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Conor Jackson

Arizona Diamondbacks — No. 34
Left fielder / First baseman
Born: May 7, 1982 (1982-05-07) (age 27)
Austin, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
July 28, 2005 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
(through August 25, 2009)
Batting average     .281
Home runs     45
Runs batted in     236

Conor Sims Jackson (born May 7, 1982, in Austin, Texas) is a first baseman in Major League Baseball who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He bats right-handed and throws right-handed. He is 6' 2" and roughly 225 pounds. His father is actor John M. Jackson.

After graduating from El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California in 2000, Jackson proceeded to have a stellar collegiate career at the University of California (Berkeley) as a third baseman. He developed a reputation for a patient batting eye and led the Pac-10 with a .538 OBP in 2003. Jackson was drafted in the first round (19th overall) of the 2003 MLB amateur draft.

Never known for his defense prowess, Jackson was moved to the outfield shortly after being drafted. In his initial debut with Yakima of the shortseason Northwest League, he batted .319 with a league record 35 doubles. After his minor league debut, Jackson successfully climbed the minor league ladder. After fielding only .964 in the outfield in the minors, he was moved to first base, where his defensive struggles continued.

Major leagues

He received his first taste of the majors in 2005 (debuting July 28, 2005, in Wrigley Field), where he batted .200/.303/.306 with 2 home runs in 85 at bats. In 2006 he claimed the Diamondbacks' starting first base job. Jackson played a vast majority of first base for the D-Backs, where his .990 fielding percentage was the next-to-worst in the NL.[1]

In 2007, he had the lowest fielding percentage of all major league first basemen (.988).

In 2008, Jackson started the season with a hot bat as the Diamondbacks took an early lead in the NL West. Conor had the opportunity to hit for the cycle in a game against San Diego on April 18. Facing Greg Maddux in his last at bat, Jackson hit a deep line drive to center field, and instead of stopping at second base for the double and the cycle, he continued on to third base for his second triple of the game. It would have been Jackson's first career cycle. He finished the game with four hits, tying his career high, and was later named National League Player of the Week for his 12 hits, 10 runs, 10 RBIs, and three home runs from April 14 through April 20. Jackson batted .300 in 540 at bats, and split the season between left field, where he had a .981 fielding percentage, and first base, where he had a .993 fielding percentage -- again the best in the NL.[2]

His 2009 season was stalled in May when he contracted valley fever and lost 15 pounds during the illness. "I'm tired. I'm fatigued. Some days I feel like I'm able to do stuff, and I do stuff. I sleep 12, 13 hours and I'm exhausted."[3] He did not return to the majors after problems in the minors. He is currently hitting with a .425 average and 2 home runs in the Domican League.


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