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Encyclopedia > Gregg Zaun
Gregg Zaun

Toronto Blue Jays — No. 9
Catcher
Born: April 14, 1971 (1971-04-14) (age 36)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right 
Major League Baseball debut
June 241995 for the Baltimore Orioles
Selected MLB statistics
(through 2007)
Batting average     .252
Home runs     72
Runs batted in     375
Teams

Gregory Owen Zaun (born April 14, 1971 in Glendale, California) is a Major League Baseball player with the Toronto Blue Jays. A catcher, his plate-blocking ability and hustle have made him a fan favorite in Toronto. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 244 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (701 × 1720 pixel, file size: 460 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Homerun redirects here. ... “RBI” redirects here. ... This article is about the contemporary American major league baseball team. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1996 throughout the world. ... This year in baseball 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Don Sutton, a 324-game winner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his fifth try. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26, 34, 42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Other nicknames None in common use Ballpark Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (1994–present) a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 10, 20, 42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Other nicknames The Boys in Blue Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2000 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rocks, The Rox, Blake Street Bombers, Hurdles Heroes. ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Other nicknames The Jays Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989–present) a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... Nickname: Location of Glendale within Los Angeles County and the State of California. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Other nicknames The Jays Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989–present) a. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ...

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Professional career

Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 17th round of the 1989 Amateur Draft, Zaun reached the majors with the Orioles in June of 1995. Used primarily as a back-up early in his career, he was traded to the Florida Marlins in 1996. After winning a World Series ring with the Marlins in 1997, he moved to the Texas Rangers prior to the 1999 season. He has also played with the Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, and Colorado Rockies. He signed as a free agent with the Blue Jays prior to the 2004 season. This article is about the contemporary American major league baseball team. ... 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Draft of players to play in Major League Baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1996 throughout the world. ... The following are the events of the year 1997 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26, 34, 42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Other nicknames None in common use Ballpark Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (1994–present) a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 10, 20, 42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Other nicknames The Boys in Blue Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rocks, The Rox, Blake Street Bombers, Hurdles Heroes. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ...


In 2004, the Blue Jays were the first team to make Zaun, at 33, a starting catcher. Valuable in the line-up as a switch-hitter, he set a career high in 2005 with 133 games. This article is about the Arrested Development episode. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ...


Prior to the 2006, the Blue Jays signed Bengie Molina as the everyday catcher, making Zaun once again the backup. Zaun also started the 2006 season on the disabled list, with Jason Phillips serving as Molina's backup during the first week of the year. Zaun hit a game-winning two-run homer off the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' Jason Childers in his return on April 8. Molina's struggles against right-handed pitchers caused John Gibbons to platoon the two, with Molina generally starting against left-handed pitchers and Zaun playing against righties. The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... Benjamin José Bengie Molina (born July 20, 1974, in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) is the starting catcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. ... In baseball, the disabled list (a. ... Jason Lloyd Phillips (born September 27, 1976 in La Mesa, California) is a free agent catcher. ... 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... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A person who is right-handed is more dextrous with their right hand than with their left hand: they will write with their right hand, and probably also use this hand for tasks such as personal care, cooking, and so on. ... The platoon system in baseball is a method of designating two players to a single defensive position -- usually one right-handed and one left-handed. ... People who are left-handed are more dextrous with their left hand than with their right hand: they will probably also use their left hand for tasks such as personal care, cooking, and so on. ...


Because the Toronto Blue Jays actively pursued Rod Barajas of the Texas Rangers as the club's new starting catcher during the 2006 off-season, it was assumed that Zaun would be exploring free agency as signing Barajas would mean Zaun would be maintained as a backup. Meanwhile, negotiations between Zaun and the club deteriorated, as Zaun claimed that the Jays offered "slightly better than back-up money for playing every day".[1] Negotiations with Barajas went as far as an offer conditional on a routine physical, but eventually fell apart for reasons yet to be disclosed. After turning down a reported $6.5 million two-year offer from the Blue Jays a week earlier,[2] Zaun officially accepted a two-year, $7.25 million contract offer to return to the Toronto Blue Jays as its starting catcher on November 28, 2006. The new contract deal also included a 3rd year option, guaranteed based on appearances.[3] The signing came after Zaun was rumoured to have been courted by the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, both in backup roles. Rodrigo Richard Barajas (born September 5, 1975 in Ontario, California) is a catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26, 34, 42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Other nicknames None in common use Ballpark Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (1994–present) a. ... is the 332nd day of the year (333rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as...


Broadcasting

Gregg Zaun started his broadcasting career after the Blue Jays closed out their 2006 season. Throughout the playoffs, Zaun would offer his thoughts on how the teams and players were doing, and how he thought they could improve. He worked alongside Jamie Campbell on Rogers Sportsnet. During the 2007 season, he continued his work in the booth on his off days or before the game. After the season, he continued to share his thoughts with the viewers. The term Blue Jay can refer to: Blue Jay, a species of bird. ... Jamie Campbell (born May 20, 1967 in Oakville, Ontario) is a Canadian sportscaster for the Rogers Sportsnet television channel, known for being the networks voice for Toronto Blue Jays games. ... “Sportsnet” redirects here. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ...


Steroid Accusations

In the December 2007 Mitchell Report on performance enhancing drugs in baseball, Zaun was accused of having used the steroids Deca-Durabolin and Winstrol. Zaun allegedly purchased the drugs as a member of the Kansas City Royals from known steroid dealer Kirk Radomski; a check from Zaun to Radomski is provided as evidence in the report. As well, according to the report, former bullpen catcher Luis Perez revealed to MLB investigators that he has supplied anabolic steroids to Zaun. Zaun refused to meet with Mitchell to discuss the allegations, and has publicly denied them, claiming that he owed a teammate money and sent a blank cheque, which was later used to buy steroids. Deca-Durabolin is an anabolic steroid. ... Stanozolol, sold under the name Winstrol, is a synthetic anabolic steroid. ... Luis Pérez may refer to: Luis Alberto Pérez, a Nicaraguan boxer. ... Anabolic steroids are a class of natural and synthetic steroid hormones that promote cell growth and division, resulting in growth of muscle tissue and sometimes bone size and strength. ...


Trivia

  • Zaun is the nephew of former catcher Rick Dempsey.
  • His walking-to-the-plate music is "Limelight" by Rush (whose frontman, Geddy Lee, is a regular attendee at Blue Jays games.)
  • On September 13, 2006, he hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game. He is only the 4th Blue Jay in history to do this.
  • Zaun was a high school teammate of Mark Loretta of the Houston Astros. Gregg and Mark attended Saint Francis High School in La Cañada, California and graduated in 1989.
  • Zaun was named in the 2007 Mitchell Report as a steroid user.

Rick Dempsey is a former Major League Baseball catcher, who played from the years 1969-1992, for the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Milwaukee Brewers. ... Moving Pictures track listing YYZ (Track 3) Limelight (Track 4) The Camera Eye (Track 5) Audio sample Limelight is a song by the Canadian progressive rock band Rush. ... Rush is a Canadian rock band originally formed in August 1968, in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario; presently comprised of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. ... Geddy Lee OC is a Canadian musician best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush. ... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Mark David Loretta (born August 14, 1971 in Santa Monica, California) is a second baseman in Major League Baseball who plays for the Houston Astros. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... Saint Francis High School is an all-boys Catholic preparatory high school in La Cañada Flintridge, California. ... Location of La Cañada Flintridge in California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California County Los Angeles Incorporated (city) 1976-11-30 [2] Government  - Mayor Gregory Brown [1] Area  - City  8. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...

See also

  • Florida Marlins all-time roster

  The following is a list of players, both past and current, who appeared at least in one game for the Florida Marlins franchise as listed on MLB.com. ...

References

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
  • Official Gregg Zaun Site

  Results from FactBites:
 
Gregg Zaun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (557 words)
Gregory Owen "Gregg" Zaun (born April 14, 1971 in Glendale, California) is a Major League Baseball player with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 17th round of the 1989 Amateur Draft, Zaun reached the majors with the Orioles in June of 1995.
Gregg is the nephew of former catcher Rick Dempsey.
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