Card: 1996 Topps #282
Jeffrey Howard Cirillo (born September 23, 1969 in Pasadena, CA) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball. In a 14-season career, Cirillo was a .296 hitter with 112 home runs and 727 RBI in 1617 games. He was named an All-Star in 1997 and 2000. He shares the major league record of playing 99 consecutive errorless games at third base with John Wehner.
Cirillo was drafted in the 11th Round by the Milwaukee Brewers. With the Brewers, Cirillo collected a .300 batting average or better for three seasons, including a career-high .326 in 1999. The same year, he added 198 hits (also a career-high) with 15 home runs and 88 RBI. His most productive season came in 2000 with the Colorado Rockies, when he posted career-highs in RBI (115), runs (111), and doubles (53); finished with 195 hits; and matched his personal-best .326 average.
After being traded to the San Diego Padres before the 2004 season , he made history by becoming Randy Johnson's 4,000th strikeout victim on June 29, 2004.
Rejoining the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005, Cirillo saw a resurgence in his stroke while continuing his solid defense posting wOBA's of .355 in 2005 and .344 in 2006.
While with Arizona, Cirillo made the first pitching appearance of his career on August 20, 2007, against Milwaukee. He pitched one inning and gave up two walks and no runs while striking out one player, former Diamondback Craig Counsell. "He's way nastier than I thought he would be," said Bill Hall, who worked one of the walks. "I was shocked when I got up there."
Before the 2007 NLDS, Cirillo held one of baseball's most unwanted records. He had played in 1,617 regular season games but never in the postseason. When his team made the playoffs, the title was passed to Damion Easley of the New York Mets who finished the 2008 season having played 1,706 straight games without a playoff berth.
After retiring, Jeff was as analyst for Milwaukee Brewers broadcasts, a part-time scout with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2009 and 2010) and was hired by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2012 as a scout.
Cirillo is a partner in Pacific Baseball Ventures, LLC, which owns the Walla Walla Sweets and the Yakima Valley Pippins baseball teams. Both teams play in the West Coast League. Jeff is on Twitter @theicon26.
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