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Casey kotchman

Casey John Kotchman (born February 22, 1983) is an American former professional baseball first baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Anaheim Angels / Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians, and Miami Marlins. Kotchman holds the major league record for consecutive error-less games at first base, with 274, set between June 2008 and August 2010.

Professional career[]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[]

In 2006, the Angels moved 2005 starter Darin Erstad back to center field, announcing that Kotchman would likely open the season at first base. After struggling in his at-bats early in 2006 because of mononucleosis, Kotchman was placed on the disabled list in early May. In 2007, Kotchman proclaimed himself fully healthy and proved it by winning the Angels' opening day first baseman job for the second straight year.

Kotchman missed 128 games in 2006, as he was kept away from the field with complications stemming from mononucleosis. After a spring in which the Opening Day starting first baseman batted better than .400, he hit just .152 with one home run and six RBI in 29 games with the Angels. Kotchman tried to return to the field, but his rehab assignment was cut short when he experienced dizzy spells in July while playing for Triple-A Salt Lake. He spent much of the rest of the season at home in Florida, performing cardio exercises.

In 2007, he was one of seven Angels regulars to hit over .290 (most in Majors) and established career highs in several offensive categories including batting average (.296), home runs (11) and RBI (68). He also hit .320 at Angel Stadium and .274 on the road. He had a 7-game hit streak (7-8/31-8/7), his 4th seven-game streak of season (each matching a career-high). On June 25, he returned to the starting linup after missing seven games. He left the June 16 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 7th after being hit on the helmet by a pickoff throw at second base by Dodgers catcher Russell Martin and was diagnosed with a mild concussion and received three stitches behind his right ear. He logged the first three triples of his career. He connected for his second career grand slam in the first inning on May 14 against the Texas Rangers. He had a .997 fielding percentage and was ranked fourth among AL first basemen (3 E/1049 TC)in the 2007 season. He hit a solo home run on Opening Night against the Texas Rangers in his first at-bat of the season, his first home run since May 4, 2006, against the Detroit Tigers. He connected for the game winning RBI single in the 9th inning on July 13 against the Rangers. He collected a career-best four hits in 1 game on August 17 against the Boston Red Sox.

Atlanta Braves[]

On July 29, 2008, Kotchman was traded to the Atlanta Braves along with minor-league pitcher Stephen Marek for first baseman Mark Teixeira.

Boston Red Sox[]

On July 31, 2009, for the second straight year, Kotchman was again dealt at the trade deadline, this time to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for fellow first baseman Adam LaRoche. He made his debut for the Red Sox on August 2.

Seattle Mariners[]

In early January 2010 the Red Sox traded him to the Seattle Mariners for utility player Bill Hall, a minor league player, and cash. On February 3, Kotchman and the Mariners agreed on a new contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

On June 3, 2010, Kotchman set the Major League Baseball individual streak record with 2,003 consecutive chances without an error. The previous record had been held by Kevin Youkilis of the Boston Red Sox, established between July 4, 2006, and June 6, 2008. On August 21, 2010, the streak ended when Kotchman mishandled a hard groundball hit by Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees. The error was his first since July 20, 2008, when he played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, a streak of 2,379 fielding chances.

He batted .217 for the season. On November 4, 2010, Kotchman refused an outright assignment to AAA by the Mariners, electing to become a free agent instead.

Tampa Bay Rays[]

Kotchman signed a minor league contract with an invitation to 2011 spring training with the Tampa Bay Rays. On March 26 the Rays assigned Kotchman to Durham. Following the retirement of Manny Ramirez six games into the 2011 season, Kotchman's contract was selected from Durham and he was added to the Rays' active roster. On August 9, 2011, Kotchman hit a walk-off home run off Kansas City Royals reliever Blake Wood to give the Rays a 2-1 win. Through 2019, he had the best career fielding percentage among major league first basemen (.998), ahead of Kevin Youkilis.

Cleveland Indians[]

Kotchman signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians on February 3, 2012.

Miami Marlins[]

On February 15, 2013 he signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins. He was released on August 26, 2013.

Kansas City Royals[]

After sitting all of the 2014 season, Kotchman signed a minor league deal with the Royals on March 6, 2015.

Toronto Blue Jays[]

On November 23, 2015, Kotchman signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays that included an invitation to spring training. He became a free agent on November 7, 2016.

Personal life[]

He is the son of Tom Kotchman, longtime Angels' minor league manager and scout. His mother, Sue Kotchman, works as a principal and was formerly a teacher. She suffered a brain hemorrhage during the 2008 season; as a result Kotchman had to be placed on the Major League bereavement list, and later the restricted list. She recovered, however. His sister Christal Kotchman is a former College of Charleston softball team member.

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