Saturday, March 9, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #9 STEVE FINLEY


QUINTESSENTIAL LATE-BLOOMER.




HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THREE DAYS EARLY.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • A center-field flyhawk, Steve Finley covered more ground than a stray Jack Russell Terrier. He won five Gold Gloves but wasn't known only for his defense. He eventually developed into a dangerous hitter, clubbing 304 home runs to go along with 320 steals during his 19-year career. 

FINEST MOMENT

  • On Oct. 2, 2004, Finley hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth off Wayne Franklin to cap a seven-run rally and give the Dodgers a 7-3 victory over the Giants and the NL West title. Finley was acquired from the Diamondbacks at the trade deadline. The circuit clout clinched L.A.'s first postseason trip since '96.

FINEST SEASON

  • In '96 with the Padres, Finley finished 10th in the NL MVP voting after hitting 30 home runs, driving in 95 and stealing 22 bases. He hit .298 and had a 5.5 WAR.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. The 30 dingers in '96 were 19 more than his previous high.
  2. He'd reach 30-plus three more times, including a career-high 36 in '04.
  3. Led the NL in triples for the second time in '03 with 10, the oldest player at 38 to do so.
  4. Tied Pete Rose for being the oldest (39) to play 162 games  in '04.
  5. Signed originally by the Orioles and was packaged with #10 Curt Schilling and #62 Pete Harnisch and shipped to the Astros for #41 Glenn Davis, who was a bust because of injuries.

1 comment:

  1. These are awesome reads. Makes me want to go collect this set!

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