Tuesday, January 21, 2014

#145 Eric Young

About the Front: EY just got bipped, kids! Once again, I've used my mystical powers (of box-score reading) to determine that this photo was taken on August 13, 1992. Bip Roberts singled twice, but was  wiped out on the basepaths both times by Reggie Sanders grounders to short. The Dodgers won 4-3 on a Henry Rodriguez RBI double in the ninth.
About the Back: Also drafted in the 43rd round in 1989: Jorge Posada by the Yankees (did not sign, but New York got him in the 24th round in 1990) and Jason Giambi by the Brewers (did not sign, wound up being taken in the 2nd round by Oakland in 1992).

Triple Play:

1. Eric stole 465 bases in a 15-year career, 45th all-time. However, he was also caught 168 times, 17th-most in history.

2. On June 30, 1996, Young tied a big league record with six stolen bases in a wild 16-15 Colorado win over the Dodgers. In the bottom of the third inning, he swiped second, third, and home against the battery of Hideo Nomo and Mike Piazza.

3. His son Eric Jr. has played for the Rockies and Mets in an MLB career that began in 2009. He was the National League's leading base stealer in 2013 with 46 thefts.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I would've been surprised to learn that a guy who had a rookie card in the 1993 Topps set also had a son who was the same age as my kid sister.

Bill James Said: "Brett Butler-type hitter but righthanded, could draw 100 walks and steal 50 bases." He topped 50 steals three times, but maxed out at 63 walks...and did that three times as well. Odd.

On This Date in 1993: January 21. Hall of Fame second baseman Charlie Gehringer, who batted .320/.404/.480 in a 19-year career with the Tigers, passes away at age 89 a month after suffering a stroke.

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