Derek Dietrich Biography
Derek Richard Dietrich (born July 18, 1989) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut on May 8, 2013, with the Miami Marlins. Prior to playing professionally, Dietrich starred at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio and played for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. While primarily a second baseman, he has also played left fieldand third base for the Marlins.
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Early life and education
Dietrich attended St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the top high school players in the country, he took part in the East Coast Professional Baseball Showcase and the AFLAC All-American game while he was a senior.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) May 29, 2019
The Houston Astros selected Dietrich with their first selection, with the 111th overall selection in the third round, of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft. Dietrich opted not to sign, instead choosing to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he played college baseball for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets baseball team. He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s co-player of the week from March 23–28, 2010. He also played collegiate summer baseball for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
Dietrich’s grandfather, Steve Demeter, played in Major League Baseball. Dietrich credits his grandfather with teaching him about the game of baseball.
In his spare time, Dietrich is a juggler, performing at community events and hospitals for children. As of 2018, Dietrich is currently in a relationship with Puerto Rican tennis player Monica Puig.
Derek Dietrich hits 3 home runs in Cincinnati Reds’ game against Pittsburgh Pirates
According to Sports News Derek Dietrich watched his third home run during Tuesday’s game carry over the right-field wall at Great American Ball Park, he turned toward his teammates as he ran up the first-base line and offered a shrug.
The Pirates are going to keep pitching to Derek Dietrich… pic.twitter.com/7qTcFoMMbu
— D (@fastlehn) May 29, 2019
Who could blame him?
It was a night he will never forget. Once he crossed home plate, he pointed toward the sky and blew kisses to the crowd. During his celebration with Eugenio Suárez at the top of the dugout stairs, he counted to three with his fingers and said, “17!” He surpassed his single-season career high (16) before the end of May.
In the dugout, Dietrich stood on top of one of the benches for a curtain call from 13,824 fans. He removed his helmet and raised both of his arms in the air during the standing ovation. He took a bow and raised his hand as a thank you to the crowd.
— Cody C (@watCHANEYebrow) May 29, 2019
Dietrich became the 28th player in Reds history to hit three home runs in a game. It was the first three-homer game since Scooter Gennett hit four home runs on June 6, 2017.
There’s something about the Pirates that brings out the best in Dietrich. He’s hit seven home runs against them in 22 at-bats this season.
Dietrich, a Cleveland native, hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning against Pirates starter Jordan Lyles, briefly watching the ball’s flight from the batter’s box before beginning his home run trot. He followed with another two-run home run in the fifth off reliever Geoff Hartlieb, his third multi-homer game of the season.
In the seventh inning, Dietrich made it a historic night with a 375-foot blast into right field off Hartlieb. He’s homered in four of his last five at-bats, including his home run in the second game of Monday’s doubleheader.
Dietrich has hit seven home runs in his last nine games.