Saturday, September 7, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #60 CHARLIE HAYES


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.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • 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.

DEFINING SEASON

  • 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

  1. In '90, Hayes' throwing error in the seventh inning was the only blemish in Terry Mulholland's no-hitter against the Giants.
  2. Interestingly, Hayes and Mulholland, along with Dennis Cook, were acquired from the Giants in June '89 for Steve Bedrosian.
  3. Traded to the Yankees before the '92 season and hit 18 homers and drove in 66.
  4. Was chosen third overall in the Expansion Draft after Nigel Wilson and David Nied.
  5. Fifth in the '89 NL Rookie of the Year voting after hitting eight homers and driving in 43.

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