Former MLB third baseman who played for the Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics, and San Diego Padres. He made his MLB debut with the Cleveland Indians in 2006.
He grew up in California and Colorado and played college baseball at the University of Arkansas (Little Rock) and the University of Nevada (Reno).
He became the third baseball player in the history of the sport to hit a grand slam during his first major league game; but he was the first player to hit a grand slam on his very first major league pitch.
He was born into a family of Macedonian heritage.
He played alongside infielder Chris Nelson on the Colorado Rockies in 2011.