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Geoffrey Scott Jenkins

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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 though of as a power hitter, is a player who usually maintains a good on-base percentage.

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.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 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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