Saturday, June 8, 2013

#17 Dave Hollins

About the Front: It's odd to see Dave Hollins glancing down and to the right as he finishes his swing. You would think that he'd be following the flight of the ball...but maybe that's what he's doing, and he fouled it to the first base side. They can't all be screaming line drives and majestic, arcing home runs.

About the Back: 1992 looked like Dave's breakout year, but those 27 home runs would remain a career high. He played through 2002, but otherwise topped out at 18 homers (in 1993).

Triple Play:

1. In 1996, Hollins was batting .242/.364/.396 with the Twins when they dealt him to Seattle in late August for a player to be named later. He hit .351 with the Mariners and drove in 25 runs in 28 games, but the team missed the playoffs and he departed for the Angels via free agency. The mystery player sent back to Minnesota wound up being David Ortiz.

2. Dave was a selective hitter, averaging 76 walks per 162 games and posting an on-base percentage (.358) nearly a hundred points higher than his lifetime batting average (.260).

3. His final big-league season was 2002, when he saw action in only 14 games with the Phillies. He spent considerable time on the disabled list due to several venomous bites on his left leg from a brown recluse spider. Hollins had diabetes, which slowed the healing process.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I was watching on October 13, 1993, when his two-run homer off of Greg Maddux gave the Phils a 4-1 fifth-inning lead en route to an NLCS-clinching victory. I wasn't happy with the Braves getting sent home for the winter.

Bill James Said: "Has scored exactly 104 runs and driven in exactly 93 in each of the last two years."

On This Date in 1993: June 8. A PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party)-declared ceasefire in Iraq ends.


  1. Heck of a lot of good old David Arias did for Minnesota.

  2. I heard someone compare the Red Sox' acquisition of Ortiz/Arias to the O's trade for Chris Davis recently. It's nice to finally have a few trades under our belt that can push out memories of Glenn Davis.