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Craig Monroe

Free agent — No. –
Left fielder
Born: February 27, 1977 (1977-02-27) (age 32)
Texarkana, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
July 28, 2001 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
(through September 25, 2009)
Batting average     .252
Home runs     115
Runs batted in     433
Teams
Monroe (left) talks to teammate Fernando Rodney in 2006.

Craig Keystone Monroe (born February 27, 1977, in Texarkana, Texas), nicknamed "C-Mo," is a Major League Baseball outfielder who most recently played for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Professional career

Monroe joined the Detroit Tigers organization on February 1, 2002, when he was selected off waivers from the Texas Rangers. He played his first full season in 2003, hitting 23 home runs.

Monroe is a lifetime .220 hitter in late and close situations (when the game is tied, his team ahead by one, or the tying run at least on deck in the 7th inning or later) and .253 with two outs and runners in scoring position.[1].

On July 19, 2006, Monroe hit a grand slam home run off Javier Vázquez of the Chicago White Sox that was decisive in the Tigers 5–2 win. At the time, both teams were locked in a tense struggle for the lead of the American League Central division. Monroe called it "by far the biggest home run I've ever hit."

On June 14, 2007, Monroe earned for the platinum sombrero (5 strikeouts in a game) against the Milwaukee Brewers. This had been done just two other times in Tigers history: Chet Laabs in 1938 and Danny Bautista in 1995.[2]

On August 17, 2007, the Tigers designated Monroe for assignment. On August 23, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later.[3] Monroe played with the Cubs for the remainder of the 2007 season. The Tigers received Clay Rapada to complete the trade. On November 13, he was traded to the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later.[1] On August 1, 2008, Monroe was designated for assignment by the Twins and released on August 8.

Monroe signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates on January 13, 2009.[4] Monroe was added to the major league roster at the end of spring training.[5] Monroe was designated for assignment on June 20 to make room on the roster for Steve Pearce.[6] Craig was released on July 1.

Personal

Monroe's mother's name is Marilyn Monroe (the same as that of the late actress). She was on hand to watch her son hit a home run against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 30, 2006. After the game, he told the media, "Marilyn Monroe is here in New York, and I'm thrilled."[7]

In December 2004, he was arrested trying to steal a belt from a Florida department store. Police arrested Monroe on December 3 after he wrapped a $29.99 belt around his waist and tried to leave without paying for it.[8] He was released on bond the same day. Monroe agreed to enter a diversion program in order to have the petty theft charge against him dropped.

Craig is a cousin of defensive back Nathan Vasher of the Chicago Bears.[9] Both attended Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas.

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