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Creighton Gubanich

 

Creighton Gubanich

Creighton Gubanich
Catcher
Born: (1972-03-27) March 27, 1972 (age 42)
Belleville, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1999 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
July 23, 1999 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Batting average .277
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 11
Teams

Creighton Wade Gubanich (born March 27, 1972 in Belleville, New Jersey) is a retired baseball player who played briefly in the major leagues in 1999 for the Boston Red Sox. Gubanich's primary position was catcher, though he also made two appearances as a DH and played seven innings at third.

Career

Gubanich was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the sixth round, 117th pick overall, of the 1990 amateur draft, and signed with the A's on August 6, 1990. He remained in Oakland's minor league system until he was traded on June 19, 1997 to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league pitcher Tony Phillips. Just a couple months later, on August 5, Gubanich was dealt to the Colorado Rockies as the player to be named later in an April 23 trade for infielder Jeff Huson.[1]

Gubanich became a free agent at the end of the season and, on October 21, 1997, signed with the San Diego Padres for the 1998 season. He appeared in 86 games with the Las Vegas Stars of the Pacific Coast League, San Diego's AAA affiliate, and hit .291 with 19 home runs and 70 RBI.[2]

Gubanich filed for free agency at the end of the 1998 season and signed on with the Boston Red Sox. He made his Major League Baseball debut with the Red Sox on April 16, 1999 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as a defensive replacement for Reggie Jefferson, who had pinch-hit for Boston catcher Jason Varitek. He made his first career start on April 22 against the Detroit Tigers, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Gubanich picked up his first hit in historic fashion on May 3, hitting a grand slam off Oakland A's pitcher Jimmy Haynes. With the grand slam home run, Gubanich became only the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to hit a grand slam as their first career hit.[3]

Despite the historic grand slam, Gubanich's time in the big leagues was short-lived as he appeared in just 15 more games with the Red Sox and was released in October 1999. He spent the next four seasons in the minor leagues and playing with independent league clubs, but never made it back to the big leagues.

References

External links

  • [1] Baseball-Reference.com
  • [2] The Baseball Cube
  • [3] Baseball Almanac
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