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Phil Nevin
First baseman / Designated hitter / Catcher / Third baseman / Outfielder
Born: January 19, 1971 (1971-01-19) (age 38)
Fullerton, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
June 11, 1995 for the Houston Astros
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 2006 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
Batting average     .270
Home runs     208
Runs batted in     743
Career highlights and awards

Phillip Joseph Nevin (born January 19, 1971 in Fullerton, California) is a retired Major League Baseball outfielder. He played for the Minnesota Twins (2006), Chicago Cubs (2006), Texas Rangers (2005-2006) San Diego Padres (1999-2005), Anaheim Angels (1998), Detroit Tigers (1995-1997), and Houston Astros (1995). Nevin attended El Dorado High School, in Placentia, California and California State University, Fullerton where he was awarded the Golden Spikes Award in 1992. He was also the "Most Outstanding Player" of the 1992 NCAA College World Series. He bats and throws right-handed.

Nevin was selected as the first pick of the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft by the Astros. Derek Jeter was selected sixth in the draft; Hal Newhouser, a scout for Houston at the time, quit the franchise over the decision not to pick Jeter.[1]

During his twelve-season career, Nevin was a .270 hitter with 208 home runs and 743 RBI in 1217 games. He made the National League All-Star team in 2001. That year he led major league third basemen in errors, however, with 27, [2] and had the lowest fielding percentage of all major league third basemen (.930).

On July 25, 2005, Nevin rejected a trade that would have sent him to the Baltimore Orioles for pitcher Sidney Ponson. The proposed deal was contingent upon Nevin's approval; he had the right to block a trade to all but eight teams, including the Orioles.[3] Four days later, he was traded to the Texas Rangers for Chan Ho Park.

On May 31, 2006, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs; the Rangers were believed to be paying the majority of the amount still due to him on his contract. In return, the Rangers received second baseman/outfielder Jerry Hairston, Jr.. On August 31, the Minnesota Twins announced the trade of Nevin from the Cubs to the Twins for a player to be named later (Adam Harben) and "cash considerations." To make room for Nevin, Twins' outfielder Shannon Stewart was placed on the 60-day disabled list. [4]

On May 12, 2007, Nevin announced his retirement. He then began working pre-game radio shows with the Padres. In June 2008, he returned to Goodwin Field at Cal State Fullerton as the ESPN analyst for the Super Regional against Stanford. In December 2008, he was named the manager of the Orange County Flyers in the independent Golden Baseball League.[5]

On December 15th, 2009 Nevin was named the coach of the Erie Seawolves, the AA Minor League affiliate in the Eastern League when the previous manager was promoted to the major league staff as a first base coach.[6]

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Preceded by
Brien Taylor
First overall pick in the MLB Entry Draft
Succeeded by
Alex Rodriguez


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