Van Every Joins Baseball as Director of Operations
Holy Cross baseball head coach Greg DiCenzo announced that former Major League Baseball player Jonathan Van Every has joined his staff as the Volunteer Director of Operations for the 2019-2020 season.
Enjoying an 11-year run in professional baseball with three organizations, Van Every made his MLB debut on May 14, 2008 in Baltimore as a member of the reigning World Series champion Boston Red Sox. He recorded his first MLB hit in his second at-bat off of Daniel Cabrera of the Orioles.
Van Every was selected in the 29th round of the 2000 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians out of Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Mississippi. While at ICC, he had a career average of .375 and averaged 16 home runs throughout two seasons.
In 2004, Van Every led the Kinston Indians to the Carolina League Championship after being among the league leaders in home runs (22) and RBI. In 2005, he was selected for the Eastern League All Star game, and led the Akron Aeros to the league championship while setting a franchise record for home runs at 27.
Upon being called up to the big leagues, Van Every played two additional seasons with the Red Sox before retiring in 2011. Van Every also holds the distinction of being one of the only players in baseball history to be traded for himself. In April of 2010, Van Every was traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later; after nearly a month in Boston, he became “the player to be named later,” being sent back to the Pirates from the Red Sox.
Van Every earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in the fall of 2013. He currently resides in Nashville with his fiancée Morgan.