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Steve Finley

Steve Finley

Position(s):
CF, DH, LF, OF, RF, P
Born:
March 12, 1965
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Left
Height:
6' 2"
Weight:
175 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-03-1989 with BAL
Allstar Selections:
1995 GG, 1996 GG, 1999 GG, 2000 GG, 2004 GG

Intro

After several seasons as a slap-hitting outfielder for the Orioles and Astros, Steve Finley exploded for 30 home runs in his second season as a Padre in 1996, helping the team to the post-season. His 30s proved to be the best part of his career, as he won five Gold Gloves and earned two All-Star selections. In 2001, he was a key member of the Diamondbacks' World Championship team. In 2006, he became one of the few players to hit 300 homers and steal 300 bases.

Best Season

Finley scored 100 runs, slammed 35 homers, drove in 96, set a career-high with his .544 slugging percentage, and won the Gold Glove in center field. Other seasons that fall just short: 1992, 1996, and 2002.

Factoid 1

Twice in his career, Steve Finley belted walk-off grand slam homers: on April 10, 1998, for the Diamondbacks, and on October 2, 2004, for the Dodgers. The latter slam clinched the NL West title for the Dodgers.

Transition

June 2, 1986: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 11th round of the 1986 amateur draft, but did not sign. June 2, 1987: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round of the 1987 amateur draft. Player signed June 4, 1987. January 10, 1991: Traded by the Baltimore Orioles with Pete Harnisch and Curt Schilling to the Houston Astros for Glenn Davis. Needlesss to say, this is one of the Orioles worst trades ever. December 28, 1994: Traded by the Houston Astros with a player to be named later, Ken Caminiti, Andujar Cedeno, Roberto Petagine, and Brian Williams to the San Diego Padres for Derek Bell, Doug Brocail, Ricky Gutierrez, Pedro Martinez, Phil Plantier, and Craig Shipley. The Houston Astros sent Sean Fesh (minors) (May 1, 1995) to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade. October 26, 1998: Granted Free Agency. December 18, 1998: Signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks. October 29, 2002: Granted Free Agency. December 7, 2002: Signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks. July 31, 2004: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks with Brent Mayne to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Koyie Hill, Bill Murphy (minors), and Reggie Abercrombie (minors). October 28, 2004: Granted Free Agency. December 11, 2004: Signed as a Free Agent with the Anaheim Angels. December 21, 2005: Traded by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to the San Francisco Giants for Edgardo Alfonzo.

Strengths

Defense in center field.

Weaknesses

Hitting for average and getting on base.

Feats

On June 14, 2006, Finley became the sixth player to hit 300 homers and steal 300 bases, when he slugged a homer for the Giants.

Most Game-Ending Grand Slams

Alex Rodriguez... 3 Vern Stephens... 3 Cy Williams... 3 Bob Aspromonte... 2 Albert Belle... 2 Bobby Bonds... 2 Steve Finley... 2 Ruppert Jones... 2 Ralph Kiner... 2 Davey Lopes... 2 Mark McGwire... 2 Jim Presley... 2 Nomar Garciaparra... 2 David Eckstein... 2

Notes

Like many left-handed hitters with his skills, Finley struggled against southpaw pitching. Through 2005, he was .282/.460/.343 against RHP, and just .255/.395/.310 against lefties... A notoriously slow starter, Finley owned a career .235 average and a .404 SLG mark in April through 2005.

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