Wednesday, March 6, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #6 BRETT BUTLER


LITTLE BRETT SHOWS OFF THE TOY GUNS.




HIS .413 OBP IN '92 WAS A CAREER HIGH.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • A prototypical speedy leadoff hitter and bunting savant, Brett Butler plied those skills with five teams during a 17-year career. He had a career on-base percentage of .377, stole 558 bases and scored 1,359 runs.

FINEST MOMENT

  • On Sept. 6, 1996, a Dodger Stadium crowd of 41,509 welcomed back Butler, then 39, who was playing only four months after being diagnosed with cancer of the tonsils and 38 days since his last radiation treatment. With the score 1-1 in the eighth against the Pirates, the Dodger dynamo worked a walk on seven pitches, swiped second, moved to third on an error and plated the winner on #32 Eric Karros' sacrifice fly, sending fans into a tizzy. It was a signature manufactured Brett Butler run. 

FINEST SEASON

  • Seventh in the MVP voting in '91 with L.A. after batting .296, with a .401 on-base percentage, 38 steals and a league-leading 112 runs and 108 walks. This was his lone All-Star season.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Earned a 45-second standing ovation before his first at-bat in his comeback game in '96.
  2. Holds the career record for bunt hits with 226.
  3. A steady center fielder, he once went 307 consecutive games without committing an error.
  4. Led the NL in triples in '94 and '95 with nine each season.
  5. While he possessed good speed, Butler was just a so-so base stealer, succeeding on only 68.4 percent of his attempts. He led the NL in caught stealing three times.

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