Monday, March 3, 2014

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #109 PAT LISTACH


HELPED IGNITE THE BREWERS IN '92.



HIS GAME WAS ALL ABOUT SPEED.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • At least Pat Listach won a major award. That pretty much sums up his six-year major-league career. In '92, he established himself as a speedy leadoff man who helped keep the Brewers in the playoff hunt during a 92-win season. He was named AL Rookie of the Year after swiping 54 bases, hitting .290 and having a .352 on-base percentage. Afterward, he never stole more than 26 bases nor had an OBP north of .333 in any season. 

DEFINING MOMENT

  • In the heat of the '92 pennant race on Aug. 29, Listach led a barrage of Brewers who ran roughshod over the Blue Jays. He stole three bags with the Brewers getting a total of eight, all coming off the tandem of starter #115 David Cone and catcher Pat Borders. The Brewers won 7-2 and moved to within 3 1/2 games of the Blue Jays for the AL East lead. Toronto would go on to win the division by four games.

DEFINING SEASON

  • Certainly, it was '92, when he had 649 plate appearances, hit 19 doubles and six triples. He finished 18th in the AL MVP voting.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Taken by the Brewers in the fifth round of the '88 draft.
  2. Second in the league to #43 Kenny Lofton in steals in '92.
  3. But edged Lofton, who stole 66 bases and hit .285, for the AL Rookie of the Year.
  4. Listach remained with the Brewers for five years before signing with the Astros for a final season in '97.
  5. Will coach third base this season for the Astros.

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