25 Facts About Brad Wilkerson


Stephen Bradley Wilkerson was born on June 1,1977 and is an American former professional baseball outfielder and first baseman in Major League Baseball for eight seasons.

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Brad Wilkerson was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, where he attended and played baseball at Apollo High School.

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Brad Wilkerson played for the US national junior baseball team in 1995.

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Brad Wilkerson was the most valuable player of the World Junior Baseball Championship, pitching a three-hit shutout against Taiwan in the gold medal game, hitting.

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Line drive hitter and versatile defensive player, Brad Wilkerson received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Andy Lopez's Florida Gators baseball team from 1996 to 1998.

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Brad Wilkerson was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2010, and the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Brad Wilkerson was selected by the Montreal Expos in the first round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft.

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Brad Wilkerson was on pace to break the Eastern League record for doubles in a season before he was promoted to Triple-A Ottawa, of the International League.

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Brad Wilkerson debuted with Montreal on July 12,2001 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, finishing the game 0-for-3 with a walk.

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Brad Wilkerson recorded his first major league hit off Tim Wakefield of the Boston Red Sox on July 17,2001, and his first major league home run off Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Marquis on July 26,2001.

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Brad Wilkerson hit for the cycle on June 24,2003, against Pittsburgh.

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In that first instance, Brad Wilkerson became the first player since 1957 to have the minimum four plate appearances and hit for a natural cycle.

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Brad Wilkerson appeared once more in an Expos uniform during the Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series shortly after the 2004 regular season.

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Brad Wilkerson opened the 2005 season as the regular center fielder and leadoff hitter after the Expos moved to Washington and became the Nationals.

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Brad Wilkerson hit for the cycle for the second time on April 6,2005, against Philadelphia.

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Brad Wilkerson hit the first grand slam home run hit by a Washington Nationals player.

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On December 7,2005, Brad Wilkerson was traded to the Texas Rangers along with outfielder Terrmel Sledge and minor league pitching prospect Armando Galarraga for second baseman Alfonso Soriano.

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On January 31,2008, Brad Wilkerson signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Seattle Mariners.

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On February 16,2009, Brad Wilkerson signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Boston Red Sox.

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Brad Wilkerson decided to retire in 2009, having had one hit in nine Triple-A at-bats in the Boston minor league affiliate.

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On February 23,2010, Brad Wilkerson attempted a brief comeback by agreeing to a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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In 2014, Brad Wilkerson agreed to manage a middle school baseball team at The King's Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, leading the team to a league championship in his first year.

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On July 17,2020, Brad Wilkerson was hired by Jacksonville University as a baseball assistant.

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Brad Wilkerson participated in numerous charitable functions over the course of his Major League career and he continues to do so post-retirement.

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Brad Wilkerson holds a charity golf tournament annually to raise money for various children's charities.

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