|SOME NOTABLE DODGERS WORE No. 23.|
|THE REIGNING NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Ask me to name the career home run leader for the Los Angeles Dodgers and it's doubtful I would spit out "Eric Karros.'' Yet, he is with 270; Duke Snider is the franchise leader with 389. Quietly, Karros put together a dandy 14-year career, 12 coming in Los Angeles. Playing his final two seasons with the Cubs and Athletics, E.K. hit 284 homers, drove 1,027 runs and batted .268.
- On June 7, 2003, in his first season as a backup first baseman for the Cubs, Karros came to bat against #104 Roger Clemens with his team trailing the Yankees 1-0 in the seventh inning. With two on, Karros slammed a home run, and the Cubs went on to win 5-2. It was Karros' welcome-to-Wrigley moment in a near-magical season that basically ended in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series in the "Bartman'' game.
- In '95, Karros finished fifth in the NL MVP voting after hitting .298 with 32 homers, 105 RBI and a .905 OPS. He also won his first and only Silver Slugger award.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Despite averaging 31 homers and 104 RBI from '95-'00, Karros was never voted an All-Star.
- Hit the second most career home runs of any player not elected to an All-Star team; #163 Tim Salmon is first with 299.
- When Adrian Gonzalez was traded to the Dodgers last season and given No. 23, the Los Angeles Times ranked the top five players in L.A. Dodger history to wear the number: Kirk Gibson, Claude Osteen, Karros, Jim Wynn and Don Zimmer.
- Karros hit .366 against lefties for the Cubs in '03, when they won the NL Central Division. Overall for the Cubs, he hit .286 with 12 homers and 40 RBI.
- The '92 NL Rookie of the Year began a stretch of five consecutive Dodgers to win the award.