23 Facts About Chris Hoiles


Chris Allen Hoiles was born on March 20,1965 and is an American former professional baseball player.

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Chris Hoiles played his entire Major League Baseball career as a catcher for the Baltimore Orioles from 1989 to 1998.

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Chris Hoiles was inducted into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Chris Hoiles was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 19th round of the 1986 Major League Baseball draft.

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Chris Hoiles played in the Tigers' minor league system until 1988, when he was traded with Cesar Mejia and Robinson Garces to the Baltimore Orioles for Fred Lynn.

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Chris Hoiles made his major league debut with the Orioles on April 25,1989, at the age of 24, but appeared in only six games with the Orioles, as he spent most of the season in the minor leagues with the Rochester Red Wings.

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Chris Hoiles appeared in 23 games with the Orioles in 1990, but spent most of the season playing in Rochester.

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Chris Hoiles returned to the major leagues in 1991 when the Orioles traded away catcher Mickey Tettleton and gave Chris Hoiles an opportunity to be their starting catcher.

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Chris Hoiles made only one error in 89 games played as a catcher and ended the year with a league-leading.

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Chris Hoiles ranked fifth in the American League in slugging percentage and in on-base percentage, and finished in 16th place in balloting for the 1993 American League Most Valuable Player Award.

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On May 17,1996, Chris Hoiles joined the list of 23 major league players who have hit an ultimate grand slam when he hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Orioles down by three runs against the Seattle Mariners.

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Chris Hoiles' feat was unique, in that he hit his home run on a full count with two outs, only the second time in major league history this has ever been recorded.

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Chris Hoiles ended the 1996 season with 25 home runs and 73 runs batted in to help the Orioles finish in second place in the American League East Division and capture the wild card berth, the Orioles' first postseason berth since winning the 1983 World Series.

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In 1997, Chris Hoiles played the entire season without committing an error, leading American League catchers with a 1.

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Chris Hoiles played in his final major league game on September 27,1998 at the age of 33.

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On May 1,1999, the Orioles announced that Chris Hoiles had been placed on waivers, but had been offered another job within their organization.

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Chris Hoiles was the Orioles' catcher on July 13,1991, when four Orioles pitchers combined to pitch a no-hitter.

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Chris Hoiles later became a baseball coach at Bowling Green State University.

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Chris Hoiles was inducted to the Eastern Michigan University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.

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Chris Hoiles was inducted into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame on August 26,2006.

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On December 20,2006, Chris Hoiles was named as the first manager of the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

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Chris Hoiles led the team to the playoffs, after winning the Freedom Division in the second half of the 2008 season.

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Chris Hoiles stepped down as the manager on August 5,2009, citing personal reasons.

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