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Encyclopedia > Ben Grieve

Benjamin Grieve (born May 4, 1976 in Arlington, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed. In his nine-season career, he played with the Oakland Athletics (1997-2000), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2001-2003), Milwaukee Brewers (2004), and Chicago Cubs (2004 & 2005). is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the 1976 Gregorian calendar. ... Arlington is a city in Tarrant County, Texas (USA) within the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968–present) a. ... Major league affiliations American League (1998–present) East Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 12, 42 Name Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-Rays, The Rays Ballpark Tropicana Field (1998–present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) none Division titles... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 19, 34, 42, 44 Name Milwaukee Brewers (1970–present) Seattle Pilots (1969) Ballpark Miller Park (2001–present) County Stadium (1970-2000) Sicks Stadium (Seattle) (1969) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ...


Grieve departed the Chicago Cubs in the 2004-2005 offseason as a free agent, then signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a non-roster invitee to spring training. He was then cut from the Pirates, which made him a free agent. Then at the beginning of the 2005 season Grieve was signed by the Chicago Cubs to a minor league contract, which assigned him to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. He had two short call-ups during the regular season, and was again activated midway through September following roster expansion. Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers... A non-roster invitee in baseball is a player invited to play in spring training without a guaranteed roster spot. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor baseball leagues are North American professional baseball leagues that compete at a level below that of Major League Baseball. ... Class-Level Triple-A Minor League affiliations Pacific Coast League (1998-Present) American Conference North Division American Association (1969-1997) Major League affiliation Chicago Cubs (1981-Present) Chicago White Sox (1976-1980) Houston Astros (1975) Chicago White Sox (1973-1974) Oakland Athletics (1969-1973) Current uniform Name Iowa Cubs (1982...


Grieve won the 1998 American League Rookie of the Year award while playing for the Oakland Athletics. His father, Tom Grieve, is an announcer for the Texas Rangers and a former baseball player. Grieve's baseball career has been plagued by accusations of lack of motivation. Perhaps as a result, his career was very disappointing relative to his natural abilities.[1][2][3] Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968–present) a. ... Tom Grieve - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium in Saint Louis, Missouri. ...

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Career Summary

Ben Grieve was once a highly regarded young prospect, born from a baseball family. He began his career with the Oakland Athletics. He put together a solid rookie season in 1998, hitting .288, with 18 HR and 89 RBI, earning him the Rookie of the Year. He followed up with a similar, yet more inconsistent, season, hitting .265 with 26 HR and 86 RBI, missing time due to injuries. His next season (2000) would statistically be his best. Grieve belted 27 HR, drove in 107 RBI, and hit .279. Talk spread throughout the league that Grieve could become a superstar. This talk, however, was short-lived. Following the 2000 season, the young Grieve was involved in a 3-team deal that sent him to Tampa Bay.


Grieve's career downfall began with the trade to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He hit just 11 HR and drove in only 72 RBI. The following season (2002), Grieve battled injuries, but did manage to hit 19 HR and drive in 64 RBI in just 136 games. This would be the last of Grieve's productive seasons. Grieve admitted that he was now at a crossroads in his career. He knew that if he played well, he could depart for another team and be apart of an everyday lineup. If he preformed poorly, he would be released and would be fighting for a back-up job somewhere.


Unfortunately, 2003 was perhaps Grieve's worst season in his career. He hit just .230, hit only 4 HR, and had just 17 RBI. He appeared in just 55 games. This meant that the latter of Grieve's predictions was about to take place.


Grieve was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in the offseason, and in 15 games with them, showed no life with his bat. He was then traded to the desperate Chicago Cubs early in the season. He would serve primarily as a back-up outfielder. In all, Grieve appeared in just 123 games between the two teams, hitting just 8 HR and driving in 35 RBI.


In the 2005 season, Grieve bounced up-and-down between the minors and the Cubs, appearing in a career-low 23 games, only hitting 1 HR and driving in just 5 RBI. However, Grieve had just 20 at-bats, so in limited times, he was actually an efficient hitter for the few times he did have to make an impact.


Grieve spent the entire 2006 season in the White Sox minor league organization.


Grieve was never really able to live up to expectations that were made of him. Many believe that when he was traded from the A's to the Devil Rays, he was sent from an organization he had been just a piece of the puzzle of, to a struggling team that relied on him so much to become a superstar and carry, that he folded under the pressure. Other believe he lacks passion for the sport.


His father, former Major Leaguer and GM Tom Grieve, once stated in an interview that he believed his son wasn't living up to his capabilities due to the immense pressure that had been put upon him to carry the entire Devil Rays organization, and now it has been difficult for him to bounce back.


Grieve started the 2007 season in the White Sox minor league organization, a member of the AAA Charlotte Knights.


Personal

Ben Grieve is engaged to some basketball player (a female). An October 2007 wedding is planned.


Awards

In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ... Baseball America is an alternative Major League Baseball resource, with in-depth coverage of every level of the game and a particular focus on up-and-coming players. ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ...

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References

  1. ^ Marc Topkin. Rays: Forget whispers, Grieve all they hoped for, St. Petersburg Times, 3/25/2001.
  2. ^ Roger Mills. Grieve uncertain about road he will take, St. Petersburg Times, 3/13/2003.
  3. ^ Rick Hurd. No regrets, Contra Costa Times, 3/15/2006.
Preceded by
Nomar Garciaparra
American League Rookie of the Year
1998
Succeeded by
Carlos Beltran

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Ben Grieve - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (250 words)
Grieve departed the Chicago Cubs in the 2004-2005 offseason as a free agent, then signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a non-roster invitee to spring training.
Then at the beginning of the 2005 season Grieve was signed by the Chicago Cubs to a minor league contract, which assigned him to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.
His father, Tom Grieve, is an announcer for the Texas Rangers and a former baseball player.
Ben Grieve - Addict Baseball and Football Forum (2206 words)
Grieve, who has reached base safely in 17 of his last 22 games, entered Saturday's game leading the team with 21 walks and second among the team's everyday players with a.398 on base percentage and.851 OPS (on-base plus slugging), trailing only Overbay in both departments.
Before Ben Grieve's RBI single Tuesday night, the Brewers were hitless in their last 23 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Grieve has received criticism at times for being too passive at the plate but he defended his approach, which resulted in 34 walks in 198 plate appearances before Wednesday.
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