Justin Morneau
Canadian baseball player
Justin Morneau
Justin Ernest George Morneau is a Canadian Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman for the Minnesota Twins. At 6 feet 4 inches and 225 lbs, Morneau was originally drafted as a catcher by the Twins in 1999. He converted to first base in the minor leagues and made his MLB debut in 2003. A four-time All-Star, Morneau was the American League Most Valuable Player during the 2006 season and finished runner-up in 2008.
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Justin Morneau on playing next season: 'Choice might not be up to me'
Chicago Times - 5 months
White Sox designated hitter Justin Morneau wasn't ready to make a final determination Saturday whether he plans to play his 15th major-league season next year. But the 35-year-old said he is interested to see if he has shown teams enough over the last two months since coming back from offseason...
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White Sox's Justin Morneau getting back in swing of things
Chicago Times - 8 months
Justin Morneau is a former American League Most Valuable Player, four-time All-Star and has led the National League in hitting. Still, the veteran felt some jitters when he stepped into the batting cage at U.S. Cellular Field this weekend. "I couldn't remember the last time I was actually nervous...
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Sale, Rizzo win last spots in All-Star Game vote
Yahoo News - over 2 years
(Reuters) - White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo made it a Chicago sweep on Thursday by winning an online fan vote to claim the last two spots in next week's Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Sale was one of five pitchers nominated on the American League ballot, beating Garrett Richards of the Angels, Rick Porcello of the Tigers, Corey Kluber of the Indians and Dallas Keuchel of the Astros by receiving 6.7 million votes. Rizzo, who homered Wednesday for his third round tripper in as many days, beat Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, Braves outfielder Justin Upton, Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon and Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee with 8.8 million votes.
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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Dec 4 (The Sports Xchange) - Six-time All-Star first baseman Paul Konerko has agreed to return for a 16th season with the Chicago White Sox in 2014, the team announced Wednesday. Konerko will be in his 18th season and began his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds. - - The Colorado Rockies are close to a two-year contract with free-agent first baseman Justin Morneau, MLB.com reported. The Rockies added some flexibility to their payroll when they traded outfielder Dexter Fowler and his $7.35 million salary to the Houston Astros earlier in the day.
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Pirates edge Cubs, keep pace in NL Central
Fox News - over 3 years
Justin Morneau drove in the winning run in the eighth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates took a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday to wrap up a four-game set.
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Morneau's Single Leads Pittsburgh Over Cubs 3-2
NYTimes - over 3 years
Francisco Liriano took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before faltering in his first no-decision this season, and pinch-hitter Justin Morneau singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth Sunday to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago Cubs 3-2.     
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Lagging Twins send veteran Justin Morneau to contending Pirates before deadline
Yahoo News - over 3 years
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Pirates are all-in as they chase the franchise's first playoff appearance in 21 years.
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Twins Trade Morneau to Pirates
abc News - over 3 years
Lagging Twins send veteran 1B Justin Morneau to contending Pirates before deadline     
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Pirates acquire Morneau from Twins
Chicago Times - over 3 years
PITTSBURGH -- Locked in a race for the NL Central crown, the Pittsburgh Pirates bolstered their roster on Saturday, acquiring veteran first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins.     
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Morneau powers Twins past Tigers
Fox News - over 3 years
Justin Morneau drove in four runs for the Minnesota Twins in a 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers in the opener of a three- game set.
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Justin Morneau is put on revocable waivers by Twins
LATimes - over 3 years
Twins, who don't necessarily have to let the first baseman go to another team if he is claimed before Wednesday's deadline, say the move is simply a procedural tactic. First baseman Justin Morneau was put on revocable waivers by the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.
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Sox Rally To Win Over Twins
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CHICAGO -- Conor Gillaspie lined a go-ahead single in the sixth inning and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Saturday. Jordan Danks homered and rookie Andre Rienzo pitched 5 1-3 innings in his home debut as the White Sox snapped a five-game losing streak against the Twins. The White Sox have won just three of their 11 games against Minnesota this season and will try to split the four-game series Sunday. Justin Morneau and Oswaldo Arcia homered for the Twins. David Purcey (1-1) struck out two in an inning for the win. Addison Reed earned his 28th save in 33 chances. Mike Pelfrey (4-10) allowed five runs, four earned, in five-plus innings. He walked five, struck out two and hasn't won a start since July 6. Gillaspie put the White Sox ahead 5-4 in the sixth on an RBI single off reliever Anthony Swarzak. The White Sox had tied it on Blake Tekotte's sacrifice fly after Avisail Garcia led off with a single for his first White S ...
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Rios-Less Sox Fall To Twins 7-5
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox took the next step in their makeover by trading away Alex Rios. Then, they got back to losing. Justin Morneau continued his surge with a grand slam and solo homer, and Minnesota rallied to beat Chicago 7-5 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Friday. The big news came before the first game, when the White Sox traded Rios to Texas. That created an opening for Avisail Garcia, the promising outfielder acquired from Detroit as part of a three-team deal that sent Jake Peavy from the White Sox to Boston before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. He was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte after the Rios trade was announced. "It's tough to see him go," manager Robin Ventura said. "He was good for us." Dealing Rios gives the White Sox a chance to see what they have in Garcia as they try to dig their way out from this wreck of a season. They're last in the AL Central after finishing second a year ago, and they're tryin ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Justin Morneau
  • 2016
    Age 34
    On June 9, 2016, Morneau signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.
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  • 2014
    Age 32
    After the 2014 season, Morneau traveled to Japan to participate in the 2014 Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series.
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    Morneau won the 2014 batting title with a .319 batting average
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  • 2013
    Age 31
    On December 3, 2013, Morneau agreed to a 2-year, $14 million deal with the Colorado Rockies, pending a physical.
    More Details Hide Details The deal became official on December 13.
    On September 1, 2013 he made his debut with the Pirates, playing first base and wearing number 66.
    More Details Hide Details Morneau wore number 33 in Minnesota, but due to number being retired in Pittsburgh (in honour of Honus Wagner), he simply decided to double it.
    On August 31, 2013 he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Alex Presley and a player to be named later, who was later identified as Duke Welker on October 5, 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 30
    Before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 31, Morneau played in 127 games for the Twins and had nearly matched his total stats for 2012, batting .259 with 17 home runs and 74 RBI.
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    In 2012, Morneau returned as an everyday first basemen for the Twins.
    More Details Hide Details Appearing in 134 games, Morneau finished the season with a .257 batting average, 19 home runs and 77 RBI.
  • 2011
    Age 29
    In 2011, Morneau appeared in just 69 games collecting just 60 hits, only four of them home runs.
    More Details Hide Details He batted a meager .227 with 19 walks and 30 RBI. All of the previous are career lows disregarding his rookie season.
    On August 29, 2011, Morneau suffered a left shoulder injury that would lead to mild concussion-like symptoms.
    More Details Hide Details These symptoms eventually led to Morneau missing the remainder of the season.
  • 2010
    Age 28
    The Minnesota Twins were glad to see Morneau somewhat recovered from his season-ending concussion in July 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He was in the Opening Day starting line-up against the Toronto Blue Jays. This did not last long, though, as he missed five games with the flu later in April and a couple of games in June with a sore wrist. He underwent neck surgery in June to correct pinched nerves in his neck, causing him to miss two months from mid-June to mid-August. Just ten days later, he missed two games with a bruised foot.
    On October 4, 2010, the Twins announced that Morneau would not return for the 2010 season, regardless of how far the team went in the postseason.
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    For the first time in his career, he was voted in by the fans to start the 2010 All-Star Game at first base, but ended up pulling out from the event after sustaining a concussion on July 7.
    More Details Hide Details Morneau missed the remainder of the regular season with the effects of post-concussion syndrome. After the Twins clinched the American League Central Division championship, Morneau said that he was finally symptom-free. Morneau said he would be unavailable for the ALDS, but that he hoped to be available for the ALCS should the Twins advance.
    Morneau got off to a strong start in the 2010 campaign, hitting a career first-half high .345 batting average and having a major-league leading .437 on-base percentage and .617 slugging percentage at the All-Star break.
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  • 2009
    Age 27
    On September 14, Morneau was officially diagnosed of having a stress fracture in his back after a long slump, and therefore missed the rest of the 2009 season and the playoffs.
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    Morneau hit 30 home runs and on July 5, 2009, was selected as a reserve position player at first base for the 2009 All Star Game.
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    Morneau married Minnesota native Krista Martin in January 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter Evelyn was born on September 23, 2010; their son Marty was born on July 21, 2012. He has purchased a home in his hometown of New Westminster, where he plans to live after his career is over. His house is just four blocks from Queen's Park, where he grew up playing hockey and baseball. As a minor leaguer in Florida, he experienced homesickness, and would log onto a Vancouver radio station online to hear the weather and traffic reports, and wonder what his friends were up to back home. Morneau's family is well known in New Westminster. On February 2, 2008, the city honoured him by renaming Moody Park Diamond #5 to Justin Morneau Field. Morneau Field is located just from a field named for one of Morneau's idols, Larry Walker Field, located in the nearby city of Maple Ridge.
  • 2008
    Age 26
    Morneau won the 2008 Home Run Derby, defeating Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers.
    More Details Hide Details He became the first Canadian to win the Home Run Derby. Later during the All-Star event, Morneau scored the winning run for the American League in the MLB All Star Game at Yankee Stadium on a sacrifice fly to right field off the bat of Michael Young. Morneau was awarded the Lionel Conacher Award as the Canadian Press Male Athlete of the Year, joining Ferguson Jenkins and Larry Walker as the only Major League Baseball players to win the award. Morneau finished second in the balloting for AL MVP, as Dustin Pedroia won, and Kevin Youkilis came in third.
    Morneau was then announced as a reserve player for the American League in the 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
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    On July 10, 2008, Morneau tied a career high with 5 hits in a game as the visiting Minnesota Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers.
    More Details Hide Details He hit what went on to be the game-winning home run to finish the day 5 for 5 with a walk in a 7–6 extra-innings win.
    In January 2008, Morneau agreed to a six-year contract worth $80 million, which at the time was the longest and richest contract in Minnesota Twins history until in 2010, teammate Joe Mauer signed an 8-year, $184 million contract.
    More Details Hide Details Morneau produced with his new contract, as he played in all 163 of the Twins' games and hit .300 with 23 home runs and 129 RBI.
  • 2007
    Age 25
    Morneau had his first career three home run game on July 6, 2007, against the Chicago White Sox.
    More Details Hide Details He had a solo, a 2-run, and a 3-run homer. He had an at bat to try for his fourth home run, but his bat got under the ball, and he flew out to deep left field.
    He also participated in the 2007 State Farm Home Run Derby for the first time.
    More Details Hide Details He was up first and hit 4 homers and ended up tying with Albert Pujols in the first round. He was subsequently eliminated with only one homer on 5 chances in a tie-off. Pujols advanced to the 2nd round with 2 homers.
    Morneau was named to the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game roster in 2007 for the first time.
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    In May 2007, Morneau won the Player of the Month in the American League for the first time in his career.
    More Details Hide Details Morneau appeared on the cover of the arcade baseball video game The Bigs in Canadian stores and at Best Buy stores in the United States.
  • 2006
    Age 24
    His mother remarried in 2006 and now Justin has two stepsisters.
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    For his hitting, he won the 2006 American League Silver Slugger Award representing first basemen.
    More Details Hide Details On November 21, Morneau won the American League Most Valuable Player Award in a close vote over Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, becoming only the fourth player in Twins history (after Zoilo Versalles, Harmon Killebrew, and Rod Carew) to receive the honour. He became the first Canadian to win the AL MVP award, and the second Canadian to win a major league MVP award (Larry Walker was the first, having won the NL MVP Award in 1997; Walker and Morneau were joined in 2010 by Joey Votto). Morneau played in 157 games, hitting 31 home runs.
    After a slow start to 2006, Morneau exploded offensively in the months of June, July, and August, raising his batting average nearly 50 points in June after beginning the month hitting .240.
    More Details Hide Details He raised his average another 33 points in July and after June consistently appeared near the top of the American League leaderboard in batting average, home runs, and RBI. On August 9, Morneau became the first Twin since 1987 to hit 30 home runs in a single season. He finished the season hitting .321 (6th in the AL) and slugging .559 (6th in AL) with 34 home runs and 130 RBI. He was second in the league in RBIs and tied Larry Walker's 1997 total for the most RBIs in a season by a Canadian.
    Prior to the 2006 season, Morneau suited up for his native Canada in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.
    More Details Hide Details He hit .308 with 3 doubles and 2 RBIs in three games.
  • 2005
    Age 23
    Although he never appeared to fully shake off his early season setbacks, Morneau finished the 2005 season second on the Twins in home runs with 22 and paced the squad with 79 RBI.
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    The 2005 season was a struggle for Morneau, as he dealt with a variety of off-season illnesses as well as being hit in the head by a pitch in April.
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  • 2004
    Age 22
    He appeared in 74 games for the Twins in 2004, hitting 19 home runs and 58 RBIs in 280 at bats while committing just three errors.
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    In 2004, after compiling impressive minor league numbers, the Twins dealt veteran first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to the Boston Red Sox and Morneau became the Twins' starting first baseman.
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  • 2003
    Age 21
    Morneau made his Major League debut with the Twins on June 10, 2003 against the Colorado Rockies, batting clean-up.
    More Details Hide Details He singled in his first career at-bat off Jason Jennings and went 2 for 4 in the game. A week later, he hit his first career home run off Kansas City Royals reliever Albie Lopez. Morneau went on to hit four home runs in his rookie season while batting .226. He spent the majority of the season with the Twins' Triple-A affiliate Rochester Red Wings.
    He converted to first base in the minor leagues and made his MLB debut in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Morneau has held that position throughout his career and in 2007 became the first Twin since Gary Gaetti in 1987 - 1988 to hit 30 home runs in consecutive seasons. A four-time All-Star, Morneau was named the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) during the 2006 season by helping the Twins win their fourth division title in five years. He finished runner-up for MVP in 2008 and won two Silver Slugger Awards. Additionally, Morneau won the 2008 Home Run Derby and the 2014 National League (NL) batting title. Internationally, Morneau represented Canada at the 2006, 2009, and 2013 World Baseball Classic. Midway through the 2010 season, Morneau suffered a concussion while sliding into second base. The injury sidelined him for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs. Up to that point, he was the fan voted leader to start the All-Star Game at first base and a leading candidate for his second AL MVP award. Despite making the opening day roster in 2011, Morneau dealt with numerous injuries and sustained another concussion during the season that limited his production. Morneau has recovered from his ailments and has since split time between designated hitter and first base.
  • 2002
    Age 20
    Morneau participated in the 2002 and 2004 All-Star Futures Games, playing for the World teams.
    More Details Hide Details Morneau played for the World team in MLB Futures Game, July 7 in Milwaukee. Morneau was twice named Eastern League Player of the Week, April 22–28 and July 15–21. On September 3, Morneau was promoted to Minnesota's Triple A team, The Edmonton Trappers. During his first Triple A season, Morneau won the PCL championship with the Trappers.
  • 1999
    Age 17
    Morneau did not attend college, despite receiving many attractive offers from NCAA schools. He was selected by the Twins in the 3rd round as the 89th overall pick of the 1999 MLB amateur entry draft.
    More Details Hide Details In six minor league seasons, he hit .310 with 87 home runs, 153 RBIs and 122 doubles.
  • 1998
    Age 16
    He is listed as winning the Memorial Cup in 1998 with the Winter Hawks.
    More Details Hide Details As Morneau put it, "I was the third goalie. A backup to the backup. If somebody got hurt, I might have gotten out there as a backup. I played in an exhibition game and backed up some regular-season games." Morneau remained on Portland's Protected Player List until he decided to focus on baseball instead of hockey. According to Winter Hawks assistant coach at the time, Mike Williamson, "He was young and raw — a big guy who covered a lot of the net. I remember a conversation we had with him when recruiting him. We told him he should go to hockey because not many Canadian guys end up going very far and doing very well in baseball. He showed us otherwise."
    In 1998, he was selected the best hitter and catcher of the National Championships playing for Team British Columbia.
    More Details Hide Details Morneau was associated with the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League; he attended training camp and played one preseason game of Major Junior hockey as a goaltender. Morneau chose his jersey number (33) for goalie Patrick Roy.
  • 1997
    Age 15
    He was named the New Westminster High School Athlete of the year and was a member of Canadian national champion baseball teams in 1997 and 1998.
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  • 1994
    Age 12
    Morneau attended St. Thomas More Collegiate High School in 1994–95, for his grade 8 year, where he played basketball.
    More Details Hide Details Coaches approached him to play for the school's famed football program, based on his athletic ability, but he declined. Morneau transferred to New Westminster Secondary School and graduated in 1999. He continued to play basketball and hockey while in high school.
  • 1981
    Born on May 15, 1981.
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