Note: This page links to All-Star player Corey Hart. For the minor league player and coach, click here.
Jon Corey Hart
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 6", Weight 200 lb.
- High School Greenwood High School (Bowling Green)
- Debut May 25, 2004
- Final Game June 21, 2015
- Born March 24, 1982 in Bowling Green, KY USA
Corey Hart was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 11th round of the 2000 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Mike Gibbons and made his pro debut that summer.
The first pitcher Hart faced in the Major Leagues was Kazuhisa Ishii of the Los Angeles Dodgers, when he made his debut for the Brewers on May 25, 2004. It was his only game that season; he then played 21 games in 2005, hitting .193 before getting regular playing time at the major league level starting in 2006. He had his first excellent season in 2007 when he hit .295 with 24 homers and 85 RBIs in 140 games. From 2007 to 2012, he hit at least 20 homers every year, except for 2009 when he hit only 12. His best mark was 31 in 2010 and he hit 45 doubles in 2008. He was an All-Star in both 2008 and 2010, also gathering a career-high 102 RBIs that second year.
Hart missed the entire 2013 season after undergoing surgery for a meniscus tear in his knee in January. On December 11th, he signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Seattle Mariners. he managed to return to the major leagues with the Mariners in 2014, but played only 68 games, with disappointing results: a .203 batting average, 6 homers and 21 RBIs while serving primarily as a DH.
In 2015, he moved to the Pittsburgh Pirates as a free agent, which was a good opportunity given the team's two first basemen the previous year, Gaby Sanchez and Ike Davis were no longer with the team, and presumptive starter, Pedro Alvarez was only learning the position. He suffered a freak injury early in spring training, however, when he cut his foot on a piece of plastic while getting into a hot tub and had to miss some time as a result. It was a harbinger of a poor season in which he hit just .222 in 35 games. He played his final game on June 21st of that year.
- 2003 Player of the Year Southern League Huntsville Stars
- 2-time NL All-Star (2008 & 2010)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 5 (2007, 2008 & 2010-2012)
- 30-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2010 & 2012)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (2010)
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