Friday, May 3, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #21 TODD ZEILE


"Z'' MARKS THE SPOT.




PLAYED SEVEN SEASONS WITH THE CARDINALS.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • The only player to hit a home runs for 11 different teams, Todd Zeile had a nomadic 16-year career. Never a Gold Glove candidate, Zeile was error-prone at three primary positions (catcher, third and first) but a decent bat kept him in the majors for a long time. Because of those defensive deficiencies, he never had a WAR higher than 2.4 and posted a negative number in three seasons.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • Zeile announced early in the 2004 season that it would be his last. On Oct. 3 in his last game, he stepped to the plate for the Mets in the bottom of the sixth and clubbed a three-run homer off the Expos' Claudio Vargas in what would turn out to be his last at-bat. Zeile was pinch-hit for the eighth. Only 45 players have homered in their final at-bat.

DEFINING SEASON

  • In '93, Zeile drove in a career-high 103 runs and hit 17 homers while batting .277.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Also in his final game, Zeile got to play catcher, his original position, one last time and did so without committing an error. In fact he caught a pop foul to record the out on reliever John Franco's final pitch of his Mets career.
  2. Zeile has the most home runs (253) of any player with whose name begins with the letter "Z.''
  3. Finished with 2,004 hits yet never played in the All-Star Game.
  4.  Zeile is a descendant of John Adams, the second president of the United States.
  5. Dabbled in acting and created a film production company in Hollywood.

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