Richie Sexson

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Richie Sexson
Position First Base
Team Seattle Mariners
Experience 8 years
Age 30
Height 6 ft 8 in
Weight 237 lbs.
Bats Right
Throws Right
College none
2005 Salary $6,000,000
Place of Birth Portland, Oregon
Selection Amateur Draft, 1993 - 24th round
Drafted by Cleveland Indians
Major League Debut 9/14/1997

Richmond Lockwood Sexson (born December 29, 1974 in Portland, Oregon) is an American baseball player who currently plays for the Seattle Mariners.

High School Career

At Prairie High School in Brush Prairie, Washington, Richie Sexson was an All-State performer in baseball, basketball, and football. He also set the school record for the most RBIs and home runs in a career.

Baseball Career

Richie, at the age of 18, was drafted in 1993 by the Cleveland Indians in the 24th round of the baseball amateur draft. He did not play his first game of Major League Baseball baseball until 1997, though, when he appeared briefly in 5 games for the Indians, collecting 11 at-bats, with 3 hits, 1 run and was struck out 2 times. He then appeared in 49 games the following year, collecting 174 at-bats, 54 hits, 28 runs, and scored 14 doubles and 1 triple while being struck out 42 times and walked 6 times.

Richie had a breakout year the next year, in 1999, playing 134 games while collecting 479 at-bats, 122 hits, 72 runs and 31 home runs. On top of that, he also scored 17 doubles and 7 triples while being struck out 117 times and being walked 34 times.

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Richie Sexson playing first base, May, 2005.

In 2000, Richie played 91 games for the Indians before being told he was being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, with a player to be named later, for Bob Wickman, Steve Woodard, Jason Bere, which then prompted the Indians to send Marco Scutaro to the Brewers at a later date to complete the trade. Richie played 57 games for the Brewers that year.

In 2001, Richie played in 158 games for the Brewers, hitting 45 home runs, which is still the Brewers record for single-season home runs by a Brewers player, although he also set the single-season record that year for strikeouts by a Brewer player with 178. The home run record still stands, but the strikeout record was surpassed by José Hernández in 2002 who neared the Major League record with 188 strikeouts.

In 2002, though, Sexson's numbers went down. He hit 29 home runs, appeared in 157 games, and had only 102 RBIs, while on an average year he would have about 120 to 125. He represented the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2002 MLB All-Star Game.

Richie fought back in 2003, and again blasted 45 home runs to tie his own record, hit 124 RBIs, and collected 165 hits in all 162 games while hitting 28 doubles and 2 triples. Sexson played in every inning of all 162 games during the season. He represented the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2003 MLB All-Star Game.

Richie was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in December of 2003 along with pitcher Shane Nance and a player to be named later (Noochie Varner) for infielders Junior Spivey, Craig Counsell, Lyle Overbay, catcher Chad Moeller, and pitchers Chris Capuano and Jorge de la Rosa. This trade proved to be disastrous for the Diamondbacks but beneficial to the rebuilding Brewers, as Sexson missed most of the 2004 season after twice suffering a reverse subluxation of his left shoulder while attempting to check his swing.

Prior to the 2005 season, Sexson signed a four-year contract with the Seattle Mariners worth $50 million. Soon after signing the contract, he was charged with a DUI, for which he was only convicted of one count of negligent driving, to which he pled guilty, and was let off with a small fine. Sexson put together a very nice season in 2005, hitting 39 homeruns and 121 RBIs. He was nominated for the Viagra Comeback Player of the Year Award, but was beat out by Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees.

Transactions

June 3, 1993: Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 24th round of the 1993 amateur draft.

July 28, 2000: Traded by the Cleveland Indians with a player to be named later, Kane Davis, and Paul Rigdon to the Milwaukee Brewers for Bob Wickman, Steve Woodard, and Jason Bere. The Cleveland Indians sent Marco Scutaro (August 30, 2000) to the Milwaukee Brewers to complete the trade.

December 1, 2003: Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers with a player to be named later and Shane Nance to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Junior Spivey, Craig Counsell, Lyle Overbay, Chad Moeller, Chris Capuano, and Jorge de la Rosa. The Milwaukee Brewers sent Noochie Varner (minors) (December 15, 2003) to the Arizona Diamondbacks to complete the trade.

November 1, 2004: Granted Free Agency.

December 15, 2004: Signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.

Salaries

1998 Cleveland Indians $175,000
1999 Cleveland Indians $219,000
2000 Cleveland Indians $247,000
2001 Milwaukee Brewers $1,125,000
2002 Milwaukee Brewers $3,125,000
2003 Milwaukee Brewers $5,125,000
2004 Arizona Diamondbacks $8,725,000
2005 Seattle Mariners $6,000,000
Career (may be incomplete) $24,741,000

Career Statistics

Through 2005

Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   TB    
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+
1997 22 CLE AL  5   11    1    3   0   0   0    0   0  0   0   2  .273  .273  .273   3  

1998 23 CLE AL  49  174   28   54  14  1  11   35   1  1   6  42  .310  .344  .592  103   
 
1999 24 CLE AL 134  479   72  122  17  7  31  116   3  3  34 117  .255  .305  .514  246   
 
2000 25 CLE AL  91  324   45   83  16  1  16   44   1  0  25  96  .256  .315  .460  149   

        MIL NL  57  213   44   63  14  0  14   47   1  0  34  63  .296  .398  .559  119  
 
        TOT    148  537   89  146  30  1  30   91   2  0  59 159  .272  .349  .499  268  
  
2001 26 MIL NL 158  598   94  162  24  3  45  125   2  4  60 178  .271  .342  .547  327   
 
2002 27 MIL NL 157  570   86  159  37  2  29  102   0  0  70 136  .279  .363  .504  287  
  
2003 28 MIL NL 162  606   97  165  28  2  45  124   2  3  98 151  .272  .379  .548  332   
  
2004 29 ARI NL  23   90   20   21   4  0   9   23   0  0  14  21  .233  .337  .578   52   

2005 30 SEA AL 156  558   99  147  36  1  39  121   1  1  89 167  .263  .369  .541  302   
  
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+---+---+---+---+---+
  9 Seasons         3623      979     17     737       12    973  .270  .352  .530      
               992       586      190    239        11   430                       1920 

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