Chris Singleton

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Christopher Verdell Singleton

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Chris Singleton was an outfielder for the Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He spent six seasons in the major leagues before joining Ed Farmer in the White Sox radio booth. He finished his playing career with an average of .273 and a total of 45 home runs.

Singleton was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the second round of the 1993 amateur draft. He spent five nondescript seasons in the Giants organization before he was traded to the New York Yankees in a deal for Charlie Hayes. Singleton played only one season in the Yankees system, hitting .254 in triple-A.

The White Sox traded for Singleton prior to the 1999 season. He started slowly in his first big league season, but caught fire when the weather warmed up. Singleton came through with two five-hit games in July, one was for the cycle. At season's end, his average was .300 and he had accumulated 17 home runs, 72 RBI's, and 20 stolen bases. Singleton was named to the 1999 Topps All-Star Rookie Team.

Singleton struggled with the bat in 2000, and his average dropped to .254. He still provided speed on the bases with 22 steals and he tacked on five triples. Singleton hit .298 in 392 at bats in the 2001 season. He was traded soon after to the Orioles for Willie Harris.

Singleton hit .262 in 466 at bats with the Orioles in 2002, .245 in 306 at bats with the Athletics in 2003, and finished up his career with a .271 average in 59 at bats wearing a Tampa uniform in 2004. In 2002, with the Orioles, Singleton finished second in the league with 9 triples.

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