Full name DAV ID MICHAEL DELL UCCI...Single...Resides in Baton Rouge,
LA...1991 graduate of Catholic High School (Baton Rouge, LA)...Earned
team MVP in both baseball and football as a prepster, while earning All-State
honors on the diamond...Voted "Man of the Year" in high school for his
success as a student athlete and being a role model for youth...Inducted into
the Catholic HS Hall of Fame in 2001...Played 3 seasons at the University
of Mississippi, where he was an All-Southeastern Conference selection
in both 1994 and '95 and earned All-American status in 1995, setting 10
school records while leading the SEC in hitting...Named Athlete of the
Year at Ole Miss in 1995...Was active in the Phoenix area with Special
Olympics and Easter Seals...Selected as the recipient of the 2005 Harold
McKinney Good Guy Award by the Dallas-Fort Worth BBWAA...Louisiana
native established the Catch 22 for Blue Foundation to aid in the Hurricane
Katrina relief efforts...Is also a spokesperson for the Make-a-wish
foundation and America's Wetland Foundation.
Rebounded from a tough, injury-riddled 2007 campaign to post solid numbers to part-time duty...Notched
his 100th career home run on August 4 at Tampa Bay off Matt Garza...Made 46 starts in left field (56G) and
46 starts at DH...Was 2 for 13 as a PH w/a HR and 7RBI (HR came at Yankee Stadium off Chamberlain on May
6)...Was his 10th career PH home run as he is now 6th among active players in PH HR...From June 29 thru
the end of the season he hit .265 (40-151) with 4 HR & 22 RBI...Was T7th in the AL with 11 HBP...Struck out 4
times on Sept. 6 @KC...Was limited to 31 at bats in Sept. (.129, 4-31)...Best month was August, hitting .345
(20-58) with 3 HR & 10RBI (.441OB%, .603SLG, 1.045OPS)
Missed a big chunk of the season with a left hamstring tear suffered on June 19 vs.
Philadelphia running down the first base line ... Injury required surgery to remove tendon
behind his left knee ...Was on the 60-day DL from June 20 before being activated on
September 6... Upon activation received 3 at bats the remainder of the season...At the time
of the injury was batting .234 (41-175) w/25RS, 11 2B, 2 3B, 4HR & 20RBI in 53G... Made
44 starts in left field (51 games) Had a walk-off hit on June 1 vs. Detroit. ..Was 1 for 9 as
PH and owns 9 career PH HR.
Dellucci spent the 2006 season with the Philadelphia Phillies where the left-handed hitter batted .292
(77-264) with 14 doubles, 5 triples, 13 homers & 39RBI in 132 games after being acquired from Texas just
before opening day...He hit .299 (73-244) with 29 extra base hits and a .529 slugging off right-handed pitching,
hit .308 (33-107) after the 6th inning and .390 (23-59) when batting 2nd for the Phillies...David appeared in
45 games in left field and 31 games in right field for Philadelphia...His .369 on-base percentage would have
ranked 20th in the NL had David accumulated the requisite amount of plate appearances...Was acquired by the Phillies on April 1, two days before Opening Day for Robinson Tejada and Jake Blalock...Finished
tied for 3rd among all major league players with 16 pinch hits and tied for 2nd with 8 extra-base pinch
hits...On the year he hit .267 (16-60) as a PH w/2 2B, 2 3B, 1HR & 11RBI...Had the most pinch hits by a Phillie
since 1995 (Tony Longmire 19)...Batted .404 (42-104) over a 39-game span, 6/18-8/11, raising his average from .242 to .341...Slugged his
9th career pinch HR (and first as a Phillie), June 13 vs. NYM...Tied his career high by homering in 3 straight
games, June 28-30 (2nd time in his career) ...Had 4 consecutive multi-hit games, June 28-July 1...His batting
average never dipped below .290 from June 26 through the remainder of the season.
Ranked among American League leaders in plate appearances per walk (2nd, 6.82), at-bats per home run (9th, 15.0) and walks (10th,
76) in his second season with Texas...led club in walks and tied for team lead with 5 triples...ranked among team leaders in home
runs (3rd, 29) and runs scored (4th, 97)...9-year veteran established career-highs in nearly every offensive category.
Batting: Hit .304 (31-102) with 8 HR, 20 RBI and 37 walks in first 37 games through May 22...batted .178 (14-78) over next 21 games
to lower average to .250...in 19 games from June 20-July 19, had a .329 average (25-76) with 7 home runs and 12 RBI to raise season
mark to .273...went 3-31 (.097) in a 10-game stretch from July 20-August 2, lowering average to .254...batted .387 (12-31) over
next 7 games to rise to .267...hit .205 (24-117) over last 34 games to finish at .251...matched career-high with 4 hits and established
career-high with 4 runs scored on August 11 at New York (AL)...hit safely and scored a run in 8 straight games from August 31-
September 12...batted .242 (8-33) against left-handers and .251 (101-402) against right-handers...hit .240 (56-233) with 14 HR in 71
games at home and .262 (53-202) with 15 HR in 57 games on the road...batted .327 (49-150) with 7 doubles, 3 triples, 13 HR, 29
RBI, 24 walks and 41 runs in 42 day games....327 average in day games ranked 9th in the AL...hit .211 (60-285) in 86 games at
night...hit .288 (23-80) with runners in scoring position...went 3-6 with 2 HR and 11 RBI with the bases loaded.
Home Runs/RBI: Hit career-high 29 home runs, 12 more than his previous high of 17, set in 2004...ranked 3rd among Rangers in
homers...recorded 2-HR games on May 21 vs. Houston, July 6 vs. Boston and August 11 at New York (AL)...now has 6 multi-homer
games, all in the last 2 seasons...homered in consecutive games 3 times, including 3 straight games with a home run from June 30-
July 2...hit 6 first-inning leadoff home runs, setting a club record for leadoff longballs...now has 7 career leadoff HR, all in the past 2
seasons...ranked T3rd in AL with 2 grand slams...hit grand slams on Aug. 7 vs. Baltimore (Daniel Cabrera) and Sept. 6 at Minnesota
(Kyle Lohse)...had one career grand slam entering the season...22 of his 29 homers were solo shots...recorded pinch-hit home runs
on May 11 vs. Detroit and September 14 vs. Baltimore, both in the 9th inning...homered in 7 of last 19 games of 2005...posted careerhigh
65 RBI, topping previous high of 61 set in 2004...matched career-high with 5 RBI on September 6 at Minnesota.
Walks: Established career-high with 76 walks, 29 more than previous high of 47 set in 2004...had 123 walks in 235 games past 2
seasons after recording 125 walks in 541 games in first 7 major league campaigns...recorded 48th walk of the season on June 29,
surpassing previous career-high for walks in just 64 games...matched career-high with 3 walks on 5 occasions...posted 17 multi-walk
games...recorded 40 walks in first 42 games and 36 walks in final 86 games...had 76 walks in 518 plate appearances, averaging
6.82 plate appearances per walk, the 2nd-highest figure in the American League.
Other Notes: Appeared in career-high 119 games, with 111 starts...Rangers were 59-52 in his starts...started 62 games at designated
hitter, 44 in left field, 3 in right field and 2 in center field...all 3 starts in RF came on September 5-7 at Minnesota...recorded a .970
fielding percentage (3 E/100 TC) in 52 games in the outfield...missed 7 games from September 21-28 with a strained left calf...was
3-10 (.300) with 2 HR and 3 RBI as a pinch hitter...has a career .281 (55-196) batting average as a pinch hitter, 7th best among all
active players with at least 150 plate appearances as a pinch hitter...Louisiana native established the Catch 22 for Blue foundation
to aid in the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Established career highs in home runs (17), RBI (61) and walks (47)...started 93 games for Texas; club leading 77 in left field, 7 as designated hitter, 5 in right field and 4 in center field.
Batting: Hit safely in 19 of his first 26 games through May 21, batting .353 (30-85) with 6 home runs and 21 RBI...the .353 figure was his highest all season...went 4-48 (.083) next 15 games to drop to .256, including 0-20 stretch...batted .389 (14-36) from June 22-July 8, raising season figure to .284, then went 3-33 (.091) through end of July to drop to .252...in 18 games from Aug. 4-29, had a .356 (21-59) average with 7 home runs and 12 RBI to raise season mark to .276...batted .114 (8-70) in final 18 games to finish at .242.
Home Runs/RBI: Belted career high 17 home runs, 7 more than his previous high of 10 in 2001...ranked 6th among Rangers in homers...recorded first 3 multi-homer games of his career, all 2-homer contests...homered twice on April 22 at Anaheim, July 8 at Cleveland and Aug. 20 at Kansas City...homered in consecutive games on 5 occasions as 12 of his 17 long balls were part of consecutive game runs...posted career high 61 RBI, surpassing previous high of 51 with Arizona in 1998...matched career high with season best 5 RBI on July 8 at Cleveland...also had 4 RBI on May 21 vs. New York...
Miscellaneous: Had a .989 (2 E/179 TC) fielding percentage, which would have ranked 14th among AL outfielders had he qualified...hit walk-off 2-run double in 9th inning on Sept. 23 vs. Oakland, snapping 0-23 stretch...that hit secured a Texas sweep of A's and moved Texas to within 2.0 games of lead in AL West...went 2-8 with 3 walks and 4 RBI as a pinch hitter...had 2-run pinch single in 9th inning of 6-5 Texas loss on Sept. 5 at Boston.
Split the season between Arizona and the New York Yankees...appeared in a combined 91 games and hit .227 (49-216) with 3 home runs and 23 RBI...hit .281 (32-114) in home games and .280 (14-50) in day games...combined to hit .111 (218) as a pinch-hitter with 2 walks...began the season with the Diamondbacks and hit .242 with 2 home runs and 19 RBI along with 9 stolen bases in 70 games...started 34 games in right field and 4 in center field...placed on the 15-day DL from June 2-16 after suffering a concussion and bruised back in a collision with Alex Cintron on June 1 at San Diego...tied a career-high with 4 hits on June 24 vs. Houston, going 4-5 with a double and one RBI...had 9 multi-hit games for the Diamondbacks...hit .311 (14-45) with 6 doubles, 2 home runs and 10 RBI in May...stole 2 bases for the first time in his career on July 11 at San Francisco...acquired by the Yankees on July 29 in exchange for OF Raul Mondesi and cash...in 21 games with the Yankees, hit .176 (9-51) with one home run and 4 RBI...started 13 games in right field and 2 in left field...made his Yankee debut in July 31 win at Anaheim, going 1-3 with one run and one walk...hit his first home run as a Yankee in August 10 loss vs. Seattle...was 1-2 with one run in August 27 loss vs. Chicago before leaving the game after 4 innings with a sprained right ankle...placed on the 15-day DL from August 28-September 26 with that injury (missed 30 games)...activated from the 15-day DL on September 26 and made first appearance since August 27 in the final regular season game, pinch-hitting and going 0-1 with one run and a walk on September 28 vs. Baltimore...appeared in 8 postseason games for the Yankees and went 1-5 with 3 runs...appeared in 4 World Series games and was 0-2 with one run...appeared in 3 games of the ALCS vs. Boston and was 1-3 with 2 runs and a stolen base...appeared in just one Division Series game vs. Minnesota but did not have an at-bat.
Entered the year slated to play a role similar to the one he performed in 2001, getting periodic work in the outfield while providing a solid bat off the bench in late-inning situations...that was the plan, but it changed dramatically when Danny Bautista suffered a season-ending injury on May 22...ironically, it was Dellucci who was activated on May 24 when Bautista was placed on the DL, missing 3 weeks with a left hamstring strain...used sparingly during the first month of the season, getting only 2 starts in the first 27 games before straining the hamstring...had just 2 hits in April, hitting a solo homer in his first start on April 7 in Milwaukee...he followed 10 days later on April 17 with his only pinch-hit home run of the year, a solo blast off the Cardinals' Matt Morris, his sixth career pinch homer...after the injury to Bautista, Dellucci and Quinton McCracken shouldered the majority of right field work...David was hot immediately following his activation from the DL, hitting safely in his first 5 games at a .500 clip (6-12)...included was his first of a couple of key doubles during the year against the Dodgers, ending the wild May 26 game with a 10th inning double to give Arizona a 10-9 victory...went into a tailspin and was hitting just .215 after play concluded on July 4, then went on a 13-game tear from July 6-24, hitting .432 (16-37) with 11 runs, 4 homers and 9 RBI...3 of the home runs came in a 4-start stretch from July 13-19 in which he was 6-13 with 6 runs...hit a rough stretch in August, batting just .121 (7-58) for the month, but one of the hits proved to be one of Arizona's biggest of the year - delivered a 2-out, ninth inning RBI double in Dodger Stadium on August 26, hitting a 3-2 pitch from Eric Gagne into the left-centerfield gap to send the game to extra innings, with the Diamondbacks prevailing 6-3 in 12...the pinch-hit double came after he had collected just one hit in his 12 previous pinch at-bats...less than a week later on September 1 he hit a game-ending 2-run double off of San Francisco's Robb Nen to turn a 6-5 deficit into a 7-6 win over the Giants, a contest the D'Backs trailed 5-0 in the first inning...the game-winning hit off Nen ignited a 13-game stretch in which he hit .351 (13-37), while also suffering a mild concussion...the concussion occurred when he was stealing a base on September 10 against San Diego, as he was hit in the head by Wiki Gonzalez's throw during a headfirst slide, but did not miss any games...hit .276 as a pinch hitter, featuring 4 hits in his last 7 pinch at-bats...started the first and third games of the Division Series against St. Louis, going 2-7...was 1-3 in the series opener and entered the middle game of the set as a defensive replacement...provided the D'Backs with an early game lead in Game 3, hitting his first career postseason homer, a 2-run shot off of Andy Benes in the second inning.
David established himself as one of the premier pinch hitters in the game while also serving as a quality back-up outfielder when called upon...despite part-time duty, his 10 home runs in 217 at bats were 3 more than his major league total through 602 career AB's entering 2001...half of his roundtrippers were as a pinch hitter, as he was a huge contributor in Arizona's tying of the major league single-season team pinch home run record with 14...David finished the year hitting .321 in a pinch (18-for-56)with pinch hit club records in hits, homers and 16 RBI...his first pinch homer was on May 9 against Cincinnati when he delivered a 3-run pinch blast in the eighth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and stake the D'Backs to a 5-2 victory...on June 23 in Colorado, David drilled a 2-run shot off of Pedro Astacio in the seventh inning to tie the contest at 5-5 and the Diamondbacks eventually won a 9-5 decision...Dellucci didn't stop there, hitting the first pinch grand slam in franchise history on July 21 in Pacific Bell Park, driving a Brian Boehringer delivery that turned a 1-0 Arizona lead into a 5-0 advantage, in a 9-2 win...it was the first grand slam of David's career and first career 4-RBI game...he matched his career RBI best with 4 on July 28 at home also against the Giants...he then hit a ninth inning pinch homer off of Robb Nen the next day, the 12th pinch blast for the D'Backs in 2001 which at the time tied the single-season major league record...he proved to be a thorn in the Giants' side all season, , hitting .385 against them with 3 home runs and 12 RBI in 15 games...David staked Randy Johnson and the D'Backs to a 4th of July win in Enron Field with a 2-out pinch RBI single to give Arizona the 3-2 decision...his contributions weren't limited to pinch hit work, as he was a key com- ponent in Arizona's 6-4 win at San Diego on May 27, going 3-for-4 featuring a 2-run homer in the seventh off of Woody Williams and a 1-out single off of Trevor Hoffman in the ninth just prior to Reggie Sanders' game--win- ning home run...he made 39 outfield starts, the majority of which were in rightfield...Dellucci's most consistent offensive work came in the first 2 months of the season, hitting .373 (22-for-59)after his 3-hit game of May 27.
2001 Post-Season Highlights: David finished the post-season going 2-for-4 with a run scored in abbreviated action...things started slowly as he made it as far as the on-deck circle in the Division Series, but was hit for after forcing a pitching change...he finally made it to the plate in the post-season as a pinch hitter in the second game of the NLCS vs.the Braves, grounding out...Dellucci contributed a pinch single and scored a run in Arizona's 11-2 win in Game #4 of the NLCS...his next action was a week later in the sixth game of the World Series entering as a pinch runner in the fourth inning for Luis Gonzalez and finishing the evening 1-for-2...David pinch ran again 24 hours later in Game #7 and wound up in a collision at second base with Derek Jeter when Mariano Rivera's throw went astray on Damian Miller's sacrifice bunt attempt.
Rejoined club in spring training after undergoing surgery to
repair a career-threatening left wrist disorder the previous
July...earned a spot on the 2000 Opening Day roster and went
1-for-2 with a walk in a trio of pinch-hit appearances before
being optioned to Tucson (AAA) on April 17...injury bug bit again while with Sidewinders as a dislocated finger on his right hand and tendinitis in his right wrist kept him out of the lineup for extended periods...hit .230 in 122 minor league at bats, but got hot just prior to his August 14 recall, hitting .370 in an 8-game stretch...started just once in his first 18 appearances after being
recalled, working mainly as a pinch hitter and defensive
replacement...made his first major league start of the year on
August 19 against the Cubs, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a run
scored...despite minimal use, he had a 5-game hitting streak from
September 11-17, going 5-for-9 (.556) with 2 of the hits coming
as a pinch hitter...finished the year 7-for-20 (.350) as a pinch hitter including a pair of RBI...his last pinch-hit RBI was a game-winner on September 12, an infield hit that gave the D'Backs a 5-4 win over the Dodgers...raised his career pinch average to .296
(21-for-71) with 2000 performance.
David was in the midst of a terrific sophomore season in the
majors when a nagging pain in his left wrist turned into a
season-ending disaster...he was diagnosed with a disorder
that required immediate surgery and left him on the disabled
list for the remainder of the year...unfortunately for David and the
Diamondbacks, he had just upped his season average 43
points at the time he was sidelined, hitting safely in 8 of 9
games at a .500 clip (16-for-32) to rise from .351 to what wound
up a season-ending .394 mark...Dellucci closed the year with 8
hits in his last 14 at bats before being diagnosed with the
injury...while healthy he flirted with the .400 mark in part-time
play, raising his mark as high at .419 on May 23 after going
4-for-5 with a double and 3 runs scored in Colorado.
Began the season with Tucson, his first career AAA action, but
that visit lasted only 17 games before getting the call to the
major league club, where he remained for the year...recalled on
April 27, his Arizona debut was a 2-for-4, 2 RBI game...though
not an everyday player in the latter half of season, he wound up
leading the N.L. in triples with 12, just the second rookie since
1984 to lead the league in 3-base hits (Ray Lankford with St.
Louis in 1991)...his first National League homer was a 2-run
shot on May 1 at Montreal off of Javier Vazquez...had first career
4-hit game, including 3 doubles, on June 2 at Colorado, just the
4th expansion player in history to pick up 3 doubles in a game
(Rusty Staub, Doug Rader and Charlie Hayes)...he hit .306
during his 17-game stint with Tucson.
Opened the year with Bowie (AA), but made the jump from Double-A to the majors in June, appearing in 9 games for Baltimore...hit his first big league home run on June 25 in Milwaukee off of Cal Eldred...he was also part of the September recalls, appearing in 8 games during the final month.