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Joshua David Willingham

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[edit] Biographical Information

Josh Willingham was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 17th round of the 2000 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Larry Keller and made his pro debut that summer. He played every position around the diamond - except for pitcher - while playing in the minor leagues, and was even considered as a future catcher when he first came up to the major leagues with the Marlins in 2004. However, by the time he became a regular in 2006, he was moved to left field full time and has played almost exclusively there since.

On July 27, 2009, Willingham hit two grand slams for the Washington Nationals in a 14-6 defeat of the Milwaukee Brewers. He became the 13th player to accomplish the feat, while also tying a franchise record with 8 RBI in the contest.

Joining the Minnesota Twins as a free agent prior to the 2012 season, he had his first 30-homer season for his new team, reaching the mark with a blast off the Detroit Tigers' Doug Fister on August 14th. That excellent performance in a difficult park for sluggers won him recognition as one of the American League's Silver Slugger Award winners.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2012)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 5 (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 & 2012)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2012)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (2012)

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