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Early life


Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Freese was raised in the Greater St. Louis area and he grew up a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. He graduated in 2001 from Lafayette High School in Wildwood, Missouri. Freese recorded a Lafayette-record .533 batting average and 23 home runs during his senior season. He was considered to be the best shortstop in the state.

As a senior in high school, Freese was offered a scholarship to play college baseball for the University of Missouri team, but, feeling burned out, decided instead to quit the sport. He enrolled at the University of Missouri, where he studied computer science and pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

During the summer after his freshman year, Freese worked for the Rockwood School District maintenance department. When he visited Lafayette High School towards the end of the summer, he realized how much he missed baseball. Freese asked Tony Dattoli, the coach at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, for a roster spot.

In the 2004 season at community college, Freese hit .396 with 41 RBIs and 10 home runs and was named to the NJCAA All-America second team. Dattoli recommended Freese to Steve Kittrell, the head coach of the Jaguars baseball team at the University of South Alabama. At South Alabama, opposing teams respected his hitting ability; scouts told their pitchers: "Don't let Freese beat us." In 2005 as a junior, Freese hit .373, with a .443 on-base percentage (OBP), .525 slugging percentage (SLG), and 52 runs scored in 56 games. He was seventh in the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) in average and led the school one year after Adam Lind had done so. Freese was even better in 2006, hitting .414 with a .503 OBP and .661 SLG with 73 runs and 73 RBI in 60 games. He won the SBC batting title and also led the conference in RBI. He tied for 9th in NCAA Division I in RBI, was 12th in average and just missed the top 10 in runs scored. He made the All-Conference team at third base and was named SBC Player of the Year. He was named an American Baseball Coaches Association All-American as the top third baseman in NCAA Division I, ahead of Evan Longoria and Pedro Alvarez, among others. Kittrell considers Freese to be the best player he coached at South Alabama, where he also coached Lind, Luis Gonzalez and Juan Pierre.


Baseball career

Minor leagues: 2006–2008


Prior to the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft, the Boston Red Sox attempted to sign Freese for $90,000. However, South Alabama made the College World Series regional playoffs, which extended their season past the pre-draft signing deadline.

Freese was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the ninth round (273rd overall) of the draft. Freese played for the Eugene Emeralds, Fort Wayne Wizards and Lake Elsinore Storm in the San Diego farm system in 2006 and 2007. He batted .379/.465/.776 with 19 runs and 26 RBI in 18 games for the Emeralds and .299/.374/.510 with 44 RBI in 53 games for the Wizards in 2006. Freese batted .302/.400/.489 for the Storm in 128 games during the 2007 season. He scored 104 runs and drove in 96. He ranked seventh in the California League in OBP, seventh in RBI and tied with Tony Granadillo for third in runs. He made the California League All-Star team. However, the Padres had third basemen Chase Headley and Kevin Kouzmanoff as well, potentially blocking Freese's path to the majors. As a result, Freese began to practice as a catcher.

Before the 2008 season, Freese was traded by the Padres to the Cardinals for Jim Edmonds. He spent the season in Triple-A with the Memphis Redbirds, where he batted .306/.361/.550 with 26 home runs and 91 RBI. He led Pacific Coast League third basemen in fielding percentage (.967) and double plays (26).

Early MLB career: 2009–2010


Freese emerged as a potential starter when an injury seemed likely to put Cardinals starting third baseman Troy Glaus on the the disabled list at the beginning of the 2009 season. Freese made his Major League debut on Opening Day of the 2009 season, coming off the bench and hitting a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the Cardinals' home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Freese was expected to be the team's starting third baseman, but was quickly passed over by Brian Barden and Joe Thurston. He was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on April 20, 2009 to make room for newly acquired reliever Blaine Boyer. He later had surgery to repair a left ankle injury that hampered him during spring training. He was activated and assigned to Double-A Springfield in late July with plans to later assign him to Memphis. He was recalled in the September call-up on September 23, 2009. Freese played only 17 games for the Cardinals in 2009, in addition to 56 games for Triple-A Memphis.

Freese began the 2010 season as the Cardinals' starting third baseman. However, he suffered a right ankle injury in June. This injury required him to have two ankle surgeries and ended his season after 70 games.


Breakout season: 2011


David Freese in June 2011.

Freese during the 2011 World Series parade

Freese was projected to start the 2011 season and did so. He started off the year batting over .320, but was hit by a pitch that fractured his left hand, and missed 51 games (about two months). After returning to the starting lineup, he finished the season with a .297 batting average, 10 home runs, and 55 RBI. He recorded hits in eight of the final nine regular-season games. Freese credited his improvement in power hitting to hitting coach Mark McGwire, who helped him refine his stroke.

2011 postseason


In his first playoff series, he drove in 4 runs against Philadelphia in Game 4 to force a fifth game. In the National League Championship Series (NLCS) against Milwaukee, Freese had a .545 batting average, hit 3 home runs, drove in 9 runs, and scored 7 runs. He was named the NLCS Most Valuable Player. Through Game 3 of the World Series against Texas, Freese had a 13-game postseason hitting streak, a Cardinals record and just two short of matching the all-time National League record. The hitting streak was snapped in Game 4.

In Game 6 of the World Series, with Texas leading, 3 games to 2, Freese came to bat in the bottom of the ninth, with two out and two men on base. With a count of one ball and two strikes, Freese hit a two-run triple to tie the game and send it to extra innings. In the 11th inning, again with two strikes, Freese hit a game-winning lead-off, "walk-off", solo home-run to deep center field (420 feet), to send the World Series to its first Game 7 since 2002. Freese joined Jim Edmonds, the man he was traded for, as the only players in Cardinals history to hit an extra-inning walk-off home run in the postseason.



In Game 7 of the World Series, Freese hit a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning, bringing his 2011 postseason RBI total to 21, an MLB record. The Cardinals went on to win the game and the series,making Freese a World Series champion for the first time. For his efforts, Freese was named the World Series MVP. He became the sixth player to win the LCS and World Series MVP awards in the same year. Freese also won the Babe Ruth Award as the postseason MVP

Jeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin

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Maclin during the 2009 preseason.

No. 18     Philadelphia Eagles

Wide receiver

Personal information

Date of birth: May 11, 1988 (1988-05-11) (age 23)

Place of birth: Chesterfield, Missouri

Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)

Career information

College: Missouri

NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19

Debuted in 2009 for the Philadelphia Eagles










Career history

  • Philadelphia Eagles (2009–present)

Roster status: Active

Career highlights and awards

  • Consensus All-American (2007, 2008)

  • Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week (Week 16, 2009)

Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2011

Receptions  

  181

Receiving Yards  

  2,491

Receiving Average  

  13.8

Receiving TDs  

  19

Stats at NFL.com

Jeremy Maclin (born May 11, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Eagles in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Missouri.

Early years


Maclin was born in Chesterfield, Missouri. He attended Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Missouri from 2002 to 2006, where he was a letterman in football and basketball.

College career


After playing football at Kirkwood (MO) High School he played as a redshirt sophomore wide receiver, punt and kick return specialist for the Missouri Tigers in 2007 and 2008. He holds the NCAA freshman record for most all-purpose yards in a single season. The yardage in four categories were made in: 307 punt returning, 375 rushing, 1,039 kickoff returning, and 1,055 receiving for a total of 2,776 yards; an average of 198.3 yards per game in his 14 games.

2007 season


Maclin was named as a Consensus First-team All-American by the Associated Press as a wide receiver and as an All-Purpose player. Maclin, paired with Heisman Trophy finalist Chase Daniel led the Missouri Tigers to a 12-2 record and victory in the 2008 Cotton Bowl Classic. Maclin also gained All-America selections on various other teams as a kick returner. He finished his All-American season with 80 receptions and 16 touchdowns.

2008 season


Maclin began his second season with the Tigers (2008) with high expectations and possible consideration for the Heisman Trophy. In the Tigers’ season-opener against the Illinois Fighting Illini, he returned a kickoff for a touchdown but left the game with an ankle injury. He had 4 receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown. The next game, against Southeast Missouri State, Maclin caught only 2 passes for 20 yards and a touchdown. Maclin was also involved in a trick play, however, in which quarterback Chase Daniel lined up at wide receiver and Maclin lined up at quarterback. Maclin threw a lateral to Daniel, who threw down field for a touchdown. Maclin recorded 6 receptions for 172 yards and 3 touchdowns against Nevada.

He led all of major-college football in all-purpose yards per game with 202.36 (2,833 yds. in 14 G), over 15 yards more than second-place Jahvid Best (187.25) of California. He had 1,260 receiving, 1,010 kickoff return, 293 rushing, and 270 punt returns yardage for 2,833 all-purpose yards.

He was named to the Associated Press All-American as a wide receiver, and he was once again named to the First-team as the All-Purpose player. Maclin was a unanimous pick in 2007 for the same position as a freshman.

Professional career

2009 NFL Draft


Maclin was considered a top National Football League prospect following his second season, and roommate Sean Weatherspoon hoped to convince Maclin to return for his junior year instead of leaving Missouri for the 2009 NFL Draft. Weatherspoon’s efforts were unsuccessful, and on January 9, 2009, Maclin declared for the 2009 NFL Draft. Draft analyst Mel Kiper projected Maclin to go to the Oakland Raiders with the seventh pick in the first round of the NFL Draft, but that was after Michael Crabtree, another highly-regarded prospect at wide receiver, measured in at 6'1", two inches shorter than his published height. Crabtree also suffered a broken bone (Jones fracture) in his left foot prohibiting him from working out at the NFL Combine. Maclin’s personal best in the 40-yard dash was 4.31 seconds, but he wanted to lower that to 4.29 seconds in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He tripped and fell during a passing drill at the NFL Scouting Combine on February 22, 2009, hyperextending his left knee, and wasn’t running at full speed, but previously to his fall, unofficially ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds and 4.4 seconds that morning. He ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in 4.45 sec., but the earlier unofficial times conflicted with other reports that said he ran the dash first in 4.34 seconds and then 4.44 seconds. After originally believing he had to get an MRI on his injured left knee, it was reported he would not need one as the knee was healthy by the end of the Combine. He also had a sore right hip because of the fall, but that also proved to be minor. Maclin scored very high for a wide receiver on the Wonderlic Test with a score of 25, compared to the normal score of 18 for wide receivers.

Philadelphia Eagles

2009 season


Maclin during the 2009 preseason.

Maclin went further down in the draft than expected, but was eventually drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round at 19th overall.

On August 3, after eight days of disagreements with the Eagles front office, Maclin signed a 5-year, $15.5 million deal ($9.5 million guaranteed).

Maclin started in his first NFL game on September 27, 2009 against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 3 in place of the injured Kevin Curtis. He caught four passes for 33 yards in that game.

On October 11, 2009 Jeremy Maclin scored his first NFL career touchdown on a 51-yard reception from Donovan McNabb as the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33-14. Maclin also recorded his second NFL touchdown reception later in the game.

On December 27, 2009, In a home game against the Denver Broncos and with the score tied 27-27, Maclin made a decisive catch on the sideline to extend a crucial late drive for the Eagles. McNabb threw a tight spiral to the sideline and Maclin caught it while toeing the line. Initially the catch was ruled incomplete, but upon further review was ruled a catch and first down. Three plays later Eagles Kicker David Akers kicked the game winning field goal, sealing victory for Philadelphia 30-27. For this he received Rookie of the Week honors.



On January 9, 2010, in the Eagles’ NFC Wildcard game against the Dallas Cowboys, Maclin became the youngest player to score a touchdown in NFL postseason history, aged 21 years and 243 days. In the second quarter, he caught a 76 yard pass from Michael Vick, Vick’s longest career touchdown pass and Maclin’s longest career touchdown catch. With 146 yards, Maclin broke the Eagles record for receiving yards in a playoff game, breaking Keith Jackson's record of 142 yards set during the 1988 NFC Divisional Game against the Chicago Bears.

2010 season


On August 3, 2010, Maclin was carted off the training camp practice field with a leg injury. Further evaluation showed that he suffered a bone bruise. Maclin has since returned and caught 70 passes for 964 yards the longest for 83 yards. He has scored 10 touchdowns.

2011 season


Maclin was placed on the active/non-football illness list on August 3, 2011. On August 5, Andy Reid said that he expected Maclin to be healthy for the regular season. It was revealed on August 17 that Maclin was held out of training camp because of a lymphoma scare. An inflammatory virus was determined as the cause of the symptoms he showed and he did not have cancer. He was activated from the active/non-football illness list on August 27. In week2, Maclin caught 13 passes with 171 yards and 2 TDs but lost to the Atlanta Falcons 31-35
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