Thursday, May 2, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #20 REGGIE SANDERS


A NICE COMBINATION OF SPEED AND POWER




IF YOU'RE SCORING, THIS IS ALREADY THE THIRD REDS CARD.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Reggie Sanders had a really nice 17-year career, belting 305 homers and swiping 304 bags, and with the Cardinals in 2005 had a record-setting NL Division Series against the Padres. Yet, all I can remember him for is charging the mound in '94 after the Expos' Pedro Martinez hit him with a pitch. With Martinez five outs away from a perfect game. Sanders and a few other Reds had been buzzed inside during the game. Still ...

DEFINING MOMENT

  • Sanders owned the '95 NLCS right from the beginning in Game 1, going 2-for-4 with six RBI. His fifth-inning grand slam broke open the game and ultimately gave the Cards their 8-5 victory. In the three-game sweep, Sanders set a division series record with 10 RBI.

DEFINING SEASON

  • In '95 with the Reds, Sanders finished fifth in the NL MVP voting after hitting .306 with 28 homers and 99 RBI and 36 steals.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. In a little more than a month apart during the '06 season with the Royals, Sanders hit his 300th career home run and stole his 300th base.
  2. The only player in major-league history to club 20-plus homers in a season for six teams.
  3. In all, he played for eight teams for which he hit at least 10 homers each season.
  4. A classic free-swinger, Sanders averaged 147 strikeouts and only 61 walks during his career
  5. In his 10-RBI division series, Sanders had 12 at-bats, four hits, two doubles and the one slam.

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