MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Mount Vernon’s Damion Easley!
Jacinto Damion Easley, who grew up in Mount Vernon, turns 46 on Wednesday.
Easley, a former Major League Baseball player, was born Nov. 11, 1969, in New York City. He is currently executive director of Warrior Baseball Academy and also an assistant coach for the Peoria Padres.
Easley played for the California Angels, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Florida Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks, and the New York Mets. While with the Tigers, Easley was a 1998 American League All-Star. That year, he batted .271 and set career-highs with 27 home runs and 100 RBI. He also participated in the 1998 Home Run Derby. In 2001, Easley became the ninth Detroit Tiger to hit for the cycle. In 2001, Easley also had a five-hit game and an inside-the-park home run.
On Nov. 16, 2006, Easley signed with the Mets as a free agent. On Aug. 2, 2007, Easley became the 24th player in Mets' history to hit an inside the park home run (against the Milwaukee Brewers), during a 12-4 victory.
At the time of his retirement, Easley had played the most regular season games (1706) of any player during the divisional playoff era (1994–present) who had never played in the post season.
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