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Terrmel Sledge (born March 18, 1977) is a retired American professional baseball outfielder and the current Assistant Hitting Coach of the Chicago Cubs. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and the Yokohama BayStars. Prior to being hired by the Cubs, he was the hitting coach for the Tulsa Drillers in the Texas League.

Terrmel Sledge
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Chicago Cubs – No. 1
Outfielder/Coach
Born: (1977-03-18) March 18, 1977 (age 42)
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Batted: Left Threw: Left
Professional debut
MLB: April 6, 2004, for the Montreal Expos
NPB: 2008, for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
Last appearance
MLB: October 1, 2007, for the San Diego Padres
NPB: June 13, 2012, for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
MLB statistics
Batting average.247
Home runs25
Runs batted in100
Career statistics
Batting average.263
Home runs96
Runs batted in315
Teams

As Coach

Sledge batting for the San Diego Padres in 2007.

Sledge's career began in 2004 with the Montreal Expos. He moved with the team to Washington, D.C. the following season as the Expos relocated to the American capital, and hit the first-ever home run for the Washington Nationals. He was traded to the Texas Rangers along with fellow outfielder Brad Wilkerson for second baseman Alfonso Soriano on December 7, 2005. He was then traded to the San Diego Padres in a six-player deal on December 20.

His best season came in 2004, when he batted .269/.336/.462 with 15 home runs and 62 runs batted in. On October 3, 2004, Sledge recorded the final RBI in Expos history when he drove in Jamey Carroll in a game against the New York Mets.

Sledge attended John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, California and played college ball at Long Beach State.

Sledge is half Korean and half African American; his mother was Korean and his father was black. According to his father, his name is a combination of Terrence and Melvin, two names his parents had considered naming him when he was born.

In January 2003, Sledge was the first position player suspended for violating Major League Baseball's enhanced steroids policy, enacted after accusations that steroid use was rampant in baseball in the 90s and early 2000s. He tested positive for traces of 19-norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone, chemical derivatives related to androstenedione.[1]

On November 29, 2007, Terrmel was granted permission from the Padres to sign with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Nippon Professional League.

On December 17, Terrmel signed a contract with Yokohama BayStars for the 2010 season.

He retired after the 2012 season and spent 2015 as the assistant hitting coach for the Eugene Emeralds. In 2016, he was named hitting coach for the Tulsa Drillers of the AA Texas League.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/news/040114sledge.html
  2. ^ Tulsa Drillers (January 14, 2016). "Dodgers Announce 2016 Drillers Coaching Staff". milb.com. Retrieved January 14, 2016.

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