Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Team 2000- Baseball 7-12

 7 Pat Kelly -- Playing second base for the New York Yankees from 1991-1997. With average stats until 1994. Kelly's playing time and hitting took a considerable drop. Leaving the Yankees for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998 then to the Blue Jays for just under half a season. Kelly retired in 2000 unable to find another team after his release from the Cardinals.

8 Ivan Rodriguez -- A catcher who was given the  nickname 'Pudge'. Ivan began his MLB career in 1991 and played 21 seasons until retiring in April of 2012. The all-time leader in games behind the plate for a career. Pudge also holds the all-time career caught stealing record by throwing out 45.68% of attempted base thieves. A 14 time all-star, 13 time Gold Glove winner, and 7 time Silver Slugger. Winning only one World Series Championship in 2003 while with the Florida Marlins. Playing in only one other series with the Tigers in 2006. Listing all of Pudge's accomplishments and rankings in history would take hours.

9 Dave Justice -- Playing from 1989 until 2002 with the Braves, Indians, Yankees, and Athletics. During what would be his rookie season in 1990. Justice made an instant impact and won the NL Rookie Of The Year. With Justice in the outfield the Braves were one of the toughest teams in all baseball going to three World Series. Winning only one series out of the three with it being the final one in 1995. After an injury in 1996 Justice was traded to the Indians at the start of 1997. Looking for a power hitter the Yankees traded for Justice in 2000 allowing him to win his second World Series that same season. In 2001 a groin injury slowed Justice down and he was traded to the A's at seasons end. Playing only one year with the A's before his retirement. In 2007 the Braves inducted Justice into the Braves Hall-Of-Fame.

10 Jeff Bagwell -- Playing his entire 15 year career from 1991 until 2005 for the Houston Astros. Originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox, and traded to the Astros for a relief pitcher. The trade has been considered by many to be one of the worst trades in history. If not for the trade though Bagwell might have never made the MLB as Boston had both of Bagwell's positions blocked by established veterans. Once picked up by the Astros, Bagwell was converted from third to first base. While with the team Bagwell set many career and season records for the Astros.

11 Marquis Grissom -- Drafted in 1988 by the Montreal Expos. Grissom quickly made his way to the MLB and debuted late in 1989. While with the team Grissom became a star as the teams center fielder, and leadoff hitter. Due to financial reasons in 1995 Grissom was traded to the Braves. Another trade for the same reason to the Indians followed in 1997. At seasons end Grissom resigned with the Indians, but was traded to the Brewers where he struggled before a trade to the Dodgers. Playing two years with the Dodgers Grissom left as a free agent to sign with the Giants. With his numbers dipping the Giants released Grissom who signed with the Cubs to a minor league contrcat. Unable to make the team Grissom retired.

12 Andy Benes -- A pitcher who played from 1989 until 2002. Benes played for the Padres, Mariners, Cardinals, and Diamondbacks. While with the Diamondbacks Benes earned the honor of throwing the franchises first pitch. The teams Benes played on only made the playoffs four times with him getting very limited chances. Playing in 10 games as a middle reliever most of those. His ERA ballooned to 5.47 with a 1-1 record. For his career Benes was 155-139 with a 3.97 ERA.

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