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Sam Fuld

Sam Fuld
MLB Player information
NameSam Fuld
MLB debutSeptember 5, 2007 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
Batting average.244
On-base percentage.330
Home runs4
Runs Batted In32
*Chicago Cubs (2007, 2009 2010) *Tampa Bay Rays (2011 present)

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Samuel Babson "Sam" Fuld (born November 20, 1981) is an American professional baseball outfielder with the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball.

Despite being diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 10, Fuld began his baseball career by twice batting .600 in high school, during which time Baseball America ranked him 19th in the country. He played college baseball at Stanford. There, he was a two-time All American, set the school record for career runs scored, and established the College World Series record for career hits.

Fuld was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2004. He was an All Star two years later in the Florida State League. A year after that, he was voted the Most Valuable Player in the Arizona Fall League. In the minors, as a result of his fearless defense, he was referred to as "a crash test dummy with a death wish", a "human wrecking ball act," a "wall magnet," and a "manager's dream and a trainer's worst nightmare."

Fuld made his major league debut with the Cubs in 2007. He became a fan favorite for his acrobatic defense, and his tendency to run into outfield walls while making sparkling catches. Despite his batting .299 in his longest stint with the Cubs, the team never gave him a consistent chance, and limited his play to only late-season call-ups over three years. After the 2010 season, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays. Fuld made the Rays' 2011 opening day roster, and won the jobs of starting left fielder and lead-off hitter by mid-April. Due to early-season heroics, including a "Superman-esque" catch, he was dubbed "Superman", "Super Sam", and "The Legendary Sam Fuld". He became an internet legend as his catch was put to Superman-theme music in a Youtube video, and Twitter tweets about him went viral. In late April, he led the American League in both batting average and steals.

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