Sunday, September 8, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #61 SHANE MACK


AN OLYMPIAN AND WORLD SERIES CHAMP.




THE ONLY YEAR MACK HIT UNDER .300 AS A TWIN WAS '93.



DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Shane Mack played nine years, won a World Series ring with the Twins in 1991 and batted over .300 in five seasons. But he finished his career with a .299 lifetime average, and you have to wonder if that sticks in his craw today.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • In Game 6 of the '91 ALCS on Oct. 13, Mack began the Twins' rally to advance to their second World Series in five years. He led off the top of the sixth with the Twins down 5-2 to the Blue Jays with a single to right. He came around the score and two runs later Minnesota had tied the game. The Twins would win 8-5 to advance to meet the Braves. 

DEFINING SEASON

  • Mack was fifth in the AL in batting in '92 with a .315 average. He hit 16 homers, drove in a career-high 75 and stole 26 bases. He also was hit an AL-leading 15 times.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Mack was a All-American at UCLA in '83 and '84.
  2. He was a member of the first U.S. Olympic team in '84, hitting .313 with two homers and three RBI in the five games.
  3. Drafted and signed with the Padres in June '84 and played only two seasons in San Diego, hitting .241 with four homers and 37 RBI.
  4. Taken by the Twins in the '89 Rule 5 draft, beginning a five-year run in Minnesota where he hit .309 and averaged 13 homers and 63 RBI.
  5. Younger brother Quinn Mack made it to the majors with the Mariners in '94 but his career consisted of only five games. 

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