|BROKE OUT IN '93 WITH 29 HRs, 101 RBI.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Before David Ortiz, Mo Vaughn served as the portly middle-of-the-order thunder for the Red Sox. Vaughn played eight seasons for the Sox, and while the union ended poorly with sniping between him, the front office and media, he was a three-time All-Star and AL MVP in Boston. He signed what was then a record free-agent contract in 1999 with the Angels, for whom he had his final two 30-plus homer seasons. In his 12-year career, Vaughn hit 328 homers with 1,064 RBI and slashed .293/.383/.523.
- After going 0-for-14 with seven strikeouts in the three-game '95 ALDS flame-out against the Indians, Vaughn earned some payback on Sept. 29, 1998, against those same Indians. In the first inning of Game 1 of the ALDS, he cracked a three-run homer and the Red Sox rolled 11-3. Vaughn slugged a two-run homer in the sixth and finished 3-for-5 with seven RBI.
- Vaughn won the '95 AL MVP by co-leading the league in RBI with 126, hitting 39 homers and slashing .300/.388/.575. But was he more deserving than #16 Albert Belle, who hit 50 homers, 52 doubles, drove in 126 and slashed .317/.401/.690?
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Played at Seton Hall with #119 Craig Biggio and future Red Sox John Valentin.
- After the Red Sox were eliminated in four games of the '98 ALDS, Vaughn signed with the Angels for $80 million over six years.
- Stayed in Anaheim for three years, missing the entire '01 season with a ruptured tendon in his left arm, before being traded to the Mets for #78 Kevin Appier in December '01.
- Played only two seasons with the Mets before retiring because of chronic knee pain.
- Listed in the Mitchell Report for buying HGH in '01 to recover from the arm injury.