Thursday, October 3, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #67 TERRY STEINBACH


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.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • 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.

DEFINING SEASON

  • In '96, Steinbach set career-highs in homers with 35 and RBI with 100 and hit .272.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Steinbach is the only player to homer in his first at-bat in the majors and All-Star Game.
  2. Caught two no-hitters: Dave Stewart's in '90 and Eric Milton's in '99.
  3. In 25 postseason games, Steinbach hit .281 with two homers and 14 RBI.
  4. Of his 35 homers hit in '96, 34 came as catcher, an AL record.
  5. Just finished his first season as bench coach for the Twins.

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