Chase Headley, Third Base, New York Yankees, #12
Date of Birth: 5/9/1984
Birthplace: Fountain, Colorado
College: University of Tennessee
Current Salary: $13,000,000
Chase Headley, third baseman for the New York Yankees, made his first appearance in the major leagues for the Padres in June, 2007 when he replaced an injured Kevin Kouzmanoff. He played in only 8 games in 2007 and started the 2008 season in the minor leagues. In June, 2008, Headley was called up to the Padres and he played in 91 games for San Diego that season.
Headley's best season so far was clearly 2012, when he won both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for NL third basemen. He also led the league in RBIs. Headley's statistics for the 2012 season include:
- batting average of .286
- 173 hits
- 31 doubles
- 31 home runs
- 115 RBIs
- 10 errors in 159 games
On January 30, 2013, the Padres gave Headley a one year contract. Unfortunately for both Headley and the team, he had a poor season in 2013, batting just .250 with 130 hits and 35 doubles (career high) in 141 games.
Headley was traded to the New York Yankees on July 22, 2014. He finished the 2014 season with 114 hits, 20 doubles, and a .243 batting average in 77 games with the Padres and 58 games with the Yankees.
In 2015, Headley batted .259 with 150 hits, 29 doubles, and 62 RBIs in 156 games. As the Yankees' third baseman, he made 302 assists, 99 putouts, and a career high 23 errors in 155 games. He had no hits in two at-bats in the postseason Wild Card game.
Headley finished the 2016 season with 117 hits, 18 doubles, 14 home runs, and a .251 batting average. Defensively, at third base, he made 278 assists, 25 double plays, 90 putouts, and 10 errors for a .974 fielding percentage.
Career batting statistics for Headley through 2016 include:
- 1,262 games played
- 1,190 hits
- 241 doubles
- 118 home runs
- 84 stolen bases
- 531 RBIs
- 1,146 strikeouts to 508 walks
- .263 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Headley at third base through 2016 include:
- 1,026 games played
- 1,891 assists
- 152 double plays
- 641 putouts
- 93 errors
- .965 fielding percentage
Chase and his wife Casey were married on November 15, 2008. They have one son.