Thursday, October 2, 2014

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #148 WILLIE GREENE

HAD SURPRISING POP.


A LATE-BLOOMER.


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.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • 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.

DEFINING SEASON

  • Playing in a career-high 151 games in '97, Greene established career highs in homers (26), RBI (91) and hits (125). 

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Taken 18th overall in the '89 draft by the Pirates.
  2. Traded to the Expos in '90 in a deal that eventually sent #189 Moises Alou to Montreal.
  3. Part of a five-player deal in '91 with the Reds that featured #129 John Wetteland being sent to the Expos.
  4. Hit the ninth homer into the right-field upper deck of the Astrodome on July 4, 1997.
  5. Averaged 16 homers in his final six seasons.

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