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JERMAINE
DYE

 by Mark McDermott/BaseballSacramento.com 

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Born: January 28, 1974  

High School: Will C. Wood  

Junior College: Cosumnes River  

Bats: Right Throws: Right  

Height: 6-4 Weight: 210  

Position: Outfield  

Drafted: 17th round in 1993 by the Atlanta Braves  

Debut: May 17, 1996  

Status: Free agent  

Teams:  Atlanta Braves 1996; Kansas City Royals 1997-2001; Oakland A’s 2001-2003; Chicago White Sox 2005-2009      

 


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Playing the game of baseball must have seemed easy to 22-year-old Jermaine Dye after he stepped to the plate on May 17, 1996 and slammed a home run for the Atlanta Braves in his first major league at-bat. 

Two other Sacramento players accomplished the same feat. Cuno Barragan (Sacramento High) hit his on September 1, 1961 and Ricky Jordan (Grant High) on July 17, 1988. Unlike Barragan, who never hit another one, and Jordan, who hit 55, Dye has hit 325 home runs. 

Another memorable home run came when he was playing with the Chicago White Sox on April 13, 2009. Dye hit his 300th career home run. Teammate Paul Konerko followed that at-bat with his 300th home run. The duo became the first teammates in major league history to hit their 300th career home runs in the same game. 

After breaking into the big leagues hitting .281 with a dozen home runs in 1996, the Braves traded Dye to the Kansas City Royals. He became an instant hit with the Royals’ fans. They frequently chanted “Dye-no-mite” before each of his at-bats. 

Dye developed into a top-flight player. In 2000, he earned All-Star recognition and a Silver Slugger award after hitting .321 with 33 home runs and 118 runs batted. The following season, he hit .292 with 27 homers and 119 RBI.  

Afraid they couldn’t afford Dye any longer, the Royals traded him to the Oakland A’s. After four productive years in the Bay Area, he became a free agent and signed for $10.15 million over two years with the White Sox in 2005.  

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His signing paid immediate dividends. The White Sox won the 2005 World Series, beating the Houston Astros. Dye was named the series MVP, batting .438. A year later, he hit .315 with 44 home runs and 120 RBI, was named an All-Star for a second time and earned his first Gold Glove award. He also participated in the Home Run Derby contest at the All-Star Game.  

In his 14-year career, Dye drove in more than 100 runs four times and hit more than 25 home runs eight times. He also hit .270 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 44 post-season games. 

Dye’s 325 home runs rank second all-time among Sacramento-area players. Greg Vaughn (Kennedy High, Sacramento City) is first with 355 long balls. Dye and Vaughn are tied for the most RBI with 1,072 each. 

Dye is currently seeking employment. On November 6, 2009, his $12 million mutual option was bought out for $950,000 by the White Sox, making him a free agent. He hasn’t appeared in a major league game since. 

 Career Statistics -- Jermaine Dye

Year  

Team 

Avg 

AB 

2B 

3B 

HR 

RBI 

SB 

BB 

SO 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

TB 

1996 

ATL 

.281 

98 

292 

32 

82 

16 

12 

37 

67 

.304 

.459 

.763 

134 

1997 

KC 

.236 

75 

263 

26 

62 

14 

22 

17 

51 

.284 

.369 

.653 

97 

1998 

KC 

.234 

60 

214 

24 

50 

23 

11 

46 

.270 

.336 

.606 

72 

1999 

KC 

.294 

158 

608 

96 

179 

44 

27 

119 

58 

119 

.354 

.526 

.880 

320 

2000 

KC 

.321 

157 

601 

107 

193 

41 

33 

118 

69 

99 

.390 

.561 

.951 

337 

2001 

TOT 

.282 

158 

599 

91 

169 

31 

26 

106 

57 

112 

.346 

.467 

.813 

280 

2001 

KC 

.272 

97 

367 

50 

100 

14 

13 

47 

30 

68 

.333 

.417 

.749 

153 

2001 

OAK 

.297 

61 

232 

41 

69 

17 

13 

59 

27 

44 

.366 

.547 

.913 

127 

2002 

OAK 

.252 

131 

488 

74 

123 

27 

24 

86 

52 

108 

.333 

.459 

.792 

224 

2003 

OAK 

.172 

65 

221 

28 

38 

20 

25 

42 

.261 

.253 

.514 

56 

2004 

OAK 

.265 

137 

532 

87 

141 

29 

23 

80 

49 

128 

.329 

.464 

.793 

247 

2005 

CWS 

.274 

145 

529 

74 

145 

29 

31 

86 

11 

39 

99 

.333 

.512 

.846 

271 

2006 

CWS 

.315 

146 

539 

103 

170 

27 

44 

120 

59 

118 

.385 

.622 

1.006 

335 

2007 

CWS 

.254 

138 

508 

68 

129 

34 

28 

78 

45 

107 

.317 

.486 

.804 

247 

2008 

CWS 

.292 

154 

590 

96 

172 

41 

34 

96 

44 

104 

.344 

.541 

.885 

319 

2009 

CWS 

.250 

141 

503 

78 

126 

19 

27 

81 

64 

108 

.340 

.453 

.793 

228 

14 

Totals 

.274 

1763 

6487 

984 

1779 

263 

25 

325 

1072 

46 

597 

1308 

.338 

.488 

.826 

3167 


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