Featuring David Eckstein
2017 Semoball Awards Keynote Speaker
David Eckstein played infield for 10 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres.
Eckstein was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 19th round of the 1997 amateur draft and selected off waivers by the Angels on August 16, 2000.
At the end of the 2004 season, Eckstein was traded to the Cardinals, where he quickly became a fan favorite. In his first seven seasons, he amassed 1,079 hits while batting .286. He was voted to the National League All-Star team in 2005 along with teammates Chris Carpenter, Albert Pujols, Jason Isringhausen and Jim Edmonds.
In 2006, Eckstein was named the 2006 World Series MVP in helping St. Louis win its 10th championship. Following a 1–11 start in the first two games of the World Series, Eckstein went 8 for 22 with four RBI and scored three runs, including going 4-for-5 with three doubles in game 4. The World Series victory with the Cardinals made Eckstein one of few starting shortstops who has won a championship in both the American and National Leagues as he also won one with the Angels in 2002.
In 2007, Eckstein signed as a free agent with Toronto and over the next several seasons played for the Blue Jays, Diamondbacks and Padres before retiring in 2012.
Eckstein played collegiately at the University of Florida, where he was a two-time first-team All-SEC selection, a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and the first two-time Academic All-American in Gators baseball history. He was also a 1st team All-American in 1996. He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
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