Tuesday, November 6, 2007
posted by Grizzly Adam at 4:30 PM | Permalink
Chuck Knoblauch
Chuck Knoblauch, 1991 Leaf RC

Debut: 4/9/91
Final Game: 9/27/02

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Career Line: .289/.378/.406

Chuck Knoblauch was the 1991 Rookie of the Year, after being the 25th pick in the June 1989 amateur draft. From there he became a genuine Major League star. Through the mid-nineties he hit for average, got walked a lot, and stole bases. His best statistical year came in 1996 when he posted a .341/.448/.517 line. He finished in the top 10 at least twice in hits, runs, on base %, doubles, BB's, SB's, and triples throughout his career. He also played on 4 World Series winning teams ('91 Twins, 00-02 Yankees).

And then he hit Keith Olbermann's mom in the face with a baseball.

Sadly, Knoblauch's career is probably remembered more for his odd throwing woes, than his stellar job as a lead off hitter. But during the 90's he was one of the better second basemen in the league, and one of the hardest outs in baseball.