Torii Kedar Hunter (pronounced /ˈtɔɹi/) (born July 18, 1975 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Hunter has shown his athletic ability, having taken away many home runs throughout his 11 year baseball career for the Minnesota Twins by "climbing the fence" in the outfield. ESPN commentators have called Hunter a "daily web gem," referring to ESPN's nightly highlight reel. He has won eight consecutive Gold Glove Awards for his defensive prowess playing the Center Field position.
He currently resides during the off-season in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex suburb of Prosper, Texas. He is a cousin of former MLB outfielder Choo Freeman. Despite the same spelling, Hunter was not named after torii, the gates to a Japanese Shinto shrine. Hunter himself says jokingly, "I think, when my mom filled out the paperwork after I was born, she accidentally put two 'I's."
Torii Hunter was selected as the Twins' first-round pick in 1993 out of high school, and made his first appearance with the Twins as a pinch runner in Baltimore on August 22, 1997. It was not until 1999 that Hunter began starting regularly, playing in 135 games for the
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