Chris Denorfia

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Christopher Anthony Denorfia

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Biographical Information[edit]

Chris Denorfia was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 19th round of the 2002 amateur draft. He was signed by scout John Brickley and made his pro debut that summer.

Denorfia was the starting centerfielder for the Italian national baseball team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He had a tremendous game against Canada on March 9, going 4 for 4 with 2 doubles, a walk, 2 RBI and a diving catch to rob Joey Votto of a double, to lead Italy to a 6-2 upset over the higher-ranked Canadian team.

On September 28, 2015, playing for the Chicago Cubs, he did something that was literally unprecedented when he hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run in extra innings in a 1-0 game. His blast off Miguel Almonte of the Kansas City Royals made a winner of Fernando Rodney, the man for whom he had pinch-hit. It was his last week as a major leaguer, as he made his final appearance on October 4th.

In 2019 he was added to the Cubs' coaching staff but only stayed for one season. He was scheduled to be manager of the Hartford Yard Goats in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to Covid-19 then did manage Hartford in 2021.

Ted Power is his father-in-law.

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