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Jeffrey Hammonds
Born: March 5, 1971 (1971-03-05) (age 38)
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
June 25, 1993 for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
May 22, 2005 for the Washington Nationals
Career statistics
Batting average     .272
Home runs     110
Runs batted in     423
Career highlights and awards

Jeffrey Bryan Hammonds (born March 5, 1971 in Plainfield, New Jersey) is a former Major League Baseball player. He attended Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey and Stanford University in California before playing pro ball.[1] He played for the Baltimore Orioles (1993–1998), Cincinnati Reds (1998–1999), Colorado Rockies (2000), Milwaukee Brewers (2001–2003), San Francisco Giants (2003–2004) and the Washington Nationals in (2005).

Hammonds had great speed in high school and college before injuring his knee. After high school, Hammonds was a ninth-round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1989, though he did not sign, instead attending Stanford University. After he broke the Pac-10 single season stolen base record as a freshman at Stanford, The Star-Ledger reported Hammonds was caught stealing just three times in four years of high school (including summer ball), all by Union High School catchers. He was awarded NCAA Freshman of the Year and voted All-College World Series in 1990, and was an All-American in both 1990 and 1992. Hammonds also played a prominent role on the 1992 Olympic baseball team in Barcelona, batting over .400 to lead the USA team.[2]

Hammonds was a first-round draft pick (fourth overall) in the 1992 amateur draft, selected by the Baltimore Orioles, where he would play for six years. In his thirteen-year career in MLB, he batted .272, 110 home runs, 824 hits, and 423 RBI.

His best season was in 2000 with the Colorado Rockies, when he batted .335, 20 home runs, 106 RBI, 14 SB, in only 454 at bats in 2000, earning a spot on the 2000 National League all-star team.

Before the 2001 season, Hammonds signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, though injuries prevented him from approaching his All-Star form with Rockies. On June 10, 2005, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that Hammonds, who had signed as a free agent with Washington Nationals on 13th December, 2004, had retired.

See also


  1. ^ Olson, Drew. "Rich brew: Hammonds breaks bank of Brewers", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 22, 2000. Accessed December 13, 2007.
  2. ^ Stanford University [1],

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