Remember This Guy?

Okay I was about to start a Young Guns for the Brewers when I saw Trot Nixon’s name on the roster. At first I thought it was a different one then I clicked on him and it was the same guy!

Trot Nixon was drafted by the Red Sox with the seventh pick in the 1993 MLB draft. He paved the way for Red Sox to wear go-tees (your welcome Youk 🙂 during the eleven seasons he spent in Boston. On September 21, 1996 he made his major league debut with the Red Sox. He became the starting right-fielder in 1999. That year he hit .270 with fifteen home runs, 103 hits, 52 RBI’s, and three stolen bases. In 2001 he had his breakout year with Boston hitting .280 with 88 RBI’s, 27 home runs, 150 hits, and seven stolen bases. Two years later in 2003 he had his best season ever batting .306 with 87 RBI’s, 28 home runs, 135 hits, and four stolen bases. The next year he helped the Red Sox come back against the Yankees in the ALCS going six for 29 with one home run and three RBI’s in that series. In the World Series he helped Boston sweep the Cardinals going five for 14. He only played in 48 games because he had a herniated disc. His carer then became a downward spiral after that. In 2006 he had only eight home runs and 102 hits. Nixon was not offered salary arbitration and the Red Sox signed J.D. Drew to take the right field spot. In January 2007 he signed a one year three million dollar deal with the Cleveland Indians.  He batted .251 with three home runs that season. In the 2007 ALCS Nixon faced of against his former team the Boston Red Sox. Through the first four games Cleveland had a big lead three games to one but we all know how that season ended. The Red Sox came back to win the series and then sweep the Rockies in the World Series. In the ALCS he went three for seven with one RBI. In the 2008 offseason he signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. On June, 13 he was traded to the New York Mets for money. In 2008 he batted .171 with one home run, one RBI, one stolen base, and six hits in 35 at bats. On December 18 he signed a minor league deal with the Brewers with an invitation to spring training. It is very unlikely that he will get a starters sport since Ryan Braun, Mike Cameron, and Corey Hart are all in the outfield but he could get the role of the forth outfielder beating out Tony Gwynn Jr. Nixon is now 34 years old. This story shows how stardom doesn’t not last. Just like Andruw Jones. One minute you could be a star the next a nobody. So Mr. Nixon and Mr. Jones I hope you prove me wrong by having a great season.
Trot Nixon   
Trot Nixon (left) and Jhonny Peralta (right) celebrated the Indians' 13-6 win in Game 2 of the ALCS.
Trot Nixon

Photos
1- sportsillustrated.com
2- boston.com
3- azcentral.com
4- wikipedia.com
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7 comments

  1. raysrenegade

    Poor Trot has become a journeyman now.
    I never thought a guy who played as hard as he did would ever have to basically audition for a job in the major leagues. you got to love his zest for the game and his down and dirty attitude towards hitting.

    I used to chat with him during his Red Sox years down on the right field foul pole during B P at the Trop. I found the guy to be a great person and we would talk about our kids every time he came into the ball park. He even got me good one time when he brought Derek Lowe over to talk with me and I had him sign a ball, and below his signature he wrote ” First Career No-hitter against Tampa Bay” with the date. I actually laughed about it all.

    A few players who used to be golden have been in the Brewers system the last few years. Last Year it was Russell Branyan. You never know with a guy like Trot, he would always be a great insurance policy on the bench, and is a great clubhouse guy to have on your team.

    Rays Renegade

    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

  2. neal07

    Wow, I thought Trot Nixon had retired. Last I heard, he had been signing a Minor League deal with the Diamondbacks. You know, when they asked Joe Torre in 2005 which Red Sox player he would most like to see on the Yankees, he didn’t say Manny, Ortiz, Damon or Pedro. He said, and I quote, “Nixon.”
    http://newmexicanyanksfan.mlblogs.com

  3. bigpapi72

    Julia- Thanks
    R.R.- Hopefully Trot will win comeback player of the year along with Andruw Jones.
    Neal- So did I till when I wrote this.
    Jen- Trot gave 110% every time he stepped on to the field.
    Tom- I hope he comes back too. Here that Disney here is a story you can make into a movie.

    Bob- http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

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