David Eckstein

Baseball Player

David Eckstein was born in Sanford, Florida, United States on January 20th, 1975 and is the Baseball Player. At the age of 49, David Eckstein biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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David Mark Eckstein, X Factor, Just Enough
Date of Birth
January 20, 1975
United States
Place of Birth
Sanford, Florida, United States
49 years old
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Baseball Player
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Seminole (Sanford, FL); University of Florida
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David Eckstein Life

David Mark Eckstein (born January 20, 1975) is a retired American professional baseball player who was an infielder in Major League Baseball for ten seasons.

He played college baseball for the University of Florida and played professionally for the Anaheim Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, and San Diego Padres.

Eckstein won the 2006 World Series Most Valuable Player Award.

He is currently serving as a special assistant in the Pittsburgh Pirates operations department.

Personal life

Eckstein was born in Sanford, Florida. He married actress Ashley Drane on November 26, 2005, at his family church in Sanford, followed by a reception at Walt Disney World. He is a fan of professional wrestling, having made public appearances with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling during the 2006 World Series and on February 11, 2007, he co-managed (along with Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Johnny Damon) TNA wrestler Lance Hoyt for his match with current White Sox conditioning coach Dale Torborg, managed by Sox catcher A. J. Pierzynski at TNA's Against All Odds pay-per-view.

After his older brother, Rick, was hired after the 2018 season as the hitting coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates, David was hired in February as a special assistant in their baseball operations department. He left the position before the 2021 season.


David Eckstein Career

Amateur career

Eckstein played baseball at Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida, for four years. He was a two-time all-state pick and a key member of a state championship squad. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In the Class of 1993, Eckstein was voted "Most Helpful."

In addition, Eckstein played American Legion Baseball for Post 53.

Eckstein, a walk-on for coach Joe Arnold's Florida Gators baseball team in Gainesville, Florida, earned an athletic scholarship. He was a first-time Academic Honor Roll pick (1995–1997), a standout in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and the first two-time Academic All-American in Gators baseball history. Eckstein was a member of the 1996 Gators team, which finished third in the College World Series. In 2007, he was inducted as a "Gator Great" in the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame.

Eckstein also competed for the Harrisonburg Turks of the Valley Baseball League in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Professional career

Eckstein was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 19th round of the 1997 MLB draft and then selected off waivers by the Anaheim Angels on August 16, 2000. He ruled the major leagues for three grand slams against the Toronto Blue Jays, one of which was a game-winning grand slam, leading the Angels to a landslide victory over Toronto over the 2002 season, when the Angels were 7–14. The Angels won 20 of their next 23 games after the Jays' sweep.

Eckstein went from the Cardinals to the Angels in 2004, during which three free agent shortstops migrated: Eckstein agreed to a three-year, $10.25 million deal with the Cardinals on December 23, 2004.

He has hit 1,079 hits in his first seven seasons while batting.286. In 2005, he was nominated to the National League All-Star Team, as did teammates Chris Carpenter, Albert Pujols, Jason Isringhausen, and Jim Edmonds. He was a late addition to the 2006 All-Star team. Eckstein struck out only 305 times in the regular season at-bats, with a total of 22 in 2007.

Eckstein, a fan favorite in St. Louis, was considered a "pesky" hitter (he choked-up on the bat about two inches). Eckstein was one of more than 50 hitters to raise money for the Breast Cancer Foundation on Mother's Day, May 14, 2006.

Eckstein, a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, has been named World Series MVP in 2006. Eckstein went 8-for-20 with four RBI and scored three runs in the first two games of the World Series, with four RBI and three doubles in Game 4. Eckstein was one of few starting shortstops to win a World Series in both the American and National leagues, thanks to his World Series victory with the Cardinals.

On October 27, 2011, Eckstein was called back in front of over 47,000 fans to toss out the first pitch of Game 6 of the World Series in St. Louis.

Eckstein, along with Kip Wells, Troy Perpetual, and Miguel Cairo became a free agent on October 30, 2007. He signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays on December 13, 2007.

Eckstein was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league pitcher Chad Beck on August 31, 2008.

On January 15, 2009, he signed a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres on the condition that he would play primarily second base. Eckstein's deal with the San Diego Padres extended until 2010.

Eckstein did not sign up for a squad for the 2011 season. In June, it was announced that he had received offers from the Padres and other teams, but that he did not play baseball. He officially resigned on January 22, 2012.

Eckstein had a.280 batting average (1,414–5,041) in 1,311 games over ten seasons, with 701 runs, 232 doubles, 20 triples, 35 home runs, 392 bases on balls,.345 on-base percentage, and.355 slugging percentage. With a.982 fielding percentage at shortstop and second base, he finished his career. He hit.278 (49–176), four doubles, two home runs, 18 RBI, seven stolen bases, and 12 walks in 44 postseason games.

Post-playing career

On November 9, 2015, Eckstein became a candidate for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for the first time. He gained two votes.