39 Facts About Torii Hunter


Torii Kedar Hunter is an American former professional baseball center fielder and right fielder.

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Torii Hunter played in Major League Baseball for the Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Detroit Tigers from 1997 through 2015.

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Torii Hunter began playing baseball at the age of eight and football a few years later, excelling as both a quarterback and a free safety.

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At Pine Bluff High, Torii Hunter excelled in baseball, football, basketball, and track.

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Early on in high school, Torii Hunter was actually a stand out in sports other than baseball, but would receive All-State honors for his junior and senior seasons.

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In 1992, Torii Hunter made the US Junior Olympic team, and when he struggled to pay the $500 fee for the team, Torii Hunter wrote then-governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton a letter asking for help, which Clinton accepted.

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Torii Hunter had the option of attending The University of Arkansas to play baseball, but opted to play professional baseball instead.

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Torii Hunter made his debut with the Twins as a pinch runner in Baltimore on August 22,1997.

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Torii Hunter finished with only one error in 292 chances in the outfield.

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Torii Hunter exploded onto the scene in the beginning of April in 2000, but his batting average dropped to.

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Torii Hunter was named both Best Defensive Outfielder and Most Exciting Player in Pacific Coast League by Baseball America for 2000.

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In 2001, Torii Hunter led the Twins in at bats, home runs and outfield assists, and was second in RBI and total bases, leading the Twins to their first winning season since 1992.

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In 2002, Torii Hunter began to post near-MVP numbers, and was a contender for the award a good portion of the year.

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Torii Hunter was selected by the fans to his first All-Star Game, in Milwaukee in 2002, becoming the first Twin since Kirby Puckett in 1995 to start an All-Star game in center field.

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Torii Hunter, who had built a reputation for his outfield thievery in the American League, jumped and caught the ball over the wall.

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Torii Hunter led the club in home runs, RBIs, and stolen bases, and was tied for the lead in games and doubles.

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Torii Hunter ended the season sixth in the MVP voting, and earned his second Gold Glove in center field.

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Torii Hunter was additionally voted baseball's Best Defensive Player Award for 2002 by the fans.

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Torii Hunter stole just six bases, while being thrown out seven times.

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Torii Hunter's defense was still strong enough to win his third straight Gold Glove for his play in center field.

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Torii Hunter missed much of the 2005 season after breaking his ankle and tearing ligaments when he attempted to scale the right field wall in Fenway Park on July 29.

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Torii Hunter hit three home runs in one game against the San Diego Padres on June 13,2009.

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Torii Hunter was selected to represent Los Angeles in the 2009 All-Star Game, making his third appearance, but he was unable to participate.

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On September 2,2011, Torii Hunter said in an interview with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he wanted to retire as a member of the Angels, but he became a free agent following the 2012 season.

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Torii Hunter would be playing right field and batting second for most of the season.

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On June 16,2013, Torii Hunter hit his 300th career home run in a game against the Minnesota Twins, in the city where his major league career started.

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On July 1, Torii Hunter was voted in as a reserve outfielder in the AL player voting for the 2013 Major League All-Star Game.

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Batting in front of Miguel Cabrera for most of the season, Torii Hunter was walked only 26 times, helping him to the highest at-bats total of his major league career, as well as a career-high 184 hits.

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In Game 2 of the ALCS Torii Hunter injured himself flipping over the low Fenway Park bullpen wall in pursuit of a David Ortiz game-tying grand slam.

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Torii Hunter began the 2007 season with one of the fastest starts to a season in his career, featuring a 23-game hitting streak starting in mid-April and ending on May 10.

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In 2007, Torii Hunter hit three grand slams: April 17 in Seattle, May 18 in Milwaukee, and August 15 again in Seattle.

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Torii Hunter has been awarded nine consecutive American League Gold Glove Awards for his defensive talents in center field, and he has been selected to the All-Star Game five times.

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Torii Hunter noted that he had been wearing metal cleats on Sunday and Monday, but had switched to rubber cleats the previous day.

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On June 16,2013, Hunter hit his 300th career home run off Twins pitcher P J Walters.

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Torii Hunter has indicated that he would be uncomfortable with having a homosexual teammate, citing his Biblical upbringing as the motivator behind his discomfort.

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Torii Hunter is a cousin of former MLB outfielder Choo Freeman.

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Torii Hunter's younger son, Monshadrik "Money" Hunter, is a defensive back for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

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Torii Hunter, playing for the Angels at the time, took a 14-game hiatus in the wake of his son's arrest.

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Torii Hunter is a Republican, endorsing gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson in his successful attempt to become governor of Arkansas.

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