Hats off to all of you who guessed Ray Lankford, the answer to last week’s quiz. He’s the type of guy I was thinking about when I started doing these. When he was playing in the mid-90s he was considered an elite player, someone who would never be forgotten. Now people are getting him confused with Bernard Gilkey and Brian Jordan…
Anyway, see if you can guess today’s mid-90s stud…
Position: Outfield Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Height: 6’2″ Weight: 220 lbs.
Bats: left Throws: left
Will……………….get playing time
Don’t Expect……awesome defense
______ learned how to conquer controversy. He was named in spring training by Pirates manager Jim Leyland as the successor to Barry Bonds in left field. Then, when Andy Van Slyke was injured during the season, ______ switched to center field to take over there. A big boy, ______ was able to pick up some of the slack at the plate. He led the Pirates in homers, and he had a slugging percentage over the .475 mark. He also has some speed, though he needs to work on his baserunning…He was in the Atlanta organization from 1985 until 1991. While he showed promise, he never wowed anyone, and several outfield prospects in the organization passed him. When he signed with the Pirates as a six-year free agent, his baseball career took off.
This might be tough for those of you that didn’t play baseball video games and start a season with the Pirates in 1994 or 1995, but isn’t that what these are all about?