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Shane Victorino

Philadelphia Phillies — No. 8
Outfielder
Born: November 30, 1980 (1980-11-30) (age 29)
Wailuku, Hawaii
Bats: Switch Throws: Right 
MLB debut
April 2, 2003 for the San Diego Padres
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .284
Home runs     44
Runs batted in     224
Stolen Bases     109
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Shane Patrick Victorino (born November 30, 1980 in Wailuku, Hawaii) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball who plays for the Philadelphia Phillies. He is a switch-hitter and throws right-handed.

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Career

Victorino's strongest attributes are his impressive speed and great throwing ability. He is a former Hawaii state high school track and field champ (Spring, 1999) for St. Anthony High School in the 100 m, 200 m, and 400 m dashes. His 100 m time (10.80) was a state record. He has been consistently clocked at 3.7-3.8 sec. from home to first right-handed. He also has a strong arm, with 24 career outfield assists.[1]

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Minor leagues

Victorino was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1999 in the sixth round of the 1999 amateur draft out of St. Anthony High School in Wailuku, Hawaii.[2][3] He spent most of the 1999 through 2005 seasons in the minor leagues.

San Diego Padres

Victorino was selected as a Rule 5 draft pick in 2002 by the San Diego Padres, played 36 games for the Padres, but was eventually returned to the Dodgers. Victorino was again selected in the 2005 Rule 5 Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He again failed to stay with the major league club, and was offered back to the Dodgers. The Dodgers declined, so the Phillies retained his contract and assigned him to their minor league club in Scranton-Wilkes Barre.[4]

Victorino in right field at Bright House Field

Philadelphia Phillies

Victorino earned the nicknames "The Flyin' Hawaiian" and "The Pineapple Express" with his island heritage and great speed.

Victorino became a starting player when he replaced Bobby Abreu, who was traded to the New York Yankees midway through the 2006 season, in right field. He then replaced Aaron Rowand who left by free agency to the San Francisco Giants, in center field.

On June 3, 2007 the Phillies celebrated "Shane Victorino Day" with Victorino hula figurines, and flew his father in from Maui for the game. Victorino ended the day's game with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth against the Giants.[2].

2008 playoffs

Shane Victorino during the 2008 World Series parade

In the 2008 NLDS Game 2 against the Milwaukee Brewers, Victorino hit a grand slam (his first ever in the major leagues, and the Phillies first post-season grand slam) off of CC Sabathia in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Victorino also became the first person in post-season history to have a home run, a double, and two steals in a single game.[5]

Victorino's success carried over into the 2008 NLCS, as he continued to make crucial hits and defensive plays for the Phillies. In Game 2 he was 2 for 5 with 4 RBIs. After the game, Victorino was informed that his grandmother had died. Game 3 saw Victorino in the midst of controversy. After being brushed back by Hiroki Kuroda, Victorino began to gesture towards the non-English-speaking pitcher that it was alright that he throw inside, just as long as he didn't do so at his head. After grounding out to second, he continued to gesture at Kuroda and benches from both teams cleared. Victorino quickly became the villain for Dodger fans and was booed each time he came up to bat. After the game, Victorino was fined $2,500 by the league for his part in the incident.[6] Victorino was quick to silence the crowd during Game 4 when he hit a game-tying two run home run. In their first trip to the fall classic since 1993, the Phillies went on to win the World Series by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays.

2009 season

On July 9, 2009 Victorino won the All-Star Game Final Vote with a record breaking 15.6 million votes, and was named the 33rd member of the National League's 2009 All-Star team.[7] He was the first Hawaiian-born positional player to be named to an All-Star team. On August 12, in a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Victorino was hit with a full cup of beer while making a catch. A complaint was filed with the Chicago police by Victorino and the Cubs,[8] and the fan was charged with two misdemeanor counts.[9] On November 4, 2009, Victorino grounded out against Mariano Rivera to finish the World Series. The Yankees won 7-3. For the 2009 season, Victorino's 13 triples led the majors,[10] and he won his second consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Award in the outfield.

Personal

Victorino is the son of a Maui County councilman and is an Eagle Scout.[11][12] Victorino is married to the former Melissa Smith. Victorino and Smith wed in November 2009. On March 30, 2007, Smith gave birth to their first and only child, a daughter, named Kali'a Makenna Victorino. During the off-seasons they live together in Las Vegas.[13]

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Preceded by
Mike Timlin
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
2008
Succeeded by
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