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Encyclopedia > Eric Karros
Eric Karros
Retired — No. 23
First Baseman
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Major League Baseball debut
September 1, 1991 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Selected MLB statistics
(through 2004)
AVG     .268
OBP     .325
HR     284
Teams
Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics

Eric Peter Karros (born November 4, 1967 in Hackensack, New Jersey) is a former American baseball player who played in Major League Baseball from 1991-2004. Karros played his first MLB game on September 1, 1991. The only field position that Eric played was first base. Karros played 1,698 of his 1,711 games at first base. For the other 13 games of his career, Eric acted as the designated hitter for his team. Karros played the majority of his years (1991-2002) for the Los Angeles Dodgers. While playing with the Dodgers, Karros would be named the 1992 National League Rookie of the Year. Karros would put up consistently solid years throughout his career with the Dodgers, with a normal batting average between .270-.300. In addition, Karros would normally hit around 25-35 home runs a year. Eric would enjoy his finest year with the Dodgers in 1999 when he finished with a batting average of .304 with 34 home runs and 112 runs batted in. However, it seemed for most of his years in Los Angeles, Karros was constantly involved in the trade rumors that swirled around the Dodgers. Finally, on December 2, 2002, he was traded with shortstop Mark Grudzielanek to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for catcher Todd Hundley and outfielder Chad Hermansen. Karros would only play the 2003 season with the Cubs as he was granted free agency from the team after the season. Eric would sign with the Oakland Athletics before the 2004 season, however, he would be released from the team on August 3, 2004. Karros’ final MLB game was played on July 21, 2004. He is generally considered as one of the better players to not have appeared in an all-star game. The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,2,4,19,20,24,32,39,42,53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912), (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) (Also referred to as Trolley Dodgers 1911-1931) Brooklyn... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9,27,34,43 Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968–present) a. ... November 4 is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 57 days remaining. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Hackensack is a city in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States and the county seat of Bergen CountyGR6. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... A designated hitter (often shortened to DH), is an official position adopted by Major League Baseballs American League in 1973 that allowed teams to boost sagging offensive performances by designating a player to bat in place of the pitcher. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,2,4,19,20,24,32,39,42,53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912), (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) (Also referred to as Trolley Dodgers 1911-1931) Brooklyn... The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada. ... The Rookie of the Year award is given by a number of North American sports leagues to the top first-time professional athlete of the season. ... Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... December 2 is the 336th day (337th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The position of the shortstop A shortstop moves to his left, toward the center of the field, to play a ground ball Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... Mark James Grudzielanek [Gress-uh-Lawn-ick] (born June 30, 1970 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a second baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... Todd starred in the late 90s for the New York Mets. ... An outfielder moves in to catch a fly ball Outfielder is a collective term including left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder, the three positions in baseball farthest from the batter. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9,27,34,43 Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968–present) a. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 3 is the 215th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (216th in leap years), with 150 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 21 is the 202nd day (203rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 163 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Highlights

  • 1992 National League Rookie of the Year
  • 1995 National League Silver Slugger Award at First Base
  • Finished 5th in voting for 1995 National League MVP
  • Finished 16th in voting for 1996 National League MVP
  • Ranks 90th on MLB All-Time Sacrifice Flies List (76)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers Career Sacrifice Flies Leader (74)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers Career Home Run Leader (270)

Post-career

Karros now works as a color commentator for baseball on ESPN as well as KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, where he does the pre-game show for the Dodgers games. He had also worked for Fox Sports in 2004 doing the pregame shows for the Major League Baseball playoffs. A color (or colour) commentator, sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... ESPN (formerly an acronym for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... KCAL-TV (Channel 9) is an independent station in Los Angeles, California. ... For Fox Sports in Australia see Fox Sports (Australia). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Karros attended UCLA and has a degree in economics.


See also

In the sport of baseball, a home run is the act of hitting the ball in such a manner, whether out of the park or in (see inside the park home run), that allows the batter to safely reach home and score in one play. ...

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Preceded by:
Jeff Bagwell
National League Rookie of the Year
1992
Succeeded by:
Mike Piazza

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Eric is the Dodgers all-time home run leader and currently has 264 home runs and is the only player in franchise history to hit 2 home runs in one inning.
Eric finished the 2001 season with 22 doubles (his 10th straight season with at least 20 doubles), 15 home runs and had 63 RBI in 121 games.
Eric knocked in 100+ runs for the 5th time in his career, joining Garvey, Duke Snider and Gil Hodges as the only players in franchise history to accomplish that feat.
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