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