Famous Baseball Players
Shawn David Green (born November 10, 1972, in Des Plaines, Illinois) is a Major League Baseball player. Green plays right field for the New York Mets, but will be competing with Lastings Milledge to hold that position in spring training in 2007.
Green was a first round draft pick, and in the major leagues has been a 2-time All-Star. He has driven in 100 runs 4 times and scored 100 runs 4 times, has hit 40 or more home runs 3 times, has led the league in doubles, extra base hits, and total bases, has won both a Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award, and set the Dodgers single-season record in home runs. Green has also been in the top 5 in the league in home runs, RBIs, intentional walks, and MVP voting.
Green holds or is tied for the following major league records: most home runs in a game (4), most extra base hits in a game (5), most total bases in a game (19), most runs scored in a game (6), most home runs in two consecutive games (5), most home runs in three consecutive games (7), and most consecutive home runs (4).
He is one of only 5 active players with at least 300 home runs, 1,000 runs and RBIs, 400 doubles, a .280 batting average, and 150 stolen bases. The others are Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey, Gary Sheffield, and Jeff Bagwell, each of whom is at least two years older than Green, with at least 1,200 more at bats.
Through 2006, in the 2000s he is 2nd in the major leagues in games played (798), 13th in total bases (1,535), 15th in home runs (162), 16th in hits (842), and 17th in runs (505).
Green is noted for his smooth swing, as well as for the strength and accuracy of his arm in the outfield (he had 14 assists, for example, in 1998).
Green is one of the more well-known Jewish major league ballplayers, and the most prominent one with the Mets since Art Shamsky played right field for the 1969 World Champion Mets. Green has missed games on Yom Kippur, as he did in 2004 when the Dodgers were in the playoff hunt
Green received a standing ovation in his first at bat as a Met. Green's second at bat as a Met was an RBI single off Jason Marquis. On September 6, Green had arguably his best regular season day as a Met so far, going 6-for-8 with 2 home runs in a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves.
Overall, in 2006 Green had his worst offensive year in a decade. He hit only 15 home runs, with 66 RBIs, 4 stolen bases, a .432 slugging percentage, and a .277 batting average. He faded as the season progressed, batting .240 after the all-star break.
After the season ended, Green was 18th of all active players in doubles, and in the top 30 of all active players in home runs, runs, total bases, and extra base hits. He was also in the top 100 of all players ever lifetime in home runs.
In 1998 Green had 14 assists and 5 double plays from the outfield. Most of Green's innings in the field have been in right field, where he was awarded a Gold Glove Award in 1999. Green has also played over 100 games at first base, however, mostly in 2004 and 2006, and over 50 games each in center field and left field.
Green, lifetime, has a better fielding percentage at each position than the league average.