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Leading Player Profiles 1996 Leading Player Profiles 1996

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1996 Top-of-the-Line Baseball Players


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Tom Pagnozzi St Louis Cardinals Catcher – He has been one of the top catchers in the majors since he started playing with Cards back in 1987. Well-regarded for his defensive work, Tom Pagnozzi was awarded Glove Gloves in 1991 ’92 and ’94. His glove work and steady handling of St. Louis pitching staff gave the squad many victories. He played 12 seasons in MLB, 1987-98 all with the Cardinals. As a batter he compiled a respectable .253 career batting average in 876 games. Click on link for career stats Tom Pagnozzi


Chris Bosio Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers – A journeyman pitcher, he had an arsenal of assorted pitches – 88-90 mph fastball, forkball, slider, curve and a very good changeup. Chris Bosio broke into the majors with Milwaukee in 1986 and starting in 1987 pitched a lot of innings, including three seasons of over 200 innings – 1989 - 234.2 innings, 1991 – 204.2 innings and 1992 – 231. He won at least 10 games 5 times including a 15-10 record with a career best 2.95 ERA in ’89 for Brewers (NL) and a 16-6 record in ’92, prior to signing a free agent contract with Mariners. Note: Watching Chris Bosio pitch was like watch a good artist painting a canvas. Bosio tossed a tantalizing off-speed pitch to left-handed batters … and his fastball had quick movement … and you know what – Chris wasn’t afraid to pitch inside. Click on Link Chris Bosio


Roberto Kelly Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees – An outstanding all-around athlete, he played his first 6 seasons with Yankees, 1987-92, and was a 2-time All Star. Roberto Kelly was born in Panama City Panama. A career .290 batsman, during his prime he could easily beat all teammates in a foot race. Playing with NY Yankees he stole 35, 42 and 32 from 1989-91. As a right-handed batter, he drove a lot of balls towards the opposite field. In the winter of 1992 Roberto Kelly was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Paul O’Neill and Joe DeBerry. Click on link for trade details - Roberto Kelly


Chuck Knoblauch Minnesota Twins Second Baseman – Bats and throws right-handed. He was a 2nd team All American while playing shortstop at Texas A&M in College Station. Joined Twins in 1991 and batted .281 with 25 stolen bases and was voted the AL Rookie of Year. A rarity among today’s baseball players, Chuck Knoblauch walks more than strikeouts and steals bases at a fast clip. Defensively he’s a solid fielder and retrieves the ball quickly. A line-drive hitter, from 1994-96 he hit .312 … .333 … .341 and stole 35, 46 and 45 bases. Selected to 1992, 1994 and 1996 All Star Games. He later played with NY Yankees, starting in ’97, and was selected for ‘97 All Star Game. Click on Chuck Knoblauch


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