|Lyle Overbay Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||January 28, 1977|
Lyle Overbay is an American former professional baseball first baseman who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, and Milwaukee Brewers.
Lyle Stefan Overbay
Centralia, Lewis County, Washington, United States
Lyle Overbay studied at the University of Nevada, Reno, a public land-grant research university located in Reno, Nevada. During his time there, he played college baseball for the Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team.
Former Professional Baseball Player
6 ft 2 in or 188 cm
105 kg or 231.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Lyle Overbay has dated –
- Sarah Overbay (2005-Present) – He got married to Sarah Overbay in the year 2005 and the duo has been blessed with 6 children.
Race / Ethnicity
Lyle Overbay Facts
- In the 1999 MLB draft, he was picked by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 18th round.
- He was named Diamondbacks minor league player of the year in 2001 while playing in the farm system.
- On September 19, 2001, Lyle Overbay went on to make his Major League debut.
- He played mainly in the minors during the 2002 season and only played in 10 games in the majors that season.
- In the year 2003, he first played with the Arizona Diamondbacks as the full-time first baseman as he went on to play in 86 games, batting .276 with four home runs and 28 RBI. During the off-season, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers.
- On December 1, 2003, Lyle Overbay was acquired by the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade that sent Richie Sexson and Shane Nance to Arizona for Overbay, Craig Counsell, Junior Spivey, Chris Capuano, Chad Moeller, and Jorge de la Rosa.
- He batted .301 with 16 home runs, 87 RBI, and a major league-leading 53 doubles during the 2004 season.
- Lyle Overbay went on to hit 19 home runs in 2005 and surpassed his 2004 total of 16.
- He achieved a career-high 6 RBI with the Milwaukee Brewers in a game against the Cincinnati Reds on July 23, 2005.
- A fan favorite in Milwaukee, fans would do the “O chant” when Overbay stepped up to the plate by raising their hands over their heads in an “O” symbol and would chant a prolonged “O” sound to honor the player. Talking about the chant, he once said, “The “O” chant doesn’t break my concentration. Sometimes it gets me too pumped up because I want to come through and give the fans something to cheer about, instead of just chanting. But overall, I think it’s cool that I get that treatment from Brewers fans.”
- Along with Ty Taubenheim, Lyle Overbay was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Gabe Gross, Dave Bush, and Zach Jackson on December 7, 2005.
- After hitting .423 and hitting four home runs during the week of June 26 to July 2, 2006, he was named American League Player of the Week on July 5, 2006.
- He signed a four-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on January 15, 2007.
- Lyle Overbay was named the 2009 American Legion Graduate of the Year.
- He signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 14, 2010.
- Lyle Overbay had a 2nd stint with the Arizona Diamondbacks as he re-signed with the team on August 13, 2011. He was released on August 6.
- He signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves on August 20, 2012.
- He signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox in January 2013 and was released by the team on March 26, 2013.
- Lyle Overbay told MLB Radio Network on October 1, 2014, that he was “99.9 percent sure” he would retire.
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