Drafted in the second round in 1998 by the Rockies out of Stanford, Jody Gerut joined the Indians in a 2001 trade. He’d finish fourth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2003, popping 22 home runs in 127 games. Injuries sidetracked Gerut’s career, and he missed all of the 2006-07 seasons. Gerut stayed resilient and bounced back with a strong ’08 season for the Padres, putting up 2.9 WAR in only 100 games.
In total, Gerut played in 574 games for the Indians, Cubs, Pirates, Padres, and Brewers, smacking 59 home runs along the way while playing all three outfield positions. Jody homered off many of the era’s great pitchers, including Pedro Martinez, Jake Peavy, and Bartolo Colon. He also hit the first home run in the history of Citi Field when it opened in 2009 and hit for the cycle against the Diamondbacks in 2010.
Jody serves as a youth hitting coach in the Chicago suburbs in his spare time, and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him when my son took lessons. Jody now works as a mortgage consultant, and you can find his website here. I’ve found him friendly and insightful about hitting as well as MLB. He was already an MLBTR reader and I was thrilled to have him for a live chat with our readers today. Click here to read the transcript!
We’ve got another fun MLB player chat lined up for tomorrow. All the players who have participated have enjoyed the experience. If you’re a former or current MLB player and you’d like to join in for an hour, drop us a line!