Went 3-for-9 (.333) with 1 double, 2 home runs, 3 RBI, 4 walks and a 1.650 OPS in 4 games, reaching base safely in 7 of 13 plate appearances... blasted a 2-run home run in the Wild Card Game vs. Rockies (off Tyler Anderson) and a solo shot in the NLDS Game 3 vs. Dodgers. (off Yu Darvish).
After batting just.200 (21-for-105) during the regular season, Descalso turned things around in the playoffs. The veteran third baseman was one of the few Dodger hitters who got going in the post-season, batting.455 (10-for-22) with 2 doubles, 2 homers, 6 RBI and a 1.095 OPS.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers that he planned to give Descalso more opportunities at third base to replace Manny Machado. With Machado sidelined for the rest of the season after breaking his hand while hitting a ball during pregame drills on October 3, Roberts has been giving Descalso some early starts at third base in place of an injured Machado. "We'll see how it goes," Roberts said. "He's done a nice job. He's made good contact. His approach is solid."
During Machado's absence, Descalso started at third base in Games 3 and 4 of the NLDS against the Rockies and hit both his shots over the left-field wall.
Iannetta appeared in 67 games that year, batting.218 with four home runs and 27 RBI. Iannetta served as a backup catcher for the Colorado Rockies, who advanced to the World Series for the first time in franchise history, but were defeated in a four-game sweep by the Boston Red Sox.
In five postseason games, Iannetta hit.500 (5-10) with one home run and three RBI. He caught two of Colorado's three games in the World Series.
Iannetta was named to his first All-Star Game in 2006. He finished the season with 41 homers and 102 RBI, finishing second in MVP voting to Toronto's Jose Reyes. The Rockies won their first division title since 1972 when Iannetta hit.292 with 39 HRs and 102 RBI. They lost in six games to San Diego in the National League Wild Card Game.
Iannetta struggled mightily in 2007 at the plate, hitting only.237 with 22 HRs and 77 RBI. He missed much of the season due to thumb surgery, which he had performed on himself during the off-season. The injury forced him to use a weighted bat during spring training, and many thought it would be too difficult for him to return from such an operation. However, Iannetta returned in time to catch most of the season's final month. He ended up with only 33 HRs and 92 RBI.
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|Colorado Rockies (2004–2008) Oakland Athletics (2009) St. Louis Cardinals (2009–2016) New York Yankees (2017) Colorado Rockies (2018)|
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When he hit a two-run double in the 11th inning of Game 6 of the 1992 World Series, Winfield put his previous playoff problems behind him. The huge hit gave Toronto the series-winning runs and handed Winfield his first Fall Classic triumph.
Winfield's double came with one out and two men on base in what would be his final at-bat of the season. He had been 0 for 4 before this moment, but now he was just 1 for 5. Still, nobody expected him to do anything with the bases loaded.
However, when Mike Pagliarulo threw a 3-0 pitch up and in, it looked like it might catch too much grass as both runners were safe. But then Winfield turned on the speed demon that is his trademark swing and drove the ball deep into right field for two important runs. The Blue Jays would go on to win, 3-2, and take home their first World Series title in 15 years.
After the game, an elated Winfield said: "I've been trying to do something like that all year long, but I couldn't get it done. I'm just so happy we won."
He finished the season with a.273 average, four homers, and 21 RBIs in 42 games.
Fernandez delivered a two-run single in the top of the third inning of Night 7 of the World Series against the Florida Marlins for the Indians' only runs of the game, and was in position to be credited with the series-winning hit for Cleveland had they won the game. However, the Marlins scored four times off Josh Tomlin during that inning as Miami took a 4-3 lead back into the bottom of the frame.
Fernandez played first base and left field for the Indians in 2007. The left-handed hitting Fernandez has a career.273 average over seven seasons in the major leagues, with 26 home runs and 95 RBIs. He spent part of 2011 on injured reserve after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from his left hand.
Fernandez was born on January 3, 1978 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He debuted with the Indians on April 17, 2007 and ended the season with 31 games played and a.272 average with one home run and nine RBIs. In 2008, he appeared in 80 games and had a.276 average with 22 homers and 69 RBIs. In 2009, he started slowly but finished strong with a.443 average in the last half of the season with six homers and 23 RBIs in 41 games.
He returned in 2010 and had another solid year with a.292 average, 28 homers and 97 RBIs in 152 games played.
He is the all-time leader in MLB history for home runs (485), RBIs (1,569), and hits among designated hitters (2,192). Ortiz, regarded as one of the greatest clutch hitters of all time, blasted 11 walk-off home runs during the regular season and two in the postseason. He also won the American League MVP Award in 2016 after hitting.449 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in his final season.
Ortiz's career was cut short when he was shot and killed at the age of 36 in an incident that remains unsolved.
Before becoming a baseball player, Ortiz attended college at Boston University where he played baseball for the Terriers from 1996 to 1999. During that time, he became the first player in major league history to hit 40 home runs while batting under.300. The San Diego Padres selected him with the first pick in the 2000 MLB Draft. He immediately broke out by hitting 42 homers and driving in 100 runs in his rookie season. From 2001 to 2009, he never once had a season with fewer than 30 homers or 100 RBIs.
In 2010, an ankle injury forced him to miss most of the season and he struggled to return to form afterward. In 2011, he returned to action but failed to meet expectations, particularly with a low batting average. In 2012, his last full season, Ortiz finished with 357 hits, 99 RBIs, and a.292 batting average.
|New York Mets (1997) Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1999-2000) Oakland Athletics (2001-2002) Toronto Blue Jays (2003) Cincinnati Reds (2004) Philadelphia Phillies (2004-2006) New York Yankees (2006)|
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