Gregg Zaun

Gregg Zaun

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Gregory Owen "Gregg" Zaun (; born April 14, 1971) is a former Major League Baseball catcher. He is the nephew of former MLB catcher Rick Dempsey. Zaun was a high school teammate of Mark Loretta of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Zaun and Loretta attended Saint Francis High School in La CaƱada, California and graduated in 1989.

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Professional career

Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round of the 1989 Major League Baseball Draft, Zaun reached the majors with the Orioles in June of . Used primarily as a back-up early in his career, he was traded to the Florida Marlins in . After winning a World Series with the Marlins in , he moved to the Texas Rangers prior to the season. He has also played with the Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, and Colorado Rockies. He signed as a free agent with the Blue Jays prior to the season. In 2004, the Blue Jays were the first team to make Zaun, at 33, a starting catcher. Valuable in the line-up as a switch-hitter, he set a career high in with 133 games.

2006–2011

Prior to the season, the Blue Jays signed Bengie Molina as the everyday catcher, making Zaun the backup. Zaun started 2006 on the disabled list, with Jason Phillips serving as Molina's backup during the first week of the year. Zaun hit a game-winning two-run homer off the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' Jason Childers in his return on April 8. Molina's struggles against right-handed pitchers caused John Gibbons to platoon the two, with Molina generally...
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