Troy Glaus
Glaus with the Cardinals in 2008
Third baseman
Born: (1976-08-03) August 3, 1976 (age 47)
Tarzana, California, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 31, 1998, for the Anaheim Angels
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 2010, for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
Batting average.254
Home runs320
Runs batted in950
Career highlights and awards
Men's baseball
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta Team

Troy Edward Glaus (/ˈɡlɔːs/; born August 3, 1976) is an American former professional baseball third baseman and first baseman. Glaus played in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Anaheim Angels (19982004), Arizona Diamondbacks (2005), Toronto Blue Jays (20062007), St. Louis Cardinals (20082009), and the Atlanta Braves (2010). Glaus lettered in baseball while attending UCLA. He won a bronze medal in baseball at the 1996 Summer Olympics as a member of the U.S. national baseball team.[1] Glaus was a four-time All-Star and won World Series MVP honors in 2002.

Professional career

In 13 seasons, Glaus hit .254 with 320 home runs and 950 RBI in 1537 games. In 19 postseason games, he hit .347 with nine home runs and 16 RBI. Glaus has been selected to four All-Star Games, three with the Angels and one with the Blue Jays.

Anaheim Angels

Garret Anderson (left) and Troy Glaus in 2002.

Glaus began his career with the Angels in 1998 and was installed as the team's starting third baseman in 1999.

Glaus had a breakout season in 2000, becoming the all-time single season home run leader in Angels history with 47 while leading third baseman in adjusted range factor (2.95) in 2000.

Glaus participated in the 2001 MLB All-Star Game and posted his second consecutive 40 home run season with 41 on the year.

In 2002, Glaus failed to reach the 40 home run club for the first time since the 1999 season, but he managed to hit thirty home runs in helping the Angels make the playoffs for the first time in 16 years. The Angels beat the San Francisco Giants in seven games in the 2002 World Series to win their first world championship title in team history. Glaus was awarded the World Series MVP award as he hit .385 with three home runs and eight RBIs and hit a go-ahead double in Game 6 to finish a five-run comeback for the Angels. Glaus had another All-Star year in 2003.

Glaus missed much of the 2004 season with a shoulder injury. 2004 was the last year of his contract with the Angels. As an established veteran, he was in demand on the free agent market and able to field lucrative offers for long-term contracts. Although Glaus had spent his entire career an Angel, and was a fan favorite, the team decided not to pursue Glaus' return. Amid concerns about Glaus' future health after his injury, the team decided to go with the much lower-priced alternative of turning the third base position over to young prospect Dallas McPherson, whom they felt had a good chance to soon become as productive as Glaus had been.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Glaus ultimately signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks for US$45 million over four years. He worked through his back problems in the 2005 season with the Diamondbacks, hitting 37 home runs with 97 RBIs. He also led the league in adjusted range factor (2.92), but his 24 errors tied him with David Wright for the most errors by a third baseman in the Major Leagues, and he had a Major League-low .946 fielding percentage at third.

Toronto Blue Jays

Glaus with the Blue Jays in 2007 spring training

After the 2005 season, Glaus was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in the off-season along with minor league shortstop Sergio Santos. The trade sent pitcher Miguel Batista and second baseman Orlando Hudson to the Diamondbacks. The Jays badly needed a power bat a year after letting go of Carlos Delgado, however the emergence of Hudson at second base gave the statistical advantage of this trade to the Diamondbacks.[2] Although Glaus was converted from shortstop to third base in the minors (and played 10 games at shortstop for the Angels), he started at shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays against the Chicago White Sox on May 26, 2006, due to the demotion of shortstop Russ Adams.[3] Glaus was not expected to do much fielding due to the fact the pitcher that day was known to induce many fly balls, instead of ground balls.[4] This defensive alignment didn't affect his hitting, collecting two hits with a home run. Glaus made several starts at shortstop for the Blue Jays, usually when Toronto was facing National League opponents at their home ballpark, where there is no DH.

After hitting 38 home runs and 104 RBI in the 2006 season, Glaus earned a single 10th place vote for the 2006 American League MVP Award.

In 2006, Glaus had the lowest zone rating of any Major League third baseman (.741).

In 2007 Glaus's production was hampered all year by foot injuries and his production fell.

On December 13, 2007, he was cited in the Mitchell Report.[5]

St. Louis Cardinals

Glaus was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for fellow third baseman Scott Rolen on January 14, 2008. This worked out well for the Cardinals, as Glaus did about as well as, or better than, his career rates in most offensive categories.[6] Furthermore, Glaus committed only seven errors in 146 games and led the league with a .982 fielding percentage at 3B.

On September 3, 2008, he hit his 300th career home run off Doug Davis of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third inning.

He underwent arthroscopic right shoulder surgery on January 21, 2009.[7] The Cardinals initially expected him to be ready around the start of 2009 season, but after a setback in his rehabilitation he was placed on the 15-day DL;[8] after another reassessment the Cardinals announced that they did not expect him to return until June 2009.[9] On July 11, 2009, he was assigned to the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League on a rehabilitation assignment. He returned September 2, against the Brewers in the bottom of the 6th inning.

Atlanta Braves

Following an injury-shortened 2009 season with the St. Louis Cardinals, Glaus signed a one-year $1.75 million contract with the Atlanta Braves, a deal that allowed him to earn an additional $2.25 million in performance and roster bonuses. He became the starting first baseman in 2010.

After a rough April in which he hit below the Mendoza Line, Glaus rebounded to become Player of the Month in May, hitting .330 with six home runs and 28 RBI. As of August 9, Glaus was hitting .242 with 14 home runs and 63 RBI.

Glaus's production faltered in July and August. After Atlanta acquired Derrek Lee on August 18 to play first base, Glaus was placed on the DL with knee fatigue. Glaus had a few setbacks, but returned to Atlanta in a back-up role behind Derrek Lee and rookie Freddie Freeman.

Glaus made only one appearance at third base during the regular season, but was used at third base in Game 2 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants, starting a key double play. Glaus then started Game 4 of the series at third base.

Personal life

Glaus relocated to San Diego in 2020, with his wife, Ann.[10] He also has one son, Ty.[11]

See also


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  2. ^ "Statistical breakdown of the Glaus/Hudson trade". Archived from the original on January 6, 2007.
  3. ^ "Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays Box Score, May 26, 2006 -". Archived from the original on April 28, 2017.
  4. ^ Bastian, Jordan (May 26, 2006). "Notes: Glaus slides to shortstop". Toronto Blue Jays. Retrieved August 5, 2006.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Mitchell, George (December 13, 2007). "Mitchell Report on Steroid Use in Baseball" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on February 8, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2007.
  6. ^ "Troy Glaus player page". Archived from the original on February 14, 2009.
  7. ^ "Glaus sidelined after shoulder surgery: Third baseman expected to be out for 12 weeks". January 22, 2009. Archived from the original on February 3, 2009.
  8. ^ "Cardinals disable both Troy Glaus and Jaime Garcia". Archived from the original on June 15, 2011.
  9. ^ Cardinals Push Back Timing of Glaus Return Yahoo! Sports, April 1, 2009
  10. ^ Patton, John (June 21, 2012). "Ex-big leaguer Troy Glaus improving golf game on Ocala circuit". Ocala Star Banner. Archived from the original on July 18, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  11. ^ Golden, Jeff (August 17, 2012). "Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim". Getty Images. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 5, 2015.