Episode 17- Skip, Hop and a Jump (Featuring Skip Schumaker)
Skip Schumaker was a 2001 fifth-round pick by St. Louis out of UCSB, Schumaker received two World Series rings with the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011.
Before getting drafted, Schumaker spent two seasons at UCSB. The infielder turned in one of the greatest offensive seasons in school history in 2001, setting program records for hits (100) and at-bats (250) while batting .400 for year, becoming one of just five Gauchos to ever reach that plateau. He was named All-Big West First Team after the 2001 season and became the Gauchos' top draft pick that year, going to St. Louis with the No. 164 overall pick.
The 36-year old native of Torrance, Calif. wrapped up his major league career with a .278 batting average over eight seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, one with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and two with the Cincinnati Reds.
His best years in the majors came in 2008 and 2009, both with the Cards. As St. Louis's starting left fielder in 2008, Schumaker hit .302 and set a career high for RBIs (46) while playing in a team-high 153 games. He became the team's starting second baseman a year later, batting .303 – his career-best in a full season – and smashing 34 doubles, second only to eventual National League MVP Albert Pujols on the squad.
After eight years in St. Louis, Schumaker was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2012 offseason. He went on to hit .263 over 125 games in a utility role with Dodgers. He then signed a two-year contract with Cincinnati, hitting .238 over two seasons with the Reds. Two years back, he inked a free agent deal with the San Diego Padres before opting to retire.