Guess That 1994 Baseball Player! #31

Didn’t see anyone stepping up with yesterday’s answer, Ken Hill. I don’t know if you were stumped or you’re just remaining silent, but I need a little more feedback here, fellas (and…ladies?).

Maybe you’ll show some more class participation with today’s quiz.

Position: Shortstop     Team: Atlanta Braves

Height: 6’1″             Weight: 180 lbs.

Bats: right               Throws: right

Will……………….hit to all fields

Can’t……………..avoid throwing errors

Expect…………..occasional long balls

Don’t Expect……low on-base percentage

After starting the 1993 season with his bat on fire, ______ became an All-Star for the first time. As his teammates warmed with the weather, however, ______ wilted, as both his offense and defense suffered. His throwing, a strength earlier in the season, became erratic. He made several errors in key situations. Handed the full-time shotstop job in 1992 after making major improvements in the field, ______ showed a much stronger bat than the better-fielding Rafael Belliard. ______ spent virtually all of last season as Atlanta’s No. 2 hitter, though he took too many called third strikes in critical situations. ______ usually has a good batting eye, walking as often as he strikes out. He also has enough power and speed to reach double figures in both departments; he once hit three home runs in a game. With the late-season arrival of heralded prospect Chipper Jones, ______’s future could be at another spot or with another team.

Wow, it’s hard to imagine a time when old man Chipper Jones was considered a “heralded prospect.” Luckily for this guy Jones staked his claim at third base rather than short, giving our guy a few extra years of longevity. You know he had to be pretty good to beat out Rafael Belliard.

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