Jeff Conine

Jeff Conine

Former MLB first baseman (outfielder)
Date of Birth: 27.06.1966
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Jeff Conine
  2. Baseball Career
  3. Retirement and Post-Baseball Career

Biography of Jeff Conine

Jeffrey Guy Conine, known as Jeff Conine, was born on June 27, 1966, in Tacoma, Washington. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and began his Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the Kansas City Royals. After being drafted by the Florida Marlins in 1993, he joined the team and played for them for several years. Conine also played for the Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Mets throughout his career.

Jeff Conine

Baseball Career

Conine, a former outfielder, made a name for himself in MLB with his left-handed batting and throwing skills. He became known as "Niner" and "Mr. Marlin" due to his long history with the Florida Marlins and his connection to South Florida. He was also nicknamed "The Barbarian" after the movie "Conan the Barbarian."

Jeff Conine

During his career, Conine achieved impressive statistics, including a .319 batting average, 18 home runs, and 82 RBIs in the 1994 season. He also participated in the MLB All-Star Game. His most productive season came in 1995, where he recorded 105 RBIs and 25 home runs. Conine was named the Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Game that same year. In 1996, he finished with 26 home runs, 95 RBIs, and a .293 batting average.

In addition to his two stints with the Florida Marlins, Conine had successful seasons with other teams. While playing for the Baltimore Orioles, he achieved a .311 batting average in 2001. In his second tenure with the Orioles, Conine recorded 193 RBIs in 314 games. Overall, he finished his 17-season career with 214 home runs and 1,071 RBIs in 2,024 games.

Retirement and Post-Baseball Career

After winning the World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997 and 2003, Conine announced his retirement plans following the 2007 season. He surprised fans by playing against the Marlins in his final months of baseball. On September 20, 2007, Conine announced that he would retire after the final series against the Marlins. He made his last appearance on September 30, 2007, replacing an injured player.

In March 2008, Conine signed a one-day contract with the Florida Marlins as a symbolic gesture. After leaving baseball, Conine did not bid farewell to sports. He began training to compete in triathlon events.

In December 2008, Conine participated in the Ironman Triathlon series in Kona, Hawaii, expressing his attraction to the challenge and endurance of the sport. He also tried his hand at sports analysis and commentary, serving as a sports analyst and commentator for three broadcasts of the Florida Marlins in September 2008. Currently, Conine works as a special assistant to the president of the Florida Marlins, David Samson.

Outside of his career, Conine and his wife, Cindy Conine, have three children. Both Jeff and Cindy are world-class badminton players.