Nate Schierholtz

Nathan John "Nate" Schierholtz (born February 15, 1984), is an American professional baseball outfielder who plays for the Hiroshima Carp of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He stands 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighs 215 pounds (98 kg). He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants (2007–2012), Philadelphia Phillies (2012), Chicago Cubs (2013–2014), and Washington Nationals (2014). He bats left-handed and throws right-handed.

After one year at Chabot College, Schierholtz was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the second round of the 2003 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. He reached the Major Leagues in 2007 but did not make the Giants' roster full-time until 2009. In the meantime, he played for the 2008 USA Olympic Baseball Team, which won a bronze medal. In 2009 and 2010, he served mostly as a pinch hitter and defensive substitution, winning the World Series with the Giants in 2010. By May 2011, he had gotten everyday playing time in right field due to the benching of Pat Burrell; however, he would break his foot in August and miss the end of the season. He lost his right field job in 2012 and, after an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies as part of the deal that brought Hunter Pence to San Francisco. Schierholtz broke his right big toe with the Phillies, causing him to miss a few weeks, and he was made a free agent by them after the season. He signed with the Chicago Cubs and, for the first time in his career, got to play right field every day for the whole season, setting career-highs in many categories. He re-signed with the Cubs in 2014 but was released in August. Picked up by the Washington Nationals shortly after his release, Schierholtz reached the playoffs again as a reserve outfielder.

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