Carl Everett

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Carl Everett
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Outfielder / Designated hitter
Born: (1971-06-03) June 3, 1971 (age 42)
Tampa, Florida
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 1, 1993 for the Florida Marlins
Last MLB appearance
July 25, 2006 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
Batting average .271
Home runs 202
Runs batted in 792
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Carl Edward Everett III (born June 3, 1971) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. A switch hitter, he played with the Chicago White Sox on their 2005 World Series winning team. He throws right-handed and plays all outfield positions, and occasionally designated hitter.

High school years

Everett attended Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida and was a letterman in football, baseball, and track. In football, he garnered 948 rushing yards as a senior. Everett graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1990.citation needed

Playing career

He was the 10th overall pick in the 1990 Major League Baseball Draft, selected by the New York Yankees. He was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 1992 MLB expansion draft, and made his major league debut with the Marlins on July 1, 1993.

Everett was traded to the Mets after the 1994 season for Quilvio Veras. He had his first full season in 1997 with 443 at-bats. He hit .248 that season, with a .420 slugging percentage.

After the 1997 season, Everett was traded to the Houston Astros for John Hudek. He hit .325 with 27 stolen bases in 1999. That year, his .571 slugging percentage was in the top 10 in the league.

After being traded on December 14, 1999, to the Boston Red Sox for minor leaguers Adam Everett and Greg Miller, he had a career high 34 home runs in 2000. The Boston fans welcomed him at first, but their enthusiasm cooled somewhat after he was suspended for 10 days for bumping into umpire Ron Kulpa. The following year, Everett was fined for grabbing his crotch while yelling at Seattle Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer after hitting a home run. He struggled in 2001, with a shoulder injury hampering his performance, and ongoing controversy with the Boston media serving as a distraction to the team. One of the few bright spots for Everett that season came on September 2, 2001, when Everett came into the game as a pinch hitter and broke up a potential perfect game by Mike Mussina of the New York Yankees. Mussina had retired the first 26 Boston Red Sox and gotten two strikes on Everett before he hit a soft single to left center.

On December 12, 2001, Everett was traded to the Texas Rangers for Darren Oliver. His nine home runs in April 2003 matched a team record that was shared (through 2008) with Ivan Rodriguez (2000), Alex Rodriguez (2002), and Ian Kinsler (2007).

Everett was traded to the Chicago White Sox during the 2003 season for Frank Francisco, Josh Rupe and Anthony Webster. He signed as a free agent with the Montreal Expos for the 2004 season, but was traded back to the White Sox on July 18, 2004 for Gary Majewski and Jon Rauch.

In October 2005, Everett won his first and only World Series championship with the White Sox. Everett stepped in as the starting DH for most of that season for the White Sox after an early season injury to Frank Thomas.

On December 14, 2005, Everett was signed by the Mariners off the free agent market to a one year contract for the 2006 season, with a vesting option for 2007. On Mother's Day, May 14, 2006, Everett was one of more than 50 hitters who brandished a pink bat to benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation.

The majority of the time, he was a designated hitter and very rarely played the field, backing up the corner outfield positions. He played in 92 games before the Mariners designated Everett for assignment on July 26, 2006, effectively ending his tenure with the Mariners organization. At the time of his release, Larry Stone pointed out in the Seattle Times, he was 85th out of 86 AL players with qualifying at bats in batting average, at .227.1

In 2007, Everett played for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. In 2007, he hit .312 with 25 home runs and 97 RBI. In 2008, he hit .327 with 29 home runs and 100 RBI in 115 games. He remained with the Ducks for the 2008 season.

On May 11, 2009, Everett agreed to a contract with the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball to be their designated hitter.2

Controversy

Everett is quite outspoken with his beliefs, and his remarks have proven controversial on several occasions. Perhaps the best-known of these was his denial of the existence of dinosaurs. He was quoted as saying, "God created the sun, the stars, the heavens and the earth, and then made Adam and Eve. The Bible never says anything about dinosaurs. You can't say there were dinosaurs when you never saw them. Somebody actually saw Adam and Eve. No one ever saw a Tyrannosaurus rex." He also derided fossils of dinosaur bones as man-made fakes.3 In reference to these comments, Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy dubbed Everett "Jurassic Carl." Everett, in turn, referred to Shaughnessy as the "curly-haired boyfriend" of Globe beat writer Gordon Edes.4

Everett in an interview with Shaughnessy, questioned the validity of the Apollo Moon Landing.5

Each season in the MLB, Everett tended to get into altercations with umpires. Some of these tirades have resulted in suspensions and fines. Everett's longest suspension came during the 2000 season after an incident in which he bumped heads with umpire Ron Kulpa while arguing Kulpa's ruling that Everett's batting stance was illegal. Everett was suspended for 10 games and fined $5,000. Everett has stated that he thrives on being hated, and that it keeps him on top of his game. Opposing players, umpires, and even his own teammates are not immune, as evidenced by his postgame shouting match with Seattle manager Mike Hargrove after a 14-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on July 5, 2006.6

Everett has also made controversial remarks about homosexuality. He once said that if he had an openly gay teammate that he would consider retiring, or, at the very least, "set him straight." In the 2005 season, he told Maxim that he has had gay teammates and accepted them, but, "Gays being gay is wrong. Two women can't produce a baby, two men can't produce a baby, so it's not how it's supposed to be. … I don't believe in gay marriages. I don't believe in being gay."7

In 2011, Everett was arrested at his home in Tampa on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with a witness. Everett reportedly held a handgun to the head of his wife of 18 years.8

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