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John Gall

Outfielder / First baseman
Born: April 2, 1978 (1978-04-02) (age 31)
Stanford, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
July 26, 2005 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
(through 2008 season)
Batting average     .245
Home runs     2
Runs batted in     11
Teams
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's baseball
Bronze 2008 Beijing Team

John Christopher Gall (born April 2, 1978 in Stanford, California) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman.

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College

Gall was a successful collegiate player for Stanford University, making his NCAA debut as a sophomore in 1998, a year in which he had a team-leading .381 batting average and 63 RBI, with 15 home runs, second only to current Padres outfielder Jody Gerut on the team. After his excellent junior year in 1999, Gall was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 50th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft. However, Gall elected to return to college for his senior year, and was eventually selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round of the 2000 draft.

Professional career

After a number of seasons at Single-A ball, Gall played the 2002 season for the New Haven Ravens, the Double-A affiliate of the Cardinals at the time. Here he hit 20 home runs and 81 RBI with a .316 batting average. In 2003, Gall spent his first season with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, and collected 16 home runs and 73 RBI with a .312 average, numbers which were improved in 2004, as he added six home runs and eleven RBI to his 2003 totals.

On July 26, after a promising start to the 2005 season in Memphis, Gall was promoted for the first time to the major league roster, to replace Larry Walker, who was on the disabled list. In his debut against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park, Gall proceeded to go 2-for-4 with a double. He was sent back down to Memphis eight games later on August 9 having collected four hits, two doubles, and two RBI in his first stint as a major-leaguer. On July 17, 2006, the Cardinals released Gall and he signed with the Lotte Giants in Korea. He signed with the Florida Marlins on January 4, 2007. Gall spent nearly the entire year with the Marlins Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes, appearing in only 3 games for the Marlins.

Gall was named to the United States national baseball team for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Gall's success in the olympics, most notably for his home run over Taiwan which helped the United States get to the Bronze Medal round, got recognized by notable people including an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show, an invitation to the White House and serving as a guest of honor for California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In January 2009, Gall signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros.[1]

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Personal Life

Gall currently resides in the Bay Area with his family. He is the cousin of Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Eric Byrnes, with whom he works out in the offseason, in the Bay Area.

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