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Jeffrey Glen Baker

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Jeff Baker was the top USA star in the 1999 World Junior Championship, outperforming Joe Mauer and Carlos Quentin as the US won Gold. Baker hit .481 with a team-high 12 RBI and his 8 runs were second on the club behind Drew Meyer. In the Gold Medal game, the US shortstop hit a 2-run single in the 8th to beat Taiwan, 10-9.

Baker set the Clemson University career record with 59 home runs. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 4th round of the 2002 amateur draft and was signed by scout Jay Matthews. He made his pro debut with the Asheville Tourists in 2003.

A back-up for most of his major league career, Baker received some more playing time when the Miami Marlins' starting first baseman when Mike Morse went on the disabled list in late May of 2015, as he was asked to be the starter against lefthanders. In two consecutive starts for Miami, on May 30th and June 3rd, he combined with slugger Giancarlo Stanton for back-to-back homers. The first of these occasions came against reliever Alex Torres of the New York Mets in the 9th inning of a 9-5 win, and the second off Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs in the 5th inning of a 7-3 win.

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