|"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.
- 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.
- In '93, Zeile drove in a career-high 103 runs and hit 17 homers while batting .277.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- 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.
- Zeile has the most home runs (253) of any player with whose name begins with the letter "Z.''
- Finished with 2,004 hits yet never played in the All-Star Game.
- Zeile is a descendant of John Adams, the second president of the United States.
- Dabbled in acting and created a film production company in Hollywood.