How much is Eddie Murray worth?
|Net Worth:||$15 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Player|
|Date of Birth:||February 24, 1956|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Eddie Murray
- Born: Feb. 24, 1956
- Hometown: Los Angeles
- Height: 6-2
- Weight: 190 pounds
- Bats: Both
- Throws: Right
- Family: Wife, Janet; Daughters, Jordan and Jessica
- Primary position: First baseman
Before the bigs:
- Murray was the eighth child in a family of 12 children in Los Angeles.
- Excelled in both baseball and basketball in high school. He attended Locke High School in Los Angeles where he was a teammate of Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith.
- Was drafted in the third round out of high school in 1973 by the Baltimore Orioles.
- Spent four seasons in the minor leagues and in 1977 after a torrid spring training, won a spot on the O’s opening-day roster.
- A remarkably consistent hitter and one of the best first basemen in baseball history, “Steady Eddie” finished with 504 career home runs (25th all-time) and 1,917 RBIs (8th all-time). The RBI total is No. 1 among switch-hitters all-time.
- Murray drove in at least 75 runs for a major-league record 20 consecutive seasons.
- He joined Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Rafael Palmeiro as the only players in baseball history to amass both 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.
- He finished with 504 home runs. Mickey Mantle is the only switch-hitter who has hit more home runs (536). Murray hit at least 20 home runs in 16 different seasons but was never higher than 33 in any year. He is the only member of the 500-home run club that never had a 40-home run season.
- When he retired in 1997, Murray had played more games (3,026) at first base than any other player and ranked sixth all-time in total games played. He also set a record for career assists by a first baseman.
- Made his major league debut in 1977, playing in 160 games for the Orioles. Batted .283, hit 27 home runs and added 88 RBI in capturing the American League Rookie of the Year honors.
- He was a model of consistency and dependability, playing at least 150 games in 15 of his first 17 seasons in the major leagues. In eight of his first 13 seasons, he never missed more than four games.
- He spent the first 12 years of his 21-year career with Baltimore. After that, he played for six teams, including a return to Baltimore for 40 games in 1996.
- In his 12 seasons with the O’s, Murray averaged 28 home runs and 99 RBI. He was a perennial MVP candidate and though he never won the honor, he finished second in the voting on two occasions and was in the top eight in voting six other times.
- In the strike-shortened year of 1981, he led the American League with 22 homers and 78 RBI.
- Murray was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers following the 1988 season. He narrowly missed winning the National League batting title in 1990 when he hit .330. Willie McGee won the NL batting title with a .335 average, but after he was traded to Oakland late in the season, he hit only .274 the rest of the season with the A’s. That left McGee with a season average of .324, .006 lower than Murray’s average of .330. So Murray to finish with the highest batting average in baseball that year, but without a batting title to show for it.
- Won an AL Gold Glove award three consecutive years (1982-84).
- Was an eight-time All-Star (1978, 1981-86, 1991).
- His best all-around season was in 1983, when he hit .306 with an on-base percentage of .393 and a slugging percentage of .538 to go with a career-best 33 home runs and 110 RBI. Baltimore, led by Murray and Cal Ripken Jr., won the World Series, his only championship. He played in the World Series in three seasons (1979, 1983, 1995).
- Before the 1992 season, Murray signed a two-year deal with the New York Mets. He was still productive at driving in runs with 93 and 100 RBI in the two seasons with the Mets, but his batting average dropped to .261 and .285 respectively. Hit his 400th home run early in the 1992 season.
- Spent 1994 and 1995 with the Cleveland Indians. His single on June 30, 1995 off Minnesota Twins pitcher Mike Trombley was the 3,000th of his career. Helped lead the Indians to the 1995 World Series, and won Game 3 for Cleveland with a single in the bottom of the 11th inning against Atlanta.
- Closed out his career playing for four different teams in his last two seasons (1996 and 1997). On Sept. 6, 1996, playing again for the Orioles, he hit his 500th career home run.
- Retired after the 1997 season, when he played in 55 games split between the Angels and the Dodgers.
- On July 27, 2003, Murray was inducted into the Hall of Fame on his first attempt, getting 85.3 percent of the vote.
- Was bench coach and first base coach for Baltimore following his retirment, then became hitting coach for Cleveland from 2002-05. He also was hitting coach for the Dodgers, but was fired midway through the 2007 season.
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