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Full Name: Shawn David Green Primary Position: OF,RF
First Game: September 28, 1993 Birthdate: November 10, 1972
Last Game: September 29, 2007 Birthplace: Des Plaines, Illinois
MLB Experience: 15 years Bat/Throw: Left/Left
College: N/A


Biography

Shawn David Green (born November 10, 1972 in Des Plaines, Illinois) is a left-handed power hitter in Major League Baseball. He is noted for his swing and his arm in the outfield. He is also one of the most notable Jewish ball players. Usually, Green misses games on days of Yom Kippur.

Early career

Shawn Green was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1st round (16th pick) of the 1991 amateur draft and made his Major League debut on September 28, 1993. He spent most of 1993 and 1994 playing in the minors, where he compiled impressive numbers. In 1994, he hit .344 with 13 home runs and 81 RBI with Toronto's AAA affiliate, the Syracuse Sky Chiefs.

In 1995, his rookie season, Shawn started slowly but picked up the pace later on as he became more comfortable with Major League pitching. He started in 97 games that season, hitting 15 home runs and batting .288. The 1996 and 1997 seasons were very similar in that Shawn faced limited at-bats, wasn't trusted to hit left-handed pitching, and continued to produce only in sporadic intervals. He was, however, developing in other ways. He proved to be more aggressive on the base paths in 1997 than any previous year and stole 14 bases. He was also developing his upper body strength in hopes of alleviating the skinny kid persona which had followed him from the minors.

Best years

In 1998, for the first time, Shawn was granted an every day spot in the line up — right-handed pitcher or left — and he delivered by becoming the first Blue Jay to hit 30 or more home runs and steal 30 or more bases in the same season. The season was beyond what even his fiercest apologists over the previous seasons had predicted. Shawn had never hit more than 18 home runs in a season (Major or minor leagues) but was now showing the signs of becoming a true power hitter. He finished the season batting .278 with 35 home runs, 100 RBI and 35 stolen bases.

In 1999, Shawn proved his new-found power swing was no fluke. On April 22 he belt a 449-foot home run into SkyDome's 5th deck, putting him in prestigious company with the likes of Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Joe Carter. By the All-Star break he had hit 25 home runs and knocked in 70 RBI, earning him not only his first All-Star appearance, but also the chance to compete in the Home Run Derby at Fenway Park. Shawn hit two home runs but was eliminated in the first round. He finished the season batting .309 (a career best), with 42 home runs and 123 RBI.

In the off-season, Shawn expressed his desire to sign with a team closer to his California roots as a free agent after the 2000 season. The Blue Jays, strapped with the rising contract demands of Shawn and slugger teammate Carlos Delgado, decided it was best not to leave the decision of which player to pursue until mid-way through the season. On November 8, 1999, Shawn was traded with Jorge Nuñez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Pedro Borbón, Jr. and Raúl Mondesí.

Shawn was quick to sign an extension with Los Angeles, agreeing to a $84-million/6 year deal that included a $4 million signing bonus. With a lot of pressure riding on his now well-paid shoulders, Shawn struggled in 2000, his first season with Los Angeles, but had a career year in 2001, batting .297 with 49 home runs, 125 RBI, and 20 stolen bases. His 49 home runs were a Dodgers season record but placed only tied fourth in the league, behind Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Luis González.

Shawn started off slowly in 2002 but quickly turned things around. On May 23, which can aptly be called the turning point of the season, Shawn hit four home runs against the Milwaukee Brewers and had 19 total bases, both Major League records. Shawn went on a tear from there on, finishing with a .285 average, 42 home runs, 114 RBI, and 20 stolen bases.

In 2003, Shawn struggled throughout the whole season. It turns out that he had problems with his shoulder which just limited him to a batting average of .280, with 19 home runs and 85 RBI. As the 2004 season came along, Shawn was determined to do better than the previous season. Shawn improved slightly as he batted .266, hit 28 home runs, and collected 86 RBI that led the Dodgers into the 2004 playoffs. But before that, Shawn moved to first base for the rest of 2004 season. In January 2005 there were trade rumors which would send Shawn to the Arizona Diamondbacks. At first, the trade was in serious jeopardy because Shawn had a no trade clause. He said he would only waive the clause if he got an extension from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Finally, on June 10, 2005, Shawn received an extension for 3/$32 million. The next day, Shawn passed his physical and the trade went through. It was a part of a three-team trade which sent Shawn and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for four minor leaguers.

Scouting Report

Offense

Green's entire offensive game has slipped in recent seasons. His power, once among the best in baseball, is now merely average. Pitchers seem to be realizing this fact, because Green's walk rate has declined in the past few years as well. His strike zone judgment has suffered similarly, and he will sometimes swing and miss because of declining bat speed. Green's contact skills have always been average at best, so his drop-offs in power and patience have generally torpedoed his offense. But while Green is also painfully slow, he is still a decent baserunner because of his intelligence and experience.

Green is primarily a low ball hitter. Against righthanders, he is more aggressive at the plate and looks for something he can drive. He has upper-deck power from just left of dead-center to the right-field foul pole. When facing a lefty, Green takes a more defensive stance and is willing to poke singles the opposite way.

Defense

Green is a downright bad right fielder at this stage—he doesn't get good jumps, and no longer has much in the way of range in any direction. Plus, he is somewhat mechanical in the field, and that hurts him at first base, where quicker decisions are necessary. His outfield arm is above average in both strength and accuracy, despite a slow release.

Best Year

Green's best season came with the Dodgers in 2001, when he notched 34 win shares on the strength of 49 HR and an impressive .297/.372/.598 line. Green had at least 20 win shares in every season from 1998–2003, including back-to-back 30-win share (MVP-caliber) years in 2001 and 2002.

Most Known For

He is one of the most notable Jewish baseball players. He once missed a playoff game to observe Yom Kippur.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1993 TOR A 3 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1994 TOR A 14 33 1 3 0 1 .091 .118 .121 1 0 1 8 0 0 1 0 1
1995 TOR A 121 379 52 109 15 54 .288 .326 .509 31 4 20 68 3 0 1 3 4
1996 TOR A 132 422 52 118 11 45 .280 .342 .448 32 3 33 75 8 0 5 3 9
1997 TOR A 135 429 57 123 16 53 .287 .340 .469 22 4 36 99 1 1 14 4 4
1998 TOR A 158 630 106 175 35 100 .278 .334 .510 33 4 50 142 5 1 35 2 6
1999 TOR A 153 614 134 190 42 123 .309 .384 .588 45 0 66 117 11 0 20 4 12
2000 LAD N 162 610 98 164 24 99 .269 .367 .472 44 4 90 121 8 0 24 9 18
2001 LAD N 161 619 121 184 49 125 .297 .372 .598 31 4 72 107 5 0 20 10 10
2002 LAD N 158 582 110 166 42 114 .285 .385 .558 31 1 93 112 5 0 8 22 26
2003 LAD N 160 611 84 171 19 85 .280 .355 .460 49 2 68 112 6 0 6 2 18
2004 LAD N 157 590 92 157 28 86 .266 .352 .459 28 1 71 114 8 0 5 6 17
2005 ARI N 158 581 87 166 22 73 .286 .355 .477 37 4 62 95 5 0 8 6 18
2006 ARI N 115 417 59 118 11 51 .283 .348 .429 22 3 37 64 6 0 4 4 9
2006 NYM N 34 113 14 29 4 15 .257 .325 .442 9 0 8 18 4 0 0 1 8
2006 TOT N 149 530 73 147 15 66 .277 .344 .432 31 3 45 82 10 0 4 5 17
2007 NYM N 130 446 62 130 10 46 .291 .352 .430 30 1 37 62 5 1 11 4 14
Total NL 1235 4569 727 1285 209 694 .281 ? ? 281 20 538 806 52 1 86 64 138
Total AL 716 2513 402 718 119 376 .286 .344 .505 164 15 206 510 28 2 76 16 36
Total 1951 7082 1129 2003 328 1070 .283 .355 .494 445 35 744 1315 80 3 162 80 174

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1993 TOR A OF 2 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1993 TOR A RF 2 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1993 TOR A DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1994 TOR A OF 14 9 80 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1994 TOR A LF 10 9 71 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1994 TOR A RF 5 0 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1995 TOR A OF 109 97 867.1 207 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 .973
1995 TOR A RF 109 97 867.1 209 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 .973
1996 TOR A OF 127 114 993.1 254 10 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1996 TOR A RF 127 114 991.1 254 10 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1996 TOR A CF 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1996 TOR A DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1997 TOR A OF 91 81 731.1 173 6 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1997 TOR A RF 46 44 393.2 89 6 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .979
1997 TOR A LF 45 37 337.2 84 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .988
1997 TOR A DH 35 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1998 TOR A OF 157 147 1347.1 311 14 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 .979
1998 TOR A RF 128 116 1080 235 13 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 .976
1998 TOR A CF 32 31 267.1 75 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .987
1999 TOR A OF 152 152 1333.2 340 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .997
1999 TOR A RF 152 152 1333.2 341 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .994
2000 LAD N OF 161 161 1426 283 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 .980
2000 LAD N RF 161 161 1425 283 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 .980
2000 LAD N CF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2001 LAD N OF 159 159 1407.2 312 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .982
2001 LAD N RF 159 159 1402.2 310 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .981
2001 LAD N CF 2 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2001 LAD N 1B 1 1 7 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 LAD N OF 156 156 1388.2 336 7 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .994
2002 LAD N RF 156 156 1388.2 336 7 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .994
2002 LAD N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2003 LAD N OF 157 157 1397.2 261 9 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .982
2003 LAD N RF 157 157 1397.2 261 9 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .982
2003 LAD N DH 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2004 LAD N 1B 111 107 926.2 878 53 5 82 0 0 0 0 0 .995
2004 LAD N OF 52 46 427.1 81 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .976
2004 LAD N RF 52 46 427.1 81 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .976
2004 LAD N DH 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2005 ARI N OF 155 149 1346.1 313 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 ARI N RF 135 109 1031.1 232 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 ARI N CF 41 40 315 81 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 ARI N OF 100 98 857.1 164 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .988
2006 ARI N RF 100 98 857.1 164 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .988
2006 ARI N 1B 12 10 96 105 6 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 ARI N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2006 NYM N OF 31 30 264 56 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .949
2006 NYM N RF 31 30 264 56 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .949
2006 NYM N 1B 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 TOT N OF 131 128 1121.1 220 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .978
2006 TOT N RF 131 128 1121.1 220 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .978
2006 TOT N 1B 13 10 98 107 6 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 NYM N OF
2007 NYM N RF
2007 NYM N 1B
Total OF 1623 1556 13875 3104 86 45 24 0 0 0 0 0 .986
Total RF 1520 1439 12876 2853 81 44 23 0 0 0 0 0 .985
Total 1B 125 118 1031.2 990 59 5 95 0 0 0 0 0 .995
Total CF 78 71 590.1 159 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .994
Total LF 55 46 408.2 96 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .990
Total DH 44 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

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Trivia

  • Shawn Green is one the very few Jewish-American Major League Baseball players.
  • In 2000, Green had a streak of 53 consecutive games getting on base, only 5 shy of Duke Snider's 58 for an NL record.
  • On May 23, 2002, Green hit a Major League tying 4 home runs against the Milwaukee Brewers, and had 19 total bases, breaking Joe Adcock's record of 18 set in 1954. He also scored 6 runs that game (also a Major League record).
  • With Green on the Mets, he joined the roster with Carlos Delgado, making them the first teammates to have (once) hit 4 homers in a game.
  • Green holds the record for the most homers in 3 consecutive games (7).
  • He made a cameo appearance on the series premiere of the hit show "Numb3rs" (2005), while he was a Los Angeles Dodger.
  • He also appeared as an actor in "Mulva 2: Kill Teen Ape!" (2005), and as himself in "The Core" (2003), and in "The Nick Cannon Show - Nick Takes Over Baseball" (2002).
  • He was named Baseball Man of the Year at the Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular on June 29, 2003, an event that helped raise money for the hospital's genetic defects unit.
  • While Green is often likened to the former Jewish slugger, Hank Greenberg, Green's grandfather in fact shortened the family name from Greenberg to Green, for "business reasons."
  • Green's walkup songs are "Be Yourself" by Audioslave and "Song 2" by Blur.
  • He throws his batting gloves to children each time he hits a home run in his home ballpark.
  • Has two bats in the National Baseball Hall of Fame: 1) the bat he used on May 23, 2002, to hit 4 homers against the Milwaukee Brewers; and 2) the bat he used to hit a grand slam on May 21, 2000, one of a record six grand slams hit on that day.
  • Green has been very good friends with teammate Carlos Delgado since they were in the minor leagues together. They attended each other's weddings, and at Delgado's, Green displayed his skills in salsa dancing.
  • Green has a pet dog named Izzy; it's a male Japanese Chin.
  • Green's favorite book is "Siddhartha," by Herman Hesse.


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