Married to Sheigh...The couple has a son, Jack David (2/19/06) and daughter, Ella (11/7/07)...Has 2 brothers who were selected in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft...RHP Tim was drafted out of high school by CLE in 1997, joining J.D. as the 1st-ever brother tandem to be selected in the first round of the same draft...SS Stephen was drafted by ARI in 2004 after starring at J.D.'s alma mater, Florida State...Tim appeared in 35 career ML games (11 starts) over parts of 5 seasons with CLE (2000-01), MON (2002-03) and ATL (2004)...Stephen currently plays for the Diamondbacks after making his Big League debut in 2006...J.D. and Stephen both homered during the 2007 playoffs, becoming just the 3rd set of brothers ever to homer in the same postseason, joining Clete and Ken Boyer in 1964 and Roberto and Sandy Alomar in 1997...Played baseball at Lowndes County High School in Valdosta, GA...Graduated in 1994...Had an outstanding 3-year career at Florida State University...Concluded tenure as FSU's all-time leader in batting (.391), slugging (.789) and grand slams (3), and the Atlantic Coast Conference's leader in homers (69) and slugging...Named to the College World Series All-Decade Team for the 1990's...Placed 8th in voting in Baseball America's Collegiate Player of the Century poll in 1999...Named to Baseball America's and Collegiate Baseball's Freshman All-America teams and to the College World Series All-Tournament team in 1995...Became 1st player to homer 3 times in a College World Series game, 6/6/95 vs. USC...Led the ACC in homers (21) and RBI (94), and ranked 2nd in batting (.386), earning consensus All-America honors as a sophomore in 1996...Won the 1997 USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award as the nation's top amateur player after setting ACC single-season marks in runs (110), homers (31), slugging (.961) and walks (84), and tying for 1st in total bases (224)...Had a school-record .455 average, 106 hits, 100 RBI and 32 steals in 67 games...Became the 1st player in NCAA Division I history with at least 30 homers and 30 steals in a season...Also received the ABCA's Dick Howser Award as national player of the year, selected as the Player of the Year by Baseball America, The Sporting News, Collegiate Baseball and the ACC, and was tabbed a consensus All-American...Was a finalist for 1996 United States Olympic team, batting .268 with 6 homers and 9 RBI on pre-Olympic tour.
Played in only 81 games with Boston due injury, the 2nd-fewest in his career since his 1st full Major League season in 1999 (72 in 2005 with LAD)...His 4 homers and .222 batting AVG were the lowest marks of his career while his 23 runs, 55 hits, 6 doubles, 22 RBI and 33 walks were his lowest marks since 1999...Placed on the 15-day DL on 7/26 (retro to 7/20) with a left shoulder impingement...Suffered a right middle finger sprain during a rehab stint in late August...Transferred to the 60-day DL on 9/13...Activated from the DL prior to the night cap of a doubleheader at NYY on 9/25 and appeared in each of the Sox last 4 games, including 3 starts, going 4-for-15 (.267) with an RBI...Appeared in 76 games for Boston in right field, including 65 starts, and made no errors in 149 total chances while recording 3 assists...Was 1 of 3 Major League right fielders to go errorless in at least 100 chances at the position, joining BAL's Nick Markakis (325 TC) and LAD's Andre Ethier (251)...Leads ML right fielders with a .995 fielding pct (3 E/634 TC) since 2009 (min. 210 games)...Hit .235 (47-for-200) with 3 homers and 19 RBI against right-handed pitchers...Went 8-for-48 (.167) with 1 homer and 3 RBI against left-handers...Pinch-hit 16 times, going 1-for-14 with 2 walks...Reached base safely in 53 of his 65 starts, hitting safely in 42 of those contests...Posted a season-long, 7-game hit streak from 4/5-11, going 8-for-23 (.348) with a double, 3 RBI, 2 walks and 4 runs scored...Reached safely in 9 straight games from 4/17-28, batting .300 (9-for-30) with a double, triple, homer, 2 RBI, 8 walks and 5 runs...Tripled in the 1st inning on 4/18 vs. TOR, the 1st lead-off triple for a Red Sox since he also did it 6/29/09 at BAL...Reached and scored in all 3 games as the Sox leadoff hitter, going 3-for-12 (.250) with a triple, homer, 3 walks and 3 runs...Has at least 1 triple in each of his 14 ML campaigns beginning in 1998...Joins Omar Vizquel, Scott Rolen, Vladimir Guerrero, Johnny Damon, Carlos Beltran and Bobby Abreu as the only Big Leaguers with at least 1 in every season since 1998...Drew a season-high 3 walks on 5/15 at NYY, his most since 9/13/09 vs. TB (3)...Hit a walk-off RBI single in the 14th inning in a 9-8 win over OAK on 6/4...Was his 5th career regular-season walk-off hit and 1st since 4/18/06 vs. CHC with LAD (single)...Collected a season-high 3 RBI on 6/8 at NYY, including a 2-run homer in the 9th inning of an 11-6 win...Had a 12-game stretch without an RBI from 6/18-7/3, his longest since 13 games from 9/2-21/02 while with STL...The Red Sox went 12-3 when he recorded an RBI this year...Left 6/26 at PIT in the 2nd inning with a left eye contusion and returned on 6/30 at PHI.
22 homers finished 3rd on the Sox (Ortiz, 32; Beltre, 28)...16 were solo shots...Hit a career-high-tying 2 home runs 3 times: 4/30 at B AL, 7/2 vs. BAL and 8/13 at TEX.
Batted .400 (6-for-15) with the bases loaded, the 2nd-best mark on the team behind Marco Scutaro (.538)...Had 18 RBI in those situations, tops on the club and tied for 9th in the AL...Knocked 5th career grand slam on 4/21 vs. TEX off Matt Harrison...Ranked 2nd in the AL with a .379 clip (33-for-87) and .747 slugging percentage, and 5th with a .443 on-base percentage when facing a pitcher for the 3rd time in a game (min. 90 PA)...Finished among AL May leaders in runs (T-9th, 21) and doubles (T-8th, 9)...Batted .324 (33-for-102) during the month...Matched a career high with 4 hits on 5/3 vs. LAA (11th time)...Hit safely in 7 of 12 Interleague games at .343 (12-for-35)...Had multi-hits 4 times...Drew 800th career walk on 6/27 at SF...Had the 3rd of back-to-back-to-back home runs after David Ortiz and Adrian Beltre in the 4th inning at TEX on 8/13...Marked the 1st time the Sox had 3 straight homers since he was a part of an ML-record 4 on 4/22/07 vs. NYY (3rd inning: Manny Ramirez, Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek).
Finished 2nd among qualifying AL outfielders with a .392 on-base percentage, 3rd with a .914 OPS and 4th with a .522 slugging clip...Ranked 9th in the AL with 82 walks, most since 89 in 2006...Had 3 or more walks in a game 5 times, tied with NYY's Alex Rodriguez for 2nd in the AL behind the Angels Bobby Abreu (7)...Hit 24 home runs, most since a career high 31 for the Braves in 2004...Was 4th career 20-homer season...Connected for 2 homers in a game on 3 occasions: 8/20 at TOR, 8/27 vs. CWS and 10/4 vs. CLE...Became just the 4th right fielder in Red Sox history to record at least 20 homers and 80 walks in a season,
joining Dwight Evans (7 times), Jackie Jensen (4) and Ted Williams (1)...Posted a .992 fielding percentage (2 E/249 TC) in 131 games (124 GS) in right field, tops in the AL at that position
and 3rd in the Majors behind the Mets Jeff Francoeur (.997) and Cardinals Ryan Ludwick (.995)...Became 1st Red Sox to lead the AL in fielding percentage as a right fielder since Trot Nixon (.996) in 2005...Also had 5 assists, tied for 8th among AL right fielders...Started 14 games in the leadoff spot, reaching base safely in 11 of those contests...On 4/17 at BAL, went 2-for-2 with a triple, homer and 3 walks...Was just the 2nd American Leaguer since 1954 with at least 1 homer, 1 triple and 3 walks in a game, joining NYY's Danny Tartabull (6/24/94 at CLE)...Knocked 200th career roundtripper off Armando Galarraga on 6/3 at DET...Matched a career high with 4 free passes on 6/4 at DET (5th time), also a club season high...Hit safely in 25 of final 31 home games beginning 7/11, batting .376 (35-for-93) in those contests...Had a .238 average (29-for-122) over his 1st 35 games at Fenway Park in 2009...Snapped an 0-for-24 slide with a 4th-inning single on 7/24 vs. BAL...From that game through the end of the season, hit .355 (60-for-169) with 12 homers and 30 RBI...Was the 4th highest average among American Leaguers with at least 150 plate appearances in that time...Raised overall batting average from .233 to .279 during that stretch.
ON-BASE MACHINE: Logged a .408 on-base percentage in 2008, one of just 4 American Leaguers to top the .400 plateau (minimum 400 PA) along with Milton Bradley (.436), Joe Mauer (.413) and Nick Markakis (.406)...Has posted a .405 figure over the last 5 seasons beginning in 2004, 8th-best in the majors over that span (minimum 1,500 PA)...His .392 career mark is 12th-highest among active players with at least 3,000 plate appearances...Posted a career best .436 OBP, 4th best in the N.L., in 2004.
WALK THIS WAY : Had 79 walks for the 2nd year in a row in 2008, the most on the Red Sox and 11th in the A.L...Walked once every 5.77 plate appearances, 2nd in the A.L.
behind Jack Cust (5.39) among players with at least 400 plate appearances...Walked 3 or more times in a game on 4 occasions in 2008, tied for the 4th-highest total in the
A.L...Over the last 5 seasons, is tied for 8th in the majors with an average of one walk every 6.15 plate appearances (minimum 1,500 PA)...His career figure of one walk every 6.96 plate appearances places 10th among active players with at least 3,000 plate appearances...Ranked 5th in the N.L. with a career-high 118 walks in 2004.
IN THE FIELD: Appeared in 106 games (105 starts) in right
field and one in center field in 2008...Logged a .979 fielding
percentage (4 E/194 TC) in right, 9th in the A.L. at that
position among players with at least 150 total chances...
Went 60 games without an error from May 13-July 29...
Has a .980 career fielding percentage, .982 in 928 games
in right, .977 in 220 games in center, and .955 in 33 games
in left...Tied for 7th among A.L. right fielders with 6 assists
in 2008...Led N.L. rightfielders with a .990 fielding
percentage and ranked 5th among all outfielders with 12
assists, both career highs, in 2004...Compiled a .983 mark,
2nd among N.L. qualifying rightfielders, in 2006.
all-star mvp: Selected as a reserve by player vote to the A.L. All-Star team in 2008, his first
career selection...Played the final 10 innings in right field and was 2-for-4 with a walk, including
a game-tying, 2-run homer off Cincinnati's Edinson Volquez in the 7th...Named the game's Most
Valuable Player in the A.L.'s 4-3, 15-inning win at Yankee Stadium...Was the 4th Red Sox All-Star
MVP, joining Carl Yastrzemski (1970), Roger Clemens (1986), and Pedro Martinez (1999)...Homer
was the 17th by a Red Sox in All-Star play.
POST-SEASON EXPERIENCE: Has a career .263 (46-175) average with 6 homers and 23 RBI in 52
post-season games...Has posted a .324 (24-74) mark in 24 LCS contests, 9th best in history among
players with at least 80 LCS plate appearances...Has a total of 17 RBI over 2 postseasons with Boston
from 2007-08, tied with Kevin Youkilis for the most on the club in that time.
2008: Hit .263 (10-for-38) with 2 home runs and 6 RBI in all 11 of Boston's playoff games in 2008...
Went 4-for-14 (.286) with one round tripper and 3 RBI in 4 ALCS games against the Angels and
6-for-24 (.250) with a homer and 3 RBI in 7 ALCS contests vs. Tampa Bay...Broke a 5-5 tie and gave
the Red Sox a 2-0 series lead over the Halos with a game-winning, 2-run homer off closer Francisco
Rodriguez with one out in the top of the 9th inning in Game 2 of the ALDS in Los Angeles...Marked Boston's first post-season victory in its last at-bat since Manny Ramirez' 3-run blast off
Rodriguez in Game 2 of the 2007 ALDS at Fenway Park...Was the club's first road playoff victory
decided in its last at-bat since an 11-inning, 7-6, win in Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS at Anaheim...
Hit a walk-off 9th-inning single to score Kevin Youkilis from 2nd base and cap an historic 7-run
comeback in Game 5 of the ALCS vs. the Rays, sending the series back to Tampa Bay...Was the 11th
walk-off hit in club post-season history...Also stroked a 2-run, 8th-inning bomb and went 2-for-4
with 3 RBI and a run scored in Boston's 8-7 victory.
SUMMARY: Appeared in 140 games, including 123 starts in right field and 3 starts in center, in
his 1st season in Boston...Ranked 2nd on the club in walks (79) and ranked 3rd in sacrifice flies
(6)...Had 2nd highest totals of major league career for runs (84)-tied) and doubles (30)...His .270
batting average was his lowest since 2002 (.252) while he connected for just 11 homers, fewest
ever in a full season.
STARTING ON A HIGH NOTE: Began his Red Sox career with a 9-game hitting streak from April
2-13, during which he hit .419 (13-for-31) with 2 doubles, a home run, 7 RBI, 6 runs and 4 walks...
Was his longest hitting streak ever to start a season, with his previous high 6 games in 2002...Was
leading the American League and 2nd in the majors to Miguel Cabrera (.429) after the season's
first 9 games...Matched his longest hitting streak of the season, also June 20-July 1.
MORE BATTING: Was still hitting .375 on April 20 before batting just .189 (17-90) over next 32
games to drop to .221 through June 1...Had a .345 (30-87) mark over next 26 contest to improve
to .265 on July 5...Hit .231 (37-160) in next 51 games and was at .252 through September 6.
FAST FINISH: Closed the season by batting .393 (24-
61) with 6 doubles, a triple, 4 home runs, 15 RBI, 14
runs and 14 walks in his final 18 games beginning
September 7...Posted the 2nd best on-base percentage
(.500) among major league qualifiers in that span
behind David Ortiz (.534) and had the 6th best batting
average...Had 3 homers and 12 RBI in his final 8
games, driving in at least one run in each contest, and
hit safely in the season's final 5 contests.
HOMERS/RBI: Had a career-low 11 home runs, including
a 33-game drought from April 23-June 7 and a
career long 51-game homerless streak from June 23-
August 25, going 166 at-bats in that drought, also a
career high...Homered twice in his 1st 8 home games,
including his Fenway Park debut as a member of the
Red Sox on April 10 vs. Seattle, but went 47 home
games between blasts on April 22 vs. the Yankees and
September 11 vs. Tampa Bay...Had his 12th career 2-
homer game, June 8 at Arizona and 2nd lifetime 1st
inning leadoff blast, June 20 at Atlanta...In addition
to career high 7 RBI contest on June 8, drove in 3 runs
on 4 occasions...Had just one RBI in 15-game span,
June 26-July 17 and 2 in 19 games, August 12-September
Had the 2nd of Red Sox ML record tying 4 consecutive
homers in 3rd inning, April 22 against New York...Also hit the 2nd of 4 consecutive 9th inning homers for the Los Angeles Dodgers on September
18, 2006 vs. San Diego.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Had season high 3 hits 12 times...Hit .237 (33-139) with runners in scoring
position, .213 (16-75) in those situations with 2 outs and .118 (2-17) with the bases loaded...Batted
.286 (100-350) against righties, but .224 (26-116) versus lefthanders, his lowest since 2003 (.218)...
Started 95 games in the 5th
spot in the lineup, but also
started 14 games as Boston's
leadoff hitter...Hit .328 (19-
58) with 4 homers and 13
RBI in 16 interleague games.
Boston's only hit, a leadoff
single in 8th, on April 11 vs.
Seattle's Felix Hernandez...
Recorded 1000th career hit
with single on August 18 against Los Angeles...Missed games with a bruised lower back and
strained right hamstring...Has appeared in 140 or more games in 3 of last 4 seasons...Was 1-for-9
as a pinch-hitter.
POSTSEASON: Batted .314 (16-51) with a homer and 11 RBI while appearing in all 14 of Boston's postseason
contests with 12 starts in right...Went 2-for-11 while starting all 3 games of the ALDS vs.
Los Angeles and had just 2 hits in 1st 15 total at bats in the post-season...Beginning with single
in 5th inning of ALCS Game 2, had 14 hits in final 36 at bats...Ranked 2nd among the regulars
with a .360 (9-25) mark in the ALCS...Started 5 of 7 games and appeared in all 7 contests, hitting
safely in final 6...Went 3-for-5 with 5 RBI, including a 1st inning grand slam in Game 6 at Fenway
Park...Was the 6th slam in ALCS history and the 3rd homer with the bases loaded in Red Sox
post-season annals...Hit safely in 1st 3 World Series game versus Colorado before going 0-for-4 in
Game 4 and batted .333 (5-15) while starting all 4 games...His ALCS grand slam was selected as
the top post-season moment in fan balloting in mlb.com's This Year in Baseball Awards.
SUMMARY: Led the Dodgers in doubles
(34), RBI (100), walks (89), and on-base percentage
(.393, 10th in N.L.) and tied for first
in homers (20)...ranked second on the club in
games (146) and at bats (494)...established
career bests for games, doubles, RBIs, and sac
flies (6)...grounded into just four double plays,
one every 123.5 at bats that ranked as the
third best ratio in the National League...started
131 games in right field and four as the designated
SEASON RUNDOWN: Batted .340 (17-53) in
season's first 14 games and was selected as the
Dodgers April player of the month after hitting
.306 (26-85) with four homers and 18 RBIs
in 22 contests...reached base safely in all 22
April games, extending his two-season streak to 33 straight games...was still as high as .301 through
May 20 before hitting at a .215 (17-79) clip over next 23 games to drop to .270 on June 21...batted
safely in his next 13 games, a season high, at .396 (19-48), improving to .293 through July 7...had
a .240 (35-146) average in next 47 games and was at .274 on Sept. 1...finished the year with
a .333 (26-78) average, six homers, and 23 RBIs in his final 25 games, going 6-for-15 with 7 RBIs in
the last 4 contests.
HOMERS/RBI: Recorded his third career 20-homer season in 2006...went deep nine times in his first
47 games before a 43-game homerless drought from June 2-July 26...ended that span with third
career grand slam, July 28 against Washington...had 11 homers in final 54 games, including eight in
final 32 contests...of those eight, four gave the Dodgers a lead...hit two homers in a game twice, both at
Arizona, May 2 and Aug. 25...hit the second of four consecutive ninth inning homers for the Dodgers
on Sept. 18 versus San Diego to tie game at 9-9...had a pair of pinch homers, May 20 versus
the Angels, his 150th career blast, and Sept. 20 against Pittsburgh...Drove in 100 runs for first time in 2006...were most RBIs for a Dodger outfielder since Shawn Green
(114 in 2002)...had four RBIs twice, July 28 versus Washington and Aug. 25 at Arizona, and drove
in three runs on five occasions.
OF NOTE: Batted .297 (44-148) with runners in scoring position and has a .295 (233-790) career
mark with runners at second and third base...had a .311
(50-161) average with two outs in an inning...grounded
into just one double play in final 96 games, including
92 straight contests without a GIDP, June 5-Sept.
26...ended Andy Pettitte's no-hit bid with seventh inning
homer, April 24 at Houston...went 3-for-8 with two homers
and three RBIs as a pinch-hitter.
In his first season as a Dodger, batted .286 with 15 homers and 36 RBI in 72 games, missing more than half the season due to injuries ... His 72 games played were a career-low, as he had never before played in less than 100 games in a full big
league season ... Missed just four of the Dodgers' first 70 games ... Was diagnosed with chondromalacia in his left knee and missed five games from June 22-26 ... Returned to the lineup for the next six games before being hit by a pitch from Arizona's Brad Halsey on July 3 and suffering a fracture in the ulnar styloid bone of his left wrist, forcing him to miss the remainder of the
season ... At the time, ranked fifth in the National League with 51 walks and eighth in the league with a .412 on-base percentage...in his final 24 games of the season, batted .358 (29-for-81) with eight homers ... Reached base via hit, walk or hit by pitch in his final 25 games of the season ... After starting the year 0-for-25, batted .317 (72-for-227) with 46 walks, 15 homers and 36 RBI in 67 games before his season-ending injury ... Batted .304 (56-for-184) vs. right-handers and .331 (45-for-136) at Dodger Stadium ... Hit .304 (21-for-69) in day games ... In the month of June, batted .347 (25-for-72) with five homers and 10 RBI ... Hit five of his 15 homers against the Diamondbacks while batting .348 (16-for-46) against Arizona ... Made 44 starts in right field, during which the Dodgers posted a 23-21 record...made 28 starts in center field ...
Made his Dodger debut on Opening Day, April 5 at San Francisco ... Snapped a season-starting 0-for-25 streak with consecutive hits in his final two at-bats on April 10 at Arizona ... Hit his first home run as a Dodger on April 17 vs. San Diego, a two-run shot off Tim Redding ... From April 10-27, batted .392 (20-for-51) with 10 walks, three homers and eight RBI in 16 games ... Had a season-high eight-game hitting streak from June 1-10, during which he hit .448 (13-for-29) ... Had two multi-homer games: June 2 vs. Milwaukee and July 2 vs. Arizona, the eighth and ninth of his career ... Finished the season with 14 two-hit games, three three-hit games and one four-hit game ... Had eight multi-RBI games, including two games with three RBI ... Batted .282 with three home runs and seven RBI in Spring Training ... Underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder (Dr. Ralph Gambardella) and right wrist (Dr. Norm Zemel) on Sept. 20.
Set career highs with 31 home runs, 93 runs batted in, 128 runs scored, 158 hits,
118 walks, 28 doubles and eight triples in 145 games for the National League Eastern
Division Champion Atlanta Braves...finished sixth in voting for the National League
Most Valuable Player Award and ranked among the league leaders in several offensive
categories, including runs scored (4th), on base percentage (4th),walks (5th) and
slugging percentage (9th)...while playing the majority of his games in right field,
ranked fifth in the National League in outfield assists (12) and committed just three
errors in 145 games in the field...also registered a career-best 22-game hitting streak
from June 30-July 26, the second-longest streak in the National League in 2004
behind Jeff Kent (25 games)...was one of nine National League players and 13 Major
Leaguers to bat .300 or better with at least 100 runs scored, 30 homers and 90 runs
batted in...joined Vladimir Guerrero, Bob Abreu and Carlos Lee as the only Major
Leaguers to combine those numbers with 10 or more stolen bases.
Began the season on the disabled list as he recovered from off-season surgery on his right patella tendon. Also
disabled for much of August due to an oblique injury. Appeared in a career-low 100 games (70 games
started)... Activated from the DL on April 20... Batted .338 (25-for-74) with runners in scoring position and drove home 20 of 94 runners who were in scoringposition... Hit his first homer of the season on May 6 at Cin. (off C.Reitsma in the ninth) - his first career pinch-hit homer... Crushed a 514-foot two-run homer on May 16 vs. Chi's Matt Clement (the fourth-longest HR at Busch since 1988) that proved to be the game-winner... Belted a 432-foot, 3-run homer May 26 vs. Hou... Batted .320 (8 x 25) as pinch hitter, including a 2-run pinch HR June 12 at Bos... Went 3 x 5 July 12 vs. SD with a homer, double, walk and three runs scored... On Sept. 3 at Chi. he made his first game appearance since August 8 and was 3 x 5 with a grand slam homer (off F.Sanchez). J.D. had been placed on the DL with a right oblique strain August 9 September 1 - his sixth career stint on the D.L... Hit safely in 11 of his 21 games (18 x 56; .321 BA) following his return from the DL.
Appeared in just 135 games in an injury-plagued season and batted .252 with 18 home runs and 56
RBI...His 12 game-winning RBI ranked second on the Cardinals (A. Pujols-14)... Belted a 496-foot homer on 4/12 vs. Hou.; the eighth-longest homer ever measured at Busch Stadium... Reached base five times on 4/15 at Ari.,
with a homer, triple, single, two walks and two RBI...Matched his career high with four hits on 4/26 at
Mon...Provided the game-winning RBI in back-to-back games 5/22-23 vs. Hou...Reached safely in all five plate
appearances 6/1 vs. PIT, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a single and two walks...Tendinitis in his right knee
forced J.D. to miss 11 games while on the disabled list, 6/28 to 7/13...His homer (#15) on 9/1 at CHI was his first
since 7/25... His 16th homer didn't come until 9/24 vs. Ari., but it snapped an 0-for-20 skid and broke a 0-0 tie
in the seventh inning...Had surgery, performed by Dr. George Paletta, on 10/17 to remove the diseased portion of
his right patella tendon...Minor surgery, also by Dr. Paletta, on 1/31/03 to remove a cyst from the ball of his left
foot...2002 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Batted .318 with two home runs in seven postseason games (five
starts)...Division Series (Ari.): Went just 2-for-9 (.222), but homered off Curt Schilling in the third inning of
Game 2...NLCS (SF): Played in all five games against San Francisco and started three games...Batted .360 (5-for-
13) and hit safely in the first four games of the series...Clubbed a pinch homer to left-center field off Tim Worrell
in the eighth inning of Game 1.
Appeared in just 109 games in an injury-plagued season, but made the most of his playing time, batting .323 with 27 home runs, 73 RBIs and 80 runs scored...Finished third in the National League with a .360 batting average with runners on base...Hit well in the clutch, batting .337 (33-for-98) with five homers with runners in scoring position...Fifty of his 121 hits went for extra-bases and 41 of his 73 RBIs came via home runs...Batted .332 with 24 homers off righthanded pitchers and .289 with three homers off lefthanders...Of his 14 infield hits, seven were bunt singles...Hit safely in 58 of his last 78 games (95-for-281; .338)...Had 13 RBIs in his last 22 games and had 21 RBIs in his last 36 games...Batted .478 (11-for-23) with three HRs in his seven-game hitting streak, 4/27-5/5...Went 3-for-4 with a single, double and home run on 5/1 at FLA...Had five homers and 11 RBIs during 5/7-13 homestand vs. PIT and CHI. He batted .393 (11-for-28) during the homestand and homered in three straight games, 5/11-13 vs. CHI. Reached base four times and stole a base on 5/12 (two singles, one home run and a walk)...After batting just .258 in April, hit .366 with 10 homers and 27 RBIs in May...Launched only the 17th HR to reach the rightfield upper deck at Veterans Stadium in PHI on 5/19...Batted .405 during his career-best 11-game hitting streak, 5/19-31....Hit his 21st HR on 6/16 vs. CWS and posted his fifth three-hit game of the season...Had two stretches in which he missed substantial playing time. Was hit by a David Wells pitch on 6/17 and missed 35 games with a broken right pinky finger (was on the 15-day disabled list 6/18-7/30). Was activated from the DL on 7/31 and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs vs. ATL in his return...Suffered a lower back sprain on 8/7 at MON and missed another 12 games. Returned from that injury on 8/20 at CIN and went 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs...Reached base four times on 9/28 vs. PIT, with a double, two infield singles (one bunt hit) and a walk...Posted his sixth career two-homer game 10/3 at MIL.
- Made four starts and played in all five games in the Division Series vs. Arizona...batted only .154 (2-for-13) in the series...tied the decisive Game 5 at one run apiece with an eighth-inning solo homer off Curt Schilling...it was the only run Schilling allowed during the series.
In just his second full season in the big leagues, J.D. had a fine campaign in which he batted .295, with 18 home runs, 57 RBI, 73 runs scored and 17 stolen bases... made 108 starts, including 78 in RF, 17 in CF and 13 in LF... hit safely in 49 of his last 62 starts (70-for-225, .311, 7 HR), raising his batting average from .270 on 6/20 to .295... 24 of his 57 RBI came with two outs... each of his 18 HR came off right-handed pitchers... was solid against the other three NL playoff teams this season, batting a combined .344 (21-for-61) with two home runs and eight RBI vs. NY (.409; 9-for-22), SF (.333; 6-for-18) and ATL (.286; 6-for-21)... finished second on the Club with six outfield assists (Jim Edmonds had 10)... his four bunt hits were second on the Club to Fernando Vina's 10... batted .321 (26-for-81) in August and .280 (26-for-93) in September... his pinch double delivered the winning run in a 7-6 victory vs. CHI on 9/16... hit HR No. 18 9/14 vs. CHI... swiped his 17th base on 9/11 at PIT... sparked a win on 9/2 vs. NY with a leadoff 2B in the ninth inning. Belted a two-run homer on 9/1 vs. NY and stole his 13th base... hit HR No. 14 on 7/5, surpassing his 1999 rookie total of 13... walked career-high four times 8/18 vs. PHI and tied the game with a two-run single in eighth inning... had a career-high four hits on 8/13 at MIL... drove home the game-winning RBI in 11th inning on 8/7 vs. FLA... suffered a sprained left ankle on 7/7 vs. SF and was on the disabled list 7/8 to 7/27... missed 15 games, but went 2-for-4 with a double in his first game off the DL (7/27 vs. ARI)... had a career-high 10-game hitting streak (15-37, .405, 2 HR), 6/22-7/2... batted only .227 (20-for-88) in June, but had six home runs and 15 RBI in that month... enjoyed a spectacular game 6/24 vs. LA, homering (No. 12), throwing a runner out at the plate, tying the game with a two-out hit in 11th and making a diving grab in 12th... homered twice on 6/6 vs. KC... collected three hits on 5/9 at SF... hit two HRs on 4/6 vs. CHI, including his first career grand slam (off Brian Williams). Also collected a career-best five RBI.
Played 104 games in his first full season in the big leagues, batting .242 with 13 home runs, 39 RBI and 19 stolen bases... tallied 72 runs scored, a rate of 112 runs over the course of a full season... made 93 starts in the outfield, including 92 in center and one in left, and led the Club with nine outfield assists and six outfield double plays... also paced the squad with six triples and five bunt hits; his six game-winning RBI ranked fourth on the team... ranked in the top five among National League rookies in home runs (5th), stolen bases (2nd), walks (4th), triples (2nd) and outfield assists (2nd)... was successful in 19 of 22 stolen base attempts, including 2-for-2 at third base... batted .301 with runners in scoring position... posted 19 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI contests... 35 of his 89 hits (39%) went for extra bases... enjoyed his greatest success against MON (8-for-21; .381), COL (9-for-25; .360) and HOU (9-for-30; .300)... reached base safely four times and equaled a career best with three hits at MIL on 4/19; hit his first homer of the year, tripled, singled and walked in the 6-2 Cards win... went 3-for-4 and matched a Cardinals single-game record when he scored five runs at MON on 5/1... strained his right quadriceps muscle in May and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 5/15; went on an injury rehabilitation assignment to Triple-A Memphis before being optioned on 6/17; hit .299 with two HR and 15 RBI in 25 games at Memphis... was recalled from Memphis on 6/30; hit safely in 21 of his first 29 games after the recall and lifted his batting average from .230 to a season-high .268... hit an inside-the-park home run (the Cardinals first since 1997) off Trever Miller in a 10-4 win at HOU on 7/1; went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI... hit safely in eight straight games from 7/11 to 7/21... drew a pair of walks and stole a career-best two bases 7/30 vs. COL... posted a career-high nine-game hitting streak from 8/10 to 8/21; batted .333 (11-for-33) in the streak; hit safely in 14 of 15 games from 8/10 to 8/27... homered in back-to-back games at PHI (8/11) and vs. CHI (8/13)... hit a home run (No. 12) and equaled a career best with four RBI 9/18 vs. HOU... clubbed his 13th HR on 9/20 at CHI.
Signed a Major League contract on 7/3 and reported to the Class AA Arkansas Travelers the following day... played in 14 games with the Cardinals after joining the Club on 9/8... batted .417 and led Cards rookies with five home runs... batted .471 (8-for-17) with runners on base and .500 (4-for-8) with six RBI with men in scoring position... two of his four hits against left-handers were home runs... was 0-for-2 in his big league debut 9/8 vs. CHI, the same game Mark McGwire hit his record-breaking 62nd home run... collected his first Major League hit, a 438-foot home run off lefty Gabe White, on 9/9 at CIN in his fourth big league at-bat... stroked a two-run pinch-single 9/10 at CIN... was 2-for-4 with three RBI as a Cardinal pinch-hitter... in a 9/15 doubleheader vs. PIT, was 4-for-9 with two homers and three RBI... hit his second and third homers of the year in the first game, becoming the first Cardinal rookie since Bernard Gilkey (10/5/91) to have a two-homer game... also recorded his first big league outfield assist in Game 2, throwing out Keith Osik at the plate... in the season's final series vs. MON, was 8-for-15 with six RBI... was 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI on 9/25, notching his second multi-homer game in just his 12th big league contest... played 30 games for the St. Paul Saints of the independent Northern League before signing with the Cardinals... joined the Arkansas club on 7/4 at Wichita, Kan... was 2-for-4 with one RBI that night, then went 3-for-4 with two homers the next day... was promoted to Class AAA Memphis on 8/10... played in the Arizona Fall League with the Peoria Javelinas, batting .248 with four homers and 15 RBI in 31 games.
Picked second overall in the June amateur draft by Philadelphia... signed with the St. Paul Saints of the independent Northern League after he and the Phillies were unable to agree on a contract... named the Northern League's Rookie of the Year after batting .341 with 18 homers and 50 RBI in 44 games with St. Paul... concluded his third, and final, collegiate season at Florida State by receiving a cavalcade of honors as a junior, topped by the 1997 Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the nation's top amateur player, and the Dick Howser Award, emblematic of the National Player of the Year as chosen by collegiate coaches... also was tabbed Player of the Year by Baseball America
, The Sporting News
, Collegiate Baseball and the Atlantic Coast Conference... voted first-team All-America by Baseball America
, Collegiate Baseball, the ABCA, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and The Sporting News
... led Florida State to a 50-17 record and an ACC Tournament title... named to the ACC Tournament and NCAA East Regional All-Tournament teams... recorded the first 30-homer, 30-steals season in NCAA Division I history (31 homers, 32 steals)... became just the third Division I player to record a "triple-triple" by notching 106 hits, 100 RBI and 110 runs scored in 67 games... set Florida State single-season records with a 34-game hitting streak, .455 batting average, .961 slugging average, 84 walks and three grand slams... set ACC single-season marks for homers, runs, slugging average and walks, and tied a conference record with 224 total bases... during his 34-game hitting streak, batted .524 with 20 homers and 62 RBI... concluded his tenure at Florida State as the school's career leader in batting (.391), slugging (.789) and grand slams (three), and the ACC career leader in slugging and home runs (69).
As a sophomore outfielder at Florida State, Drew ranked among NCAA Division I leaders with 21 home runs (tied, 10th), 94 RBI, (tied, seventh) and 183 total bases (tied, ninth)... helped lead Florida State to an ACC regular season title and a 52-17 overall record... led the Seminoles in batting (.386), runs (90), triples (five), homers and RBI... led the ACC in homers and RBI and ranked second in batting... homered 6/4 vs. Florida in the College World Series, setting a record for most career homers (five) in Series play... voted first-team All-America by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, the ABCA and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association... named to the ACC All-Conference team... was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award... played for Team USA (and was a finalist for the Olympic team roster) and batted .268 with six homers and nine RBI in 41 at-bats.
As a freshman at Florida State, Drew was named to Baseball America's
and Collegiate Baseball's Freshman All-America teams and to the College World Series All-Tournament team... helped Florida State to a 53-16 record and an ACC tournament title... ranked second on the Seminoles in home runs (17) and RBI (63) while hitting .325, third among Florida State's regulars... tied a College World Series record for most homers in a Series, four, and became the first player to hit three home runs in a Series game, 6/6 vs. USC, a 16-11 loss that eliminated Florida State from the tournament... also homered against Oklahoma, 6/2.