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Everett with the Detroit Tigers
|Born: February 5, 1977|
|August 30, 2001, for the Houston Astros|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 26, 2011, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Runs batted in||283|
Jeffery Adam Everett (born February 5, 1977), is an American former professional baseball shortstop and third baseman. He played college baseball for both the NC State Wolfpack and South Carolina Gamecocks. He was drafted in the first round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft and established himself for his defensive prowess as the starting shortstop for the Houston Astros in 2003. Everett continued his involvement in baseball as a roving infield instructor for the Houston Astros minor league system, and was named bench coach for the Astros on September 1, 2014.
In 1995 the Chicago Cubs drafted 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 Sox with the 12th pick of the Major League draft.
In 2000, he played 126 games at AAA New Orleans where he batted .245. Taking a break from minor league baseball he traveled to Sydney for the 2000 Summer Olympics, where he helped the US team capture the gold medal.
Everett made his Major League debut on August 30, 2001 and scored his first run against the San Francisco Giants on September 18 to 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 6 Everett hit the first ever inside-the-park home run at Minute Maid Park versus the New York Mets. On July 9 he hit his first career grand slam against the Cincinnati Reds.
He was honored with a Fielding Bible Award as the best fielding MLB shortstop in 2006. According to Baseball-Reference.com, Everett posted a defensive wins above replacement of 4.0, the highest recorded mark in major league history. He also led the majors in total zone runs with 40, the highest for any position in baseball since 1952. However, Omar Vizquel was won the Gold Glove at shortstop for 2006, based on voting from coaches and managers.
In 2007, Everett became the all-time shortstop home run leader for the Houston Astros with 34.
On June 14, 2007, Everett was involved in a collision with left fielder Carlos Lee while chasing down a fly ball. Everett was diagnosed with a fractured fibula. He missed three months, returning for just the last three games of the 2007 season.
On December 13, 2007 he was not offered a contract renewal by the Astros, who had recently traded for shortstop Miguel Tejada. He signed with the Minnesota Twins later the same day where he played one season.
On December 15, 2008, Everett signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers worth $1 million plus incentives. On December 7, 2009, Everett signed another one-year deal with Detroit, worth $1.55 million.
On December 16, 2010 Everett signed a minor league contract with the Indians with an invitation to 2011 major league spring training. He earned a place on the Indians' roster. He was designated for assignment on June 27 and released on June 30.
Everett retired on January 13, 2012 and was hired by the Indians front office to be a special assistant to baseball operations. In 2014 Everett returned to the Houston Astros as a roving infield instructor for the minor league system. On September 1, 2014 Everett was named the bench coach for the major league team.