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Shawon Dunston

Born: March 21, 1963 (1963-03-21) (age 46)
Brooklyn, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 9, 1985 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 2002 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
Batting average     .269
Home runs     150
Runs batted in     668
Career highlights and awards

Shawon Donnell Dunston (born March 21, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former shortstop and right-handed batter in Major League Baseball. He resides in Fremont, CA. He was the first overall pick in the 1982 MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs, and played for the Cubs (1985-95, 1997), San Francisco Giants (1996, 1998, 2001-02), Pittsburgh Pirates (1997), Cleveland Indians (1998), St. Louis Cardinals (1999, 2000) and New York Mets (1999). He is currently a special assistant for the San Francisco Giants.[1]

In 1988 and 1990 he joined double-play partner Ryne Sandberg as an All-Star and was a key contributor to the Cubs' NL East division title in 1989, hitting .278 with 20 doubles, 6 triples, 9 home runs, 60 runs batted in and 19 stolen bases. Dunston was a career .269 hitter with 150 home runs and 668 RBI in 1814 games. He seldom walked, which is why, despite his decent batting average, during the 18 years he played his on-base percentage was the second worst of those with at least 4500 plate appearances.[2] Bill James noted that Dunston was an "eternal rookie, a player who continued until the end of his career to make rookie mistakes."[3]

At the end of his career, he was used mainly as a fourth outfielder and a role player off the bench. He won the 1996 Willie Mac Award for his spirit and leadership.

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Preceded by
Mike Moore
First overall pick in the MLB Entry Draft
Succeeded by
Tim Belcher


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