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.