William Shawn Wooten . . . 1990 graduate of South Hills High School (West Covina, CA) . . . Attended Mt. San Antonio Junior College (Walnut, CA), where he played baseball for 2 seasons (1991, 93) . . . Named Southern California Player of Year in 1993 . . . Earned South Coast Conference Player of Year and All-State both seasons . . . Served as Honorary Chairman for Homeless Intervention Shelter fundraiser . . . Involved with American Cancer Society and Anaheim area youth baseball clinics . . . Inducted into Cedar Rapids Kernels Baseball Hall of Fame, 1/24/02.
Tied club record (done several times) with three doubles, Sept. 11 vs. Oakland...Was 4-for-11 with three RBI as pinch-hitter...Tied career-high with four hits (4/4), Aug. 5 at Detroit...Was on back end of consecutive HRs with Garret Anderson in first inning off Mark Mulder, Sept. 12 vs. Oakland...Made first appearance of season (DH), July 11 at Kansas City, finishing 2-for-3 with a solo home run (leadoff off Darrell May; 6th inn.) 2002 Post-Season:
Ended '02 post-season with .474 avg. (9/19), third among playoff hitters (min. of 15 at-bats; Jeter, NYY - .500, Cairo, STL - .529)...Batted .667 (6/9) in Division Series vs. New York...Started two games of DS (2 & 4) as designated hitter...Posted three singles in Game 2 and two singles, a solo home run (off David Wells, 5th inn.) and two RBI in clinching effort of Game 4.
Reached career highs in games (98), at-bats (272), runs (25) and walks (24) . . . Made 6 starts as catcher; ANA pitchers posted a 3.81 ERA with him behind the plate . . . Hit .350 (7-50) as pinch-hitter . . . His .350 pinch-avg and 7 pinch-hits tied for 2nd in AL (min 20 AB) . . . 6 of his 7 HR came at home . . .Made first career start at 3rd base, 8/23 at DET . . . Collected season-best 3 hits, 8/13 vs CWS . . . Started 9 consecutive games 7/21-29, longest stretch of career . . . Had season-high 3 RBI, 7/9 vs KC . . . Made career-best 66 starts, appearing as 1st baseman, 3rd baseman, catcher and DH.