B.J. Surhoff

B.J. Surhoff #5

  • LF
  • B/T: L/R
  • 6' 1"/215

B.J. Surhoff MLB Career Stats

.282 188 1153 141 .745

B.J. Surhoff Bio

  • Full Name: William James Surhoff
  • Born: 8/4/1964 in Bronx, NY
  • Draft: 1985, Milwaukee Brewers, 1st rd. (1st overall)
  • College: North Carolina
  • Debut: April 8, 1987
  • Ret., Final Game: 10/2/2005
  • Relationship(s): brother of Rick Surhoff, uncle of Brian Moran, uncle of Colin Moran
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MLB Career Stats 8258 1062 2326 188 1153 141 .282 .332 .745


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B.J. Surhoff Awards

AL All-Star

Year Team League
1999 Baltimore AL

Home Run Derby Participant

Year Team League
1999 Baltimore AL

AL Player of the Week

Week Team League
07/09/1995 Milwaukee AL
08/27/1995 Milwaukee AL

Brewers Harvey Kuenn Award

Year Team League
1995 Milwaukee AL

Brewers Good Guy Award

Year Team League
1990 Milwaukee AL

Brewers Unsung Hero Award

Year Team League
1993 Milwaukee AL

B.J. Surhoff Leaderboards

Batting Average

Season AVG Rank
1991 .289 20th in AL
1995 .320 6th in AL
1999 .308 19th in AL

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
1999 28 22nd in AL

Runs Batted In

Season RBI Rank
1999 107 21st in AL

Stolen Bases

Season SB Rank
1988 21 22nd in AL
1990 18 24th in AL

On-base Plus Slugging

Season OPS Rank
1995 .870 23rd in AL

Slugging Percentage

Season SLG Rank
1995 .492 22nd in AL

Runs Scored

Season R Rank
1999 104 23rd in AL


Season H Rank
1999 207 2nd in AL


Season 2B Rank
1993 38 6th in AL
1999 38 13th in AL


Season 3B Rank
1991 4 25th in AL
1996 6 11th in AL
1997 4 22nd in AL

Games Played

Season G Rank
1998 162 2nd in AL
1999 162 1st in AL

At Bats

Season AB Rank
1999 673 1st in AL

Plate Appearances

Season PA Rank
1999 727 2nd in AL

Total Bases

Season TB Rank
1999 331 8th in AL

Caught Stealing

Season CS Rank
1987 10 16th in AL
1989 12 9th in AL
1991 8 24th in AL
1992 8 22nd in AL
1993 9 20th in AL
1998 7 25th in AL

William James Surhoff Bio Info

Married to the former Polly Winde (12/16/89)...They have two sons, Austin (11/27/90) and Mason (3/15/92), and two daughters, Kendall (10/21/93) and Jordan (2/9/95)...Originally signed by Ray Poitevint, Ken Califano and Don Kohler of the Brewers after being the first player selected in the 1985 First Year Player Draft...Graduated from Rye (NY) High School in '82...Played football, basketball and baseball...Was drafted by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 1982 amateur draft, but attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill instead...Switched from shortstop to catcher his freshman year at UNC...Earned All Atlantic Coast Conference honors three times...Named to Baseball America's Freshman All-America Team in '83...Also earned All-America honors in '84 and '85...Set a UNC record with a .392 career batting average... His school records for runs scored (77 in '85), batting average (.400 in '84), hits (98 in '84) and steals (33 in '84) stood until Brian Roberts broke each in 1997...Tar Heels were 126-40-1 during his career, winning ACC titles his freshman and sophomore seasons...Earned The Sporting News "Player of the Year" award in '85...Batted .429 as a member of the '83 Pan American Team...Hit .303 as a member of the '84 U.S. Olympic Team...Was named in December 1999 as one of 2 catchers on the 15-member All-Time USA Baseball Team (Charles Johnson was the other catcher selected)... In January 2003, B.J. was named one of the ACC's top 50 male athletes in the league's 50-year anniversary celebration...In 2004, he was inducted into the Westchester (NY) County Hall of Fame...His wife Polly, a Maryland native, was inducted into the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame in '95...His father, Dick, played in the NBA for the New York Knicks in the early 1950's...His brother, Rich, played major league baseball for the Phillies and Rangers...In November '98, B.J. participated in the Pam Shriver Charity Tennis tournament...On 2/8/99 he and then-Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick took part in a ceremony at The White House with Vice-President Al Gore, honoring the Little League World champions from Toms River, NJ...Extremely active in community affairs, B.J. regularly participates in the Orioles annual FanFest, makes numerous stops on the Orioles Winter Caravan, and in 1998 and 1999, he and Polly helped distribute holiday turkeys to a local soup kitchen for the Maryland Food Bank as part of the previous season's Orioles Wives food drive...B.J. also has purchased tickets for special education teachers to attend Orioles games. 2005 The 41-year-old Surhoff served as a capable utility man and pinch hitter. Surhoff hit .308 away from Camden Yards and also hit .263 with runners in scoring position. Hit his final home run of the season on Sept. 1 against Toronto's Dustin McGowan. 2004 Appeared in 100 games for the Orioles, batting over .300 for the 3rd time in his career and over .290 for the 8th time. Played 38 games in right field, 34 games in left field and 10 games at first base...Started 18 games as a designated hitter and went 3-for-9 as a pinch-hitter. After playing 9 games in April, batted .369 (24-65) in 19 games in May, the 7th-highest average in the American League for the month. Hit safely in 15 of 19 games after Jay Gibbons was sidelined by injury for the first time on May 26, batting .378 (28-74)...Had a season-high 4 hits, including his 2nd home run of the year, on May 31 at Boston. Hit safely in 8 straight games, June 6-17, batting .464 (13-28)...Also had an 8-game hitting streak, August 3-11, batting .382 (13-34). Was placed on the disabled list on June 19 with a strained left calf suffered the night before at Colorado...Was activated from the disabled list on July 27. Missed 35 games while on the disabled list...Aside from that time, played in 94 of 116 games while on the active roster beginning on April 27. Had a batting average above .300 from May 29 through the end of the season, peaking at .337 on August 18. Went 6-for-38 during the Orioles' 12-game losing streak in August...Hit safely in 23 of his final 31 games of the year, batting .321 (35-109) with 3 home runs and 21 RBI as the Orioles won 21 of their last 34 games. Had a season-high 4 RBI on September 10 vs. New York, including his first triple since 5/26/01 while with Atlanta. Hit his 6th career grand slam on September 20 at Boston off Tim Wakefield...Leads all active major league players (at least 175 at-bats) with a .385 average (72-187) with the bases loaded, along with 6 home runs and 198 RBI. Ranks 7th on the Orioles' all-time list with a .294 average...Has 115 home runs as an Oriole, the 5th highest total for a left-handed batter in club history...Is also 10th in hits (994) and doubles (188) and tied for 10th in RBI (517). 2003 Completed his 17th Major League season with a solid .295 average ... Hit an impressive .347 in April, but went on the DL with a strained right hamstring on May 4 ... Went on the DL again with a strained left quadriceps on July 30 ... Finished the season by batting .319 in September ... Struck out just 29 times in 319 at-bats. 2002 Suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on April 27 and missed the rest of the season. Injury occurred when he ran into wall attempting to retrieve a triple in right field in a game vs. Houston...Was operated on in early May in Baltimore. Was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 29...Went 2-for-4 with a double in Braves' opening day win over Philadelphia. Was hitting .297 (11-37) through April 13 but went 0-for-13 over his next 4 games...Had a 7-game hitting streak when his season ended, hitting .440 (11-125)...Went 0-for-1 with the bases loaded. In his career, is a .411 hitter (64-166) with 177 RBI with bases loaded. 2001 Overcame a slow start to provide solid veteran play in the outfield...His 2 hits August 27 vs. LA gave him 2,000 for his career...Had an 8-G hitting streak (11 x 33, .333) Aug. 19-26...Had a 12-game hitting streak June 29-June 14 (20 x 50, .400, 5 2B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 9 R)...July 12 HR vs. Balt. gave him 1,000 RBI in his career...His 3 SB June 16 vs. Boston were a career high...Had an 11-G hitting streak (13 x 35, .371) April 29-May 11...Had a 5-game hitting streak (9 x 22, .409, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, 2 2B) Aug. 7-18...Went 2x3 with a double and stolen base in game two of the Division Series...Made a run-saving play on a liner by Brad Ausmus off the left field wall by holding the runner to a single...Hit .231 (3x13) in five games vs. Arizona in the NLCS...Homered off Greg Swindell in the 8th inning of game two...It was his fourth postseason home run and first LCS. 2000 Acquired to add depth and experience to outfield...Had baseball's longest consecutive games played streak at 445 before sitting out Aug. 21 game at Colorado...Left Sept. 7 game with a pulled right hamstring and was limited to 11 PH appearances after that (0 x 10, 1 BB)...Finished with 32 hits in last 98 ABs (.327) after a 5-for-30 (.167) start with the Braves...Had a 9-game hitting streak Aug. 5 - 14 (13 x 36, .361, 1 HR, 4 RBI) and a 7-game streak Aug. 30 - Sept. 7 (16 x 26, .615, 4 RBI)...Homered vs. Dodgers in his home debut for the Braves Aug. 11...Batted safely in 42 of last 49 games for Baltimore (70 x 200, .350) to raise his BA from .237 to .296...Hit .398 (35 x 88) during a 21-game hitting streak for Orioles June 5-28, matching his career high (also hit in 21 straight games in 1999)...Overall, had at least 20 ABs in 6 different spots in batting order: - 3rd: .272 (56 x 206), 5 HR, 28 RBI; 4th: .320 (16 x 50), 4 RBI; 5th: .322 (49 x 152), 2 HR, 6 RBI; 6th: .349 (22 x 63), 2 HR, 6 RBI; 7th: .219 (7 x 32), 2 HR, 3 RBI; and 8th: .280 (7 x 25), 3 HR, 6 RBI...Hit 102 HR in 4+ years with Orioles, after hitting 57 in 8+ years with Brewers...Was a baseball teammate of Walt Weiss at University of North Carolina.

2000 POST-SEASON HIGHLIGHTS:-Division Series: Went 1 X2 as a pinch-hitter in 2 games. 1999 Named "Most Valuable Oriole" after setting career-highs in hits (207), home runs (28), RBI (107), runs (104) and total bases (331), while matching his career-highs in doubles (38) and slugging percentage (.492).Became the 3rd player in Orioles history to reach the 200-hit mark, joining Cal Ripken (211 in 1983 and 210 in 1991) and Al Bumbry (205 in 1980).Finished among the league leaders in several offensive categories: games (1st, 162), at-bats (1st, 673), hits (2nd, 207), multi-hit games (T2nd, 62), total bases (8th, 331) and sac flies (T10th, 8).Was named to his first All-Star Game and went 0-for-2, playing the final 6 innings in left field at Fenway Park.For the second consecutive year, played every game of the season and enters the 2000 season with the longest active streak at 324 consecutive games.Had a career-hgih 21-game hitting streak, May29-June 20.Matched his previous career-high 15-game hitting streak, May 9-23.Was 2nd on the team with 28 HR, the 4th time in the last five season he has established a new career high in that category.Tied for 2nd in the AL with 16 OF assists, and was the only left fielder in the league without an error (298 TC).Started at 3B, August 2-3, his first starts there since August 29, 1996.Played three games at 3B in 1997 without starting.Went 5-for-5 with 2 doubles, a HR and 3 RBI on April 27 at Kansas City, his first 5-hit game.Set the Baltimore record for at-bats in a season with 673, breaking Brooks Robinson's 1960 mark of 668.Hit his 5th career grand slam on July 4 at New York and was 4-for-12 with 15 RBI with the bases loaded.In his career, is a .411 hitter (60-146) with 168 RBI with the bases loaded. 1998 Was one of eight Major Leaguers to play in every game...Established then career-highs in hits (160), HR (22) and RBI (92)...Was tied for 6th in the league in sacrifice flies (10) and intentional walks (9)...Had team-leading 12 outfield assists, 5th in AL, and his .989 fielding percentage was 3rd among AL left fielders...Hit his 100th career home run on May 10 off Tampa Bay's Wilson Alvarez at Tropicana Field...On September 24 and 26 at Boston, put together a pair of 2-HR games, the 4th and 5th multi-HR games of his career...Compiled season-high 8-game hitting streak, April 12-20...On July 14 vs. Toronto he collected a season-high 4 hits. 1997 Was 10-for-17 (.588) with 20 RBI with the bases loaded...Average did not fall below .281 after April 29...Average was at a season-high .358 (39-109) following the game on May 14...T4th in the AL with 14 intentional walks and T7th with 10 sacrifice flies...Collected 3/4 of the cycle three times on the year, most recently on August 18 vs. Anaheim when he had a single, double and triple...Led the Orioles with 11 outfield assists, T6th most in the AL...His .992 (257/259) fielding percentage was tied with Wil Cordero of Boston for the best among AL left fielders...Compiled a 14-game hitting streak, April 14-May 6...Over that stretch he batted .434 (23-53)...Had three 4-hit games on the year with the last coming on August 6 at Seattle...Pinch-hit and entered the game at third base on September 1...It was the last of his three appearances at third base.

1997 POST-SEASON HIGHLIGHTS:-Division Series: Hit .273 (3-11) with a double and 2 RBI in three games vs. Seattle. ALCS: In six games vs. Cleveland hit .200 (5-25) with 2 doubles and an RBI. 1996 Established then career-highs in HR (21), runs (74), hits (157), triples (6) and RBI (82)...Started his final 21 games of the year in left field after playing strictly third base and designated hitter prior to that...On August 18 at Oakland he became the 6th Oriole to reach 20 HR in '96, tying the major league record...Bobby Bonilla's 20th on August 29 set the new Major League mark...In the May 3 game vs Milwaukee he hit two homers as did Anderson, marking the first timethe Orioles had two players homer twice in a game since Devereaux and Milligan on August 26, 1992...Was on the disabled list from May 21-June 1 with a sprained left ankle...Suffered the sprain when he was hit in the face by a Joey Cora throw on May 17 vs. Seattle and stumbled over the first base bag...Had a season-high 5 RBI on June 6 vs. the Tigers, including his 2nd grand slam of the season and 4th of his career.

1996 POST-SEASON HIGHLIGHTS:-Division Series: In four games vs. Cleveland hit .385 (5-13) with 3 HR, 5 RBI and 3 runs scored. ALCS: In five games vs. New York hit .267 (4-15) with 2 RBI. 1995 Established then career-highs in batting (.320), runs scored (72) and home runs (13)...Led the Brewers in batting, runs scored and RBI (73)...On July 24 at Seattle he picked up his 1,000th career hit, a ground rule double off Chris Bosio...On May 17 vs. Boston he played in his 1,000th game as a member of the Brewers, becoming just the 9th player ever to do so...Was versatile for the Brewers, playing six positions during the seasonfirst base, catcher, designated hitter, right field, center field and left field....Had a team-high eight outfield assists...Was two-time AL "Player of the Week"...Batted .367 (47-128) against left-handed pitchers...Hit .556 (5-9) with the bases loaded and hit .341 (70-205) at home... Had first career multi-homer game on July 7 when he smacked two home runs at California...That night he also collected a career-best 6 RBI. 1994 Spent time on the disabled list for the first time in his career...Opened the season on the DL while recovering from off-season shoulder surgery...Activated on April 16 and appeared in three games before suffering a bilateral abdominal strain which landed him back on the DL on April 20...Rehabbed at AA El Paso and AAA New Orleans...Activated on May 23 and batted .345 for the rest of May...Placed on 15-day disabled list on June 7 after aggravating abdomen strain on June 6...Missed the remainder of the season and on August 18 in Durham, NC he had surgery to repair the abdomen...Surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyer...For the Brewers he played right field, first base, third base, catcher and DH. 1993 Earned the Brewers Unsung Hero Award...Had then career-highs in games, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles and RBI...T6th in the AL in doubles (38) with Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Greenwell...Was 9th hardest batter to strikeout in the American League, fanning just once every 12.7 at-bats...Played five positions in the field as well as designated hitter...Had then career-best 15-game hitting streak, May 26-June10. 1992 Set a career-high in walks...Tossed out career-best 42% (39-93) baserunners attempting to steal...Smacked game winning grand slam on April 8 against the Twins off closer Rick Aguilera...For the second time in his career he tied a club record by scoring four runs in a game on August 28. 1991 Was 4th among American League catchers with a .995 fielding percentage...Tossed out 29% (35-120) of the runners trying to steal off him...On May 28 he collected his 500th career hit, a single off Detroit's Steve Searcy. 1990 Tied a club record by scoring four runs in a game on July 8 against California...Threw out 25% (31-126) would-be basestealers. 1989 Set a personal best with four triples...Threw out 26% (28-107) baserunners attempting to steal...Belted first career grand slam on April 26 when he went deep off Minnesota's Gary Wayne. 1988 After catching in his first 59 games he moved to third base when Paul Molitor shifted to the DH role...Stayed at third from June 26 through July 31 before moving back behind the plate...Had a .987 fielding mark at third base, making just one error in 76 total chances...As a backstop, B.J. threw out 33% (28-84) of the baserunners attempting to steal. 1987 Batted .299 as a rookie for the Brewers...Threw out 35% (35 of 99) of baserunners attempting to steal. 1986 Invited to the Milwaukee Major League camp as a non-roster player...Was the starting catcher for the Northern Division champion Vancouver Canadians of the AAA Pacific Coast League...Set minor league highs in games, at-bats, runs, hits, RBI, steals and with 181 total bases...Named PCL "Player of the Month" for April...Was a member of the league's All-Star team. 1985 After being the first player selected in the First Year Player Draft, Surhoff started his career at Beloit...Named "Prospect of the Year" in the Midwest League...Named to the All-Star team...Honored as Topps Midwest League "Player of the Month" for August...His Beloit team won the Central Division title.