|SHOWING HIS BACKHAND FORM AT THIRD.|
|FIRST SEASON IN COLORADO WAS ANYTHING BUT ROCKY.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Charlie Hayes always was in demand and provided steady power and defense at third base for five teams during an eight-year stretch in the 1990s. He was traded four times and taken by the Rockies in the '92 Expansion Draft.
- Inserted at third in the seventh inning to replace #90 Wade Boggs, Hayes grabbed a piece of history on Oct. 26, 1996, in Game 6 of the World Series. With 56,375 in full throat at Yankee Stadium, Hayes caught Mark Lemke's popup for the final out. New York celebrated its first title in 18 years.
- Like a few of his teammates on that inaugural '93 Rockies team, Hayes had a breakthrough season in the thin air of Mile High Stadium. He reached career highs in homers (25), RBI (98), doubles (45), hits (177) and average (.305).
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- In '90, Hayes' throwing error in the seventh inning was the only blemish in Terry Mulholland's no-hitter against the Giants.
- Interestingly, Hayes and Mulholland, along with Dennis Cook, were acquired from the Giants in June '89 for Steve Bedrosian.
- Traded to the Yankees before the '92 season and hit 18 homers and drove in 66.
- Was chosen third overall in the Expansion Draft after Nigel Wilson and David Nied.
- Fifth in the '89 NL Rookie of the Year voting after hitting eight homers and driving in 43.