Guess That 1994 Baseball Player! #11

Wow, Denny Neagle? That’s a blast from the past. It’ll be tough to top that one, but we have to try. Take a stab at this one…

Position: Third Base     Team: Houston Astros

Height: 6′      Weight: 200 lbs.

Bats: both      Throws: right

Will……………….hit best in clutch

Can’t……………..reach .300 average

Expect…………..flashy defensive play

Don’t Expect…….more than 15 homers

Physical problems plagued ______ last season. The most serious occurred on July 16, when he strained his rotator cuff while diving for a ball that hit him in the left cheekbone…When he’s healthy, ______ is one of the game’s premier fielders at his position. The former San Jose State All-American owns a powerful throwing arm and covers considerable ground. He has good hands and quick reactions…______ does not generate the ideal power associated with the position, but he hits 12 or so homers a year, pretty good numbers considering he plays half of his games in the Astrodome…A switch-hitter who’s equally effective against lefties and righties, ______ does his best work at bat in late-inning pressure situations.

They might have been a little off on that whole “don’t expect more than 15 homers” thing. This guy went on to hit more than 25 dingers four times in his career, including a whopping 40 in 1996. Of course once you figure out who it is, you’ll understand why the total shot up so quickly.

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