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B.J. Surhoff

Left fielder / Catcher / Infielder
Born: August 4, 1964 (1964-08-04) (age 45)
Bronx, New York
Batted: Left Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 8, 1987 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 2005 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average     .282
Hits     2,326
Home runs     188
Runs batted in     1,153
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Career highlights and awards

William James "B.J." Surhoff (born August 4, 1964 in the Bronx, New York City) is a former outfielder, first baseman, third baseman, and designated hitter in Major League Baseball. Over his major league career, he played every position except pitcher. After playing for the Orioles from 1996 to 2000, he rejoined the team in 2003 and played through the 2005 season and was always a fan favorite in Baltimore. He started his career with the Milwaukee Brewers (1987-1995) and also played for the Atlanta Braves (2000-2002). Position wise, Surhoff began his career as a catcher, and after playing third base in the mid-1990s, shifted to become primarily a left fielder.

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Baseball career

Attended Rye High School in lower New York and hit a monstrous home run as a visitor at Somers High School which cleared route 139 and hit the firehouse. Dozens flock to this spot which is still marked to this day. After high school he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was honored as the 1985 ACC Male Athlete of the Year, and playing for the 1984 Olympic baseball team, Surhoff was selected by the Brewers with the first pick of the 1985 amateur draft. Surhoff was defined as being a very versatile player, having appeared at every position except pitcher over the course of his career. He had 2,326 hits and 1,153 RBI in his career. Although always a consistent hitter, having hit over .280 in 12 of his 19 seasons, Surhoff's finest season was his 1999 campaign with the Orioles, in which he led the American League in at-bats (673), ranked 2nd in hits (207), was selected to the American League All-Star team, and ultimately won Most Valuable Oriole honors for the season, becoming one of 5 players to get 200 or more hits in a season for the team. He also participated in the Home Run Derby. In other notable seasons, he finished 6th in the AL in doubles in 1993 with the Brewers and finished 5th in batting average in the AL with the Brewers in 1995 with a .320 average.

In 2007, Surhoff was elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame, with the official induction ceremony occurring before the start of the Orioles-Twins game on August 25, 2007, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Personal life

His father Dick Surhoff played two years in the NBA in 1952–1953 and 1953–1954 and his brother Rick Surhoff appeared in 9 games in 1985 as a relief pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Texas Rangers. His son Austin Surhoff swims at the University of Texas and won the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke at the 2010 Big 12 Championships.[1]

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Preceded by
Michael Jordan
ACC Male Athlete of the Year
1985
Succeeded by
Len Bias
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