|Looking back at Mike Cameron’s time in Boston||06.30.11 at 2:55 pm ET|
The Mike Cameron era in Boston is over.
The Red Sox announced prior to Thursday’s game against the Phillies that they had designated the 38-year-old veteran outfielder for assignment. Despite spending just about a year-and-a-half in Boston, Cameron played in only 81 games because of an injury-riddled season in 2010 and his placement as a reserve this season. He amassed a .219 batting average with seven home runs and 24 RBI over that time.
Although the road ahead for Cameron is still yet to be decided, here’s a look back at the outfielder’s relatively short stay in Boston.
Dec. 16, 2009 – Red Sox announce they have signed the three-time Gold Glove-winning Cameron in press conference at Fenway Park. The terms of the contract were for two years and $15.5 million. Cameron was signed to take over the outfield spot left vacant by Jason Bay‘s departure, and the move signaled a change in team philosophy to emphasize pitching and defense almost exclusively over offense. The Red Sox become the seventh team that Cameron has played for in his career.
April 4, 2010 – Goes 2-for-3 with a run and a walk in Sox debut as the team defeats the Yankees 9-7 on Opening Day. Starts in centerfield while Jacoby Ellsbury slides to left. Neither would play more than 48 games in 2010 for the club.
April 20, 2010 – Team puts Cameron on the disabled list for the first time with abdominal strain. Prior to injury, the new Sox centerfielder had a seven-game stretch in which he went just 2-for-17 at the plate, including five games when he had failed to get a hit, and also dropped an easy flyball in an eventual 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay on April 17. After a rehab stint in the minors, he returns to the big club on May 25 but would need days off the rest of the way to nurse the strain that had still yet to completely heal.
June 26, 2010 – Hits first home run in Red Sox uniform in 4-2 win over the Giants on the road. Cameron also drives in a season-high three runs and makes a nice catch on the warning track while battling the San Francisco sun in the eighth inning. (1:01 of the clip below)
July 7-9, 2010 – Has back-to-back three-hit games against the Rays and Blue Jays respectively and hits homers Nos. 2 and 3 in the contests as well. Cameron raises his season batting average to .291 thanks to his 6-for-7 combined effort at the dish. His average would never be higher during his days in a Boston uniform.
July 25-30, 2010 – Four-game stretch in which Cameron goes just 1-for-16 to drop his average to .259, its lowest mark since June 8.
Aug. 2, 2010 – Sent again to DL due to abdominal issue.
Aug. 27, 2010 – Undergoes season-ending surgery to correct the strain. Finishes season with a line of .259/.328/.401 with only four home runs and 15 RBI in 48 games played.
Dec. 11, 2010 – Red Sox announce free-agent signing of outfielder Carl Crawford, signaling that Cameron will be due for reduction in playing time in 2011. Cameron would later tell reporters at spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., that he had a role in bringing Crawford to Boston and that “As long as you’re willing to accept what’s coming about for you, then everything should be fine. I’m here to be a part of the strength of the ballclub and not one of the weaknesses.”
April 1, 2011 – Gets an Opening Day start for the second season in a row, this time in right field – where he didn’t play a single game out of during the 2011 season – over J.D. Drew against lefty Texas starter C.J. Wilson. Cameron goes 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout while hitting seventh in the 9-5 Sox loss. Doesn’t start again until April 10.
April 29, 2011 – Has first multi-homer game as a member of the Red Sox organization and first overall since Sept. 21, 2009 when he was with the Brewers by hitting two bombs in 5-4 loss against former employer Seattle.
May 4-22, 2011 – Follows up two-homer game with difficult 2-for-22 stretch in sporadic playing time. Average drops to season-low level at .143.
May 25-29, 2011 – Has only back-to-back multi-hit games of 2011 season, going 2-for-4 and 2-for-2 with a home run in wins over Cleveland and Detroit respectively. Average just reaches .200 for first time since April 16 but would never get there again.
June, 2011 – Scatters only three hits in 36 at-bats in 14 games (10 starts) during month of June. Strikes out at least once in nine of those 10 starts, including two K’s in three at-bats in last start on Tuesday.
June 30, 2011 – Red Sox announce the team has designated Cameron for assignment. Finished with a .149/.212/.266 batting line with three home runs and nine RBI over 33 games played.
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