Craig Keystone Monroe
(born February 27, 1977, in Texarkana
), nicknamed "C-Mo," is a Major League Baseball outfielder
who most recently played for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Monroe joined the Detroit Tigers
organization on February 1, 2002, when he was selected off waivers from the Texas Rangers
. He played his first full season in , hitting 23 home runs
On July 19, 2006, Monroe hit a grand slam
home run off Javier Vázquez
of the Chicago White Sox
that was decisive in the Tigers' 5–2 win. At the time, both teams were locked in a tense struggle for the lead of the American League Central
division. Monroe called it "by far the biggest home run I've ever hit."
On August 17, 2007, the Tigers designated Monroe for assignment. On August 23, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs
for a player to be named later. Monroe played with the Cubs for the remainder of the 2007 season. The Tigers received Clay Rapada
to complete the trade. On November 13, he was traded to the Minnesota Twins
for a player to be named later. On August 1, 2008, Monroe was designated for assignment
by the Twins and released on August 8.
Monroe signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates on January 13, 2009. Monroe was designated for assignment on June 20 to make room on the roster for Steve...