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Shane Victorino is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. Previously, he played for the San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a switch-hitter and throws right-handed.
Victorino made his MLB debut with the Padres in 2003. He played for the Phillies from 2005 through 2012. With the Phillies, Victorino won three Gold Glove Awards, was named to two MLB All-Star Games, and was a member of the 2008 World Series champions. He also won the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 2008 and the Branch Rickey Award in 2011. After playing two more seasons in the Dodgers farm system, with Jacksonville and the Las Vegas 51s of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Victorino was again selected in the Rule 5 draft, on December 13, 2004, by the Philadelphia Phillies. He again failed to stay with the major league club, and was offered back to the Dodgers. The Dodgers declined, so the Phillies retained his contract and assigned him to their Triple-A minor league club, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons of the International League. He hit .310 in 126 games with the Red Barons, with 18 home runs and 70 RBI, earning International League All-Star and Most Valuable Player honors. Additionally, he was selected as a Baseball America second team Minor League All-Star, a Triple-A All-Star and Phillies Minor League Player of the Year. He received a September call-up to the Phillies and hit his first home run on September 22 off Tim Hudson of the Atlanta Braves. In the 2008 NLDS Game 2 against the Milwaukee Brewers, Victorino hit a grand slam (his first ever in the major leagues, and the Phillies first post-season grand slam) off of CC Sabathia in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Victorino also became the first player in post-season history to have a home run, a double, and two steals in a single game. In 2008, Victorino received the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.
Victorino's success carried over into the 2008 NLCS, as he continued to make crucial hits and defensive plays for the Phillies. In Game 2 he was 2 for 5 with 4 RBIs. After the game, Victorino was informed that his grandmother had died. Game 3 saw Victorino in the midst of controversy. He was traded back to the Dodgers on July 31, 2012 for Josh Lindblom, Ethan Martin and a player to be named later or cash. He played in 53 games with the Dodgers, primarily in left field and hit .245 with 2 homers, 15 RBI and 15 steals. On December 13, 2012, Victorino signed a 3 year, $39 million contract with the Boston Red Sox.