Jermaine Trevell Dye (born January 28, 1974) is a retired American Major League Baseball right fielder. Jermaine was born in Oakland, California and grew up in the “Bay Area” in a town called San Pablo in California. Jermaine’s parents Bill and Neda were very active in their kids lives and worked hard to make sure they provided for their children. Father Bill Dye coached Jermaine and sister Angalete the majority of their lives in youth sports. Jermaine has one sister named Angalete who was a basketball standout who received a full scholarship to play for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where she started all 4 years, who is now a dedicated mother to 3 beautiful girls residing in Miami, FL.
Jermaine is enjoying his retirement and resides in beautiful San Diego, Ca with his lovely wife Tricia and their 3 kids. Jermaine loves doing charitable work and thrives on helping out kids in the community. You will often find Jermaine out playing golf in various celebrity golf tournaments around the world for a good cause. Jermaine loves being a family man and one of his favorite things to do is going on family trips around the world but he admits being a MLB player you miss cherished moments and now retired nothing matters more than watching his kids play sports being their biggest cheerleader.
He attended Will C. Wood High school in Vacaville, Ca were he was a 3-sport standout in baseball, basketball, and football breaking and setting high school records. Jermaine was drafted in 1993 by the Atlanta Braves and went on to having a phenomenal career for 15 years in the big leagues for 4 different teams. Jermaine played in the minors for 2 years before being called up by the Atlanta Braves on May 18, 1996. His 1st MLB at-bat he hit a home run that sparked an amazing Major League Baseball career.
JD attended Cosumnes River College in Sacramento Ca. He was selected by Atlanta in the 17th round of the 1993 amateur draft. Dye made his Major League debut with the Braves, hitting a home run in his very first Major League at-bat. He was later traded to the Royals during the 1997 offseason in a package that brought Michael Tucker and Keith Lockhart to Atlanta.
JD was traded to Kansas City on March 27, 1997. In 1999 Dye played in 158 games for the Royals, hitting 26 home runs. He was one of the more well-liked Royals at that time, with fans frequently chanting “Dye-no-mite” after he came up to bat. The next year he made the American League All-Star team.
Jermaine wore jersey number 24, which would later be retired for Rickey Henderson. He batted .252 while with the A’s. Dye was a big part on the team that won 20 games in a row and later would have a movie made about the team called Moneyball. Jermaine played 4 years with the A’s and would become a free agent after the 2004 season.
Prior to the 2005 season, Dye was signed by the Chicago White Sox to a two-year, free-agent contract with an option for 2007.
He played 145 games in 2005, the most since his injury, including an appearance at first base and shortstop. He batted .274 with 31 home runs, slugged .512 and stole 11 bases in regular season play, and was named World Series MVP, batting .438 with one home run and three RBIs. His RBI single off Houston Astros closer Brad Lidge provided the deciding run in Chicago’s 1-0 Game 4 victory, clinching the Series sweep.
2006 proved to be his best offensive season; he finished second in the league with 44 home runs, third in slugging at .622, fifth in runs batted in with 120, batted .315, and placed fifth in AL Most Valuable Player voting. On Mother’s Day, May 14, Dye was one of more than 50 hitters who brandished a pink bat to benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation. Dye was selected to the American League All-Star Team for the second time in his career after a scorching first half in which he batted .318, struck 25 home runs and slugged .646. Dye was awarded a Silver Slugger for his offensive performance.
On October 30, 2006, the White Sox exercised their option for Dye’s 2007 season.
Dye, along with many other Chicago hitters, struggled in the first half of 2007, including a cold June in which he batted just .203 with one home run. He turned his game around in the second half, batting .298 and knocking out 20 doubles and 16 home runs, and finished with a batting line of .254/.317/.486. He was signed to a two-year contract extension in August.
He returned to form in 2008 for the division champion White Sox, finishing second in the American League with 77 extra-base hits and batting .292 with 34 home runs overall. Dye finished second to Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria in Final Vote balloting for the last spot on the American League All-Star roster.
Dye announced his retirement on March 31, 2011.