Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury (/dʒəˈkoʊbi/ jə-KOH-bee; born September 11, 1983) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played in MLB for the Boston Red Sox from 2007 through 2013, and joined the Yankees before the 2014 season.
Ellsbury was first drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 23rd round of the 2002 MLB Draft, but did not sign. He then was drafted 23rd overall by the Red Sox in the 2005, after playing college baseball for three years at Oregon State University. Ellsbury is the only Red Sox player in history to be a member of the 30–30 club. In 2011, Ellsbury also won the Gold Glove Award, the Silver Slugger Award, and was the American League MVP runner-up to Justin Verlander.
Ellsbury is officially a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes; Ellsbury's mother, Margie, is full-blooded Native-American (Navajo) and his father is of English and German descent. He is the first Native American of Navajo descent to reach the major leagues. As of 2008, he was one of only three active non-Hispanic Native American players in Major League Baseball, along with Kyle Lohse and Joba Chamberlain.
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