Vernon Wells
American baseball player
Vernon Wells
Vernon Michael Wells III is an American former professional baseball center fielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the New York Yankees.Wells has appeared on three All-Star teams in his career, been awarded three Gold Glove Awards, and one Silver Slugger Award.
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Yankees Sign Reliever (Matt Thornton) and Cut Outfielder (Vernon Wells)
NYTimes - about 3 years
Thornton, the former White Sox and Red Sox pitcher, will replace Boone Logan as the main left-hander in the bullpen.     
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Yankees designate Wells for assignment
Fox News - about 3 years
New York, NY ( - The New York Yankees designated outfielder Vernon Wells for assignment on Friday.The 35-year-old Wells hit .233 with 11 homers and 50 RBI in his lone season with the Yankees, who acquired him from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim near the end of spring training last March
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Vernon Wells's two-run double keys Yankee comeback win over Blue Jays
Yahoo News - over 3 years
TORONTO - Vernon Wells doubled in two runs to key a four-run eighth inning as the New York Yankees snapped a four-game losing streak on Wednesday with a 4-3 comeback win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
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American League Game Capsules
Fox News - over 3 years
Ichiro Suzuki scored on a Brandon Workman wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the New York Yankees a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox to avert a four-game series sweep at the hands of their AL East rivals. Boston had tied the contest at 3-3 when Will Middlebrooks homered off Mariano Rivera (5-2), making an unsuccessful bid at a two-inning save, in the top of the ninth. Suzuki singled off Workman (5-3) with one out in New York's half of the frame, however, and stole second before moving up another base on Vernon Wells' flyout. With Alfonso Soriano at the plate, Workman's offering skipped by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia as Suzuki raced home with the deciding run. Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 with a two-run double and Suzuki finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored for the Yankees. Hiroki Kuroda worked six innings for New York, holding a Boston offense that racked up 34 runs in tak ...
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Red Sox Top Yankees 12-8: Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino Lead Boston To Comeback Win (VIDEO)
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
NEW YORK — Mike Napoli hit a tying grand slam in the seventh, Shane Victorino had a go-ahead homer one inning later and the Boston Red Sox rallied past the New York Yankees 12-8 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory. Will Middlebrooks homered for the third straight day and Boston erased a five-run deficit in another wild game between these longtime rivals. One night earlier, the Yankees took an 8-7 lead with a six-run seventh – only to lose 9-8 in 10 innings on Victorino's tiebreaking single. New York has lost consecutive games when scoring at least eight runs for the first time since September 1949, according to STATS. The last time it happened with both games at home was 1911 against Cleveland. Napoli also doubled, singled and walked twice in a perfect night at the plate. He scored three times, one night after sparking Boston's ninth-inning comeback with a two-out single off Mariano Rivera. The Red Sox, who began the day with a 6 1/2-game lead in the AL East over Tampa ...
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Yankees Pound White Sox 9-1
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK -- Robin Ventura figured it was best to look forward after a particularly disheartening loss. Derek Jeter ended a slump with two hits and two RBIs, Alex Rodriguez reached base twice in an eight-run fourth inning and the New York Yankees battered the sloppy Chicago White Sox 9-1 on Monday in a game interrupted nearly two hours by rain. "We have to play better than that if we're going to start winning games," the White Sox manager said. "The rest of the way out we've got guys who you're kind of evaluating jobs for next year, so it just has to get better." The White Sox committed two errors in allowing their biggest inning of the season and made three miscues overall in their fourth straight loss. The only highlight worth discussing was Paul Konerko's 432nd career homer. The six-time All-Star passed Cal Ripken to take sole possession of 44th place on the home run list with his drive off David Huff (2-0) in the seventh inning. "Any time you get menti ...
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American League Game Capsules
Fox News - over 3 years
Chris Nelson hit a pair of home runs, including a game-breaking grand slam in the eighth inning, and drove in five as Los Angeles stopped New York, 8-4, in the finale of a four-game set. Hank Conger, J.B. Shuck and Mark Trumbo knocked in a run apiece for the Angels, who avoided their first four-game sweep in the Bronx since 1994. C.J. Wilson (13-6) worked 6 2/3 innings, allowing 11 hits but only one run for the win. Alfonso Soriano continued his hot hand, going 4-for-5 with an RBI for the Yankees, whose four- game win streak came to a halt. Vernon Wells added a late two-run double, and Robinson Cano totaled three hits and a run-scoring single in defeat. Phil Hughes (4-12) lasted six full frames, charged with six hits and three runs.
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Jeter's Back, But Was It Too Soon?
Bronx News - over 3 years
Yankees win as Jeter returns to the lineup and aggravates his quad By Rich Mancuso BRONX, NEW YORK, JULY 12- Derek Jeter was not expected back at Yankee Stadium until Friday night. But minor injuries to Brett Gardner and Travis Hafner caused his four-game rehab assignment at Scranton cut short. General manager Brian Cashman called him late Wednesday night and he was ready. “I was nervous going into the game,” said the 39-year-old Jeter who returned to the Yankees lineup Thursday afternoon. It was, as he said, “Opening Day” returning to the lineup for the first time since sustaining a break to his left ankle when turning a double play last October 12 in the Bronx during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Tigers. He went 1-for-4, scored a run on an RBI groundout in his first at bat, inserted second in the lineup as the designated hitter. There was some concern though, as Jeter was pulled for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning because of a tight right qu ...
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Nova Pitches Yanks to Fifth Straight Win
Bronx News - over 3 years
By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, JULY 6- The Yanks returned to the Bronx on Friday to begin a 10-game homestand. They started their recently completed road trip by losing three straight to Baltimore, an outcome they hope to reverse in the Bronx, but terminated it in a positive manner by sweeping a four game series in Minnesota. The Orioles and Yanks, currently battling for second place in the American League East, began a meaningful three-game set on Friday night. Runs were scarce to accumulate in the exciting pitching duel. The Birds reached the scoreboard first as Chris Davis, their slugger supreme, was hit by a pitch to lead-off the second. Catcher Matt Wieters followed with a home run that just passed beyond the outstretched glove of leftfielder Vernon Wells. The homer did not unnerve Ivan Nova as the 26-year-old starter retired the next 12 batters. The Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez only surrendered one run in his six innings on the mound. The run was manufactured in the ...
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Yanks slug their way to sweep of Twins
Fox News - over 3 years
Vernon Wells went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored to help the New York Yankees complete a four-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 9-5 triumph Thursday at Target Field.
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Yankees 7, Rays 5: Struggling Wells Doesn’t Start but Does Rise to the Occasion
NYTimes - over 3 years
With the Yankees trailing by a run with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh inning, Vernon Wells hit a bases-clearing double to lead the Yankees to a captivating victory.     
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Wells breaks out with big hit, Yanks beat Rays 7-5
Yahoo News - over 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Vernon Wells glanced at the scoreboard and noted that the fastball he'd seen well clocked in at 96 mph.
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Rookie’s Big Night Feels Like the Good, Old Days of a Few Weeks Ago
NYTimes - over 3 years
Zoilo Almonte started in place of the slumping Vernon Wells and smacked his first major league home run to lift the struggling Yankees to a victory.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Vernon Wells
  • 2016
    Age 37
    He has two sons, ages 11 and 14 as of May 2016.
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  • 2013
    Age 34
    In 130 games for the Yankees, Wells hit .233 with 11 home runs in 2013.
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    On August 5, 2013, Wells made his first start and appearance at first base.
    More Details Hide Details On January 10, 2014, Wells was designated for assignment by the Yankees and later released on January 16.
    On May 8, 2013, Wells played third base for the first time in his career.
    More Details Hide Details He then played second base for the first time on May 15. On July 26, Wells changed his uniform number from 12 to 22 to give to Alfonso Soriano, who had been reacquired from the Chicago Cubs.
    On March 26, 2013, the Angels traded Wells to the New York Yankees for minor leaguers Exicardo Cayones and Kramer Sneed.
    More Details Hide Details The Yankees will pay $13.9 million of the $42 million remaining on his contract. Wells switched to number 12 as number 10 is retired by the Yankees for Phil Rizzuto.
  • 2011
    Age 32
    In 2011, he batted .218, the lowest batting average of all major league ballplayers with 512 or more plate appearances, and also had the lowest on-base percentage (.248).
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    Wells started out the season hitting below the Mendoza Line through the first month-and-a-half of the 2011 season.
    More Details Hide Details At the All-Star break, his batting average improved to .222. Wells "heated up" during the months of June and July, hitting 11 home runs combined in those months, after hitting only four in the previous two. In his first game back in Toronto on August 12, Wells received a standing ovation before his first at bat, and followed that up by taking the first pitch of the at bat thrown by Brandon Morrow over the left-center field fence.
    On January 21, 2011, Wells was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, in exchange for catcher Mike Napoli and outfielder Juan Rivera.
    More Details Hide Details Angels' owner Arte Moreno insisted on the trade, and reportedly told Tony Reagins, the general manager, that he would be fired if he did not acquire Wells within 24 hours.
  • 2010
    Age 31
    The award was presented on November 13, 2010 and Wells was then inducted into the Baseball Humanitarians Hall of Fame.
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    Also in 2010, Wells was selected to receive the Branch Rickey Award for humanitarian works by the Rotary Club of Denver.
    More Details Hide Details He is the second member of the Blue Jays to receive this honor; Dave Winfield was the 1992 recipient.
    At the end of the season, Wells had 31 home runs, 88 RBI, and an .847 OPS, making the 2010 season his best since he signed his contract extension in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the year batting .273, with 161 hits in 590 at bats, giving him over 1,500 hits in his career.
    On September 24, 2010, Wells hit his 30th home run of the season.
    More Details Hide Details That home run made Wells only the fourth player in Blue Jays history to have three or more seasons with at least 30 home runs, joining Carlos Delgado, Joe Carter and Fred McGriff.
    On July 5, 2010, Wells was named a reserve for the 2010 MLB All-Star Game, along with teammates José Bautista and John Buck.
    More Details Hide Details Wells was also a participant in the Home Run Derby, when Chris Berman predicted that Wells, whom he nicknamed the "Canadian Breeze", would carry away the title. Wells ended up hitting two home runs in the first round.
    Wells began 2010 at a promising pace, hitting four home runs with eight RBI in the first series.
    More Details Hide Details He continued to play well, hitting .337 with eight home runs and 16 RBI in April. On April 7 he had a multi-home run game against the Rangers, his first since September 28, 2008. On June 27, Wells hit a two-run home run that made Jamie Moyer of the Philadelphia Phillies, Major League Baseball's all-time leader in home runs allowed, with 506.
  • 2009
    Age 30
    During spring training in 2009, Wells suffered another injury, a strained left hamstring which kept him out for several weeks.
    More Details Hide Details At the beginning of the season Wells batted fourth in the lineup and was playing center field. He struggled with consistency at the plate, and was subsequently dropped from the fourth spot in the lineup before the All-Star break. Though he stole 17 bases, Wells finished the year with some of the worst numbers of his career, batting .260 with only 15 home runs and 66 RBI and finishing with an OPS near .700. During the season, he received significant criticism from the press regarding his large contract.
  • 2008
    Age 29
    Despite the significant amount of time missed to injury, 2008 otherwise represented a return to form for Wells as he finished the year hitting .300 with 20 home runs and 78 RBIs in just 108 games.
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    On May 8, 2008, Wells suffered a broken left wrist while making a diving catch.
    More Details Hide Details He returned on June 7, but later strained his left hamstring on July 9 and missed over a month of the season.
  • 2007
    Age 28
    In 2007, Wells suffered a shoulder injury early in the 2007 season and had shoulder surgery in September.
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  • 2006
    Age 27
    At the end of the 2006 season, Wells was awarded his third consecutive Gold Glove Award for outfield defense, along with Torii Hunter, and Ichiro Suzuki.
    More Details Hide Details He also signed a back-loaded contract for $126 million over seven years.
    During the season, Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi criticized Wells, as well as teammates Troy Glaus and Shea Hillenbrand, for failure to perform during key situations after two losses to the Kansas City Royals just before the 2006 All-Star break.
    More Details Hide Details He followed such criticisms with great play throughout the rest of the year, including a walk-off home run against New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. On September 24, he recorded his 500th RBI in a game against the Boston Red Sox.
    Wells began the 2006 season on a torrid pace, and continued to hit well throughout the year, ending the season with a .303 batting average, 32 home runs, and 106 runs batted in.
    More Details Hide Details Wells' year was capped by a game against the Boston Red Sox in which he hit three home runs, with two coming off of Red Sox starter Josh Beckett. He won the AL player of the week honor on July 24. Wells was selected as a reserve outfielder on the American League All-Star Team and was promoted to the League's starting lineup after an injury to Boston's Manny Ramírez. It was his second appearance in the mid-summer classic.
  • 2004
    Age 25
    Wells won his first Gold Glove Award in 2004, and a second in 2005.
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  • 2003
    Age 24
    He won the AL co-player of the week for the first time on June 23, 2003, sharing the honor with Corey Koskie.
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    In 2003, Wells' finished the season with a .317 batting average, 33 home runs, 117 RBI and 118 runs.
    More Details Hide Details He led the league with 215 hits, 49 doubles, and 373 total bases and finished 8th in American League MVP voting. He also participated in his first All-Star game.
  • 2002
    Age 23
    In 2002, Wells was given his first chance to be an everyday player.
    More Details Hide Details Although disqualified from Rookie of the Year contention because he had exceeded the 130 career at-bat limit to qualify as a rookie (the award went to teammate Eric Hinske), Wells proved himself to be one of the game's rising stars. He batted .275 with 23 home runs, 100 RBI and 87 runs while becoming one of the best defensive center fielders in the game.
  • 2001
    Age 22
    Wells currently resides in Westlake, Texas, near his hometown of Arlington, Texas. In 2001, he married his high school sweetheart, Charlene Valenti.
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  • 1999
    Age 20
    From 1999 through 2001, Wells was a regular September call-up and played in 57 major league games.
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    In 1999, he played in the Australian Baseball League with the Sydney Storm.
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  • 1998
    Age 19
    In 1998, he played for the Hagerstown Suns and was selected as the Utility Outfielder on the South Atlantic League End of Season All-Star Team.
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  • 1997
    Age 18
    The Toronto Blue Jays made Wells the fifth pick overall in the 1997 amateur draft out of Bowie High School.
    More Details Hide Details He spent several years as a top prospect in the Blue Jays organization, starting with the St. Catharines Stompers, Toronto's Class-A team in the short-season New York–Penn League.
  • 1993
    Age 14
    In 1993, Wells entered Arlington's Bowie High School where he played quarterback on the football team and was an outfielder on the baseball team.
    More Details Hide Details In his senior year, he batted .565 with 7 home runs and 20 runs batted in (RBI). Before entering the Major League Baseball Draft, Wells signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Texas at Austin to play baseball and football (as a wide receiver).
  • 1988
    Age 9
    Wells was born in Shreveport, Louisiana to Vernon Wells, Jr. and grew up in Arlington, Texas, where his family moved in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details His father played in the Canadian Football League and is an accomplished painter.
  • 1978
    Born on December 8, 1978.
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