Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#269 Todd Steverson

About the Front: Back-to-back Blue Jays! That's a rare occurrence for this set.

About the Back: In case you were wondering, Fenway Park's Green Monster is 37 feet, two inches high, and approximately 310-315 feet away from home plate.

Triple Play:

1. His cousin is former stolen base king Ron LeFlore.

2. Todd debuted with the Tigers in 1995, after being chosen in the Rule V draft. He appeared in 30 games, batting 50 times, with a line of .262/.340/.405, two home runs, and six RBI. He was traded to San Diego the following offseason, and struck out as a pinch hitter in his lone plate appearance with the Padres in 1996. He never made it back to the majors, retiring after the 1998 season.

3. Steverson was a minor league coach in the Cardinals and Athletics organizations. He also managed in the Athletics organization from 2005 through 2008, finishing with an 83-61 mark at AAA Sacramento. He spent two years as Oakland's big league first base coach, and is currently the White Sox batting coach.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: "Steverson" is a name that seems tricky. You always want to read it as "Stevenson". At least I do.

Bill James Said: Zippo. Young Todd didn't make the cut.

On This Date in 1993: August 26. Relief pitcher Richie Lewis singles in Rick Renteria with the winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning, giving the Marlins a 5-4 walkoff win over the Astros. Lewis, who threw one and two-thirds of the Florida bullpen's eight and one-third scoreless innings, earns the win. Doug Jones is the loser.

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