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Derek Norris | Catcher | #33

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 4 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Derek Norris has signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.
Norris was cut loose by the Tigers after failing to make the Opening Day roster. He'll try to stay sharp while looking for his next opportunity with a professional team. Apr 16 - 3:42 PM

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Tigers released C Derek Norris.

Norris was reassigned to minor league camp earlier in the week after losing the backup spot to John Hicks, but instead will look elsewhere for a backstop position with another club.
Mar 28 - 7:54 PM

Tigers reassigned Cs Derek Norris and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, INFs Pete Kozma and Ronny Rodriguez, and OFs Jim Adduci and Chad Huffman to minor league camp.

Detroit's 25-man roster is just about set with exactly one week to go until Opening Day. As expected, John Hicks will serve as the backup to starting catcher James McCann.
Mar 22 - 8:57 AM

Derek Norris went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer Tuesday as the Tigers beat the Phillies 11-6.

Norris is expected to be James McCann's backup after signing a minor league deal with the Tigers in December, though one wonders if he hurt his cause by showing up at camp and spouting some rather unconciliatory comments in response to last year's allegations by his former fiancée and subsequent domestic violence suspension. The Tigers wanted to give him a chance, but they could yet decide it's not worth it.
Feb 27 - 5:38 PM

Tigers signed C Derek Norris to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Norris batted just .201/.258/.380 with nine homers through 53 games with the Rays this past season and also served a suspension for violating MLB's domestic violence policy. He'll provide some catching depth behind James McCann and John Hicks at the very least.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 02:49:00 PM

Major League Baseball has suspended Derek Norris for the remainder of the 2017 season following an investigation into domestic violence allegations.

Norris continues to deny any wrongdoing in the allegations against him by former fiancee, Kristen Eck, but he has agreed to MLB's suspension and forfeited $100,000 in termination pay from the Rays. The Rays will donate that money to one or more charitable organizations focused on preventing and treating survivors of domestic violence.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 04:34:00 PM

Rays released C Derek Norris.

Norris was designated for assignment last week with Wilson Ramos on the verge of being activated. The 28-year-old was batting just .201/.258/.380 with nine homers through 53 games, but he shouldn't be out of work for long.
Tue, Jun 27, 2017 03:12:00 PM

Rays designated C Derek Norris for assignment.

It's a tough break for the veteran backstop who went 3-for-3 with a homer run and three runs scored in Friday's lopsided victory, but Wilson Ramos is set to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday. Norris shouldn't be out of work for long as several clubs could use an offensive upgrade behind the plate.
Fri, Jun 23, 2017 11:29:00 PM

Derek Norris went 3-for-3 with a homer and three runs scored as the Rays clobbered the Orioles 15-5 on Friday.

Norris belted a two-run shot off of Ubaldo Jimenez in the third inning, increasing the Rays' advantage to 9-2. Even with the monster offensive effort, Norris is still hitting a disappointing .201/.258/.380 with nine homers and 24 RBI on the year.
Fri, Jun 23, 2017 10:49:00 PM

Derek Norris is not in the Rays' lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Athletics.

Norris caught all 10 innings and went 0-for-4 at the plate in Saturday's opener. He'll cede backstop duties to Jesus Sucre in the nightcap.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 06:33:00 PM

Derek Norris hit two home runs and drove in three to help the Rays fend off the White Sox 7-5 on Thursday.

Norris hit a solo homer in the third inning before lifting a two-run shot in the fourth. Norris' name has been in the news for less positive reasons in recent days, but until something concrete comes from MLB's investigation of his former fiancee's claims of physical and mental abuse it appears the backstop will remain in the Rays' lineup on most days. The 28-year-old is hitting .200/.263/.367 with seven homers in 45 games this year.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 12:47:00 AM

Derek Norris has denied allegations from his former fiancee that he "physically and mentally abused" her during their relationship.

The former fiancee, Kristen Eck, made that claim Tuesday on her personal Instagram account and ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported a few hours later that Major League Baseball had launched an official investigation. Here is the statement Norris sent to the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday morning: "First, I want to be absolutely clear that abuse of any form, is completely unacceptable. Allegations regarding this issue are a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly under any circumstances. That being said, in this circumstance, the comments made by my ex-fiancee could not be further from the truth. I have NEVER been physically or emotionally abusive towards her, or anyone else in my life. ... I plan to go above and beyond to assist MLB with their investigation into this matter."
Wed, Jun 7, 2017 10:36:00 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports Major League Baseball is investigating allegations by Derek Norris' former fiancée that he "physically and mentally abused" her.

Kristen Eck made the allegations on an Instagram post Tuesday, without specifically naming Norris: "I had beautiful moments with a man and I fell in love with a sense of humor and authentic soul that I wanted to spend my life with. I also was physically and emotionally abused by this beautiful man. He gave me a lifestyle most people only dreamed of, but it came at a price." MLB spokesman Pat Courtney indicated to ESPN that the matter is being taken seriously, and that might mean Norris is facing a possible suspension under the league's domestic violence policy. Mets closer Jeurys Familia got a 15-game suspension just before Opening Day even though MLB commissioner Rob Manfred stated that "the evidence reviewed by my office does not support a determination that Mr. Familia physically assaulted his wife, or threatened her or others with physical force or harm." All of these cases are different. It's not worth speculating without more information.
Wed, Jun 7, 2017 06:21:00 AM

Derek Norris (back) remained out of the Rays' lineup Tuesday.

The Rays expected Norris to be ready to go after Monday's off day, but he'll miss a second straight start with back spasms. Jesus Sucre will fill in again. Tampa Bay also has Daniel Robertson at second base over Brad Miller.
Tue, Jun 6, 2017 02:18:00 PM

Derek Norris (back) is expected to return to the Rays' lineup Tuesday.

Norris left Saturday's game and is sitting out Sunday due to back spasms, but he's feeling better and is expected to be fine after Monday's off day. Jesus Sucre is catching Sunday.
Sun, Jun 4, 2017 02:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1James McCann
2John Hicks
3Grayson Greiner
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Dixon Machado
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Pete Kozma
3B1Jeimer Candelario
LF1Niko Goodrum
2JaCoby Jones
3Victor Reyes
CF1Leonys Martin
RF1Nicholas Castellanos
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Michael Fulmer
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Mike Fiers
4Matt Boyd
5Francisco Liriano
Relief Pitcher
R1Shane Greene
2Alex Wilson
3Joe Jimenez
4Daniel Stumpf
5Buck Farmer
6Daniel Norris
7Warwick Saupold
8Louis Coleman
9Blaine Hardy
10Artie Lewicki