .353 .480 30 5 69 155 10 1 34 3 13
2002 SEA A 158 545 84 130 25 80 .239 .340 .442 26 5 79 176 7 4 31 3 8
2003 SEA A 147 534 74 135 18 76 .253 .344 .431 31 5 70 137 5 1 17 1 13
2004 NYM N 140 493 76 114 30 76 .231 .319 .479 30 1 57 143 8 1 22 2 5
2005 NYM N 76 308 47 84 12 39 .273 .342 .477 23 2 29 85 4 1 13 0 5
2006 SDP N 141 552 88 148 22 83 .268 .355 .482 34 9 71 142 6 0 25 2 8
2007 SDP N 151 571 88 138 21 78 .242 .328 .431 33 6 67 160 8 2 18 1 9
2008 MIL N 120 444 69 108 25 70 .243 .331 .477 25 2 54 142 6 1 17 1 4
2009 MIL N 149 544 78 136 24 70 .250 .342 .452 32 3 75 156 4 0 7 3 12
Total NL 923 3454 539 867 155 482 .251 .340 .465 211 32 433 973 42 10 140 11 47
Total AL 906 2986 474 743 110 444 .249 .341 .428 151 27 392 825 42 19 156 8 58
Total 1829 6440 1013 1610 265 926 .250 .340 .448 362 59 825 1798 84 29 296 19 105

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1995 CHW A CF 3 3 20 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1995 CHW A OF 28 10 127 33 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1995 CHW A RF 26 7 107 28 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1996 CHW A CF 4 3 22 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1996 CHW A OF 8 3 31.2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1996 CHW A LF 2 0 3.2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1996 CHW A RF 5 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1996 CHW A DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1997 CHW A OF 112 107 941.2 334 5 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1997 CHW A DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1997 CHW A CF 102 99 836.2 295 4 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1997 CHW A RF 37 8 105 36 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1998 CHW A RF 2 1 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1998 CHW A OF 138 105 983 313 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .988
1998 CHW A CF 136 104 972 311 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .988
1999 CIN N CF 146 142 1260.2 371 7 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 .979
1999 CIN N OF 146 142 1260.2 372 7 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 .979
2000 SEA A RF 1 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 SEA A OF 155 142 1273.2 398 5 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 .985
2000 SEA A CF 155 142 1269.2 396 5 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 .985
2001 SEA A DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2001 SEA A OF 149 140 1272.1 410 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 .986
2001 SEA A CF 149 140 1272.1 410 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 .986
2002 SEA A DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 SEA A OF 155 146 1318 414 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .988
2002 SEA A CF 155 146 1318 414 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .988
2003 SEA A OF 147 145 1284 485 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .992
2003 SEA A CF 147 145 1284 485 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .992
2004 NYM N OF 135 132 1184 354 7 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 .978
2004 NYM N CF 135 132 1184 354 6 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 .978
2005 NYM N RF 68 67 593 136 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .958
2005 NYM N CF 10 9 79 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 NYM N OF 76 76 672 151 3 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .962
2006 SDP N CF 141 139 1244 367 6 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 .984
2006 SDP N OF 141 139 1244 367 6 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 .984
2007 SDP N OF 150 148 1329 365 7 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .987
2007 SDP N CF 150 148 1329 365 7 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .987
2008 MIL N CF 119 119 1057 293 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .997
2009 MIL N CF 147 146 1267.2 404 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .990
Total OF 1806 1700 15245.2 4702 70 68 20 0 0 0 0 0 .986
Total CF 1699 1617 14416 4492 66 62 18 0 0 0 0 0 .987
Total RF 139 83 826 205 4 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 .972
Total DH 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total LF 2 0 3.2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000

Transactions

Trivia

  • 2001: Cameron (along with teammate Bret Boone) set the Seattle Mariners single season record for sacrifice flies, with 13.
  • 2002: Cameron set the Seattle Mariners single season strikeout record, with 176.
  • 2 May, 2002: Against the Chicago White Sox, Cameron hit back-to-back home runs twice in the same inning with Bret Boone, setting a MLB record. Cameron ended the night with four home runs, becoming only the 13th Major Leaguer to do so up to that point.
  • 1999-2003: Cameron was one of only three MLB players (along with Carlos Beltran and Bobby Abreu) to record 100 home runs and 150 stolen bases.
  • Until 2006: Cameron's number was 44, but changed to 25 when traded to the San Diego Padres since 44 was Jake Peavy's number.
  • 2007: Hit his 200th Career Home Run against the Pittsburgh Pirates.


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