Troy Glaus


Troy Glaus

Infobox MLB player
name=Troy Glaus



width=200
position=Third baseman
team=St. Louis Cardinals
number=8| bats=Right
throws=Right
birthdate=birth date and age|1976|8|3
Tarzana, California
debutdate=July 31
debutyear=1998
debutteam=Anaheim Angels
statyear=September 28, 2008
stat1label=Batting average
stat1value=.256
stat2label=Hits
stat2value=1,271
stat3label=Doubles
stat3value=273
stat4label=Home runs
stat4value=304
stat5label=Runs batted in
stat5value=877
stat6label=Slugging percentage
stat6value=.498
teams=
*Anaheim Angels (by|1998-by|2004)
*Arizona Diamondbacks (by|2005)
*Toronto Blue Jays (by|2006-by|2007)
*St. Louis Cardinals (by|2008-present)
awards=
* 4x All-Star selection (2000, 2001, 2003, 2006)
* World Series champion (2002)
* 2x Silver Slugger Award winner (2000, 2001)
* 2002 World Series MVP
* 2002 Babe Ruth Award
Troy Edward Glaus (pronEng|ˈɡlɔːs) (born August 3, 1976 in Tarzana, California) is a Major League Baseball player who plays third base for the St. Louis Cardinals. Previously, Glaus played with the Anaheim Angels (by|1998-by|2004), Arizona Diamondbacks (by|2005), and the Toronto Blue Jays (by|2006-by|2007). Glaus lettered in baseball while attending UCLA. He bats and throws right-handed.

Professional career

Through nine-plus seasons, Glaus has hit .254 with 277 home runs and 778 RBI in 1152 games. In 19 postseason games, he hit .347 with nine home runs and 16 RBI. Glaus has been selected to four All-Star Games.

Anaheim Angels

Glaus began his career with the Angels in by|1998 and was installed as the team's starting third baseman in by|1999.

Glaus had a breakout season in by|2000, becoming the all time single season home run leader for third basemen in Angels history with 47.

Glaus started in the 2001 MLB All-Star Game and posted his second consecutive 40 home run season with 41 on the year. In by|2002, Glaus failed to reach the 40 home run club for the first time since the 1999 season, but he managed to hit two home runs in helping the Angels make the playoffs for the first time in 16 years. The Angels beat the San Francisco Giants in 7 games to win their first World Series title in team history.

Glaus was a key member of the Angels' 2002 World Series championship team and was named the Most Valuable Player of that series.

Glaus followed that up with an another All-Star year in by|2003.

Glaus missed much of the by|2004 season with a shoulder injury. 2004 was the last year of his contract with the Angels. As an established veteran, he was in demand on the free agent market and able to field lucrative offers for long term contracts. Although Glaus had spent his entire career an Angel, and was a fan favorite, the team decided not to pursue Glaus' return. Amid concerns about Glaus' future health after his injury, the team decided to go with the much lower-priced alternative of turning the third base position over to young prospect Dallas McPherson, whom they felt had a good chance to soon become as productive as Glaus had been.

Glaus ultimately signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks for $45 million USD over four years.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Glaus' by|2005 season with the Diamondbacks was disappointing. His 24 errors tied him with David Wright for the most errors by a third baseman in the Major Leagues, and he had a Major League-low .946 fielding percentage at third. He was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in the off-season along with minor league shortstop Sergio Santos. The trade sent pitcher Miguel Batista and second baseman Orlando Hudson to the Diamondbacks. The Jays badly needed a power bat a year after letting go of Carlos Delgado, however the emergence of Hudson at second base has given the statistical advantage of this trade to the Diamondbacks [cite web |url=http://danjulien.atspace.com/ricciardi.htm#21 |title=Statistical breakdown of the Glaus/Hudson trade]

Toronto Blue Jays

Although Glaus is a third baseman, he played a game for the Toronto Blue Jays against the Chicago White Sox on May 27, by|2006 as a shortstop, due the demotion of Toronto shortstop Russ Adams. As Blue Jays manager John Gibbons pointed out, this change in position was only for one game. Glaus was not expected to do much fielding due to the fact the pitcher was known to induce many fly balls, instead of ground balls. [cite web |last=Bastian|first=Jordan|publisher=Toronto Blue Jays|url=http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060526&content_id=1473199&vkey=news_tor&fext=.jsp&c_id=tor |title=Notes: Glaus slides to shortstop|date=2006-05-26|accessdate=2006-08-05] This defensive alignment did not affect his hitting, going 2-4 with 1 HR. Since then, Glaus made several starts at shortstop, usually when the Blue Jays were facing National League opponents at their home ballpark, where there is no DH. The DH, Shea Hillenbrand, would play third base in this case.

After hitting 38 home runs and 104 RBI in the 2006 season, Glaus earned a single 10th place vote for the 2006 American League MVP Award.

In 2006 he had the lowest zone rating of any Major League third baseman (.741).

In by|2007 Glaus's production was hampered all year by foot injuries and his production fell. His heel injury is one that can only be healed by rest, not surgery.

On December 13, 2007, he was cited in the Mitchell Report to the Commissioner of Baseball of an Independent Investigation Into the Illegal Use of Steroids and Other Performance Enhancing Substances by Players in Major League Baseball [cite news | last = Mitchell | first = George | url = http://files.mlb.com/mitchrpt.pdf | title = Mitchell Report on Steroid Use in Baseball | date = 2007-12-13 | accessdate = 2007-12-13] .

t. Louis Cardinals

Glaus was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for fellow third baseman Scott Rolen on January 14, by|2008. Glaus usually occupies the 4 or 5 slot in the Cardinals batting order. On September 3, 2008, he hit his 300th career home run off Doug Davis of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third inning.

Highlights

* 4 time All-Star (2000, 2001, 2003, 2006)
* World Series MVP Award (2002)
* Twice won Silver Slugger Award (2000-01)
* AL Home Run Champion in 2000, slugging 47.

Interesting Facts

* When Glaus entered a St. Louis home game, "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne played loudly over the Busch Stadium speakers.
* Glaus' wife is a competitive equestrian. Within Glaus' contract there is a specific bonus he is paid which dedicates up to $325,000 on his wife's equestrian expenses.
* Glaus is a 1994 graduate of Carlsbad High School.
* Glaus was once drafted by the San Diego Padres as their second round pick in by|1994, but turned down the contract before heading to UCLA.
*Nicknamed "Mighty" Troy Glause by Blue Jays radio announcer Jerry Howarth. In 2008, the title of "Mighty" was given to left-handed hitting "Voodoo" Joe Inglett.

References

ee also

* List of Olympic medalists in baseball
* USA Baseball
* List of top 500 Major League Baseball home run hitters
* List of Major League Baseball home run champions
* List of Major League Baseball hitters with three home runs in one game

External links

* [http://www.tireball.com/behindthedugout/profiles/troy-glaus/ Troy Glaus: Behind the Dugout]
* [http://stlcardinals.scout.com/a.z?s=321&p=8&c=1&nid=3557393 stlcardinals.scout.com] Glaus Player Profile Page at Scout.com


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