Next up in our "Random Retro Baseball Player" series is Greg Gagne...
Years Played: 1983-1997.
Teams Played For: Minnesota Twins(83-97), Kansas City Royals(93-95), Los Angeles Dodgers(96-97).
Positions: Shortstop(1765 games), Center Field(7 games), Second Base(6 games), Right Field(1 game), Third Base(1 game).
Career Line: .254 AVG, 712 R, 1440 H, 111 HR, 604 RBI, 108 SB, .302 OBP, .382 SLG, .684 OPS, 83 OPS+.
Best Season: 1993- 581 PA, .280 AVG, 66 R, 151 H, 10 HR, 57 RBI, 16 SB, 33 BB, 93 K, .319 OBP, .406 SLG, .724 OPS, 89 OPS+, 3.4 WAR.
Awards/Leaderboard: 22nd In 1993 AL MVP Voting.
1st In AL Shortstop Fielding Percentage In 1993(.986).
1st In NL Caught Stealing In 1994(17).
1st In AL Shortstop Errors Committed In 1986(26) and 1995(18).
2nd In AL Errors Committed In 1986(26).
Fun Facts: Greg Gagne incredibly hit two inside-the-park homers in one game on October of 1986 against the Chicago White Sox in the Metrodome, tying a modern-era MLB record. He's also one of only 18 players in MLB history to do this, and only the second player since 1930 to do so.
He was a member of each of the Minnesota Twins' World Series-winning teams(1987, 1991). In the 1991 World Series, he hit a game-winning 3-run homer in game one against the Atlanta Braves.
On February 8 of this year, Gagne was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame.
He is currently the head baseball coach at Bishop Feehan High School in Massachusetts.
My Take: I asked for recommendations on Twitter for our Random Retro series, and within seconds received suggestions from two people, each saying "Greg Gagne". It was quite astounding to me, and even more so after looking over his not exactly impressive statistics.
What makes Gagne so memorable? Well, I can't really say, but you'd have to lean towards the fact that he was the starting shortstop for two Minnesota Twins championship teams. He also just seems to fit the "Random Retro" mold for whatever reason, which again, I can't really identify myself.
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