27. Eric Chavez
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: December 7, 1977 in Los Angeles, CA USA
  • Weight: 215 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 08, 1998
  • Final Game: June 08, 2014
  • Gold Glove - 2001
  • Gold Glove - 2002
  • Silver Slugger - 2002
  • TSN All-Star - 2002
  • Gold Glove - 2003
  • Gold Glove - 2004
  • Gold Glove - 2005
  • Gold Glove - 2006
 
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Eric Chavez may not have been chosen for an All-Star team over his long career, but in his prime, he was one of the better all-around Third Basemen in the American League.  That prime was with the Oakland A’s.

The 10th overall pick in 1996, Chavez debuted for Oakland in 1998, and by 2000, he was a fixture at the hot corner for the team.  Offensively, Chavez would display good power numbers from 200 to 2006.  He never had less than 22 Home Runs and had at least two years where he exceeded 30.  Four of those seasons, the Third Baseman was a member of the 100 RBI club.  Chavez never hit .300, but he a four-year run of Slugging Percentage (2001-04) of .500 or higher.  He would win the 2002 Silver Slugger.

Defensively, Chavez won the Gold Glove six years in a row (2001-06).  He led all American League Third Basemen in Range Factor per Game three years in a row (2002-04) and would twice finish first amongst his peers in Fielding Percentage.

After 2006, his play would decline, but he stayed with Oakland until he signed with the New York Yankees as a Free Agent in 2011.

As an Athletic, Chavez had 1,276 Hits and 230 Home Runs.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Third Base
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 10th Overall of the Amateur Draft 6/4/96.
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees 2/4/11.
  • Games Played: 1320
  • Notable Statistics: 730 Runs, 1,276 Hits, 282 Doubles, 20 Triples, 230 Home Runs, 787 Runs Batted In, 47 Stolen Bases, .267/.343/.478 Slash Line, 34.9 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Silver Slugger (2002)

    Gold Glove (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006)

    Most Walks (2004)

    Most Putouts by a Third Baseman (2002 & 2003)

    Most Assists by a Third Baseman (2001, 2002 & 2003)

    Most Double Plays Turned by a Third Baseman (2003 & 2006)

    Most Total Zone Runs by a Third Baseman (2004 & 2005)

    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Third Baseman (2002, 2003 & 2004)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Third Baseman (2001 & 2006)
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