Saturday, June 8, 2013
#17 Dave Hollins
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.