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Ed Sprague (third baseman)

Ed Sprague
Third baseman
Born: (1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 46)
Castro Valley, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 8, 1991 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
October 7, 2001 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
Batting average .247
Home runs 152
Runs batted in 558

Career highlights and awards

Ed Sprague, Jr.
Medal record
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1988 Seoul Team
Baseball World Cup
Silver 1988 Rome Team

Edward Nelson Sprague, Jr. (born July 25, 1967 in Castro Valley, California) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman. He played 11 seasons in the major leagues from 1991 to 2001, with six different teams. He is currently the head baseball coach of the NCAA's Pacific Tigers.[1]

College career and Olympics

Sprague was an NCAA standout where he played third base helping Stanford win College World Series championships in 1987 and 1988. He then collected an Olympic Gold Medal in the 1988 Olympics on the men's baseball team. (However, because baseball was a demonstration sport that year, the medals were unofficial and did not count towards respective countries' medal counts.) He is a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.[2]

Sprague was drafted in the first round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Major league career

Sprague made his debut in 1991 for the Toronto Blue Jays and was a part of the 1992 and 1993 World Series championships. He is particularly remembered for hitting the game-winning home run in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the 1992 Series against the Atlanta Braves. His best individual year came in 1996 when he hit .247 with 36 home runs and 101 runs batted in.

Sprague was a regular with Toronto until 1998, when he was traded to the Oakland Athletics. He was granted free agency at the end of 1998, and then played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1999, for which he made his only All-Star game appearance. That year, he hit .267 with 22 homers, 81 RBI and a .352 on-base percentage, the best of his career as a regular player.

In 2000, Sprague played for the San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox. After becoming a free agent at the end of the year, he signed with the Seattle Mariners for the 2001 season, playing in 45 regular season games. He signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers in early 2002, but did not return to the major leagues.

Sprague twice led the league in getting hit by pitches and finished with a career total of 91. Sprague is the only baseball player ever to win championships in the College World Series, the Olympics, and the World Series.[3]

Sprague's final career totals include 1203 games played, 506 runs, 1010 hits, 225 doubles, 12 triples, 152 home runs, 558 runs batted in, a .247 batting average, a .318 on-base average, and a .419 slugging average.

According to a report in the Stockton Record, Sprague said he used performance-enhancing substances later banned by Major League Baseball and admitted hitting a home run with a corked bat.[4]

Coaching career

Sprague has been the head coach of the Pacific Tigers college baseball team since the start of the 2004 season.[5]

Yearly records

Below is a table of Sprague's yearly records as an NCAA head baseball coach.[6][7]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason

2004 Pacific 20-34 5-16 t-7th
2005 Pacific 30-28 9-12 6th
2006 Pacific 30-25 9-12 t-5th
2007 Pacific 16-43 3-18 t-7th
2008 Pacific 14-41 5-19 9th
2009 Pacific 21-32 9-15 7th
2010 Pacific 31-23 12-12 4th
2011 Pacific 17-37 9-15 8th
2012 Pacific 16-40 6-18 9th
2013 Pacific 15-39 7-20 9th
Pacific: 210-342 74-157
Total: 210-342

      National champion         Conference regular season champion         Conference tournament champion
      Conference regular season and conference tournament champion       Conference division champion

Personal life

Sprague and his wife Kristen Babb-Sprague, who is an Olympic Gold Medalist in synchronized swimming, have four children, with their ages ranging from 4-15, as of April 3, 2010. Ed is an alumnus of St. Mary's High School in Stockton, California.

His father, Ed Sr., pitched in the majors from 1968 through 1976.

See also


External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • ESPN

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