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Jacoby Ellsbury

Boston Red Sox — No. 2
Outfielder
Born: September 11, 1983 (1983-09-11) (age 26)
Madras, Oregon
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
MLB debut
June 30, 2007 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
(through 2009)
Batting average     .297
Home runs     20
Runs batted in     125
Runs     212
Stolen bases     129
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury (first name pronounced /dʒəˈkoʊbi/ (Juh-coh-bee); born September 11, 1983 in Madras, Oregon) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. Ellsbury was first drafted, though did not sign, by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 23rd round of the 2002 MLB Draft; he was then drafted by Boston in 2005, 23rd overall, in the draft, after three years at Oregon State University.

Ellsbury is officially enrolled as a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes[1] and is the first Native American of Navajo descent to reach the Major Leagues.[2] As of 2008, he is one of only three active non-Hispanic Native American players in Major League Baseball, with the others being Kyle Lohse of the St. Louis Cardinals and Joba Chamberlain of the New York Yankees.

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Professional career

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2005

Ellsbury began his professional career on July 14, 2005, with the Lowell Spinners in the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League. From the start, he showed that his patience and great speed were an asset when he led off the game by walking on a 3-2 pitch, stealing second, continuing to third on a throwing error and then scoring on a wild pitch. On September 7, he tied a Lowell team record with three stolen bases in a game. He finished the season batting .317 with 23 stolen bases in 35 games.

Ellsbury was named Red Sox Minor League Base Stealer of the Month for July, when he went a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen base attempts.

2006

Jacoby Ellsbury began the season as the #6 prospect in the Red Sox organization[3] with the Single-A Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League where, on July 3, he tied a Wilmington franchise record by stealing four bases in a game. After batting .299 with 25 steals in 61 games and being named to the 2006 Carolina League All-Star team, he was promoted to the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League on July 12[4].

Soon after his promotion to Portland, he was named Eastern League Player of the Week for the week of August 6–13 for batting .400 along with his first Double-A home run and hitting safely in seven straight games.[5] Jacoby finished the Double-A season in Portland batting .308 with 16 steals in 50 games. He was selected by the Red Sox as their minor league Defensive Player of the Year and Baserunner of the Year and given a roster spot on the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League, an offseason developmental league where minor league players play to refine their skill in front of mainly scouts and team executives.

In the AFL, he hit only .276 in 25 games, but his defensive skill was enough to earn him a spot in the AFL Rising Stars All-Star game.

2007

Spring training

Ellsbury participated in the Red Sox' 2007 spring training camp in Fort Myers, Florida as a non-roster invitee and was assigned to the minor league camp on March 9, after earning rave reviews for his fielding and speed on the basepaths, in eight games at the major league camp. He was the #1 prospect in the Red Sox organization,[6] and was rated as the #33 prospect in baseball for 2007 by Baseball America[7] and #43 by Sports Illustrated.[8]

Minor league play

He started the 2007 season as the starting center fielder for the Sea Dogs and was promoted to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox on May 4, 2007 after batting .452 in 17 games at Portland and being named the Eastern League Player of the Month for April. He was chosen to play in the 2007 All-Star Futures Game as part of the MLB All-Star festivities at AT&T Park in San Francisco, but was replaced by Matt Tolbert due to his promotion to the Red Sox. After returning to the minors he was reinstated on the US Futures roster to replace the injured Cameron Maybin.[9] He went 0-4 in the game.

Ellsbury set a new consecutive game hitting streak record for Pawtucket on August 24, 2007,[10] besting the mark that had been held by both Dave Stapleton and Dave Berg at 19 consecutive games. His streak ended at 25 games on August 31 with an 0-4 outing.

Ellsbury finished the Triple-A season with 33 stolen bases, tied for second in the International League with Darnell McDonald of the Rochester Red Wings, and one behind leader Bernie Castro of the Columbus Clippers; though Castro had 34 steals in 118 games, and McDonald 33 steals in 134 games, Ellsbury's 33 steals came in just 87 games.

For the second consecutive season, the Red Sox selected Ellsbury as their minor league Defensive Player of the Year and Baserunner of the Year.[11]

Major league play

Ellsbury leading off of first against the Baltimore Orioles.

With an injury to Coco Crisp, Ellsbury had his contract purchased and received a call-up to the Red Sox on June 30, 2007, where he made his MLB debut in center field and hit ninth against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park[12] wearing number 46. He got his first major league hit against Robinson Tejeda of the Rangers in the bottom of the third inning of that game. His first career stolen base came off pitcher Brandon McCarthy and catcher Gerald Laird of the Rangers on July 2, and he also impressed in that game when he scored from second base on a wild pitch.[13] Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame member Johnny Pesky described the play as "the greatest single play I've ever seen in all my years in baseball".[14] He was optioned back to Pawtucket on July 5 after appearing in six games for the Red Sox.[15]

On August 17, he was recalled for the second game of a doubleheader where he led off and played center field.[16] He was then optioned back to Pawtucket after the game.[17]

On September 1, when the Major League rosters expanded to 40 players, he was again recalled to the Red Sox, and on September 2, he hit his first major league home run off Daniel Cabrera of the Baltimore Orioles in the bottom of the fourth inning, a solo shot which landed in the Red Sox bullpen.

The New York Times described him in a September 2007 article as a "cult hero" who brings "speed, improved defense, and unbridled enthusiasm."[18]

He was named MLB's American League Rookie of the Month for September [19] and with fewer than 130 major league at-bats, he still qualified as a rookie for the 2008 season.

2007 postseason

During the 2007 postseason, with Coco Crisp struggling, Ellsbury got the start in center field for Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians, starting every subsequent postseason game. In eleven total postseason games, he hit .360 in 25 at-bats with two stolen bases.

On October 27, with his two doubles off Josh Fogg in top of the third inning of Game 3 of the World Series, he became the first rookie to hit two doubles in the same inning of a World Series game; Matt Williams in 2001 is the only other player to accomplish this feat. After hitting another double off Brian Fuentes in the eighth inning, he became the fourth rookie ever to hit three doubles in a World Series game. His four hits, including a single in the first inning, made him only the third rookie to ever accomplish the feat in the World Series, after Freddie Lindstrom in 1924 and Joe Garagiola in 1946.

For the World Series, he batted .438 with four doubles and a stolen base.

2008

Heading into the 2008 season, Ellsbury was ranked as the #13 prospect by Baseball America,[20] the #16 prospect by Baseball Prospectus[21] and the #19 prospect by ESPN Scouts Inc.[22] All rank him as the #2 prospect in the Red Sox organization behind Clay Buchholz.

Ellsbury hit .224/.291/.347 in sixteen spring training games and started in center field for the 2008 MLB season opener against the Oakland Athletics on March 25 at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. He hit his first home run of the season on April 6 off Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre leading off the top of the 3rd inning. He stole his first base of the season on April 12, off Mike Mussina and Jose Molina of the New York Yankees in the bottom of the first inning.

On April 22, Ellsbury had his first career multi-home run game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He hit one solo shot off a Jered Weaver pitch in the first inning, and another off a Darren O'Day pitch in the sixth.

On May 18 against the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park, Ellsbury was caught stealing on a pitch-out in the fourth inning, which ended a streak of 25 consecutive stolen bases to begin his career, two shy of the major league record held by Tim Raines in 1979.[23] On May 30 with three steals against the Baltimore Orioles, he became the first Red Sox player to steal more than two bases in a game since Jerry Remy stole four on June 14, 1980;[24] he then stole another three bases in the next game, and one more in the third game of the series, for a total of seven.

On June 15, Ellsbury stole his 32nd base of the season, breaking the Red Sox rookie record, set 100 years earlier by Amby McConnell.[25].

He finished the season with 50 steals to lead the American League and put him third on the list of Red Sox all-time stolen base leaders for a single season, behind Tommy Harper (54) in 1973 and Tris Speaker (52) in 1912.

He has also garnered praise for his defense in the outfield, having then played 178 games (1,430 innings) without committing an error in his major league career (as of the end of the 2008 regular season).

Ellsbury finished a distant third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, behind Evan Longoria of Tampa Bay and Alexei Ramirez of the Chicago White Sox.[26]

2008 postseason

Ellsbury hit .333/.400/.567 with three stolen bases in the American League Division Series, in which the Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3–1 in the best-of-five series.

In the second inning of Game 3 of the ALDS, Ellsbury hit the first three-run single in postseason history when Howie Kendrick and Torii Hunter let a pop-up fall to the ground between them.[27] Shortly after, he stole second base.

After going 0-14 in the first three games of the American League Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Ellsbury was benched in favor of Coco Crisp with only a pinch hitting at-bat in game 4. He did not play in games 5, 6 or 7, as the Sox eventually lost the series 4–3.

2009

Ellsbury at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays in September, 2009.

On April 12, Ellsbury played his 179th straight regular-season game without an error, breaking Mike Greenwell’s Red Sox franchise record for outfielders.

On April 15, Ellsbury with six errorless chances passed Coco Crisp for most errorless chances by a center fielder, setting a new Red Sox franchise record of 433.

On April 26, in a game against the New York Yankees, Ellsbury stole home while Andy Pettitte was in the windup. According to the April 26 edition of SportsCenter, Ellsbury's was the first steal of home plate by a Red Sox player with no other runners attempting to steal since Jeff Frye stole home in a game ten years prior, and it was the first steal of home plate with no squeeze attempt or other runners attempting to steal (a "pure" steal of home) since Billy Hatcher in 1994. Following his return to the dugout after the steal, Red Sox fans called Ellsbury back for a curtain call for his performance.

On April 30, Ellsbury was the only baserunner for the Red Sox in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

On May 20, Ellsbury tied a major league record for outfielders with twelve putouts in a nine-inning game, tying Earl Clark of the Boston Braves who did it against the Cincinnati Reds on May 10, 1929 and Lyman Bostock of the Minnesota Twins who did it against the Red Sox on May 25, 1977.[28]

On May 27, Ellsbury went 0-3 to snap a 22-game hitting streak.

On June 17, Ellsbury's streak of 232 games and 554 chances without an error ended at Fenway when he had a ball hit by Jorge Cantu of the Florida Marlins go off the top of his glove in the top of the first inning. It was the longest errorless streak by an outfielder in Red Sox history.[29]

On August 21, Ellsbury tied Tommy Harper's Red Sox single season record for stolen bases (54), in a game against the New York Yankees, again facing Pettitte. Ellsbury then broke the record with his 55th steal on August 25, against the Chicago White Sox.

Ellsbury led the American League in stolen bases for the second consecutive year in 2009 with 70. He also led the AL in triples with 10.

Ellsbury changed his number to 2 for the upcoming 2010 season, after the departure of former Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills, who took the job as manager of the Houston Astros.

Ellsbury won Defensive Player of the Year in MLB.com's annual This Year in Baseball Awards 2009.

2010

With the Red Sox signing free agent center fielder Mike Cameron and not resigning left fielder Jason Bay, Ellsbury was moved to the starting left field position as opposed to center. Ellsbury spent a considerable amount of time playing left field during the 2007 playoffs in late innings when players were being substituted, before earning the primary job in center field over Coco Crisp. The move was made as the result of Cameron's experience in center and inexperience in left. Ellsbury tends to play more flexibly and can thus be moved. Manager Terry Francona expressed excitement over the prospect of playing a true center fielder in left field, creating a larger fielding range and more aggressive style.

During the off season Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills (#2) became the manager of the Astros. Jacoby changed his number from 46 to 2 with permission from the Red Sox.

Personal life

Ellsbury was one of the victims of the $8 billion dollar fraud perpetrated by wealth manager Allen Stanford;[30] although Ellsbury had some assets frozen, it did not cause him any significant hardship, like those suffered by Johnny Damon and Xavier Nady. [31]

Philanthropy

In 2010, Jacoby Ellsbury released a zinfandel wine called ZinfandEllsbury through Charity Wines with 100% of his proceeds donated across three charities: The Navajo Relief Fund, Project Bread: The Walk for Hunger, and Ellsbury Read Project. The wine launched alongside a charity wine by Boston Red Sox teammate Josh Beckett, called Chardon-K. [32]

Career statistics

Amateur career

Season Team - League Age AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG
2002 Bend Pacific International League 18 .357 31 82 19 29 5 2 1 12 14 0 9 7 .463 .500
2003 Oregon State NCAA 19 .330 53 206 56 68 10 3 7 33 14 4 26 33 .427 .510
2003 Anchorage Alaska Baseball League 19 .338 39 145 24 49 3 3 1 13 16 8 18 12 .421 .427
2004 Oregon State NCAA 20 .352 49 196 56 69 8 2 3 20 20 4 30 17 .464 .459
2004 Falmouth Cape Cod League 20 .245 28 110 20 27 2 3 1 7 12 3 17 25 .376 .345
2005 Oregon State NCAA 21 .406 58 244 56 99 19 3 6 48 26 8 36 21 .495 .582
  • 2002 Pacific International League All-Star
  • 2003 Freshman Second Team NCAA All-American
  • 2004 Pac-10 Conference All-Star
  • 2005 Pac-10 Conference Co-Player of the Year
  • 2005 Pac-10 Conference All-Star
  • 2005 First Team NCAA All-American

Minor League career

Season Team League Age AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG
2005 Lowell A 21 .317 35 139 28 44 3 5 1 19 23 3 24 20 .418 .432
2006 Wilmington A 22 .299 61 244 35 73 7 5 4 32 25 9 25 28 .379 .418
2006 Portland AA 22 .308 50 198 29 61 10 3 3 19 16 8 24 25 .387 .434
2006 Peoria Arizona Fall League 23 .276 25 105 18 29 4 3 0 3 7 3 8 16 .342 .371
2007 Portland AA 23 .452 17 73 16 33 10 2 0 13 8 1 6 7 .518 .644
2007 Pawtucket AAA 23 .298 87 363 66 108 14 5 2 28 33 6 32 47 .360 .380
  • 2006 Carolina League All-Star
  • 2006 Eastern League Player of the Week - August 6–13
  • 2006 Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2006 Red Sox Minor League Base Runner of the Year
  • 2006 Arizona Fall League Rising Stars
  • 2007 Eastern League Player of the Month - April
  • 2007 XM All-Star Futures Game
  • 2007 Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2007 Red Sox Minor League Base Runner of the Year

Major League career

Season Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG
2007 Boston AL .353 33 116 20 41 7 1 3 18 9 0 8 67 .394 .509
2008 Boston AL .280 145 554 98 155 22 7 9 47 50 11 41 80 .336 .394
2009 Boston AL .301 153 624 94 188 27 10 8 60 70 12 49 74 .355 .415
3 Years - - .297 331 1294 212 384 56 18 20 125 129 23 98 169 .350 .414

Through End of 2009 Season (October 5, 2009)

  • 2007 American League Rookie of the Month - September
  • 2008 Red Sox rookie single season stolen bases record
  • 2008 American League stolen base leader
  • 2009 All time Red Sox single season stolen bases record
  • 2009 MLB Stolen Base Leader

See also

References

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  32. ^ Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett to Release Charity Wines this Spring

External links

Preceded by
Brian Roberts and Carl Crawford
American League Stolen Base Champion
2008, 2009
Succeeded by
none

Jacoby Ellsbury
File:Ellsbury on
Ellsbury on base for the Red Sox
Boston Red Sox — No. 2
Left fielder
Born: September 11, 1983 (1983-09-11) (age 27)
Madras, Oregon
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
MLB debut
June 30, 2004 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
(through August 9, 2010)
Batting average    .292
Home runs    20
Runs batted in    129
Runs    220
Stolen bases    235
Teams
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Career highlights and awards
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Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury (first name pronounced /dʒəˈkoʊbi/ (Juh-coh-bee); born September 11, 1983 in Madras, Oregon) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. Ellsbury was first drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 23rd round of the 2002 MLB Draft but did not sign. He was then drafted by Boston in 2005, 23rd overall, after three years at Oregon State University.

Ellsbury is officially enrolled as a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes[1] and is the first Native American of Navajo descent to reach the Major Leagues.[2] As of 2008, he is one of only three active non-Hispanic Native American players in Major League Baseball, with the others being Kyle Lohse of the St. Louis Cardinals and Joba Chamberlain of the New York Yankees.

Contents

Professional career

2005

Ellsbury began his professional career on July 14, 2005, with the Lowell Spinners in the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League. From the start, he showed that his patience and great speed were an asset when he led off the game by walking on a 3-2 pitch, stealing second, continuing to third on a throwing error and then scoring on a wild pitch. On September 7, he tied a Lowell team record with three stolen bases in a game. He finished the season batting .317 with 23 stolen bases in 35 games.

Ellsbury was named Red Sox Minor League Base Stealer of the Month for July, when he went a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen base attempts.

2006

Jacoby Ellsbury began the season as the #6 prospect in the Red Sox organization[3] with the Single-A Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League where, on July 3, he tied a Wilmington franchise record by stealing four bases in a game. After batting .299 with 25 steals in 61 games and being named to the 2006 Carolina League All-Star team, he was promoted to the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League on July 12.[4]

Soon after his promotion to Portland, he was named Eastern League Player of the Week for the week of August 6–13 for batting .400 along with his first Double-A home run and hitting safely in seven straight games.[5] Jacoby finished the Double-A season in Portland batting .308 with 16 steals in 50 games. He was selected by the Red Sox as their minor league Defensive Player of the Year and Baserunner of the Year and given a roster spot on the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League, an offseason developmental league where minor league players play to refine their skill in front of mainly scouts and team executives.

In the AFL, he hit only .276 in 25 games, but his defensive skill was enough to earn him a spot in the AFL Rising Stars All-Star game.

2007

Spring training

Ellsbury participated in the Red Sox' 2007 spring training camp in Fort Myers, Florida as a non-roster invitee and was assigned to the minor league camp on March 9, after earning rave reviews for his fielding and speed on the basepaths, in eight games at the major league camp. He was the #1 prospect in the Red Sox organization,[6] and was rated as the #33 prospect in baseball for 2007 by Baseball America[7] and #43 by Sports Illustrated.[8]

Minor league play

He started the 2007 season as the starting center fielder for the Sea Dogs and was promoted to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox on May 4, 2007 after batting .452 in 17 games at Portland and being named the Eastern League Player of the Month for April. He was chosen to play in the 2007 All-Star Futures Game as part of the MLB All-Star festivities at AT&T Park in San Francisco, but was replaced by Matt Tolbert due to his promotion to the Red Sox. After returning to the minors he was reinstated on the US Futures roster to replace the injured Cameron Maybin.[9] He went 0-4 in the game.

Ellsbury set a new consecutive game hitting streak record for Pawtucket on August 24, 2007,[10] besting the mark that had been held by both Dave Stapleton and Dave Berg at 19 consecutive games. His streak ended at 25 games on August 31 with an 0-4 outing.

Ellsbury finished the Triple-A season with 33 stolen bases, tied for second in the International League with Darnell McDonald of the Rochester Red Wings, and one behind leader Bernie Castro of the Columbus Clippers; though Castro had 34 steals in 118 games, and McDonald 33 steals in 134 games, Ellsbury's 33 steals came in just 87 games.

For the second consecutive season, the Red Sox selected Ellsbury as their minor league Defensive Player of the Year and Baserunner of the Year.[11]

Major league play

File:Jacoby Ellsbury leading
Ellsbury leading off of first against the Baltimore Orioles.

With an injury to Coco Crisp, Ellsbury had his contract purchased and received a call-up to the Red Sox on June 30, 2007, where he made his MLB debut in center field and hit ninth against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park[12] wearing number 46. He got his first major league hit against Robinson Tejeda of the Rangers in the bottom of the third inning of that game. His first career stolen base came off pitcher Brandon McCarthy and catcher Gerald Laird of the Rangers on July 2, and he also impressed in that game when he scored from second base on a wild pitch.[13] Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame member Johnny Pesky described the play as "the greatest single play I've ever seen in all my years in baseball".[14] He was optioned back to Pawtucket on July 5 after appearing in six games for the Red Sox.[15]

On August 17, he was recalled for the second game of a doubleheader where he led off and played center field.[16] He was then optioned back to Pawtucket after the game.[17]

On September 1, when the Major League rosters expanded to 40 players, he was again recalled to the Red Sox, and on September 2, he hit his first major league home run off Daniel Cabrera of the Baltimore Orioles in the bottom of the fourth inning, a solo shot which landed in the Red Sox bullpen.

The New York Times described him in a September 2007 article as a "cult hero" who brings "speed, improved defense, and unbridled enthusiasm."[18]

He was named MLB's American League Rookie of the Month for September [19] and with fewer than 130 major league at-bats, he still qualified as a rookie for the 2008 season.

During the 2007 postseason, with Coco Crisp struggling, Ellsbury got the start in center field for Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians, starting every subsequent postseason game. In eleven total postseason games, he hit .360 in 25 at-bats with two stolen bases.

On October 27, with his two doubles off Josh Fogg in top of the third inning of Game 3 of the World Series, he became the first rookie to hit two doubles in the same inning of a World Series game; Matt Williams in 2001 is the only other player to accomplish this feat. After hitting another double off Brian Fuentes in the eighth inning, he became the fourth rookie ever to hit three doubles in a World Series game. His four hits, including a single in the first inning, made him only the third rookie to ever accomplish the feat in the World Series, after Freddie Lindstrom in 1924 and Joe Garagiola in 1946. For the World Series, he batted .438 with four doubles and a stolen base.

2008

Heading into the 2008 season, Ellsbury was ranked as the #13 prospect by Baseball America,[20] the #16 prospect by Baseball Prospectus[21] and the #19 prospect by ESPN Scouts Inc.[22] All rank him as the #2 prospect in the Red Sox organization behind Clay Buchholz.

Ellsbury hit .224/.291/.347 in sixteen spring training games and started in center field for the 2008 MLB season opener against the Oakland Athletics on March 25 at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. He hit his first home run of the season on April 6 off Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre leading off the top of the 3rd inning. He stole his first base of the season on April 12, off Mike Mussina and Jose Molina of the New York Yankees in the bottom of the first inning.

On April 22, Ellsbury had his first career multi-home run game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He hit one solo shot off a Jered Weaver pitch in the first inning, and another off a Darren O'Day pitch in the sixth.

On May 18 against the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park, Ellsbury was caught stealing on a pitch-out in the fourth inning, which ended a streak of 25 consecutive stolen bases to begin his career, two shy of the major league record held by Tim Raines in 1979.[23] On May 30 with three steals against the Baltimore Orioles, he became the first Red Sox player to steal more than two bases in a game since Jerry Remy stole four on June 14, 1980;[24] he then stole another three bases in the next game, and one more in the third game of the series, for a total of seven.

On June 15, Ellsbury stole his 32nd base of the season, breaking the Red Sox rookie record, set 100 years earlier by Amby McConnell.[25]

He finished the season with 50 steals to lead the American League and put him third on the list of Red Sox all-time stolen base leaders for a single season, behind Tommy Harper (54) in 1973 and Tris Speaker (52) in 1912.

He has also garnered praise for his defense in the outfield, having then played 178 games (1,430 innings) without committing an error in his major league career (as of the end of the 2008 regular season).

Ellsbury finished a distant third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, behind Evan Longoria of Tampa Bay and Alexei Ramirez of the Chicago White Sox.[26]

2008 postseason

Ellsbury hit .333/.400/.567 with three stolen bases in the American League Division Series, in which the Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3–1 in the best-of-five series.

In the second inning of Game 3 of the ALDS, Ellsbury hit the first three-run single in postseason history when Howie Kendrick and Torii Hunter let a pop-up fall to the ground between them.[27] Shortly after, he stole second base.

After going 0-14 in the first three games of the American League Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Ellsbury was benched in favor of Coco Crisp with only a pinch hitting at-bat in game 4. He did not play in games 5, 6 or 7, as the Sox eventually lost the series 4–3.

2009

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Ellsbury at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays in September, 2009.

On April 12, Ellsbury played his 179th straight regular-season game without an error, breaking Mike Greenwell’s Red Sox franchise record for outfielders.

On April 15, Ellsbury with six errorless chances passed Coco Crisp for most errorless chances by a center fielder, setting a new Red Sox franchise record of 433.

On April 26, in a game against the New York Yankees, Ellsbury stole home while Andy Pettitte was in his windup. According to the April 26 edition of SportsCenter, Ellsbury's was the first steal of home plate by a Red Sox player with no other runners attempting to steal since Jeff Frye stole home in a game in 1999, and it was the first steal of home plate with no squeeze attempt or other runners attempting to steal (a "pure" steal of home) since Billy Hatcher in 1994. Following his return to the dugout after the steal, Red Sox fans called Ellsbury back for a curtain call for his performance.

On April 30, Ellsbury was the only baserunner for the Red Sox in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

On May 20, Ellsbury tied a major league record for outfielders with twelve putouts in a nine-inning game, tying Earl Clark of the Boston Braves who did it against the Cincinnati Reds on May 10, 1929 and Lyman Bostock of the Minnesota Twins who did it against the Red Sox on May 25, 1977.[28]

On May 27, Ellsbury went 0-3 to snap a 22-game hitting streak.

On June 17, Ellsbury's streak of 232 games and 554 chances without an error ended at Fenway when he had a ball hit by Jorge Cantu of the Florida Marlins go off the top of his glove in the top of the first inning. It was the longest errorless streak by an outfielder in Red Sox history.[29]

On August 21, Ellsbury tied Tommy Harper's Red Sox single season record for stolen bases (54), in a game against the New York Yankees, again facing Pettitte. Ellsbury then broke the record with his 55th steal on August 25, against the Chicago White Sox.

Ellsbury led the American League in stolen bases for the second consecutive year in 2009 with 70. He also led the AL in triples with 10.

Ellsbury won Defensive Player of the Year in MLB.com's annual This Year in Baseball Awards 2009.

2010

During the offseason Ellsbury changed his number (with permission) from 46 to 2. The number (2) had belonged to Brad Mills, the Red Sox' former bench coach, who left the organization to become the manager of the Houston Astros.

With the Red Sox signing free agent center fielder Mike Cameron and not re-signing left fielder Jason Bay, Ellsbury was moved to the starting left field position as opposed to center. Ellsbury spent a considerable amount of time playing left field during the 2007 playoffs in late innings when players were being substituted, before earning the primary job in center field over Coco Crisp. The move was made as the result of Cameron's experience in center and inexperience in left. Ellsbury tends to play more flexibly and can thus be moved. Manager Terry Francona expressed excitement over the prospect of playing a true center fielder in left field, creating a larger fielding range and more aggressive style.[30]

On April 11, Ellsbury collided with Red Sox third baseman Adrián Beltré, in a game against the Kansas City Royals. The collision resulted in hairline fractures to four of his left ribs. He was put on the 15-day disabled list on April 20 (retroactive to April 12). Ellsbury returned to the Red Sox on May 22.

On May 28, Ellsbury was put back on the 15-day DL after playing in only three games for the Red Sox due to residual soreness in his left ribs from the collision with Beltré. He met with a thoracic specialist, who advised him that his ribs should be further along in the healing process before he would be able to play. On July 26, Ellsbury started his rehab assignment with Single-A Lowell Spinners.

On August 4, he rejoined the Red Sox.[31]

On August 9, he was the first baserunner since 1998 (Brady Anderson) to steal 4 bases against the Yankees since 1998.

On August 14, Ellsbury was put back on the 15-day DL list for the third time this season after re-injuring himself in a game against the Texas Rangers. [32]

On September 10, it was officially announced that Ellsbury will not be playing for the rest of the season and cannot resume any baseball-related activities until the season is over. [33]

Personal life

Ellsbury was one of the victims of the $8 billion dollar fraud perpetrated by wealth manager Allen Stanford;[34] although Ellsbury had some assets frozen, it did not cause him any significant hardship, like those suffered by Johnny Damon and Xavier Nady.[35]

Philanthropy

In 2010, Ellsbury released a Zinfandel wine called ZinfandEllsbury through Charity Wines with 100% of his proceeds donated across three charities: The Navajo Relief Fund, Project Bread: The Walk for Hunger, and Ellsbury Read Project. The wine launched alongside a charity wine by Boston Red Sox teammate Josh Beckett, called Chardon-K.[36] Jacoby Ellsbury was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), but as reported in the Boston Globe in 2008 [37], he and his three brothers stopped attending services when Jacoby was a teenager. He said, "I try not to get Him too involved in baseball. What I wish for is good health."

Career statistics

Amateur career

Season Team - League Age AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG
2002 Bend Pacific International League 18 .357 31 82 19 29 5 2 1 12 14 0 9 7 .463 .500
2003 Oregon State NCAA 19 .330 53 206 56 68 10 3 7 33 14 4 26 33 .427 .510
2003 Anchorage Alaska Baseball League 19 .338 39 145 24 49 3 3 1 13 16 8 18 12 .421 .427
2004 Oregon State NCAA 20 .352 49 196 56 69 8 2 3 20 20 4 30 17 .464 .459
2004 Falmouth Cape Cod League 20 .245 28 110 20 27 2 3 1 7 12 3 17 25 .376 .345
2005 Oregon State NCAA 21 .406 58 244 56 99 19 3 6 48 26 8 36 21 .495 .582
  • 2002 Pacific International League All-Star
  • 2003 Freshman Second Team NCAA All-American
  • 2004 Pac-10 Conference All-Star
  • 2005 Pac-10 Conference Co-Player of the Year
  • 2005 Pac-10 Conference All-Star
  • 2005 First Team NCAA All-American

Minor League career

Season Team League Age AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG
2005 Lowell A 21 .317 35 139 28 44 3 5 1 19 23 3 24 20 .418 .432
2006 Wilmington A 22 .299 61 244 35 73 7 5 4 32 25 9 25 28 .379 .418
2006 Portland AA 22 .308 50 198 29 61 10 3 3 19 16 8 24 25 .387 .434
2006 Peoria Arizona Fall League 23 .276 25 105 18 29 4 3 0 3 7 3 8 16 .342 .371
2007 Portland AA 23 .452 17 73 16 33 10 2 0 13 8 1 6 7 .518 .644
2007 Pawtucket AAA 23 .298 87 363 66 108 14 5 2 28 33 6 32 47 .360 .380
  • 2006 Carolina League All-Star
  • 2006 Eastern League Player of the Week - August 6–13
  • 2006 Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2006 Red Sox Minor League Base Runner of the Year
  • 2006 Arizona Fall League Rising Stars
  • 2007 Eastern League Player of the Month - April
  • 2007 XM All-Star Futures Game
  • 2007 Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2007 Red Sox Minor League Base Runner of the Year

Major League career

Season Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG
2007 Boston AL .353 33 116 20 41 7 1 3 18 9 0 8 67 .394 .509
2008 Boston AL .280 145 554 98 155 22 7 9 47 50 11 41 80 .336 .394
2009 Boston AL .301 153 624 94 188 27 10 8 60 70 12 49 74 .355 .415
3 Years - - .297 331 1294 212 384 56 18 20 125 129 23 98 169 .350 .414

Through End of 2009 Season (October 5, 2009)

  • 2007 American League Rookie of the Month - September
  • 2008 Red Sox rookie single season stolen bases record
  • 2008 American League stolen base leader
  • 2009 All time Red Sox single season stolen bases record
  • 2009 MLB Stolen Base Leader

See also

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Preceded by
Brian Roberts and Carl Crawford
American League Stolen Base Champion
2008, 2009
Succeeded by
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