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Dwight Randolph "Randy" Winn (born June 9, 1974 in Los Angeles, California) is an outfielder for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. Winn is a switch hitter, and throws right-handed. Winn has 4 career multi-homer games.

Early lifeEdit

Winn grew up in Danville, California, and attended San Ramon Valley High School. He attended college at Santa Clara University, and played baseball and basketball (where he played guard alongside former roommate and future NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash).

Professional careerEdit

Winn began his professional baseball career in 1995, when he was selected in the third round (65th overall) of the MLB amateur draft by the Florida Marlins. He was taken by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1997 expansion draft.

Major LeaguesEdit

Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–2002)Edit

Winn made his Major League debut on May 11, 1998 as a pinch runner for the Devil Rays. On October 3, 1999, he hit an inside-the-park grand slam against the New York Yankees. No player has hit one since. Winn's only All-Star Game appearance came in 2002, when he was Tampa Bay's lone representative.

Seattle Mariners (2003–05)Edit

Following the 2002 season, the Seattle Mariners acquired him as compensation for manager Lou Piniella signing with Tampa Bay. In Seattle he did substantially well with 462 hits, 40 home runs, 56 stolen bases, 96 doubles, 17 triples, and a .299 batting average over a 2 1/2 year period.

San Francisco Giants (2005–)Edit

2005Edit

Prior to the trading deadline on July 31, 2005, Seattle traded Winn to the Giants for catcher Yorvit Torrealba and minor league pitcher Jesse Foppert. Upon his arrival, Winn instantly became a much-needed offensive and defensive force for the Giants. Normally a winning team, the Giants were in the midst of a losing season, having suffered the loss of their biggest offensive force, Barry Bonds, and other crucial starting players due to injuries. Winn gave new life to the ailing Giants and instantly earned the respect and admiration of his teammates and Giants fans everywhere. It was a successful homecoming for the San Francisco Bay Area native. Winn has also been a great player on the defensive end. In one game Winn robbed Eric Byrnes of a home run in the top of the 9th. The Giants then won the game on a walk off home run by Moisés Alou.

Despite a late-season rally, the 2005 Giants finished third in the NL West, with a 75-87 record. In his 231 at bats as a Giant, Winn had a .359 batting average, a .680 slugging percentage, 26 RBI, and hit 14 home runs. By comparison, in his 386 at bats with the Mariners that year, Winn was batting .275, slugging .391, had 37 RBIs, and hit 6 home runs.

In his two months with the Giants, Winn equaled his career record for home runs in a season. For his outstanding performance in the month of September, Winn was named National League Player of the Month; he recorded 51 hits and had a batting average of .447. Winn's 51 hits were the most in one month by a Giant in over 30 years. Winn had a career-high hitting-streak which was 20 games.

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Preceded by:
Andruw Jones
National League Player of the Month
September 2005
Succeeded by:
Albert Pujols

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