Aug 22, 2013

Former 1990's Mets Outfielder: Darrin Jackson (1993)

 Darrin Jay Jackson was born August 22, 1962 in Los Angeles, California. Jackson was a star outfielder at Culver City high school, was selected in the second round by the Chicago Cubs in 1981.

Early in his minor league career he was a good base stealer, swiping 58 bases in 1983. Injuries slowed him up as he got older, making it to the big leagues by 1985. He was back & forth to the minor leagues for most of his 12 year career.

From 1985-1992 Jackson played for the Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres & Toronto Blue Jays mostly as a reserve outfielder. He had his best years at San Diego in 1991; hitting 21 HRs with 12 doubles 49 RBIs while batting .262 playing in 122 games. The next year he had career highs in games (155) doubles (23) runs (72) triples (5) stolen base (14) & RBIs (70) playing as a regular.

He came to the New York Mets in June 1993 in a trade with Toronto for short stop Tony Fernandez. He missed six weeks of the season with hyperthyroidism, and never settled in New York.

In 31 games as a Met ht only hit .195 with one HR one double & 7 RBIs. At the end of the year he was not resigned and went to the Chicago White Sox. He went on to Minnesota, Milwaukee & back to Chicago finishing his 12 year career batting .257 with 676 hits 80 HRs 114 doubles & 317 RBIs in 810 games played.

"Hawk" Ken Harrelson & Jackson
Retirement: After his playing career, Jackson became a White Sox broadcaster in 2000. He worked alongside “the Hawk”, Ken Harrelson in the television booth until 2009 when he was moved into the Sox radio booth.

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