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DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Bip Roberts was a versatile and speedy top-of-the-order switch-hitter for 12 years for six different teams, averaging 36 steals a season and playing the outfield, second and third. He always struck me as a happy-go-lucky major-leaguer as the short video below illustrates.
- With the Indians in Game 2 of the 1997 World Series against the Marlins on Oct. 19, Roberts hit a seeing-eye ground ball that eluded pitcher Kevin Brown, shortstop Edgar Renteria and second baseman Craig Counsell in the fifth inning that scored two runs. It broke open a close game and led to the Indians winning 6-1 and tying the series.
- The year this card came out, Roberts was coming off his first and only All-Star season in '92, setting career marks in average (.323), on-base percentage (.393) and OPS (.826) with the Reds. He stole 44 bases and scored 92 runs and finished eighth in NL MVP voting.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Five-foot-seven Leon Roberts got his his cute nickname from reading Superman comics and being captivated by the screaming captions. You know, "Bam,'' "Boom'' and "Bip.'' Bip stuck.
- Played seven seasons with the Padres, where he hit 20 of his career 30 home runs.
- Tied the NL record with 10 consecutive hits in '92.
- Went 2-for-2 with two RBI in his only All-Star appearance in '92 in San Diego, entering the game in the seventh inning to play left field.
- Currently a Giants studio analyst for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.