|A CORNERSTONE OF THE '88-'90 A's.|
|A MANAGER IN TRAINING?|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Terry Steinbach averaged 17 homers and 77 RBI while expertly handling those deep Athletics' pitching staffs in the late 1980s and early '90s. The three-time All-Star saved his best offensive season for his walk year in '96 and returned to his home state of Minnesota as a free agent for the final three seasons of a 14-year career.
- Despite hitting only .219 with five homers at the '88 All-Star break, Steinbach was voted to start his first All-Star Game on July 12. He rewarded his fans' faith by homering in his first at-bat and adding a sacrifice fly for all the AL's runs in a 2-1 victory. He was named MVP.
- In '96, Steinbach set career-highs in homers with 35 and RBI with 100 and hit .272.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Steinbach is the only player to homer in his first at-bat in the majors and All-Star Game.
- Caught two no-hitters: Dave Stewart's in '90 and Eric Milton's in '99.
- In 25 postseason games, Steinbach hit .281 with two homers and 14 RBI.
- Of his 35 homers hit in '96, 34 came as catcher, an AL record.
- Just finished his first season as bench coach for the Twins.