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Derek Norris | Catcher | #33

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 4 (0) / WAS
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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. Dec 5 - 2:49 PM

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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.
Sep 1 - 4:34 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.
Jun 27 - 3:12 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.
Jun 23 - 11:29 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.
Jun 23 - 10:49 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.
Jun 10 - 6:33 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.
Jun 9 - 12:47 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."
Jun 7 - 10:36 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 7 - 6:21 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.
Jun 6 - 2:18 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.
Jun 4 - 2:55 PM

Derek Norris is back in the Rays' lineup on Monday against the Yankees.

Norris got the day off Sunday, with Jesus Sucre getting a start behind the plate. Tim Beckham has also returned to the lineup Monday.
Apr 10 - 10:28 AM

Derek Norris is absent from the Rays' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a day off. Jesus Sucre will do the catching. The Rays also have Daniel Robertson at shortstop over Tim Beckham.

Derek Norris had a nice day at the dish in Friday's victory over the Blue Jays, going 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI.

Norris also drew a walk and scored a run in the contest. Signed just days before the start of the regular season, Norris has seen nearly all of the playing time behind the plate for the Rays, hitting .214/.250/.214 with four RBI and a stolen base. At this point, he should be started in most two-catcher formats.
Apr 7 - 11:09 PM

Derek Norris is starting at catcher and batting fifth for the Rays in Friday's game against the Blue Jays.

The Rays are starting the same players against lefty Francisco Liriano that they did earlier this week against southpaw CC Sabathia, but Norris and Tim Beckham switched spots in the order, with Beckham moving down to the seven spot. Norris has two hits in his first 11 at-bats this season.
Apr 7 - 2:51 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Derek Norris
3Grayson Greiner
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2Chad Huffman
3Edwin Espinal
2B1Dixon Machado
2Niko Goodrum
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Sergio Alcantara
3B1Jeimer Candelario
LF1Mikie Mahtook
2Victor Reyes
CF1Leonys Martin
2JaCoby Jones
RF1Nicholas Castellanos
2Michael Gerber
3Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
2John Hicks
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Michael Fulmer
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Daniel Norris
4Matt Boyd
5Mike Fiers
6Buck Farmer
7Chad Bell
8Artie Lewicki
9Ryan Carpenter
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shane Greene
2Alex Wilson
3Joe Jimenez
4Warwick Saupold
5Daniel Stumpf
6Drew VerHagen
7Zac Reininger
8Blaine Hardy
9Jairo Labourt
10Enrique Burgos
11Gerson Moreno
12Eduardo Jimenez
13Kevin Comer
14Mark Montgomery