David Mark Eckstein was born on January 20, 1975 in Sanford, Florida. He plays second base for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
David is considered small for a professional sports player, as he is 5’ 7”, and weighs 175 pounds.
High SchoolDavid went to Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida, and played on the baseball team there for four years. He was a member of the National Honor Society, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
CollegeDavid went to the University of Florida in Gainesville, He was a walk-on player during the 1994 season, but did so well that he ended up earning a scholarship.
David was a two-time All-SEC (in 1995 and 996), and a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection (1995, 1996 and 1997) at Florida. He was also the first two-time Academic All-American in Gator history.
Minor LeaguesDavid was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 19th round of the 1997 amateur draft, and sent through their farm system. The Red Sox waived him in 2000, and he was claimed by the Anaheim Angels.
1997 - Lowell Spinners in the New York-Penn League 1998 - Sarasota Red Sox in the Florida State League 1999 - Trenton Thunder in the Eastern League2000 - Pawtucket Red Sox in the International League (119 games), then the Edmonton Trappers in the Pacific Coast League (Anaheim Angels) (15 games)2008 - Dunedin Blue Jays in the Florida State League (5 games, rehab assignment)
Major LeaguesDavid made his major league debut on April 3, 2001 for the Anaheim Angels. In 2002, he helped them win a World Series.
On December 23, 2004, David signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals, and helped them win a World Series in 2006. Indeed, he was the MVP of the 2006 series.
On November 5, 2007, he became a free agent, and on December 13, 2007, he signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
On August 31, 2008, the Blue Jays traded David to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league pitcher Chad Beck.
PersonalDavid and his wife, actress Ashley Drane, got married on November 26, 2005. He has published his biography, geared for children, Have Heart.