George Springer
George Springer


George Springer
George Chelston Springer III (born September 19, 1989) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball

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For the American mathematician and computer scientist, see George Springer (mathematician).

George Springer Springer with the Houston Astros in 2016Houston Astros – No. 4 Outfielder Born: (1989-09-19) September 19, 1989 (age 28)
New Britain, Connecticut Bats: Right Throws: Right MLB debut April 16, 2014, for the Houston AstrosMLB statistics
(through August 27, 2018)Batting average .263Home runs 118Runs batted in 319 Teams Career highlights and awards

George Chelston Springer III (born September 19, 1989) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut on April 16, 2014, as a member of the Astros. He has played primarily in right field and also spent significant time in center field. A right-handed thrower and batter, Springer stands 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighs 215 pounds (98 kg).

The Astros selected Springer in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft from the University of Connecticut, where he played college baseball and was named Big East Conference Baseball Player of the Year and a First Team All-American. In 2017, Springer became an MLB All-Star, Silver Slugger Award winner, and World Series champion all for the first time. He was also named the 2017 World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP), hitting a record-tying five home runs as the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.

From New Britain, Connecticut, Springer is of Puerto Rican and Panamanian descent. He is presently represented by TLA Worldwide.

Contents Amateur career

Springer attended New Britain High School in New Britain, Connecticut, for his freshman year of high school. He played on the varsity baseball team as a freshman despite standing 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m) and weighing 100 pounds (45 kg).[1] Springer transferred to Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut, for his sophomore through senior seasons. He repeated his junior year as his grades dropped.[2] Springer played for the Avon Old Farms' baseball team.[2][3] The Minnesota Twins selected Springer in the 48th round of the 2008 MLB draft. Though he considered signing with Minnesota, he decided that he was not ready for professional baseball and did not sign.[4]

Springer enrolled at the University of Connecticut (UConn), where he played college baseball for the Connecticut Huskies baseball team. At UConn, Springer was named to the 2009 Baseball America Freshman All-America First Team.[5] He was also named the Big East Conference rookie of the year.[6] In 2011, Springer was named the Big East Player of the Year.[7] He was named a first team All-American by Perfect Game USA, Louisville Slugger and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, while being named a Second Team All-American by Baseball America.[8]

Professional career Minor Leagues

The Houston Astros selected Springer in the first round, with the 11th overall selection, in the 2011 MLB draft. Springer became the highest selection in the MLB Draft in Connecticut baseball history.[8][9] Springer was signed by the Astros, receiving a $2.52 million signing bonus.[9] After he signed, Springer played in eight games with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League.[10] Before the 2012 season, MLB.com rated Springer as the 84th best prospect in baseball.[11]

Springer with the Oklahoma City RedHawks in 2013

In 2012, Springer played for the Lancaster JetHawks of the Class A-Advanced California League and the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League. He hit 22 home runs and recorded 28 stolen bases for Lancaster.[10] Splitting the 2013 season between Corpus Christi and the Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, Springer joined the 30–30 club, recording more than 30 home runs and stolen bases.[12] He appeared in the Texas League All-Star Game, and was named its most valuable player. Though he only played in 73 games for Corpus Christi, he was named the Texas League Player of the Year at the end of the season.[13] He was a finalist for USA Today's Minor League Player of the Year Award.[14]

Baseball America ranked Springer as the 18th-best prospect in baseball prior to the 2014 season. During spring training in 2014, Springer and his agent rejected a reported seven-year contract worth $23 million, despite having not yet reached the major leagues.[15] Springer started the 2014 season with Oklahoma City. He hit for a .353 batting average and a .647 slugging percentage before being called up to the major league team in time for their April 16 game.[16]

Houston Astros 2014

Springer made his MLB debut on April 16, 2014, at Minute Maid Park against the Kansas City Royals. Batting second and playing right field, Springer collected his first career hit, an infield single, against Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. Springer hit the first home run of his MLB career on May 8, 2014 at Comerica Park off of Detroit Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly. On June 26, Springer hit his 15th home run, becoming the first Astros rookie to reach that mark before the All-Star break.[citation needed] On July 23, 2014, Springer was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left quad strain. On September 16, the Astros announced that Springer would not play for the remainder of the 2014 season.[17] He played in 78 games in 2014, batting .231 with 20 home runs, 51 runs batted in (RBIs), and 114 strikeouts.[18]

2015

During a game against the Texas Rangers on April 12, 2015, Springer robbed Leonys Martín of a potential game-winning grand slam by making a leaping catch by the wall in the 10th inning. The Astros would go on to win over the Rangers 6–4 in 14 innings. Springer, along with José Altuve, Carlos Correa and Dallas Keuchel, became a key figure in the 2015 Houston Astros playoff run. The Astros won the MLB wild card, making the MLB postseason for the first time in 10 years. They lost to the future World Champion Kansas City Royals in the 2015 American League Division Series.

2016

After consistently cutting down on his strikeout rate from his rookie year, Springer improved the quality of his at bats enough in 2016, that by May, the Astros made him their regular leadoff hitter.[18] He led the American League with 744 plate appearances, playing in all 162 regular season games. He set new career highs with 116 runs scored, 29 home runs, and 88 walks. The Astros finished 84-78, ranking in third place in the AL West and missing the playoffs.

2017

After spending the first three seasons of his career in right field, the Astros shifted Springer to center field in 2017. He was selected as the American League Player of the Week for the first time in June. He also made his first MLB All-Star team played at Marlins Park in Miami, elected by the fans as a starter. Typically the Astros' leadoff hitter, he batted cleanup for the American League lineup, as was the decision of former Astros manager Brad Mills, the AL manager.[19] The Astros took a 60–29 record into the All-Star break, the best 89-game start in franchise history.[20]

On July 28, Springer was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to left quad discomfort.[21] On September 29, prior to a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Springer met and reunited with a first grade teacher of whom he knew during his childhood at New Britain.[22] Springer finished 2017 by playing 140 games with a .283 batting average, 34 home runs, and 85 RBI.

With the Astros finishing the season 101–61, the team clinched the AL West division. The Astros advanced to the World Series to face the Los Angeles Dodgers. Springer struck out four times in Game 1.[18] In Game 2, he, along with two Astros teammates–Carlos Correa and José Altuve—and two Dodgers players–Charlie Culberson and Yasiel Puig—all homered in extra innings as the Astros prevailed, 7−6. The five home runs accounted for the most hit in extra innings of any single game in major league history.[23]

In the Astros' 5–1 Game 7 Series-clinching victory, he homered and doubled, finishing with two runs and two RBI. In all, Springer hit five home runs, tying the World Series record shared by Reggie Jackson and Chase Utley. He also homered in each of the final four games, setting a World Series record for consecutive games with a home run. Springer was named the World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP), going 11 for 29 with 7 RBI as the Astros' leadoff hitter.[24][25] Other World Series records he set were eight extra base hits (five homers and three doubles) and 29 total bases.[18] As a side note, he had appeared on a 2014 cover of Sports Illustrated that predicted the Astros' 2017 World Series win.[26]

After the season, Springer was named an American League Silver Slugger Award winner at outfield for the first time in his career.[27]

2018

On the Astros' Opening Day at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Springer led off with a home run against Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels, becoming the first MLB player to lead off with a home run in consecutive Opening Days. He had homered off Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez in the first inning of Opening Day 2017 at Minute Maid Park.[28]

On May 7, 2018, Springer homered versus the Oakland Athletics and became the first player in Astros franchise history to record six hits in a nine-inning game. Joe Morgan had six hits in a twelve-inning game for the Astros on June 8, 1965.[29]

Personal life

Springer's grandfather, George, immigrated from Panama at age 17 and pitched for four years at Teachers College of Connecticut.[1] Springer's father, George II, competed in the 1976 Little League World Series and played college football for the UConn Huskies. Springer's mother, Laura, from Utuado, Puerto Rico,[1] competed as a top-level gymnast.[6] Springer has two sisters, Nicole and Lena,[1] both of whom played softball in college.[6] On January 20, 2018, Springer married Charlise Castro, who played softball at the University of Albany.

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— Springer's father, George Springer II, on overcoming his stutter[18]

As a child, Springer attended New Britain Rock Cats games and his favorite baseball player was Torii Hunter, with whom he played catch at 8 years old.[1]

Springer is a person who stutters, but he does not let it hold him back.[1] It was only after his promotion to the major leagues, that, he said, he began to accept himself and develop new techniques to help him talk.[18] He does considerable charity work as a spokesman for the Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY) Foundation in Houston, which provides treatment and confidence for children with speech development difficulties.[30]

Springer has participated in a baseball clinic hosted by Matt Barnes at the Newtown, Connecticut, Youth Academy for elementary school students in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.[31]

See also References
  1. ^ a b c d e f Verducci, Tom (August 3, 2017). "George Springer went from a quiet kid to the heart of the Astros". Sports Illustrated (August 7, 2017). Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Old Farms' Springer Is Old School – Hartford Courant". Articles.courant.com. May 12, 2008. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ Borges, David. "MLB ALL-STAR GAME: Locals recall Matt Harvey's high school days at Fitch – Sports – The Bulletin". Ctbulletin.com. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Springer getting attention from scouts – Sports – The UConn Daily Campus – University of Connecticut". Dailycampus.com. April 24, 2011. Archived from the original on April 16, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Springer Tagged as Baseball America Freshman All-American – UCONNHUSKIES.COM – The Official Website of the University of Connecticut Huskies". Uconnhuskies.Com. June 30, 2009. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "George Springer By The Numbers". Hartford Courant. April 21, 2011. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ William S. Paxton (May 25, 2011). "Barnes has MLB potential but one goal – UConn championships". GreenwichTime. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Player Bio: George Springer — University of Connecticut Official Athletics Site". Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Former UConn Outfielder George Springer Takes On Houston – Hartford Courant". Articles.courant.com. August 19, 2011. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Gwizdala, Mike (April 16, 2014). "Former ValleyCat Springer called up to Houston Astros". timesunion.com. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ "2012 Prospect Watch | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ultimate Astros » Astros prospect George Springer reaches 30–30 club". Blog.chron.com. August 10, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ "1. George Springer was the Texas League Player of the Year in 2013... Photo-photo.83979 – Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ "USA TODAY's Minor League Player of the Year". 
  15. ^ Axisa, Mike. "George Springer rejects seven-year, $23 million offer from Astros". CBSSports.com. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  16. ^ Drellich, Evan (April 15, 2014). "George Springer gets the call he's been waiting for". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  17. ^ De Jesus Ortiz, Jose (September 16, 2014). "George Springer to sit rest of season". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f Wagner, James (November 2, 2017). "Astros' George Springer, the Series M.V.P., Has Come a Long Way". The New York Times. Retrieved January 6, 2018. 
  19. ^ USA Today Sports (November 9, 2017). "Jose Altuve, Nolan Arenado among repeat Silver Slugger Award winners". USA Today. Retrieved November 10, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Astros return from All-Star break on the heels of record-setting first half as top team in the league". MLB.com. July 13, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2018. 
  21. ^ Boutwell, Christian. "George Springer placed on 10-day DL (quad injury)". MLB. Retrieved July 28, 2017. 
  22. ^ Clair, Michael. "George Springer's first-grade teacher came to see him play and she brought cookies". MLB. Retrieved September 29, 2017. 
  23. ^ Justice, Richard (October 26, 2017). "Astros, Dodgers author a classic Fall Classic: Houston evens World Series at 1−1 in Game 2 thriller filled with wild moments". MLB.com. Retrieved October 28, 2017. 
  24. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (November 2, 2017). "Springer swats his way to MVP honors". MLB.com. Retrieved November 2, 2017. 
  25. ^ McTaggart, Brian; Gurnick, Ken (November 2, 2017). "Houston Astros win 2017 World Series". MLB.com. Retrieved November 2, 2017. 
  26. ^ Berg, Ted (June 25, 2014). "Sports Illustrated cover declares Houston Astros '2017 World Series champs'". USA Today For the Win. Retrieved November 2, 2017. 
  27. ^ USA Today Sports (November 9, 2017). "Jose Altuve, Nolan Arenado among repeat Silver Slugger Award winners". USA Today. Retrieved November 10, 2017. 
  28. ^ Crasnick, Jerry (March 30, 2018). "Astros' George Springer hits leadoff HR for second straight Opening Day". ESPN. Retrieved March 30, 2018. 
  29. ^ McTaggart, Brian (May 7, 2018). "Springer's 6-hit night, 462-foot HR lead romp". MLB.com. Retrieved May 8, 2018. 
  30. ^ Associated Press (October 30, 2017). "Springer's performance has Astros on brink of World Series crown". Fox Sports. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  31. ^ Healey, Tim (December 1, 2014). "Barnes' baseball clinic benefits Newtown youth: Red Sox prospect started the event following Sandy Hook tragedy". MLB.com. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
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