Wednesday, January 22, 2014

#146 Scott Leius

About the Front: This seems like an unusual bodily contortion for catching a popup, but a similar photo appears on Scott Leius' 1993 Upper Deck card. Maybe legs-crossed was just his style. You'll also notice Scott Erickson photo-bombing here.

About the Back: Scott was not known for his power, World Series heroics notwithstanding. However, he did hit a surprising 14 longballs in just 97 games in 1994, accounting for half of his career total.

Triple Play:

1. His first career home run came off of Jim Abbott on September 10, 1990, and it accounted for Minnesota's only run despite the club's total of 11 hits. The Twins were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and lost 3-1.

2. Scott probably wishes he could have faced Bill Wegman more often. He batted .526/.550/.842 in 20 trips to the plate against the Milwaukee righthander.

3. He has instructed children and teenagers at former teammate Dan Gladden's Big League Baseball Camp.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: "Leius" was a name that I rolled around in my head a lot as a kid. It was as if a terrible speller had corrupted the name "Lewis".

Bill James Said: "Started off the year as the Twins shortstop, but went down quickly with a torn rotator cuff." Scott played only 10 games in 1993, as it turned out.

On This Date in 1993: January 22. Japanese playwright, photographer, and inventor Kobo Abe passed away at age 68 due to acute heart failure.

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