Woodward, 37, spent last season as the Mariners' roving Minor League infield coordinator. It was his first coaching position after retiring from a 17-year professional baseball career. With the Mariners last season, he played a key role in the growth of infielders Nick Franklin and Brad Miller as they elevated to the Major League level, and worked closely with top prospects Chris Taylor and D.J. Peterson. Woodward played nearly every position on the diamond during his 12 seasons at the Major League level with the Toronto Blue Jays (1999-2004, 2011), New York Mets (2005-06), Atlanta Braves (2007), Seattle Mariners (2009, 2010) and Boston Red Sox (2009).
Christopher Michael Woodward...Married with one child...Graduated from Northview High School in California where he played football and baseball...Earned All-League, All-Valley, second team ALL-CIF and team MVP honors in baseball...Attended Mt. San Antonio College where he was named All-Conference...Originally selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 54th round of the 1994 First-Year Player Draft.
In his 12th Major League season and 7th as a Blue Jay, he appeared in 11 games with Toronto and 108
games with Las Vegas (AAA)... FAMILIAR FACE: Had his contract selected on April 22... Appeared in the game vs. TB on the 22nd as pinch runner, scoring the winning run... It marked his first appearance in a Blue Jays uniform since Sept. 30, 2004...Was optioned back to Las Vegas on April 28... Returned to the club on Sept. 4 for the balance of the season... In total made two starts, one at second base and one at third base... A VETERAN PRESENCE: Batted .296 with 32 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs and 65 RBI in Las Vegas, splitting time between second, third and short... His 108 games ranked 3rd on the club.
Played in eight games for the Mariners, spending the balance of the season with Tacoma (AAA)... Played primarily at shortstop, although did see action at second and third.
Split the season between the Mariners and Red Sox organization...started the season with Tacoma (AAA) after being a non-roster invitee to Mariners spring training...selected from Tacoma on June 18...made Mariners debut June 19 vs. Arizona, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base and scored the winning run...started Mariners career with multi-hit games in
5 of first 9 games...designated for assignment on Aug. 4 and claimed off waivers by the
Red Sox on Aug. 7...played in 13 games (2 starts) over 3 stints with Boston.
Spent time with three organizations during the season...was in spring training with the Yankees...opened the season with Lehigh Valley (AAA) in the Philadelphia organization...signed with Milwaukee as a minor league free agent on May 31 and spent the rest of the season with Nashville
(AAA)...combined to bat .273 (81x297) with 17 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs and 40
RBI in 90 games...batted .291 (68x234) in 71 games with Nashville...was his first season
since 1998 to not spend time in the Major Leagues.
Filled a utility role with Atlanta playing four positions and getting 39 of his136 at-bats as a pinch-hitter...Hit .229 (16-for-70) with a HR and 5 RBI off LHP and .167 (11-for-66) off RHP...At home he hit .187 avg. and .213 avg. away...Monthly averages: April .240, May .244, June .148, July, .267, August .053 and September .222.w Came
off the bench 9/28 and went 2-for-2 with a double. It was his fifth multi-hit game of the season (first since
7/15 vs. PIT)...Established a career high with three walks at FLA on 8/29...Has made 21 starts - six at 3B, six at 2B, five at SS and four at 1B...Collected his fourth PH of the season 8/25 at STL...Has started in the leadoff spot three times (4-for-14, .286)...On 7/15, had first muli-hit game since 5/27, going 2-for-4 and starting at 1B...Hit 2nd-career PH HR in Game 1 on 6/5 vs. FLA (7/19/05 vs. SD). It was his first home run since 7/16/06
at CHI...Came off the bench 5/27 vs. PHI, played SS and went 2-for-2 with a run...Had second multi-hit game on 5/7 vs. SD including his 1st triple (14th career)...Had a season-high four-game hitting streak from 5/6-10.
Played one game at first; 38 games (32 starts) at second; 13 games (11 starts) at shortstop; 10 games (six starts) at third; seven games (five starts) in left and two games (one start) in right...Recorded 10 multi-hit games (all two-hit contests)...Batted .292 (7-for-24) when he put the first pitch in play...2006 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (LAD): Appeared in Game 3 as a PH and had a double
and scored a run in the top of the eighth inning.
Finished with a career-best .283 batting average...Was one of three major leaguers to start at six different positions (first base, second base, third base, shortstop, leftfield and rightfield)...Anaheim's Chone Figgins and Colorado's Luis Gonzalez also started at six different positions...Played 34 games at first base (21 starts), 13 games in leftfield (seven starts), seven games at shortstop (three starts), six games at third
(two starts), six contests in rightfield (four starts), five games at second base (three starts) and five games in centerfield (no starts)...Made his first major league start and appearance in the outfield when he started in leftfield on April 14th vs. Houston...Became the Mets 130th third baseman in team history on April 13th vs. Houston...Hit .312 (24-77) with a home run and 12 RBI vs. righthanded pitchers...Batted .316 (30-95) at Shea...Had at least one hit in 24 of his last 33 starts...Hit .289 (33-114) with nine doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI in those games...
Also collected at least one hit in 15 of his first 16 starts...Batted .368 (21-57) during that span...Delivered a pinch-hit, two-run single in the 10th inning for a 9-8 win vs. Washington on August 20th...Recorded a season-high three hits, August 4th vs. Milwaukee...Collected his first career pinch-hit home run on July 19th vs. San Diego (off Chris Hammond) in the bottom of the 11th inning to give
the Mets a 3-1 victory...It was the first walk-off home run of his career...He was also the first Met to hit a pinch-hit walk-off home
run since Jim Tatum on April 28, 1998 vs. Houston...Had a career-best nine-game hitting streak from June 17th-July 3rd...Hit .414 (12-29) with five runs, five doubles and five RBI in
those games...His RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 6-6 tie and gave the Mets a 7-6 victory over the Marlins at Shea on July 1st...Laced a two-run single in the second inning on June 30th to give the Mets a 2-1 lead over Philadelphia in a game the Mets would
win, 5-3...Stroked a two-run home run (off Eric Milton) in the second inning on May 18th to pace New York to a 10-6 win vs. Cincinnati.
For the second straight season, Woodward started as the everyday shortstop and ended otherwise. A hamstring injury and a bout with collitis complicated the situation, but Woodward was back on the bench toward season's end. He's eligible for arbitration, but Toronto will try to settle with him beforehand.
Played in a career high 104 games ... Set career highs with 91 hits, 49 runs scored and 28 bases on balls ... Matched career high with 45 RBI ... Prior to the All-Star break played in 77 of the team's 95 games ... After the break played in 27 of the team's 67 games ... At the break was batting .268 with six home runs and 34 RBI ... After the break batted .238 with one home run and 11 RBI ... Had a career high 22 doubles, with eight coming after the break ... Started 98 of his 103 games at shortstop ... Made 12 errors in his first 49 games and five in the last 55 games ... From May 1, 4 & 6 recorded three hits in each game to raise average from .205 to .270 ... Had eight 3-hit games on the season, matching his career high ... July 6 at BAL entered the game defensively and broke a 3-3 tie with a RBI single in the 10th inning ... July 9-17 hit in a season high six straight games (8-20, .400) with three RBI ... Sept. 1-20 was hitless in a career high 18 consecutive at bats ... Batted .307 and had a .360 OBP with two home runs vs. left-handers ... Batted .242 with five home runs vs. right-handers, posting a .298 OBP.
Career Notes: August 7, 2002 vs. Seattle became the first Blue Jays shortstop and the 15th in baseball history to hit three home runs in a game.
Set career highs in all offensive categories, batting .276 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI in 90 games... Made 77 starts at shortstop, three at second base, one at first and one at third...Played in nine games in April and was 1-14 (.071)... Homered in his first start on April 7 vs. Minnesota off Jack Cressend (1R)... Appeared in five games in May and was 3-15 (.200)... June 1-16 hit in seven consecutive starts (12-28, .428)...June 14 & 15 at Montreal homered in back-to-back games, recording three hits in each game...June 18 at Los Angeles left the game in the second inning with a strained groin... Was on disabled list from June 20-July 10 with strained groin... During the All-Star break had a two game rehab stint with Dunedin, July 9 and 10...Prior to the All-Star break batted .276 with three home runs and five RBI in 23 games... After the break batted .276 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 67 games... Hit in six straight from July 12-18 (10-25, .400) after returning from the DL... July 21 vs. Tampa Bay and July 22 at Baltimore homered in back-to-back games for the second time on the season... In June and July combined to hit .343 (33-96) with five home runs and 14 RBI in 26 games... August 2 vs. Baltimore drove in a career high four runs including a solo home run off Chris Brock... August 7 vs. Seattle became the first Blue Jays shortstop to homer three times in a game, all solo homers (Piniero-2, Kazuhiro Sasaki), 15th shortstop to do so in ML history... Drove in a season best 18 runs in the month of August... In September batting .226 with one home run and 11 RBI in 23 games... Spent most of the season hitting in the sixth spot where he hit .311 with five home runs and 22 RBI... Posted a .965 fielding percentage at shortstop in 79 games, committing 13 errors in 375 total chances... All 13 home runs came off right-handers, while batting .315 with 42 RBI... Batted .149 with three RBI vs. left-handers... At SkyDome hit .289 with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 45 games... In 45 games on the road batted .261 with four home runs and 19 RBI... Was 3-0 in stolen base attempts... With RISP batted .274 with seven extra base hits (84 at bats) and was 1-6 with the bases loaded... Eight times during the season recorded a career high three hits in a game.
Hit .190 in 37 games for Toronto with three doubles, two triples, two home runs and five RBI in three different stints...With Syracuse of the International League (AAA) hit .306 in 51 games with 14 doubles, 11 home runs and 31 RBI...Opened the season in Toronto...In his first start, on April 11 vs Tampa Bay, he hit his first HR off Rupe...Would hit .231 in April in 10 games, three starts...Made seven starts in 12 May games and hit .136...Hit in three straight starts May 8-10 including HR #2 on May 8 vs Mark Mulder...Was optioned to Syracuse on June 13...Had a two-homer game on June 15 for Syracuse...Was recalled to Toronto on June 25 when Tony Batista was claimed on waivers...Started six straight games at third base...Only multi hit game came June 29 vs Boston, was 2-4 with a triple...On June 30 was 1-1 but left the game with a left groin strain...Was disabled on July 1 and then joined Syracuse on medical rehab on July 20...On July 26 was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Syracuse...Hit .308 with Syracuse in August with seven doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI...Hit in 13 straight games from August 17 (G#2) to August 30...Hit .339 in Syracuse and .262 on the road...On September 4 was recalled to Toronto and appeared in four games, 0-3...Appeared in 37 games for Toronto, making 19 starts, ten at second base, eight at third base and one at shortstop...Hit .077 against left-handed pitching and .220 against right-handed pitching.
Split the season between Toronto where he hit .183 in 37 games and Syracuse of the International League (AAA) where he hit .322 in 37 games with 13 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 25 RBI...Made first ML start at 3B on May 31 vs Minnesota and hit his first ML home run against Brad Radke...Was optioned to Syracuse on August 7 and recalled on September 5...Appeared in two September games and was 0-1...Started 28 games for Toronto, 17 at SS, eight at third base and three at second base...Hit .235 against left-handed pitching with one home run and .172 against right-handed pitching with two home runs...With runners in scoring position hit .269.
Split the season between Syracuse and Toronto...Appeared in 14 games for Toronto and hit .231 with two RBI...In 75 games with Syracuse hit .292 with one home run and 20 RBI...Opened the season with Syracuse and hit .351 in 21 games with six RBI...Hit in 11 straight from April 9-20...Was placed on the disabled list from May 2-16 and again from May 21-June 6 with a left groin strain...On June 7 his contract was purchased by Toronto and he made his ML debut that night in New York starting at shortstop against the Mets...Delivered a sacrifice fly in his first plate appearance and an RBI single off Orel Hershiser in his first at-bat...Started six straight games and hit .227 with one double and two RBI...Was optioned to Syracuse on June 14 after the Blue Jays acquired Tony Batista...Upon his return hit .281 in June for Syracuse...Hit .273 in July with 14 runs scored and seven RBI...Hit in a season-high 14 straight games from July 23-Aug. 8...Was recalled to Toronto on Aug. 9...Appeared in four games in August and four in September and was 1-4 at the plate...Appeared in 14 games overall with six starts at shortstop.
Best month was June hitting .277 with a homer and ten RBI...Went 4-for-4 with a double, three runs and an RBI on July 5...Promoted to Syracuse in early August...Hit .267 in 31 games for Frederick of Maryland Fall Instructional Baseball League.
Ranked third in Florida State League in on-base percentage (.397)...Placed eighth among full season-A shortstops in range factor (4.63)...Led Dunedin team with four triples...Went 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBI on May 2 vs St. Petersburg...Went 5-for-5 on May 31 vs Tampa... Hit .333 in May and .348 in August...Hit .309 on the road.
Paced league shortstops in putouts (214)...Led Hagerstown team in sacrifice hits with seven...Compiled a 15-game hitting streak August 10-26 and batted .350 (21-60) during the streak.
Led Pioneer League shortstops in games (72), total chances (338), putouts (106) and assists (202)...Tied for team lead in hit-by-pitch (6) and led the squad in sacrifice hits (5)...Batted .311-3-13 in 28 games in August, including a 3-for-5 performance with a homer and four RBI on the 5th vs Billings...Hit .222 with two doubles in five playoff games.