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Jeffery Adam Everett (born
February 5, 1977in Austell, Georgia) is a Major League Baseball shortstopfor the Minnesota Twins. He played collegiate baseball at the University of South Carolina. He was drafted in the first round of the 1998 Major League draft and established himself for his defensive prowess as the starting shortstopfor the Houston Astrosin 2003.
In 1995 the
Chicago Cubsdrafted Everett in the fourth round out of Harrison High School, he did not sign with the team and in 1998 he was selected by the Boston Red Soxwith the 12th pick of the Major League draft.
During the 1998 and 1999 seasons, Everett played for A Lowell and AA Trenton before he was traded to the Houston Astros during the 2000 season. That season he played 126 games at AAA New Orleans where he batted .245. Taking a break from
minor league baseballhe traveled to Sydneyfor the 2000 Summer Olympics, where he helped the US team capture the gold medal.
Everett made his Major League debut on
August 30, 2001and scored his first run against the San Francisco Giantson September 18to tie the game at 2-2 in the ninth inning. He appeared in nine games for the Astros that season and played 114 in New Orleans.
In 2002 he appeared in 40 games for the Astros and played 88 in New Orleans. He was called up again in 2003 and played 128 games for the Astros. During that span he hit .256 with eight home runs. On
August 6Everett hit the first ever inside-the-park home runat Minute Maid Parkversus the New York Mets. On July 9he hit his first career grand slam against the Cincinnati Reds.
Everett finished second in the 2004
National LeagueAll-Star balloting for shortstops behind the St. Louis Cardinals' Edgar Rentería.He has the best fielding percentage in baseball since 2004. Fact|date=April 2008
In 2007, Everett became the all-time shortstop home run leader for the Houston Astros with 34. He is also often mistaken for actor
D.J. Qualls, who listed Everett as his favorite baseball player in a 2004 Hollywood survey. Fact|date=April 2008
June 14, 2007, Everett was involved in a collision with left fielder Carlos Leewhile chasing down a fly ball. Everett was taken off the field on a medical cart, and was later diagnosed with a fractured fibula. He missed three months, returning for just three games in late September.
December 13, 2007he was not offered a contract renewal by the Astros (who had recently traded for Miguel Tejada, a star hitter who plays the same position). He signed with the Minnesota Twinslater the same day.
Everett is known for his defense, as he was named the best defensive player from 2004-2007 by the Fielding Bible.
*Adam Everett's Career Statistics from [http://www.sports-wired.com/players/profile.asp?ID=872 The Baseball Cube]
*Everett's [http://houston.astros.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/team/player.jsp?player_id=276361 player page] on the official Twins web-site
* [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=crasnick_jerry&id=2840290&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab3pos1 Everett is Mr. Smooth in the field - Meet the best defensive shortstop in baseball] Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com
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