Born in the Netherlands, Didi Gregorius started training for baseball from the tee before he was five years old in his home country. During his youth, he was also active in other sports like football and basketball before he decided to play baseball.
Gregorius’ path to Major League Baseball did not follow the traditional path of the annual draft exercises. He joined the Cincinnati Reds from the Netherlands as a freelance amateur player in 2007 and eventually debuted in the MLB in 2012. In 2015 he moved to the New York Yankees where he plays as a shortstop.
Didi Gregorius Bio, Career
Gregorius was born Mariekson Julius Gregorius on 18 February 1990 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. After playing tea-ball, football, and basketball in his youth, he joined the Cincinnati Reds in 2007 after being discovered by a Reds scout at an amateur baseball tournament in the Netherlands.
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He spent the next few years developing his game and confidence as the Reds accepted him into various teams, from the Gulf Coast Reds to the triple-A-rated Louisville Bats of the International League. In total, he played for more than seven teams between 2007 and 2012, improving his stats in all relevant categories. He even won the Golden Glove Award for the 2010-2011 Australian Baseball League season. He made his debut with the Cincinnati Reds on 5 September 2012 and played eight games this season.
At the end of the season, however, he was sold from Cincinnati to the Arizona Diamondbacks due to the performance of his shortstop colleague Zack Cozart. Didi Gregorius made his debut for the Diamondbacks on April 18, 2013, when he hit a home run on the first field of his first at-bat for the first time in his career. For the 2014 season, Didi was sent to the Reno Aces, where he scored three home runs in the team’s 10-7 win over the Las Vegas 51s. He returned to the Diamondbacks in June after an injury to Cliff Pennington, who was playing as a substitute fielder.
On December 5, 2014, Gregorius was involved in the second three-team trade of his career when he transferred from Arizona to the New York Yankees. In his debut season with the Yankees, Didi was named in the lineup on opening day, replacing retired Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. After a difficult first two months, he finally started to join the team and improve his own averages: goals, runs, RBIs, etc. On August 28th he recorded a career-high of 6 RBIs and a home run. He was nominated as one of the finalists for AL’s Rawlings Gold Glove Award at the shortstop. This year he played a total of 155 games with a batting average of 0.265, 56 RBIs, and 9 career-high home runs.
In 2016, Didi Gregorius improved his record against left-handed pitchers by playing 153 games with a batting average of 0.276, 20 home runs, and 70 RBIs. The 2017 shortstop game began with a shoulder injury he sustained during the World Series. As a result of the injury, he missed several games, returned to his season debut against the Baltimore Orioles on April 28, 2017, struck for the first time, and collected an RBI single when the Yankees won 14-11.
In that campaign, Didi scored his 500th Major League goal and his 50th home run. He also hit home runs in three consecutive games and is on his way to becoming the Yankees’ highest-ranked shortstop with the highest number of home runs in a single campaign. For the 2017 All-Star MLB game, the shortstop was traded as a candidate for the final vote.
In 2017, he recorded the highest home runs, RBIs, and batting averages in his career. After the regular season, he continued his impressive home run record in the 2017 American League Wild Card Game, where he hit three home runs, and in the 2017 American League Division Series, where he became only the second Yankee player in a game with two home runs, winning it all.
By May 1, 2018, Didi Gregorius had already scored ten home runs, the first time since 1908 that he had scored so many home runs with a shortstop.
The star shortstop also represented the Dutch national baseball team in the 2011 World Baseball Championship title win and, for a short time, in the 2017 World Baseball Championship due to injury.
Didi Gregorius’s Family – Parents, Siblings, Married, Wife
The Yankees players’ family tree is full of athletes. His father, Johannes Gregorius sen., and his older brother, Johannes jr. (who also played in the Italian baseball league), played as pitchers for the Amsterdam Pirates, while his father worked as a carpenter. Strangely enough, his father, his brother, and himself are all nicknamed Didi, mainly because people find their names hard to pronounce.
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His mother, Sheritsa Stroop, played for the Dutch national softball team. His paternal grandfather, Antonio, was a very famous pitcher on the island of Curaçao in the middle of the 20th century.
Didi is currently dating a woman who is simply called Judy. It is not clear how long the couple has been together. However, according to her social media, Judy is an aspiring model and student. Her Twitter and Instagram accounts are filled with everything that has to do with Didi.
Gregorius’s Body Stats
The shortstop stands at a height of 1.9 m, which corresponds to a height of 1.5 m, and maintains an athletic weight of 84 kg (185 lbs). There is no other reliable information about his body statistics.