Travis Dawkins
Born: (1979-05-12) May 12, 1979 (age 39)
Newberry, South Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 1999, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
July 23, 2003, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
Batting average.163
Runs scored8
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Team
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 1999 Winnipeg Team

Travis Sentell "Gookie" Dawkins (born May 12, 1979 in Newberry, South Carolina) is a retired Major League Baseball shortstop.

Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft, Dawkins would make his Major League Baseball debut with the Reds on September 3, 1999. His first major league at-bat was on September 4, 1999, at Philadelphia (a game in which the Reds hit nine home runs). Dawkins singled and reached third base on a throwing error. A young Philadelphia Phillies fan seated down the first base line reached over the fence and grabbed the rolling the ball during play. The Reds staff later obtained the first major league hit ball for Dawkins by trading with the fan.

Dawkins won an Olympic Gold medal in 2000 while playing for the United States baseball team.

Dawkins spent the 2007 season, playing for the Tacoma Rainiers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners and the Ottawa Lynx, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Dawkins was re-signed by the Phillies on December 7, 2007, to a minor league contract.

Dawkins signed with the Chicago White Sox for the 2008 season, and was assigned to their Triple-A team, the Charlotte Knights. Dawkins was traded to the Kansas City Royals on June 11, 2008. He re-signed with the White Sox after the season. Then he signed the Reds in the summer of 2010.

In the 2010 offseason, Dawkins signed a minor league contract with the Charlotte Knights.

Dawkins began his professional coaching career in 2015, where he served as the hitting coach for the Rookie AZL Reds in Goodyear, Arizona.[1] In 2016, he was named hitting coach for the Cincinnati Reds' Advanced-A Affiliate, the Daytona Tortugas. In 2017, he was promoted to hitting coach of the Reds' Double-A Affiliate, Pensacola Blue Wahoos.[2] In 2018 he was promoted to manager of the Reds Rookie Advanced level affiliate Greeneville Reds.


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