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Jason Bartlett

Tampa Bay Rays — No. 8
Shortstop
Born: October 30, 1979 (1979-10-30) (age 30)
Mountain View, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
August 3, 2004 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .287
Home runs     25
Runs batted in     195
Stolen Bases     89
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Bartlett playing for the Minnesota Twins on September 23, 2006.

Jason Alan Bartlett (born October 30, 1979, in Mountain View, California) is a Major League Baseball shortstop for the Tampa Bay Rays. He grew up in Lodi, California and attended St. Mary's (Stockton) High School. Bartlett went to the University of Oklahoma. His MLB debut was August 3, 2004, for the Minnesota Twins.

Bartlett recorded his first five-hit game in the Twins' 11-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on August 6, 2006. [1] When on the Twins, Bartlett was one of four players known for speed and small ball, nicknamed "The Piranhas" by Chicago White Sox manager, Ozzie Guillén. The Twins embraced the term during the 2006 season. The other Piranhas were Jason Tyner, Luis Castillo, and Nick Punto.

In 2007 he led all major league shortstops in errors, with 26. On November 28, 2007, the Twins traded Bartlett along with Matt Garza and Eduardo Morlan to the Tampa Bay Rays for Delmon Young, Jason Pridie, and Brendan Harris.

On October 22, 2008, Bartlett stole a base in the 5th inning of Game 1 of the World Series, earning America a free taco from Taco Bell. This has prompted his nickname in the Tampa Bay area as the "Taco Bell Kid". [2] Bartlett finished the season batting .286 with one home run, and was voted by local Tampa sportswriters as the Rays' MVP for the year.[3]

On July 5, 2009, Bartlett was selected by the fans to represent Tampa Bay in the 2009 All Star Game.

Personal life

Bartlett married Kelly Chevez on November 15, 2008. They have a son, Jayden Bartlett, born June 25, 2008. They reside in Fort Myers, Florida.

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