Next up in our "Random Retro Baseball Player" series, we look at the goggled Chris Sabo...
Years Played: 1988-1996.
Teams Played For: Cincinnati Reds(88-93, 96), Baltimore Orioles(94), Chicago White Sox(95), St. Louis Cardinals(95).
Positions: Third Base(831 Games), Right Field(13 Games), Left Field(9 Games), First Base(3 Games), Shortstop(2 Games).
Career Line: .268 AVG, 494 R, 898 H, 116 HR, 426 RBI, 120 SB, .326 OBP, .445 SLG, .771 OPS.
Best Season: 1991- .301 AVG, 175 H, 26 HR, 88 RBI, 19 SB, .354 OBP, .505 SLG, .859. OPS.
Awards/Leaderboard: 3-Time NL All-Star(88, 90, 91).
1988 NL Rookie Of The Year.
In 1991, Top 10 In NL In Batting Average(9th-.301), Hits(3rd-175), Runs(10th-91), Doubles(5th-35), Home Runs(10th-26), Total Bases(4th-294), Extra Base Hits(5th-64), Slugging %(6th-.505), And OPS(9th-.859).
Fun Facts: Sabo wore prescription goggles which is what he's most remembered for now. He was even sponsored by LensCrafters(click to see a hilarious ad example, best part is he's holding the bat left-handed).
Sabo was busted for having a corked bat in his last season, 1996, and was given a 7-game suspension.
He was a key contributor on the Reds' 1990 World Series championship team. He led the team in home runs with 25, but particularly came through big when it mattered most in the World Series against the Oakland Athletics. He went 9 for 16 with 2 homers and 5 RBI, reaching base 11 times in four games as the Reds swept the A's. If not for starting pitcher Jose Rijo's dominance, it's very possible Sabo would have been the World Series MVP.
Sabo was then on the cover of the Sports Illustrated issue following the series.
Pete Rose was Sabo's manager in 1988 and 1989. He gave Sabo the nickname "Spuds" due to Sabo's resemblance to the popular Bud Light marketing dog at the time, "Spuds MacKenzie".