Mike Jacobs (first baseman)

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Mike Jacobs
Mike Jacobs on July 29, 2009.jpg
Jacobs while with the Kansas City Royals
Arizona Diamondbacks
First baseman
Born: (1980-10-30) October 30, 1980 (age 33)
Chula Vista, California
Bats: LeftThrows: Right
MLB debut
August 21, 2005 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
(through 2012 season)
Batting average.253
Home runs100
Runs batted in312
Teams
 
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Mike Jacobs
Mike Jacobs on July 29, 2009.jpg
Jacobs while with the Kansas City Royals
Arizona Diamondbacks
First baseman
Born: (1980-10-30) October 30, 1980 (age 33)
Chula Vista, California
Bats: LeftThrows: Right
MLB debut
August 21, 2005 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
(through 2012 season)
Batting average.253
Home runs100
Runs batted in312
Teams

Michael James "Mike" Jacobs (born October 30, 1980) is an American professional baseball first baseman. He has previously played for the New York Mets, Florida Marlins, Kansas City Royals, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Minor Leagues[edit]

Mike Jacobs graduated from Hilltop High School in Chula Vista and spent one season at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California before being selected by the New York Mets in the 38th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft.[1]

Originally signed as a catcher, Jacobs batted .333 with four home runs and 30 runs batted in his first professional season with the Gulf Coast League Mets. He quickly blossomed into a solid power-hitting prospect, and in 2003, after a successful year with the Double-A Binghamton Mets, won an award.

In May 2004, while playing for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, Jacobs suffered an arm injury and underwent surgery for a torn labrum, which ended his season prematurely. Because of his injury and mediocre defensive skills behind the plate, when Jacobs returned to Binghamton in 2005, he spent much of the season learning to play first base. He batted .321 with 25 home runs and 93 RBIs while learning his new position and going on to win the MVP award.

New York Mets[edit]

Jacobs made his major league debut with the Mets on August 21, 2005, hitting a three-run pinch-hit home run against Esteban Loaiza of the Washington Nationals in his first ever Major League at-bat.[2] Jacobs rather instantly assumed the position of everyday first baseman and continued to hit, tallying four home runs through three games, during the Mets' 4-game drubbing of the Arizona Diamondbacks. During this stretch the Mets were able to pull within a half-game of the National League Wild Card lead, but faded quickly, dropping two straight games at home to the Philadelphia Phillies and promptly fading out of the race. Jacobs continued to play well, increasing his stock as a trade chip by slugging a monstrous .710 in his five weeks as a major leaguer.

Florida Marlins[edit]

Jacobs with the Florida Marlins in 2008.

In only 30 games and 100 at-bats, Jacobs hit a very impressive 11 home runs and 23 RBI. Many people penciled him in as the Mets' first baseman for the 2006 season. However, on November 23, 2005, the Mets traded him and a minor league pitcher, Yusmeiro Petit, to the Florida Marlins in exchange for Carlos Delgado and $7 million.

In 2006 with the Marlins, Jacobs played in 136 games while hitting .262 with 20 HR and 77 RBIs. In 2007 he only played in 114 games, but still improved on his batting average hitting .265 that season including 17 HR and 54 RBIs. In 2008 Jacobs saw increased playing time and had a break out season in power with 32 HR and 93 RBI but his batting average slipped to .247.

Kansas City Royals[edit]

After the 2008 season, Jacobs was traded to the Kansas City Royals for pitcher Leo Núñez.[3] While initially thought to split time at first base with Billy Butler, he was mostly the team's DH due to inconsistent play on the field. Following the season, Jacobs was released by the Royals on December 10.

Return to New York[edit]

Jacobs with New York in 2010

On February 10, 2010 the Mets signed Mike Jacobs to a minor league contract. He was selected as the Mets' opening day first baseman after Daniel Murphy went on the disabled list with a strained MCL.[4]

On April 18, Jacobs was designated for assignment.[5]

On April 25, 2010 Jacobs cleared waivers and accepted assignment to the AAA Buffalo Bisons of the International League. On July 30, 2010, he was acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later.

Released at the end of the 2010 season, he signed as a minor league free agent with the Colorado Rockies on December 18, 2010.

On August 18, 2011, while playing for the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Jacobs was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for Human Growth Hormone. In response, Jacobs was released by the Rockies.[6]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

On January 4, 2012, Jacobs signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. On September 19, he was called up and played his first Major League game since April 17, 2010.

Seattle Mariners[edit]

On January 3, 2013, Jacobs signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners.[7] On March 23, 2013, he was released along with veteran starting pitcher Jon Garland. [8]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

On June 4, 2013, the D'backs signed Jacobs back to a minor league deal. Jacobs had been playing in the Mexican League.[9]

Personal[edit]

Jacobs got married in December 2006 and resides in Chula Vista during the baseball offseason. He has twin daughters, Havana and Isabella.

Contrary to popular belief, Jacobs is not Jewish. This small detail was apparently not known to the Marlins when, on May 28, 2006, as part of the team's Jewish Heritage Day promotion, they gave Jacobs t-shirts to young fans who attended the game.[10]

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