Monday, December 8, 2014

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #163 TIM SALMON

ONE OF THE FINEST, BUT NO ALL-STAR.


AN ANGEL FOR LIFE.



DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Tim Salmon was the biggest fish in the pond known as The Big A for 14 seasons. For some reason, he never made a big splash nationally. He played for the three incarnations of the Angels: California, Anaheim and Los Angeles and made an impact on the only franchise he played for by averaging 21 homers a season. Yet, he was never selected to the AL All-Star team. He finished his career with a .282/.385/.498 slash line, 299 homers and 1,016 RBI.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • Salmon came to the plate in the bottom of the eighth in Game 2 of the 2002 World Series against the Giants on Oct. 20 with the score 9-9. Already with a homer and three hits, Salmon homered again, this time with two out and David Eckstein aboard off Felix Rodriguez, to provide the winning runs in an 11-10 victory that evened the series.

DEFINING SEASON

  • In '95, Salmon established himself as a franchise player by slugging 34 homers, driving in 105 runs and slashing .330/.429/.594. He scored 111 runs and won his first and only Silver Slugger Award.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. A third-round pick in '89, Salmon was Baseball America's '92 Minor League Player of the Year.
  2. He snagged another award in his first full major-league season the next year, being named AL Rookie of the Year after hitting 31 homers and driving in 95.
  3. Established a career-high in RBI in '97 with 129.
  4. Rebounding from his worst season in '01 (.227/17/49), Salmon enjoyed a nice comeback in the World Series season by batting .286 with 22 homers and 88 RBI.
  5. Salmon's 299 career homers are the most for a player never selected to the All-Star Game.

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