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Encyclopedia > Robin Ventura
Robin Ventura
Third base
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 12, 1989 for the Chicago White Sox
Final game
Late, 2004 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Career statistics
Batting average     .267
Home runs     294
RBI     1182
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Robin Mark Ventura (born July 14, 1967 in Santa Maria, California) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Chicago White Sox. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. An outstanding performer on both offense and defense, he became only the fifth third baseman – joining Ken Boyer, Ron Santo, Brooks Robinson and Mike Schmidt – to hit at least 250 home runs and win at least five Gold Glove Awards. He ranks 14th in major league history with 1887 games at third base, and his six career Gold Gloves place him behind only Robinson (16) and Schmidt (10) at his position. Baseball statistician and historian Bill James, in the 2001 revision of his Historical Baseball Abstract, chose Ventura as the greatest third baseman of the 1990s. The position of the third baseman Third base redirects here. ... September 12 is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years). ... 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... 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Ventura was selected by the White Sox in the 1988 amateur draft and made his debut the following year. After spending ten seasons with the Sox (1989-1998), he played for the New York Mets (1999-2001) and New York Yankees (2002-03) before joining the Los Angeles Dodgers late in the 2003 season. A patient hitter with a smooth stroke, Ventura was capable of reaching the fences from left-center to the right-field line. Despite a declining batting average late in his career, he continued to contribute with solid glovework, lefthanded power and plenty of walks. As a fielder, Ventura was among the premier players at his position, leading the American League four times each in double plays and total chances, three times in putouts and twice in assists; he also led the National League in assists, total chances and fielding percentage once each. Few were better at charging and fielding bunts bare-handed. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) The Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1969 â€¢ 1986 NL Pennants (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as Americans... 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... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In baseball statistics, a base on balls (BB), also called a walk, is credited to a batter and against a pitcher when a batter receives four pitches that the umpire calls balls. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... After stepping on second base, the fielder throws to first to complete a double play In baseball, a double play (denoted on statistics sheets by DP) is the act of making two outs during the same continuous playing action. ... In baseball statistics, total chances (denoted by TC) represents the number of plays that a defensive player participated in. ... In baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO or fly-ball when appropriate) is given to a defensive player who records an out by one of the following methods: tagging a runner with the ball touching a base that a runner on a force play is trying to reach catching... In baseball, an assist (denoted by A) is a defensive statistic, baseball being the rare sport in which the defensive team controls the ball. ... 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 and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... In baseball statistics, fielding percentage, also known as fielding average, is a measure that reflects the percentage of times a defensive player handles a batted ball properly. ... Ichiro Suzuki lays down a bunt. ...


At the conclusion of the 2004 National League Division Series, with the Dodgers eliminated from contention, Ventura announced his retirement from baseball. He finished his 16-year career with a .267 batting average, 294 home runs and 1182 RBI in 2079 games. Ventura also wore knee high socks much of his career, and many will remember him as the opposing player Nolan Ryan put in a head lock. The 2004 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2004 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 5, and ended on Monday, October 11, with the champions of the three NL divisions – along with a wild card team – participating in two best-of-five series. ... 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. ...

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Early years

After attending Righetti High School in Santa Maria, California, Ventura’s rise to fame began as a 3-time All-American at Oklahoma State University. After leading the nation in runs (107), RBI (96) and total bases (204) in 69 games as a freshman in 1986, he had an NCAA-record 58-game hitting streak (since surpassed) in 1987, shattering the previous record of 47; he also led Division I in RBIs for the second year in a row. His hitting prowess helped OSU reach the finals of the College World Series that year, although they lost the championship game to a Stanford team that included future teammate Jack McDowell; Ventura didn't go quietly, collecting four hits – including a pair of doubles – in the final game and batting .364 for the Series. In 1988 he earned a spot on the gold medal-winning Olympic baseball team, batting .409 during the tournament, and won both the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy for outstanding collegiate play, concluding his 3-year OSU career with a .428 batting average, a .792 slugging percentage, and 302 RBIs. On July 4, 2006, Ventura was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame as a member of its inaugural class. Santa Maria is the largest city in Santa Barbara County, California. ... Oklahoma State University Logo The Oklahoma State University System comprises of five educational instututes across Oklahoma. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The College World Series is the tournament which determines the NCAA Division I collegiate baseball champion. ... The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles northwest of San José in an unincorporated area of Santa Clara County. ... Jack Burns McDowell (born January 16, 1966 in Van Nuys, California) is a former Major League Baseball player. ... The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, were held in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. ... The Golden Spikes Award is awarded annually to the best amateur player. ... The Dick Howser Trophy is presented annually to the national College baseball player of the year, presented by the National College Baseball Writers Association. ... In baseball statistics, slugging average (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ...


After being picked tenth in the 1988 draft by the White Sox, he spent much of 1989 at AA Birmingham before joining the Sox that September. While in Birmingham, he earned a spot in the Southern League All-Star Game and was voted the league's top defensive third baseman. He was named to the Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team, earned the starting third base role with the White Sox the next spring and essentially never looked back. While his 1990 rookie year was marred by an 0-for-41 slump and 25 errors, Ventura proved to be a quick learner. Despite the slump, his 123 hits were the most by a Sox rookie since Ozzie Guillén in 1985; he also led AL rookies with 150 games played. The next year he won his first Gold Glove Award for fielding excellence, set a team record for RBIs at third base, and led the AL in putouts. 1992 brought another Gold Glove, a spot on the All-Star team – collecting an RBI double and a single on his 25th birthday – and several league-leading marks in both offensive and defensive categories. It is notable that as a major league player, Ventura was turning initial expectations on their head, as he had been projected to be a consistent .300 hitter, but with only limited power and modest defensive ability. 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The Birmingham Barons are a minor league baseball team based in Birmingham, Alabama. ... The Southern League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the Southern United States. ... // This year in baseball Events January 9 - Jim Palmer, a three-time American League Cy Young Award winner, and Joe Morgan, a two-time National League MVP, are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first years of eligibility. ... Oswaldo José Guillén Barrios (born January 20, 1964 in Ocumare del Tuy, Miranda State, Venezuela), well known as Ozzie Guillén , is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball and the current manager of the 2005 World Series champion Chicago White Sox. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... // This year in baseball Events January 7 - Pitchers Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager (the managers from the previous years...


1993 saw his batting average drop 20 points to .262, though both his slugging and on-base percentages rose slightly. Ventura also collected his 500th hit that May and won his third straight Gold Glove, while becoming the first AL third baseman with three consecutive 90-RBI campaigns since Graig Nettles (1975-78). However, the enduring image many people recall from 1993 is his skirmish with Nolan Ryan, the hardthrowing Texas Rangers legend who plunked him in the ribs during a summer game. When Ventura charged the mound in protest, Ryan seized him in a headlock and began punching him. The result: a two-game suspension and criticism from commentators who sided against the normally calm infielder. Even the Sox' appearance in the ALCS that year, Ventura's only playoff trip while in Chicago, could not diminish the memory of the incident. // This year in baseball Events January - Reggie Jackson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving 94% of the vote. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... Graig Nettles (born August 20, 1944 in San Diego, California) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and left-handed batter who played for the Minnesota Twins (1967-69), Cleveland Indians (1970-72), New York Yankees (1973-83), San Diego Padres (1984-86), Atlanta Braves (1987) and Montreal Expos... Nolan Ryan pitching in Atlanta on June 28, 1983 Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26,34,42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Ballpark Ameriquest Field in Arlington (1994–present) a. ... The 1993 American League Championship Series was played between the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox from October 5 to October 12, 1993. ...


1994 was another fine season for Ventura, only minus the Gold Glove. The strike that year not only prevented him from reaching 90 RBI for the only time between 1991 and 1996, but also wiped out the division-leading Sox’ chance of making the postseason; when play resumed in 1995 it seemed rust had set in: Ventura had ten errors in the first ten games. He spent some time at first base that year amid trade rumors, but ended the year with a career-high .295 average, and on September 4 hit two grand slams in one game, the eighth player in history to do so and the first since Frank Robinson in 1970. The next season he won his fourth Gold Glove, reached new highs in fielding percentage, homers and RBIs, and set team records in career homers by a third baseman (142) and grand slams (9). The following are the events of the year 1994 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ... The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... In baseball, a grand slam is a home run hit with all the bases occupied, thereby scoring 4 runs, which is the most possible on a single play. ... Frank Robinson (born August 31, 1935 in Beaumont, Texas), is a Hall of Fame former Major League Baseball player. ... In baseball statistics, fielding percentage, also known as fielding average, is a measure that reflects the percentage of times a defensive player handles a batted ball properly. ...


When spring training began in 1997 the White Sox were picked by many to win their division, thanks in part to Ventura. However, on the night of March 21 in an exhibition game, he slid into home plate and caught his foot in the mud, suffering a seriously broken and dislocated right ankle. The initial prognosis was that he would be lost for the season; the news dashed the Sox’ hope of contending. Amazingly, with help from team trainer Herm Schneider, and much pure grit and determination, Ventura returned on July 24, more than a week ahead of the most optimistic predictions. He collected the game-winning hit that night, and homered in his first at-bat the next evening. Had team owner Jerry Reinsdorf not traded three of the Sox' pitchers a week later, they may well have reached the playoffs, but no one will ever know if the object lesson Ventura’s triumphant return provided had any effect, thanks to the “White Flag Trade”. The trade winds almost blew him out of town, too: after speaking out against the pitchers' leaving, he was placed on Reinsdorf's “hit list”. Only his recent injury and some swift work by general manager Ron Schueler kept him in Chicago. The following are the events of the year 1997 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... July 24 is the 205th day (206th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 160 days remaining. ... Jerry Reinsdorf (born February 25, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York) is the owner of Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls. ...


1998, Ventura's final season with the Sox, was mixed: he won his fifth Gold Glove, but only hit .263. His homer and RBI totals weren’t far off his career averages, but the Sox attempted repeatedly to trade him and declined to renew his contract, with Reinsdorf claiming that he was “deteriorating”. Despite setting career highs in games played and triples, not to mention leading the league in chances yet again, Ventura finally departed on December 2 when the New York Mets signed him to a four-year deal. This year in baseball 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Don Sutton, a 324-game winner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his fifth try. ...


Move to New York

Most of the Mets' previous 114 third basemen were too old, too young, too inept or just too dull to merit attention, so even an average season by Ventura would have been outstanding, but he had his best year ever, hitting .301 with 120 RBIs and only nine errors; he also hit 32 homers. On May 20 he became the first player ever to hit a grand slam in each game of a doubleheader. He and fellow infielders Edgardo Alfonzo, Rey Ordóñez and John Olerud were featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the “Best Infield Ever”; Mets fans took to chanting “MVP! MVP!” when he batted. Unfortunately, he injured his left knee some time in August; when the problem finally came to light, just before the postseason, it had worsened to torn cartilage. He would take the phrase "Mojo Risin" from The Doors' "L.A. Woman" and make it the rally cry for the Mets that year. May 20 is the 140th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (141st in leap years). ... Edgardo Antonio Alfonzo (born November 8, 1973 in Miranda State, Venezuela) is an Major League Baseball infielder in the New York Mets organization. ... Reynaldo Ordóñez Pereira (born November 11, 1971 in Havana, Cuba) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop who played for the New York Mets, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Chicago Cubs. ... John Garrett Olerud (born August 5, 1968 in Seattle, Washington) is a retired American first baseman in Major League Baseball who, last played in 2005 for the Boston Red Sox. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... For other people named James or Jim Morrison, see James Morrison James Douglas Jim Morrison, (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was a singer, songwriter, writer, and poet. ... The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles by keyboardist Ray Manzarek, vocalist Jim Morrison, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger. ... L.A. Woman was the last Doors album released before Jim Morrisons death. ...


Normally players with such a serious injury would be a detriment, but not Ventura. Not only did he provide a game-winning, bases-loaded, two-out single in the eleventh inning against the Pirates on the final weekend of the regular season to propel the Mets back into the Wild Card chase, but every Mets fan remembers October 17, 1999, Game 5 of the NLCS. The series-leading Atlanta Braves were up 3-2 in the fifteenth; it was cold and raining. A bases-loaded walk to Todd Pratt forced in the tying run and brought Ventura to the plate; the active grand slam leader first worked the count to his favor then smacked a home run into right-center field. Pratt, however, didn’t see the ball leave the park and ran back to first base, hoisting Ventura into the air and lugging him off the field before he could round the bases. The hit was officially scored an RBI single…a “Grand Single” (sometimes referred to as the "Grand Slam Single"). The Mets lost the next game, but the message was clear: even when hurt, Ventura still could come through. He won his first NL Gold Glove that fall, bringing his total to six. October 17 is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... The 1999 National League Championship Series, to determine the champion of Major League Baseballs National League, was played between the East Division Champion Atlanta Braves and the Wild Card New York Mets. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,21,35,41,42,44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Todd Alan Pratt (b. ... A term used to describe the ending of Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. ...


2000 was spotty for the good-natured third baseman, still recovering from off-season surgery on both his knee and right shoulder, which had been hurt during the playoffs. He only hit .232, but had 24 homers and 84 RBIs. He spent part of July on the disabled list with inflammation in his repaired shoulder, and was plagued with errors; but rebounded to hit .320 with three homers and 13 RBIs in the last two weeks of the season. When the Mets reached the World Series, he assisted in their only win by homering off the Yankees' Orlando Hernández. The next year was even spottier: .237, 21 homers, only 61 RBIs and insinuations that he was out of shape and too old to rebound. Still, Ventura did provide some dazzling moments, including a two-homer performance against Atlanta on Opening Day, his fifteenth grand slam, and a classic late hot streak (.288, 11 RBIs and three homers). The Mets' front office, though, was under fire over the team’s third-place finish and Ventura took the fall: on December 7, 2001, they traded him to the Yankees. This year in baseball: 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 6 - Major League Baseball officials order Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker is to undergo psychological testing following derogatory remarks he made in an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Orlando Hernández Pedroso (born October 11, 1969 in Villa Clara, Cuba), nicknamed El Duque, is a Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher. ... December 7 is the 341st day (342nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ...


Under the watchful eye of manager Joe Torre, Ventura experienced a renaissance in 2002. A slight slump kept his average at .247, but his homers and RBIs totaled a respectable 27 (including another grand slam) and 93, the eighth time he topped 90 RBI. He played excellent defense at third, showing little signs of having slowed, and was selected to the All-Star team. The Yankees lost the Division Series that October, but in those four games he hit .286 with four RBIs. The next season began badly: he was platooned with Todd Zeile, another former Met, at third, though Torre claimed such an arrangement didn't really exist. Unable to get into a hitting groove, Ventura struggled through the first few months of the year; by late July he was in a rut with only nine homers and 42 RBIs to his credit. Image:Joetorre. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... In Major League Baseball, the American League Division Series (ALDS) determines which two teams from the American League will advance to the American League Championship Series. ... Todd Edward Zeile (born September 9, 1965 in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California) is a former third baseman and first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1989 to 2004. ...


Close of career

With the Yankees struggling to stay in first place, owner George Steinbrenner began looking for a scapegoat - and, as the Mets had eighteen months before, he found a handy target in the classy infielder. On July 31, 2003, Ventura was sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Bubba Crosby and Scott Proctor. LA's manager, Jim Tracy, wanted little part of the new acquisition: he was a lefty hitter on a team already heavy with left-handed bats; they already had a third baseman, the underachieving Adrian Beltre; and Ventura's average was unimpressive, only .251 at the time. Despite hitting an inside-the-park home run on August 3 and providing not only smooth defense at first base (where he was shunted to) but also key RBIs and a professional air to the Dodgers' clubhouse, by mid-September Ventura was unwittingly caught in a power struggle. Tracy had been feuding with the team's GM, ex-Sox man Dan Evans, for weeks before Evans acquired Ventura — what better way to show displeasure with Evans than to essentially bench his latest find? For 16 straight games, Ventura's contributions were limited to an occasional at-bat or ninth-inning defensive cameo. Once news of the feud leaked out thanks to reporter Bob Nightengale, he was given more playing time, but the damage was done. George Michael Steinbrenner III (born July 4, 1930 in Rocky River, Ohio) often known as The Boss, is the principal owner of the New York Yankees. ... July 31 is the 212th day (213th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 153 days remaining. ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Richard Stephen Bubba Crosby (born August 11, 1976 in Bellaire, Texas) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds. ... Scott Christopher Proctor born January 2, 1977 in Stuart, Florida is a major league relief pitcher for the New York Yankees. ... You may have been looking for another Jim Tracy, a member of the Tennessee Senate. ... Adri n Beltr [ah-dree-AN bell-TRAY] (born April 7, 1979 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball third baseman who plays for the Seattle Mariners. ... August 3 is the 215th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (216th in leap years), with 150 days remaining. ... Dan Evans is an American executive in Major League Baseball. ...


Re-signed by LA in December, Ventura entered 2004 with a chance to be the Dodgers' starting first baseman, but that changed during the last week of spring training when new general manager Paul DePodesta traded for troubled Cleveland outfielder Milton Bradley, setting off a domino effect that ended in Ventura being relegated to a bench role, that of occasional backup infielder and pinch hitter. He had a game-winning RBI in the second game of the season, but it took over two months for him to hit his first homer, and he only had five the entire year, two of which were pinch game-winners. His best moments came on August 29 and September 7, when he hit his seventeenth and eighteenth grand slams, becoming the third-best grand slam hitter ever; another “highlight” was his pitching debut on June 25, during a blowout loss, only allowing a single amid three fly ball outs. The Dodgers made it to the NLDS but lost in four games, and by that time, severe arthritis in Ventura's right ankle had made retirement the only option. He quietly called it quits on October 10, after going 0-for-1 in the final game of the Division Series. The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... Paul DePodesta (born December 16, 1972) is baseball front-office assistant for the San Diego Padres. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Milton Obelle Bradley (born April 15, 1978 in Harbor City, California) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Oakland Athletics. ... August 29 is the 241st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (242nd in leap years), with 124 days remaining. ... September 7 is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years). ... June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ... In Major League Baseball, the National League Division Series (NLDS) determine which two teams from the National League will advance to the National League Championship Series. ... Arthritis (from Greek arthro-, joint + -itis, inflammation; plural: arthritides) is a group of conditions where there is damage caused to the joints of the body. ... October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years). ...


Perhaps the feature his fans most admired about Ventura is his character: even in difficult times, even in his last season as age took its toll, he always kept an even keel and was an exemplary figure for his teammates. With an unassuming demeanor and a workmanlike sensibility on the field, he gained the reputation as a leader on every team he played for; reporters used words like “sagacious” and “savvy” to describe his intelligent perspective on baseball and life, and even those who hadn’t directly covered him in years wrote glowingly of him upon learning of his retirement. Fans loved him for his quick wit and integrity; managers loved him for his determination, and teammates loved him for his ability to inspire them to greatness and his delightful sense of humor. He may eventually earn serious consideration as a Hall of Fame candidate, although the Hall's voters have a long-established reputation for overlooking third basemen; but to many baseball experts, Ventura was nonetheless a consistent winner. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related...


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Career rankings

Third basemen with most 90-RBI seasons

Note: Schmidt also had one 90-RBI season as a first baseman. Michael Jack Schmidt (born September 27, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio) is a former professional baseball player, playing his entire career for the Philadelphia Phillies, and is widely regarded as the greatest third baseman in the history of baseball. ... Edwin Lee Mathews (October 13, 1931 – February 18, 2001) was an American third baseman in Major League Baseball. ... Harold Joseph Pie Traynor (November 11, 1899 - March 16, 1972) was a Major League Baseball third baseman who played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1920-37). ... Kenton Lloyd Boyer (May 20, 1931 - September 7, 1982) was an American All-Star third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Ron Santo, throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field Ronald Edward Santo (born February 25, 1940 in Seattle, Washington) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played almost his entire career with the Chicago Cubs. ...


Third basemen with highest career slugging average (Minimum 1500 games at 3B)

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External links

  • Baseball-Reference.com - career statistics and analysis
  • Baseball Library - career chronology
  • ESPN profile
  • Baseball America - selection as greatest amateur player 1981-2001
  • Baseball's Forgotten Man - fan site
  • Ventura Fight Photos and Analysis

  Results from FactBites:
 
SI.com - MLB - Ventura announces retirement - Monday October 11, 2004 5:13PM (464 words)
Ventura, 37, played nine years with the Chicago White Sox, two with the New York Mets and 2 1/2 with the Yankees before finishing up with 1 1/2 seasons in Los Angeles -- less than 200 miles from where he grew up.
Ventura, who said he might consider returning to baseball in some capacity, attended high school in Santa Maria and was a three-time All-American at Oklahoma State, where he set a national record with a 58-game hitting streak.
Despite his mild-mannered reputation, Ventura is often remembered for a run-in with Nolan Ryan back in 1993.
CBC Sports: Ventura retires after Dodgers loss (282 words)
Ventura, 37, played 16 major-league seasons and was a two-time all-star third baseman and six-time Gold Glove Award winner.
Ventura's decision was hastened by an arthritic right ankle, initially injured sliding into home plate during spring training seven years ago.
Ventura was a lifetime.267 hitter with 294 HRs, 1,182 RBIs and 1,006 runs in 2079 MLB games with the Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, New York Yankees and Dodgers.
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