Geoff Jenkins

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Geoffrey Scott Jenkins

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Biographical Information[edit]

Geoff Jenkins played twelve seasons in the majors, mostly with the Milwaukee Brewers although he finished his career with the Philadelphia Phillies whom he joined as a free agent after the 2007 season. He hit 20+ home runs seven different times, with a high of 34 homers in 2000, a year in which he also stole 11 bases in 12 attempts.

Jenkins also played football in high school. He hit .355/.412/.774 with 3 home runs as Team USA's top hitter in the 1994 Baseball World Cup. He tied for 7th in the tourney in HR. Ermidelio Urrutia easily was the All-Star RF ahead of him.

Jenkins was named to the All-Star team in 2003 and led the National League in hit-by-pitch in 2005. However, he played largely in obscurity in Milwaukee, as the Brewers were not competitive during his time there. Through the 2013 season he had hit the third-most home runs in Brewer history, with 212, after Robin Yount's 251 and Prince Fielder's 230.

On April 13, 2008, Jenkins was put in the lead-off slot for the Phillies. At first he thought it was a joke, because he had never been in the lead-off position to start a game, but manager Charlie Manuel's two normal choices for lead-off were both nursing injuries, while Jenkins, although not fast and normally thought of as a power hitter, was a player who usually maintained a good on-base percentage. He only played one season with the Phillies, hitting .246 with 9 homers and 29 RBIs in 115 games, but he made a key contribution to their winning the 2008 World Series over the Tampa Bay Rays: when Game 5 resumed after two days in the bottom of the 6th inning on October 29th, after having been suspended for weather reasons, he doubled off Grant Balfour as a pinch-hitter for Cole Hamels to lead off the inning, then came in to score on Jayson Werth's single. The run put the Phillies, ahead, 3-2, although the Rays would come back to tie the game in the top of the 7th. That double was his only career postseason hit, and came in his last career at-bat as he retired after the season.

The most similar player (according to the similarity scores method) is Carl Everett, a player from his same era with similar power but better speed.

Jenkins' brother Brett Jenkins played in the minors from 1991 to 1998.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (2003)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 7 (1999-2001, 2003-2005 & 2007)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2000)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (2000)
  • Won a World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008

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