Facts and Information
Eric joins the Cubs as the team's first base coach after a 12-year big league career with the Blue Jays (2002-06), Red Sox (2006-07), Rays (2008), Pirates (2009), Yankees (2009), Braves (2010-12) and Diamondbacks (2013) ... 2014 marks his 17th season in professional baseball and his first as a coach.
- Was originally drafted by the Cubs in the 17th round of the 1998 Draft (scout: Brian Milner).
- Named the 2002 A.L. Rookie of the Year after leading all rookies in doubles, home runs and hits.
- Attended the University of Arkansas ... is a 1995 graduate of Menasha (Wis.) High School, where he lettered in baseball, basketball and football.
Managerial and Coaching Career
The 2014 campaign marks Eric's first as a professional coach following 12 major league seasons from 2002-13, in which he appeared in 1,387 games.
Eric, who was selected by the Cubs in the 17th round of the 1998 draft, batted .249 (947-for-3,797) with 549 runs, 240 doubles, 18 triples, 137 home runs and 522 RBI in 1,387 games with Toronto (2002-06), Boston (2006-07), Tampa Bay (2008), Pittsburgh (2009), the Yankees (2009), Atlanta (2010- 12) and Arizona (2013).
- The former infielder was named the 2002 A.L. Rookie of the Year after hitting .279 (158-for-566) with 38 doubles, 24 home runs and 84 RBI in 151 games with Toronto. w The 24 homers were the most by an AL rookie since Nomar Garciaparra in 1997 (30).
- A two-time World Series champion with Boston in 2007 and the Yankees in 2009, he appeared in 10 playoff games from 2007-10, batting .286 (2-for-7) with two home runs and three RBI. w Made three-consecutive trips to the World Series while with the Red Sox (2007), Rays (2008) and Yankees (2009).
- Clubbed his 100th career home run on July 29, 2008 at Toronto off Roy Halladay.
- Owned a .283 batting average (460-for-1,626) with 282 runs, 101 doubles, 17 triples, 76 home runs and 296 RBI in 467 minor league games.
- Appeared in 339 minor league games with the Cubs, hitting .285 (332-for-1,164) with 73 doubles, 50 home runs and 215 RBI, before he was traded to Oakland, March 28, 2001, for Miguel Cairo.