Born: January 28, 1974
High School: Will C. Wood
Junior College: Cosumnes
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Career Statistics -- Jermaine