Trot Nixon

Trot Nixon

April 11, 1974
6' 1"
195 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-21-1996 with BOS

He played from 1996-2008 for three different teams, but is noted primarily for his time with the Boston Red Sox. He currently serves as co-host/analyst for "The 5th Quarter," a high school football highlight show on WWAY-TV in Wilmington, NC.

Amateur career

Nixon attended New Hanover High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. As a senior, he was named the State Player of the Year in both football and baseball. In football, as a senior, he broke school passing records held by former National Football League quarterbacks Sonny Jurgensen and Roman Gabriel. Nixon was slated to join the North Carolina State football team on a scholarship before being drafted by the Boston Red Sox. In baseball, as a senior, he was named as the Baseball America High School Player of the Year, named the State Player of the Year, and helped lead his team to the State 4A title, and he finished his senior season with a .512 batting average, 12 home runs and a state-record 56 RBI, and pitched 40 innings with a 12–0 record and a 0.40 ERA.

 Professional career

  Boston Red Sox

Nixon was drafted by the Red Sox in the 1st round of the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft, and was the seventh pick overall. Trot had a career-best year in 2003 when he batted .306 with 24 doubles and 28 home runs. In game 3 of the American League Division Series, Nixon was called from the bench as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 11th. With the Red Sox facing elimination, Nixon lined a two-run homer over the center field wall for a 3–1 Boston victory.

During the 2004 season, Nixon was unavailable for several months due to a herniated disc and a tight thigh muscle. Upon his return, he generally worked as the starting right fielder throughout the regular and post-season. In the deciding game of the 2004 World Series, Nixon hit a two-out, two-run double off the right field wall at Busch Stadium in St. Louis in the top of the third inning to give Boston a 3–0 lead. Those were the last runs scored by either team in that game as the Red Sox swept the Cardinals for the team's first World Series title in 86 years. For the series, Nixon batted .357 and drove in three runs.

He also endeared himself to Sox fans by briefly wearing a mohawk hairstyle, one of the many unconventional and bizarre hairstyles sported by the Red Sox over the course of the 2004 season. Nixon also served as the considered inspiration for the expression "Boston Dirt Dogs". The signature is that of a "scrapper", a player who hustles and isn't afraid to get dirty to win a game.

Nixon as a member of the Boston Red Sox in 2005

Loved by Boston's fans, Nixon is known for an extremely volatile temper and steadfast dedication to his teammates. In August 2005, while officially on the disabled list, Nixon remained in uniform and in the dugout with the rest of the team during the game. When teammate Gabe Kapler (who often acted as Nixon's right field replacement) hit a long fly ball off of the Green Monster, the umpires ruled it a double. Nixon leapt off the bench and argued with such passion that Kapler's hit had been a home run (television replays confirmed that the hit had landed above the home run line, and thus should have been ruled a two-run homer) that he was ejected from the game.

On October 1, 2006, with two outs in the fifth inning of the final game of the season, manager Terry Francona replaced Nixon in right field with rookie David Murphy. Knowing Nixon might be playing his final game with the Sox, the fans delivered a grateful ovation to Nixon as he ran off the field. Said Nixon, when asked if it was difficult playing what may have been his last game for the Red Sox:

There were a couple of times—my first at-bat and coming out of the game. It really was, because this is the only organization I've ever known. There was [sic] definitely a couple of times out there that I did want to break down. I really did care about this organization. I did care about this town. I think this town has been unbelievable for my family and me. Absolutely unbelievable. I think there's a lot of guys in this organization who feel the same way.

Trot Nixon, The Patriot Ledger


Following the 2006 season, Nixon was not offered salary arbitration by the Red Sox as the team pursued and eventually signed free agent J. D. Drew, coupled with the fact that Boston had a fourth outfielder, Wily Mo Peña, on the roster.

In 2010, Red Sox manager Terry Francona compared Nixon's intensity and aggressiveness to that of rookie Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish.

Cleveland Indians

Nixon with the Cleveland Indians in 2007

In January 2007, Nixon signed a one-year, $3 million dollar contract with the Cleveland Indians. Instead of going with the number 7, which he wore during his entire career in Boston, Nixon chose to wear number 33. The decision was made in part by his son Chase, who chose the number based on the fact that Nixon would turn 33 years of age that April.

On May 28, 2007, Nixon made his return to Fenway Park as a member of the Indians.

Arizona Diamondbacks

In February 2008, he signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Arizona Diamondbacks and was subsequently sent to their Triple-A affiliate the Tucson Sidewinders.

New York Mets

On June 13, 2008, Nixon was acquired by the New York Mets from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations and a player to be named later. The Mets acquired him to take the place of injured outfielder Moisés Alou. He was added to the Mets roster on June 15, replacing outfielder Chris Aguila who was designated for assignment. The same day he was activated, Nixon started in right field against the Texas Rangers. However, he would finish the season on the disabled list.

Milwaukee Brewers

On December 18, 2008, he signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was put onto the inactive roster. After his release from the Brewers in March 2009, Nixon retired from baseball.

Personal life

Nixon is married to his wife, Kathryn, with whom he has two sons, Chase (b. September 11, 2001) and Luke (b. October 1, 2004). Nixon was flying back to Boston to be at Chase's birth when all air traffic was halted due to the September 11 attacks. His father lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, and his grandmother and cousins in Hertford, North Carolina.

Trot is also co-host of "The 5th Quarter" Friday night high school football highlight show on WWAY-TV.

Trot and his family reside in Wilmington, NC.

2003 ALDS1, 2004 World Series, Arizona Diamondbacks, Baseball America High School Player of the Year Award, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Trot Nixon
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