Wednesday, August 7, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #48 ERIC YOUNG


E.Y. CAUSED PLENTY OF HAVOC ON THE BASES.





GOT HIS START IN '92 WITH THE DODGERS.



DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • The 11th overall pick in the 1992 expansion draft, second baseman Eric Young quickly gave the Rockies a top-of-the-order presence. He stole 42 bases in '93 and is the team's all-time leader in steals with 180. He played 15 years in the majors, five in Colorado.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • On June 30, 1996, Young put his speed on display when he stole second, third and home in the bottom of the third inning in a 16-15 victory against the Dodgers, who exposed him in the expansion draft. Slow-to-the-plate Hideo Nomo was on the mound and scatter-shot catcher #199 Mike Piazza behind the plate when that grand larceny took place. 

DEFINING SEASON

  • Young was named to the NL All-Star team and won his only Silver Slugger Award in '96, hitting .324, eight homers, driving in 74 and stealing a league-leading 53 bases. He also was caught a league-leading 19 times.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. In the Rockies' first ever home at-bat at Mile High Stadium, Young hit a full-count pitch off the Expos' Kent Bottenfield into the left-center seats in the 11-4 victory. It was a harbinger of what was to come in the thin air of Denver.
  2. Young hit .438 with a homer, two RBI and a steal in the four-game '95 NLDS loss to the Braves.
  3. While playing with the Brewers in '03, he established a career-high in homers with 15.
  4. He stole 465 bases, but his success rate was only 73 percent because he was caught 168 times.
  5. In Game 3 of the '95 NLDS, Young scored the first run of the game and homered off #166 John Smoltz in the third as the Rockies won the franchise's first playoff game, 7-5.

1 comment:

  1. I'm enjoying his son's enthusiasm for the game. The Mets are woeful, but EY Jr. plays the game the right way every night.

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