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Encyclopedia > Ray Durham
Ray Durham

San Francisco Giants — No. 5
Second baseman
Born: November 30, 1971 (1971-11-30) (age 36)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right 
Major League Baseball debut
April 261995 for the Chicago White Sox
Selected MLB statistics
(through May 11, 2008)
Batting Average     .276
Home Runs     187
Runs Batted In     837
Teams

Ray Durham (born November 30, 1971, in Charlotte, North Carolina), nicknamed The Sugarman, is a second baseman for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. A two-time All-Star, Durham in his prime was one of the premier offensive catalysts in all of baseball, providing prototypical lead-off hitting with power. He is a 12-year major league veteran owning a .278 lifetime batting average with 1,178 runs scored, 1,930 hits, 403 doubles, 79 triples, 184 home runs, 816 runs batted in and 260 stolen bases in 1,808 career games. Durham is considered an average fielder. Though he has solid range on pop-ups, he has been plagued by below-average hands throughout his career. His arm is considered average. The position of the second baseman Second base redirects here. ... is the 334th day of the year (335th 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 116th day of the year (117th 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. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72 Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) (Chicago) White Stockings (1901-1903 *From 1900 to 1903, the official name did not contain the city name of Chicago... The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ... 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 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) Other nicknames The As, The White Elephants, The... 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 (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–85) Other nicknames The Jints, The Gigantes, The G... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... is the 334th day of the year (335th 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. ... Charlotte redirects here. ... Official language(s) English Demonym North Carolinian Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th in the US  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (340 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (900 km)  - % water 9. ... The position of the second baseman Second base redirects here. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–85) Other nicknames The Jints, The Gigantes, The G... Major Leagues redirects here. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World...

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Early life

He graduated from Harding University High School in Charlotte in 1990, where he played baseball and American football. He was on the state select baseball team and was an honorable mention All-American defensive back. He did not attend college as he began playing minor league baseball with the Gulf Coast White Sox. Ray Durham was originally a 5th round pick by the Chicago White Sox in 1990. Harry P. Harding University High School was established in 1992 as an International Baccalaureate school in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Charlotte redirects here. ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the sport. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72 Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) (Chicago) White Stockings (1901-1903 *From 1900 to 1903, the official name did not contain the city name of Chicago... The following are the baseball events of the year 1990 throughout the world. ...


Major League career

Chicago White Sox (1995–2002)

Durham was a member of the Chicago White Sox from 1995 to 2002. Durham was a leadoff hitter during these years of his career. Durham established himself as one of baseballs better leadoff hitters with above league average on base percentages and averaging well over 20 stolen bases and 10 home runs per season. His performance from 2000 to 2002 was exceptional. By posting at least 15 home runs with 100 runs, 20 steals, a .450 slugging percentage and 65 RBI in three consecutive seasons, Durham became just the 10th player in baseball history to accomplish such a feat. Durham is in great company, with the list including Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Joe Morgan, as well as current superstars Barry Bonds, and Alex Rodriguez. Durham left Chicago as the club's all-time leader in leadoff home runs (20), while ranking fifth in steals (219), 7th in doubles (249) and extra base hits (408) and 8th in runs (784). In baseball, a leadoff hitter is a batter who bats first in the lineup. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Henry Louis Hank Aaron (born February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama), nicknamed Hammer, Hammerin Hank”, or Bad Henry”, is a retired American baseball player whose Major League Baseball (MLB) career spanned the 1950s through the 1970s. ... Willie Howard Mays, Jr. ... This article is about the former Major League Baseball player. ... Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California) is currently a left fielder for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. ... Alexander Emmanuel Alex Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975, in New York, New York), commonly nicknamed A-Rod, is a Dominican-American baseball infielder. ...


Oakland Athletics (2002)

Durham was traded to the Oakland Athletics before the (2002) baseball trading deadline. Durham was traded to Oakland for RHP Jon Adkins. Durham's hitting helped push the A's into the 2002 Playoffs. The Durham deal was a prototypical "rent a player" trade that can occur at the trading deadline. The A's, who constantly rank among the bottom teams in baseball in player salaries, made a trade for the short-term playoff push. With the A's limited finances, it was well known in baseball circles that Durham would most likely resign elsewhere. 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) Other nicknames The As, The White Elephants, The... 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. ... Jonathan Scott Adkins (born August 30, 1977 in Huntington, West Virginia) is a Major League Baseball pitcher. ...


San Francisco Giants (2003–)

After the 2002 season, Durham signed a three-year contract $20.1m with the Giants with a $7m player option for a fourth year that was later exercised[1]. The health Durham displayed during the earlier years of his career vanished. Between 1996 and 2002, Durham appeared in at least 150 games each season, but in 2003 he only appeared in 110 games and in 2004 he appeared in 120. Recurring hamstring injuries and other injuries caused Durham to spend time on the disabled list. The injuries also hampered Durham's success when he was on the field. Durham's running game and stolen bases dropped as Durham tried to protect his hamstrings from reinjury. Despite these injuries, Durham did post solid offensive numbers during his time in the line up. USD redirects here. ...


Because of Durham's injuries that limited his speed and the recurring injuries to Giants outfielder Moises Alou, Durham was given the opportunity to bat fifth in the batting order more often. Durham was batted fifth regularly in 2006. In the 2005 to 2006 off-season, Durham adopted a new work out and strength conditioning routine. The result was a healthy Durham and perhaps his best offensive year in 2006 when in 137 games he batted .293 with career highs in slugging percentage (.538),home runs (26), RBIs (93). Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... Moisés Rojas Alou (born July 3, 1966 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an All-Star outfielder in Major League Baseball. ... In baseball statistics, slugging average (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ... Homerun redirects here. ...

Durham re-signed with the San Francisco Giants for a two year contract worth $14.5 million on December 2, 2006[2]. Giants general manager Brian Sabean lauded Durham for making an impressive transition from a lead off hitter to a middle of the order run producer [3]. Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–85) Other nicknames The Jints, The Gigantes, The G... Brian Sabean is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the San Francisco Giants, a Major League Baseball franchise. ...


After resigning with the Giants, Durham struggled in 2007. Durham called the season "embarrassing" and the "worst" of his career. Durham admitted that his defense has suffered because he was thinking about his hitting while on defense. Durham claims he has had trouble adjusting to the new strategy to pitch against him that includes throwing cutters inside and throwing curveballs on the outside corner. Some Giants fans and radio personalities have criticized Durham's performance in 2006 as being motivated by money because 2006 was Durham's contract year. Durham has denies these claims and has claimed that almost every year is a contract year.[4]


On August 21, 2007 against Sergio Mitre of the Florida Marlins, Durham fouled a pitch at the plate that bounced up and hit his groin. He would go on to single on the next pitch. "I was swinging at the first thing so I could sit down," Durham said. "Then, I end up with a knock and I had to run from first to third. It did not feel good".[5] Sergio Armando Mitre (born February 16, 1981 in Los Angeles, California) is a Major League Baseball pitcher on the Florida Marlins. ... 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. ...


Ray Durham has also gained fame and popularity through his nickname: "Ray-Ray." As he once said in a clubhouse interview, Durham prefers the nickname because it brings out his youthful attitude and enjoyment of the game of baseball.


On September 9, 2007 Ray Durham hit a pinch hit 3 run homer in the 8th inning to help San Francisco beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2. Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1913) Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899...


See also

In the sport of baseball, a home run is the act of hitting the ball in such a manner, whether out of the park or in (see inside the park home run), that allows the batter to safely reach home and score in one play. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Major League Baseball all-time leaders in doubles. ... Below is the list of 295 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 Runs milestone. ...

References

  1. ^ ESPN.com news service. "Giants sign two former All-Stars, offer Kent arbitration." December 7, 2002. http://espn.go.com/mlb/news/2002/1207/1473034.html. Accessed on August 26, 2007
  2. ^ Associated Press. "Durham agrees to two-year deal with Giants." December 1, 2006. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2682749. Accessed on August 26, 2007.
  3. ^ Schulman, Henry. "Durham returning to the Giants: Feliz should be next; Bonds still up in air." December 2, 2006. The San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/12/02/SPG4OMO6U11.DTL&hw=Brian+Sabean+Ray+Durham+sign+year+deal&sn=005&sc=729. Accessed August 26, 2007.
  4. ^ Schulman, Henry. "Durham's struggles affecting entire game." Sunday, August 26, 2007. The San Francisco Chronicle. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/08/26/SPN0RPFPJ.DTL. Accessed August 26, 2007.
  5. ^ Schulman, Henry. "Ortiz struggles to keep his pitching arm right." San Francisco Chronicle. Tuesday, August 21, 2007. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2007/08/21/SP4VRLUV0.DTL. Accessed on August 21, 2007.

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