Pete Orr

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Pete Orr
Orr with the Braves in June 2007
Born: (1979-06-08) June 8, 1979 (age 39)
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Batted: LeftThrew: Right
MLB debut
April 5, 2005, for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 2013, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Batting average .257
Home runs 3
Runs batted in 46
Medal record
Men's baseball
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Pan American Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2015 Toronto National team

Peterson Thomas "Pete" Orr (born June 8, 1979) is a Canadian former professional baseball infielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies.

Baseball Sport

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An infielder is a baseball player stationed at one of four defensive "infield" positions on the baseball field.

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Amateur career

High school

Orr attended Newmarket High School in Newmarket, Ontario [1] while playing baseball for the Ontario Blue Jays. [2]

Newmarket High School is an Ontario secondary school located at 505 Pickering Crescent, off Mulock Drive in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. It is one of four high schools in Newmarket under the jurisdiction of the York Region District School Board and currently educates approximately 1400 students from Grades 9 to 12. The phoenix and the Viking are the school's symbols and the school's colours are purple and gold.

Newmarket, Ontario Town in Ontario, Canada

Newmarket is a town and regional seat of the Regional Municipality of York in the Canadian province of Ontario. It is part of Greater Toronto in the Golden Horseshoe region of Southern Ontario.


Orr attended Galveston Community College in Galveston, Texas. [3] He was a 39th round draft pick of the Texas Rangers in 1998 (1187th overall), spending one year there before signing with the Atlanta Braves on July 3, 1999. [4]

Galveston, Texas City in Texas

Galveston is a coastal resort city and port off the southeast coast on Galveston Island and Pelican Island in the American State of Texas. The community of 209.3 square miles (542 km2), with an estimated population of 50,180 in 2015, is the county seat of surrounding Galveston County and second-largest municipality in the county. It is also within the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area at its southern end on the northwestern coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Texas Rangers (baseball) Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Arlington, Texas, United States

The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Rangers franchise currently competes in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League (AL) West division. Since 1994, the Rangers have played in Globe Life Park in Arlington. The team's name is borrowed from the famous law enforcement agency of the same name.

Professional career

Atlanta Braves

Orr spent his first professional season with Short-Season Jamestown Jammers of the New York–Penn League in 2000, hitting .242 with two homers, 15 RBIs and 40 runs scored in 69 games.

The Jamestown Jammers were a minor league baseball team based in Jamestown, New York from 1994 until 2014. The team was the Short-Season A classification affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates and played in the New York–Penn League. The team played all of their home games at Russell Diethrick Park.

New York–Penn League Minor League Baseball league of A teams operating in the northeastern United States

The New York–Penn League is a Minor League Baseball league which operates in the northeastern United States. It is classified as a Class A Short Season league; its season starts in June, after major league teams have signed their amateur draft picks to professional contracts, and ends in early September.

He hit .233 with four homers, 23 RBIs and 38 runs scored in 92 games with the Class-A Advanced Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League in 2001.

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are a Minor League Baseball team in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. The Pelicans are members of the Carolina League and most recently won the league's championship in 2016. Home games are played at Field, which opened in 1999 and seats up to 6,599 fans. From their inaugural season through 2010, the Pelicans were affiliated with the Atlanta Braves, before spending four seasons as a Texas Rangers affiliate from 2011 to 2014. The team's affiliation with the Chicago Cubs began in 2015 and is currently in place through 2022.

Carolina League Minor League Baseball Class-A+ league along the US Atlantic Coast

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In 2002 spent most of the season with the Double-A Greenville Braves of the Southern League, hitting .249 with two homers, 36 RBIs and 36 runs scored in 89 games. He also hit .392 with eight RBIs in 17 games with Class-A Advanced Myrtle Beach.

The Greenville Braves were an American minor league baseball franchise, based in Greenville, South Carolina, that served as the Class AA farm team of the Atlanta Braves between 1984 and 2004. The Braves played in Greenville Municipal Stadium for all 21 years of their existence.

The Southern League is a Minor League Baseball league that operates in the Southern United States. Classified a Double-A league, it is headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta. The league acquired its name in 1964, after the South Atlantic League, which had started in 1936, renamed itself to Southern League.

Orr spent the 2003 season with Double-A Greenville, batting .226 with two homers and 31 RBIs in 98 games. He was named a Southern League Baseball America Double-A All-Star.

He established career highs in average, .320, hits, 147, doubles, 16, triples, 10, stolen bases, 24 and runs scored 69. His .320 batting average and 24 stolen bases led the Triple-A Richmond Braves in 2004. He was selected to play in the International League All-Star game. He was named International League April Player of the Month, posting a .381 batting average with four doubles, one triple and five RBIs. He ranked fifth in the IL and fourth among Braves Minor Leaguers in average, tied second in the IL and led Braves Minor Leaguers in triples, tied for sixth in the IL and led Braves Minor Leaguers in hits and tied for seventh among Braves Minor Leaguers in stolen bases. Orr won the Bill Lucas Award as the player who best represents the Braves organization on and off the field by the 400 Club. He was also part of Team Canada who finished in fourth place at the 2004 Summer Olympics. [3]

Orr made his Major League debut for the Braves on April 5, 2005. He proved to be a versatile player, playing second base, third base, and various outfield positions during the 2005 season. Orr also played for Canada in the 2006 World Baseball Classic and the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Orr was optioned to Triple-A Richmond on July 5, 2007, when the Braves called up Jo-Jo Reyes from Triple-A Richmond to make his Major League debut. He was brought up again on August 27.

Orr was designated for assignment by the Atlanta Braves on November 20, 2007, and was released on November 28, 2007.

Washington Nationals

In December 2007, Orr signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals and on June 21, 2008, his contract was selected by the Nationals along with right-handed pitcher Steven Shell.

On October 30, 2008, Orr rejected his assignment to AAA and became a free agent. However, he returned to the team two weeks later, signing a minor league deal, playing with the Syracuse Chiefs in the International League, with a chance to earn a spot on the team in the spring. [5]

Philadelphia Phillies

On November 11, 2010, Orr signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. During spring training play, he led the major leagues in triples, with 5, [6] subsequently becoming a member of the team's Opening Day roster. After spending the 2011 season with both the Phillies and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, their AAA affiliate, he became a free agent on October 18.

On November 3, Orr re-signed a minor league contract with the Phillies, receiving an invite to spring training. He was again included on the team's Opening Day roster at the onset of the 2012 season. He elected free agency on October 8.

Milwaukee Brewers

Orr signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on January 27, 2014, [7] and spent the 2014 season with their Triple-A affiliate Nashville Sounds.

Orr signed another minor league contract with the Brewers on November 7, 2014. [8] He started the 2015 season with Milwaukee's new Triple-A affiliate, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. [9]

Orr was hired by Milwaukee Brewers in October 2016 to be pro baseball scout.

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