30 Facts About Addison Russell


Addison Wayne Russell was born on January 23,1994 and is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League.

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Addison Russell made his MLB debut with the Cubs in April 2015 and was an All-Star in 2016.

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Addison Russell was nearly killed by human respiratory syncytial virus at three months old.

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Addison Russell was adopted by his stepfather, Wayne, at 13 years old and took the name Addison Wayne Russell.

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Addison Russell attended Pace High School in Florida and in 2010 led his high school to a class 5A FHSAA baseball state championship and a runner-up finish in 2012.

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Addison Russell played in the 2010 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, was named a Perfect Game Aflac All-American Game participant and a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American in 2011.

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Addison Russell was ranked as the No 18 high school prospect by Baseball America and as the No 24 high school prospect by Perfect Game.

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Addison Russell played high school football at the running back position.

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In November 2011, Addison Russell signed a National Letter of Intent to play college baseball at Auburn University for the Tigers baseball team.

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At the tournament for Team USA, Addison Russell played alongside future professional baseball players Albert Almora, Alex Bregman, David Dahl, Joey Gallo, and Carson Kelly.

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Addison Russell was drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the 11th overall pick of the first round in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft out of Pace High School in Pace, Florida.

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Addison Russell was the first high school athlete selected by the A's in the first round of the draft since Jeremy Bonderman in 2001.

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Addison Russell started his career with the Arizona League Athletics, where he hit.

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Addison Russell was then promoted to the Vermont Lake Monsters and hit.

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Addison Russell finished the season with the Class-A Burlington Bees, hitting.

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Addison Russell committed only two errors in 52 games as the regular Cubs shortstop.

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Addison Russell hit a triple in the late innings of the third NLDS game and was slightly injured sliding into third.

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Addison Russell gave up his jersey number, 22, to Heyward, and switched to number 27 in honor of Eddie George.

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Addison Russell had a bases-loaded game-winning hit in a late-season game against the San Francisco Giants.

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Addison Russell finished the year with 95 RBIs and became the second Cub shortstop with over 90 for a season.

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Addison Russell hit decisive two-run home runs in Games 4 and 5 of that year's National League Championship Series, helping the Cubs break the Curse of the Billy Goat en route to their first World Series win in 108 years.

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Addison Russell hit the 19th grand slam in the history of the World Series in the sixth game and tied an MLB record of 6 RBI by one player in a game on a team facing elimination from the fall classic.

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Addison Russell became the first player to hit a grand slam in a World Series game since Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox in the 2005 World Series.

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On September 16,2017, Addison Russell returned from a long stint on the disabled list, and homered in his first at-bat.

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Addison Russell was suspended for the first 29 games of the season, finishing the 40-game suspension he received in 2018 as a result of allegations, found credible by MLB, that he abused his wife.

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Addison Russell hit his first home run of the 2019 season on May 15 against the Cincinnati Reds.

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Addison Russell has a daughter who born in May 2015; her mother is Mallory Engstrom.

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Addison Russell and Melisa Reidy married in January 2016 in Milton, FL at Sowell Farms; they have a son who was born in August 2015.

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Addison Russell's third child, a son, was born in October 2018 to girlfriend Asti Kelley.

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In June 2017, Addison Russell was accused, by an unknown party, of domestic violence against Reidy, an incident which led to Reidy filing for divorce.

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