August 25, 1970 |
Hackensack, New Jersey
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|June 9, 1996 for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 3, 2004 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
Douglas Metunwa Glanville (born August 25, 1970 in Hackensack, New Jersey) is a former American Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and the Texas Rangers.
In 1999 Glanville batted .325, and placed second in the National League to Luis Gonzalez in hits, with 204. Glanville was also known as an exceptional fielder, reaching double-digit outfield assists on three separate occasions. He also ended his career going 293 consecutive games without a fielding error. In game 3 of the 2003 NL Championship series, Glanville hit the game-winning triple in the 11th inning for the Chicago Cubs.
In 2005, with no immediate prospects of joining a major league roster, Glanville signed a one-day minor league contract with Philadelphia, then retired, having collected exactly 1100 career hits. He stated he wanted to leave baseball wearing the uniform of the team that he grew up a fan of, and to which he gave most of his playing career.
Glanville is currently a consultant with Baseball Factory, a high-school player development program. He writes guest columns for The New York Times and ESPN.com on baseball and sports in general. On April 1, 2010, Glanville joined ESPN as a baseball color analyst. He contributes to Baseball Tonight, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, and ESPN The Magazine.
Glanville grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, where he attended Teaneck High School. He was a childhood friend of former New Jersey Nets head coach Lawrence Frank. Glanville attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in systems engineering. He is one of only five Penn alumni to play in Major League Baseball since 1951. He is an avid MMOG (Massively multiplayer online game) player along with former teammate Curt Schilling.
Glanville played center field for the Indios de Mayagüez for 2 seasons, in his first season he was named MVP of the Puerto Rico Winter League over Roberto Alomar. Doug Glanville will be best remembered for his 1999 season in which he batted .325 and hit 11 homers while driving in 73 runs and stealing 34 bases.
After leaving baseball, Glanville served as managing partner for Metropolitan Development. Glanville announced in a December, 2008 interview with Jimmy Scott that he was writing a book similar to his New York Times column.
Currently, Glanville is President of GK Alliance, LLC, a Glen Ellyn, Illinois based company providing intellectual capital for start-up and emerging companies. In his role with GK Alliance, he serves as Director, New Business Initiative for both James Romes Consulting and MechTechnologies, and President of Glanville-Koshul Homes.
On May 9, 2009, Glanville wrote an Op-Ed article in The New York Times regarding his choice to not use steroids during his baseball days. The article compares the decision to Neo's choosing between blue and red pills in the movie The Matrix. Glanville wrote that thoughts of his mother kept him from abusing PEDs. In an online New York Times article of January 21, 2010, Glanville responded to Mark McGwire's admission that he used steroids. Glanville's book The Game From Where I Stand (ISBN 0805091599) was published by Times Books in May 2010. Buzz Bissinger called it "a book of uncommon grace and elegance...filled with insight and a certain kind of poetry."
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