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Chicago Cubs second baseman Jeff Baker tries for a double play against the Houston Astros
Chicago Cubs second baseman Jeff Baker (L) throws to first base after forcing out Houston Astros' Kazuo Matsui at second base after Mike Hampton hit into a fielder's choice during the third inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago on July 29, 2009. Hampton was safe at first base. UPI/Brian Kersey
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Jeffrey Glen Baker (born June 21, 1981, in Bad Kissingen, West Germany) is a professional baseball player in Major League Baseball who plays several positions as a utility player for the Chicago Cubs. He bats and throws right-handed. He was the 1999 Virginia Prep Player of the Year.

Baker made his Major League debut in 2005, as the Opening Day third baseman for the Colorado Rockies, playing a total of 12 games. He had been added to the Rockies lineup as a replacement for injured third baseman Garrett Atkins and on the return of Atkins, Baker was assigned to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Rockies Triple-A affiliate.

Baker was drafted by the Rockies in 2004 after playing college baseball at Clemson University. While at Clemson, Baker set the school record for career home runs with 59 HR, a feat he accomplished in three years. He was a three-time Baseball America All-American and a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award in 2002 (the award was won by Clemson teammate Khalil Greene).

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