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DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Willie Greene was a first-round draft pick out of Jones County, Ga., who was traded twice before becoming a full-time major-leaguer. Blessed with quick wrists that gave him surprising power for someone only 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, Greene hit double-digit homers in his final six seasons in the majors with four teams. In his nine-year career, he slashed .234/.326/.423 and hit 86 home runs.
- Greene had a game to remember on Sept. 24, 1996, against the Cubs. The Reds third baseman clubbed three homers, part of a 4-for-4 five-RBI performance. That came during a five-homer outburst in a three-game stretch.
- Playing in a career-high 151 games in '97, Greene established career highs in homers (26), RBI (91) and hits (125).
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Taken 18th overall in the '89 draft by the Pirates.
- Traded to the Expos in '90 in a deal that eventually sent #189 Moises Alou to Montreal.
- Part of a five-player deal in '91 with the Reds that featured #129 John Wetteland being sent to the Expos.
- Hit the ninth homer into the right-field upper deck of the Astrodome on July 4, 1997.
- Averaged 16 homers in his final six seasons.