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Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury (first name pronounced /dʒəˈkoʊbi/ jə-koh-bee); born September 11, 1983 in Madras, Oregon) is an American professional baseball center fielder with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. Ellsbury attended Madras High School where he was a 4-year letterman in football and baseball, and played varsity basketball his Sophomore through Senior year. Ellsbury's career batting average of .567, and being caught stealing only once are both Oregon High School State Records. He also holds the Oregon record for Stolen Bases in a game with 7. Ellsbury was first drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 23rd round of the 2002 MLB Draft but did not sign. He was then drafted by Boston in 2005, 23rd overall, after three years at Oregon State University.

Ellsbury is officially enrolled as a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes[1] and is the first Native American of Navajo descent to reach the Major Leagues.[2] As of 2008, he was one of only three active non-Hispanic Native American players in Major League Baseball, with the others being Kyle Lohse of the St. Louis Cardinals and Joba Chamberlain of the New York Yankees.[citation needed] Ellsbury is English and German on his paternal side.[3]

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Position:  CF
Rookie Year:  2007
Birth Date:  Sep 11, 1983
Birth Place:  Madras, Oregon
Height:  6'1"
Weight:  185
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The most exciting Red Sox player of my lifetime.
I have been waiting my entire life for a player like Jacoby Ellsbury to play for the Boston Red Sox. Because they play in the friendly confines of Fenway Park the previous ownership of the Red Sox seemed to have an aversion to any player with speed. Stolen bases and daring base-running were simply not a part of the Red Sox philosophy under the old regime. Rather, Boston fans were treated to a steady diet of slow, lumbering power hitters hell-bent on taking advantage of that short left field wall. …
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