Friday, January 30, 2015

#367 Steve Sax

About the Front: Steve Sax looks like he's been hitting the Thighmaster. (Now there's a '90s reference for you.)

About the Back: "Verdict"?! That smacks of trying too hard. What's wrong with a 14-10 win, victory, or triumph?

Triple Play:

1. His older brother Dave was a catcher/outfielder who briefly played alongside Steve with the Dodgers in 1982-1983, and later had a few cups of coffee in Boston.

2. Sax was a five-time All-Star, and was the 1982 NL Rookie of the Year with the Dodgers. That year, he led his team in hits, runs scored, and steals.

3. His later pursuits include baseball analysis on TV broadcasts, financial consultancy, partial ownership of a nightclub/restaurant and a martial arts studio, and a one-year stint as first base coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Another member of Mr. Burns' ringer softball team at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. For the past 20 years, I can't think "Steve Sax" without thinking "and his run-in with the law".

Bill James Said: "He's 34, and after two straight off seasons it would be optimistic to expect him to bounce back." He played only seven games for Oakland in 1994, going 6-for-24 with a triple in the final season of his career.

On This Date in 1993: January 30. It's a Friday, so let's go back to the Calvin and Hobbes well.

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