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James Jerry Hardy

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J.J. Hardy was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2nd round of the 2001 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Brian Johnson and made his pro debut that summer.

On September 9, 2007, the first three batters for the Brewers homered in a game against the Cincinnati Reds, as Hardy followed Rickie Weeks and preceded Ryan Braun in hitting long balls off Phil Dumatrait. It was only the third time in major league history - all in the National League - that this had happened. Incredibly, Hardy was again in the middle of things the next time it happened, on May 10, 2012. Now playing for the Baltimore Orioles, he followed Ryan Flaherty's first major league homer with a long ball of his own, and Nick Markakis also went yard as the Orioles became the first team in American League history to execute the rare feat. The victim this time was Colby Lewis of the Texas Rangers.

On October 9, 2014, Hardy signed a three-year contract extension with the Orioles, worth $40 million, on the eve of the opening game of the ALCS against the Kansas City Royals.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time All-Star (2007 & 2013)
  • 3-time AL Gold Glove Winner (2012-2014)
  • AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2013)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 5 (2007, 2008 & 2011-2013)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2011)

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