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Jamie D'Antona
Tokyo Yakult Swallows — No. --
Third baseman
Born: May 12, 1982 (1982-05-12) (age 27)
Greenwich, Connecticut
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
July 22, 2008 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
(through 2008 season)
Batting average     .176
Home runs     0
Runs batted in     1

James Joseph D'Antona (born May 12, 1982 in Greenwich, Connecticut) is a professional baseball infielder for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball. D'Antona played college baseball for Wake Forest University where he had a .354 career batting average and 58 home runs. In 2003, he was the ACC leader in slugging percentage, home runs, and RBI. D'Antona played third and first base in college and continued to play both positions while in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. D'Antona was a member of the Chatham A's, as noted in The Last Best League.


Minor leagues

Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2nd round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft, D'Antona finished the 2003 season with Low Single-A Yakima, where he hit 15 home runs in only 70 games. He was also a Short-Season Single-A All-Star and Northwest League All-Star. In 2004, he played with High Single-A Lancaster, where he batted .315 and earned a late-season promotion to Double-A El Paso. With Double-A Tennessee in 2005, D'Antona struggled to hit for average, only .249, which caused his home run total to drop to 9. In 2006, again with Double-A Tennessee, he bounced back with a .312 batting average and was promoted to Triple-A Tucson for 2007.

In 2008, D'Antona batted near .400 for the first 2 1/2 months, was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game, and won the Triple-A Home Run Derby in triple overtime against Detroit Tigers minor league infielder Mike Hessman.

Major leagues

D'Antona made his major league debut on July 22, collecting his first major league hit, a single, on the same day and in his first at-bat. D'Antona was called back up to the D'Backs as a September call up.

Following the 2008 season, D'Antona was released by the Diamondbacks so that he could sign with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.[1]


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