Married Theresa ... has two children: C.J. and Ashlynn ... played collegiate baseball at George Mason University
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Among his charitable activities in 2005, attended the opening of brand-new baseball fields in Utica, Ill. that were destroyed by a tornado in 2004 ... also visited with youth athletes at a Training Academy summer camp and led a skills clinic at U.S. Cellular Field ... greeted special guests, including the Illinois High School All-Stars and cancer patients, at the park and filmed a public service announcement for Hurricane Katrina relief ... during the 2003 season with St. Louis, visited kids and presented a Cardinals Care grant check to Edgewood Children's center.
Hit .242 with four home runs and 11 RBI in his first season with the White Sox and first in the major leagues since 2003 ... was a non-roster invitee to spring training ... his four homers, 34 hits, 45 games and 141 at-bats were the most since the 2000 season split between Montreal and Seattle ... threw out 7.7 percent (2-26) of attempted
basestealers and was charged with two passed balls ... Sox pitchers compiled a 3.30 ERA (126 ER/344.0 IP) when he was behind the plate ... all four of his home runs came vs. right-handers ... batted .296 (21-71) at night and .186 (13-70) during the day ... was 6-34 (.176) with runners in scoring position and 1-15 (.067) with runners in scoring
position and two outs ... hit .478 (11-23) in May, but .091 (2-22) in June ... was unsuccessful in two stolen base attempts ... caught two of Jon Garland's shutouts (4/25 at Oakland and 5/1 vs. Detroit) ... went 1-3 and scored the winning run in his White Sox debut on 4/11 at Cleveland, his first start since 9/27/03 at Arizona ... made fourth career appearance at first base on 4/14 at Cleveland (last, 6/5/03 vs. Toronto) ... started four straight games from 4/24- 27, including his first-ever appearance at third base on 4/27 at Oakland ... hit a two-run homer off Barry Zito on 4/25 at Oakland, his first home run since 8/9/00 at Chicago-AL ... belted a three-run homer off Randy Johnson on 8/21 vs. New York-AL, one of four Sox batters to hit a homer off Johnson in the fourth inning ... went 3-4 with a double
on 5/7 at Toronto, his first three-hit game since 9/17/03 vs. Milwaukee ... hit his 100th career double on 9/6 vs. Kansas City.
Postseason: Made one appearance in the postseason ... went 0-1 with an RBI and two walks in Game 3 of the World Series ... entered the game in the ninth inning and later forced in a run with a bases loaded walk in the 14th.
Played for the Camden Riversharks in the independent Atlantic League ... hit .267 (54-202) with 16 home runs and 43 RBI in 55 games ... tied for the team lead in home runs ... Riversharks lost to Long Island in the league championship series ... signed with the Sox as a free agent on 12/23 (acquisition recommended by Reggie Lewis).
His contract was purchased from Class AAA Memphis on 5/13 ... played in 44 games with St. Louis ...
led Cardinals catchers with a 4.42 ERA (137 ER/278.2 IC) ... was on the disabled list from 6/7-30 with a bruised left thumb ... collected three hits on 7/17 vs. Milwaukee ... hit in eight straight games from 9/2-17 (.500, 11-22).
His contract was purchased by the Yankees prior to the game on 6/30 vs. the Mets ... played in 21 games
(18 starts) with the Yankees ... collected three hits on 8/25 vs. Texas ... was on the ALDS roster but did not play.
Missed most of the season while recovering from surgery performed on 12/4/00 to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Played in 86 games with Montreal before being traded to Seattle on 8/8 in exchanged for two players to
be named later (Termal Sledge and Sean Spencer).
Set career highs in almost every offensive category, including average (.264), hits (101), doubles (24) and RBI (56) ... 14 home runs were one off his career best ... was 4-5 with two home runs and a career-high six RBI on 4/14 vs. Milwaukee ... tied the club record by homering in four straight games from 8/3-8 ... underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee on 10/7.
Hit a career-high 15 home runs with the Expos ... started 78 of 86 games in the first half, including 34 consecutive starts from 6/1-7/11 ... compiled a career-best nine-game hitting streak from 4/29-5/9 (.384, 12-32) ... hit a pair of home runs on 5/13 at San Francisco and 6/19 vs. Atlanta ... missed three games from 7/18-20 with a stiff neck suffered in a brawl with Pittsburgh.
Spent his first full season in the majors with Montreal ... made his Expos debut on 4/2 vs. St. Louis and collected his first National League hit with a solo homer off Mark Petkovsek ... left game on 4/14 at Colorado after an asthma attack, precipitated by a muscle spasm in his abdomen ... collected a career-high four hits on 5/16 vs.
San Francisco, going 4-5 with a triple and five RBI ... was limited by a strained back to six games after 9/6.
Began the season at Class AAA Tacoma, leading the club with a .304 (107-352) average ... tied for fourth on the club with 20 doubles and 13 home runs. Played in eight games with the Mariners over three separate stints.
Began the season at Tacoma hitting .362 (21-58) with four doubles, five home runs and nine RBI in 18 games ... was recalled by Seattle on 6/22. Was recalled by Seattle on 6/22 and remained with the Mariners the rest of the season ... made 11 starts
(nine at catcher, one in left field and one in right) ... made his major-league debut on 6/23 vs. Anaheim ... collected
first hit on 6/30 vs. Texas off Kevin Gross ... caught a shutout in his first start on 7/1 vs. Texas as Tim Belcher and
Bobby Ayala combined on a 2-0 win ... hit first home run on 7/26 vs. Milwaukee off Brian Givens.
Played in 116 games at Class AA Jacksonville ... was named to the Double-A All-Star Game on 7/11 at
Binghamton ... was named the catcher on the Southern League postseason All-Star Team ... was rated by Baseball America
as the Best Defensive Catcher in the SL ... was 5-5 with a triple and home run on 5/6 at Carolina ... played
for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League.
Spent the season at Class A Riverside ... ranked fourth among California League catchers in putouts (470) and total chances (547) ... was disabled from 6/6-16 with a sprained right foot ... named CL Player of the Week for 8/22-28 after hitting .500 (14-28) with 11 RBI in six games ... hit .294 with five home runs and 11 RBI in four games during the CL playoffs vs. High Desert ... hit three home runs in one playoff game on 9/4 ... played with Kauai of the Hawaii Winter League.
Made pro debut at Class A Bellingham ... led all Northwest League catchers with a .987 fielding percentage ... hit two home runs on 7/28 at Everett.