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Derrick Gibson

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Derrick Lamont Gibson

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Derrick Gibson had a terrific cup of coffee with the Colorado Rockies in 1998, hitting .429, and followed that up with another cup of coffee in 1999 where he hit only .179 but slugged .429 (he had three extra-base hits). He also played eleven seasons in the minors, one season in Mexico and a number of years in independent ball.

Derrick is not to be confused with the football player named Derrick Gibson, who was born a few years after this Derrick Gibson, in the same state. The football player apparently has no middle name, while this Derrick Gibson has the middle name "Lamont". He should also not be confused with Derrik Gibson, a long-time minor leaguer who has also played in the Colorado Rockies organization.

This Derrick was born in Winter Haven, FL in 1975. Other major leaguers born in Winter Haven include Larry Parrish, Lance Niekro and Andrew Romine. Derrick attended Haines City High School, as did Rob Whalen. Gibson was drafted in the 13th round of the 1993 Amateur Draft by the Rockies, and played in the Rockies organization through 1999. In 1995 while playing for the Asheville Tourists he led the South Atlantic League in home runs (32) and RBIs (115). In 1997, split between AA and AAA teams, Gibson hit .332 with 26 home runs.

After his time with the Rockies, he was with the Florida Marlins organization in 2000, the Arizona Diamondbacks organization for part of 2001, in Mexico for part of 2001, in independent ball in 2002-2003, with the Anaheim Angels organization in 2004, the Atlanta Braves organization for part of 2005, and independent ball again for part of 2005 and in 2006.

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