Cory Sullivan

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Cory Sullivan
Cory Sullivan on April 3, 2010.jpg
Sullivan with the Houston Astros
Born: (1979-08-20) August 20, 1979 (age 39)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 4, 2005, for the Colorado Rockies
Last MLB appearance
June 20, 2010, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Batting average.271
Home runs10
Runs batted in97

Cory Sullivan (born August 20, 1979) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played for the Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, and Philadelphia Phillies organizations.

Early life[edit]

Sullivan was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from North Allegheny Senior High School in Wexford, Pennsylvania. He is an alumnus of the Wake Forest University.[1]

Major league career[edit]

Colorado Rockies[edit]


Sullivan with the Colorado Rockies in 2008.

Sullivan was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 7th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball draft.[2] He made his major league debut on April 4, 2005. He began the year as the Rockies' fourth outfielder, but assumed the role of starting center fielder prior to mid-season when the Rockies traded then-starter Preston Wilson to the Washington Nationals. By season's end, he would finish with a .294 batting average with 4 home runs, 30 runs batted in, and 12 stolen bases in 139 games. With his performance, he earned the center field position and lead off spot in the Rockies' batting order for 2006.


Sullivan began his 2006 campaign red hot. On April 9, 2006, Sullivan etched his name in major league record books. He became only the 11th player in history to triple twice in the same inning. He accomplished this feat against the San Diego Padres. The first triple came against Padres ace Jake Peavy, the second off Chan Ho Park. The last time this feat took place was on August 21, 1951, by Gil Coan of the Washington Senators. The last National League player to accomplish this was on July 22, 1926, by Curt Walker of the Cincinnati Reds.


In the 2007 spring training, Sullivan lost out on the starting center fielder position to Willy Taveras and began the season in Triple-A Colorado Springs.[3]

New York Mets[edit]

Sullivan with New York Mets in 2009.

In January 2009, Sullivan agreed to a one-year contract with the New York Mets.[4] He was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo before the start of the season.

On July 20 2009, Sullivan was called up from Triple-A Buffalo after pitcher Fernando Nieve was put on the disabled list. Sullivan wore No. 19, formerly the number of Ryan Church.

Houston Astros[edit]

On January 20, 2010, Sullivan signed a minor league deal with the Houston Astros and was invited to spring training. He was added to the Major League roster on April 3 after winning the 5th outfielder spot over Jason Bourgeois. He was designated for assignment with Casey Daigle and Kevin Cash for rookies Chris Johnson, Jason Castro, and Jason Bourgeois. He was the only one to refuse minor league assignment, so he became a free agent.

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

On February 11, 2011, Sullivan signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.[5] He was released on May 28.[6]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Sullivan to a minor league contract on December 13, 2011. He also received an invitation to spring training. The Dodgers released him on March 29, 2012.

Personal life[edit]

He married Bresee Sullivan in November 2006. His wife gave birth to daughter Riley Dylan at 2:10 a.m. on July 5, 2007 at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado.[7]

Sullivan shares a birthday with former Colorado Rockies' teammate Todd Helton.


  1. ^ "Cory Sullivan Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "Cory Sullivan". Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  3. ^ Harding, Thomas (2007-06-16). "Notes: Sullivan's role different". Retrieved 2009-01-24.
  4. ^ Rubin, Adam (2009-01-20). "Mets sign of Sullivan to major-league deal". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-01-24.
  5. ^ "Phils Sign Sullivan to Minor League Deal « The Zo Zone". Archived from the original on 15 February 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  6. ^ Phillies released of Cory Sullivan Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Harding, Thomas (2007-06-27). "Notes: Sullivan expecting big call; Center fielder gets playing time with first child on the way". Retrieved 2009-01-24.

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