John Gall

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John Christopher Gall

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John Gall made news in July 2006 when he headed to South Korea to join the Lotte Giants. He played for the major league St. Louis Cardinals briefly in 2005 and in the first part of 2006. In 2007, he was back in the USA playing for the Albuquerque Isotopes and briefly for the major league Florida Marlins.

Gall was a star at Stanford University, where his biggest season was 1998, when he hit .381/.438/.678. There were nine future major leaguers on the 1998 Stanford team. In the 1998 Baseball World Cup, he batted .280/.387/.560 as a LF/1B. Gall was drafted by the Cardinals in the 11th round of the 2000 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Jay North and made his pro debut that summer. He languished in the minors from 2000 to 2005 in spite of hitting over .300 with decent power at each of five stops during the 2001-2003 seasons.

After doing well with the Memphis Redbirds in 2003, his stats at the same place were somewhat less impressive in 2004 and even less so in 2005. Still, they were not bad, and when called up in 2005 by the Cardinals, he hit .270/.282/.514 in 22 games.

He was with the Cardinals for 8 games at the start of 2006, hitting .250. Spending most of the season in the minors with Memphis again, he hit .287 with a .408 slugging percentage. Then it was off to Korea. Gall however struggled with Lotte, and didn't return after the season and was signed to a minor league contract by the Marlins.

Gall hit .242/.286/.455 for Team USA in the 2008 Olympics, when they won Bronze. He was the team's primary left fielder. In the 4-2 win over the Taiwan national team, he had a solo homer and later doubled and scored.

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