Rich Aurilia

Rich Aurilia

Rich Aurilia
Aurilia with the Giants in July 2007
Shortstop
Born: (1971-09-02) September 2, 1971
Brooklyn, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 1995, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 2009, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Batting average .275
Home runs 186
Runs batted in 756
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Richard Santo Aurilia (; born September 2, 1971) is a former Major League Baseball player, mainly as a shortstop. He bats and throws right-handed.

The 24th round pick of the Texas Rangers in the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft, Aurilia worked in the Rangers minor league system before being traded with first baseman Desi Wilson to the San Francisco Giants for pitcher John Burkett in 1994.

Contents

  • High school and college 1
  • Major League career 2
    • San Francisco Giants 2.1
    • Seattle Mariners 2.2
    • San Diego Padres 2.3
    • Cincinnati Reds 2.4
    • San Francisco 2.5
    • Retirement 2.6
  • Personal life 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

High school and college

Aurilia was born in Brooklyn, New York. Before being drafted by Texas, Aurilia was a standout at St. John's University, where he represented the Red Storm as an All-Big East selection in 1992.

Aurilia is also a graduate of Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, New York.[1] He was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame, and his number 22 was retired by local baseball league, Our Lady of Grace.

Major League career

San Francisco Giants

Aurilia made his Major League debut on September 6, 1995 as a defensive replacement in a game against the Montréal Expos. This would begin his long, solid run as the Giants shortstop. On June 14, 1997, during his first stint with the Giants, Aurilia hit the first-ever grand slam in interleague play at the expense of the Anaheim Angels' Allen Watson, a former teammate. The Giants went on to win the game 10–3. 2001 would prove to be a banner year for Aurilia as he collected a National League best 206 hits, all leading to a .324 batting average with 37 home runs, 97 RBI, an NL All-Star nod, and a Silver Slugger Award. However, his career best 37 home run year in 2001 was overshadowed by Barry Bonds' record breaking 73 home runs in the same season.

From 1999 to 2001, he led NL shortstops in home runs. Production trailed off in 2002, but Aurilia shined once again in San Francisco's failed 2002 run for a World Series Championship. In 14 postseason games that season, he batted .296, with 5 homers and 14 RBI (an NL record for a shortstop in the postseason). He also was a Roberto Clemente Award nominee.

Seattle Mariners

After more offensive stagnation in 2003, the Giants severed their nine-year relation with the shortstop, granting him free agency on October 27. Soon after, Aurilia signed on with the Seattle Mariners to patrol the M's infield.

San Diego Padres

The lifetime National Leaguer could not get a grip on American League pitching, and was dealt to the San Diego Padres. He continued to struggle in spacious PETCO Park, and was not tendered a contract for 2005.

Cincinnati Reds

Needing a veteran infielder, the Reds signed Aurilia to a minor league contract, on January 22, 2005. The versatile infielder played well for the Reds collecting 14 home runs and 68 RBI as Cincinnati's shortstop, second baseman, and third baseman. The Reds then re-signed him on January 8, 2006.

Aurilia served as an everyday player spending time rotating between shortstop, second base, first base and third base for the Reds in 2006. He finished the year with 23 home runs, 70 RBI, and a batting average of exactly .300—his highest in all three categories since 2001.

San Francisco

In the 2006 offseason, Aurilia signed a two-year, $8 million contract with his old team, the Giants. During the 2007 season, he appeared in 99 games (mostly at first base), starting in 81 of them. Aurilia was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a neck injury that had been slow to heal, limiting his range of movement and causing headaches. At the time, he was batting only .236 with two home runs. Aurilia returned to the Giants' lineup on July 4, hitting a home run in a 9–5 win over the Cincinnati Reds. He finished the season batting .252 with five home runs, 33 RBI, and a .304 on-base percentage. Aurilia posted better numbers in each of those categories during the 2008 season, where he remained generally healthy throughout the year, one factor that led him to have considerably more playing time (99 games started).

On February 9, Arizona Diamondbacks, receiving standing ovations from the home fans in appreciation for 12 years with the team.

Retirement

Aurilia announced his retirement on April 11, 2010. He is currently a member of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

Personal life

Aurilia appeared on the ABC soap opera General Hospital in 2003. For his non-speaking role as Juror No. 9 in a court room scene.

He finished second on a pro on pro challenge on Guy's Grocery Games on September 20, 2015.[4] His charity was the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Rich is very active in the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He has 2 sons: Chaz Aiden, (born August 18, 2001) and Gavin Shea, (born October 1, 2003).[5]

Married Amy Krzyzkowski on June 28, 2015.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Rich Aurilia". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ Aurilia back to the Bay
  3. ^ Giants unveil final roster for opener
  4. ^ http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/guys-grocery-games.html
  5. ^ MLB Player Bio

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • CBS Sports Line - daily updates