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Phillips / Infante


With the new rumors about Cincinnati Reds very interested in 2B Omar Infante, many are waiting for Brandon Phillips to be traded to another team. With Defense being the obvious difference between these two guys I wanted to share their career stats so then you can take a look and maybe compare them.

Brandon Phillips Career Stats:

                                                                       
Year   Age  Tm  Lg   AB    H  2B 3B  HR RBI  BB  SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
2002    21 CLE  AL   31    8   3  1   0   4   3   6 .258 .343 .419 .762
2003    22 CLE  AL  370   77  18  1   6  33  14  77 .208 .242 .311 .553
2004    23 CLE  AL   22    4   2  0   0   1   2   5 .182 .250 .273 .523
2005    24 CLE  AL    9    0   0  0   0   0   0   4 .000 .000 .000 .000
2006    25 CIN  NL  536  148  28  1  17  75  35  88 .276 .324 .427 .751
2007    26 CIN  NL  650  187  26  6  30  94  33 109 .288 .331 .485 .816
2008    27 CIN  NL  559  146  24  7  21  78  39  93 .261 .312 .442 .754
2009    28 CIN  NL  584  161  30  5  20  98  44  75 .276 .329 .447 .776
2010    29 CIN  NL  626  172  33  5  18  59  46  83 .275 .332 .430 .762
2011    30 CIN  NL  610  183  38  2  18  82  44  85 .300 .353 .457 .810
2012    31 CIN  NL  580  163  30  1  18  77  28  79 .281 .321 .429 .750
2013    32 CIN  NL  606  158  24  2  18 103  39  98 .261 .310 .396 .706
12 Yrs             5183 1407 256 31 166 704 327 802 .271 .320 .429 .749
162 Game Avg.       627  170  31  4  20  85  40  97 .271 .320 .429 .749
                                                                       
CIN (8 yrs)        4751 1318 233 29 160 666 308 710 .277 .327 .440 .766
CLE (4 yrs)         432   89  23  2   6  38  19  92 .206 .246 .310 .556

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Generated 12/12/2013.

Omar Infante Career Stats:

                                                                      
Year   Age  Tm  Lg   AB    H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
2002    20 DET  AL   72   24   3  0  1   6   3  10 .333 .360 .417 .777
2003    21 DET  AL  221   49   6  1  0   8  18  37 .222 .278 .258 .536
2004    22 DET  AL  503  133  27  9 16  55  40 112 .264 .317 .449 .766
2005    23 DET  AL  406   90  28  2  9  43  16  73 .222 .254 .367 .621
2006    24 DET  AL  224   62  11  4  4  25  14  45 .277 .325 .415 .740
2007    25 DET  AL  166   45   6  1  2  17   9  29 .271 .307 .355 .662
2008    26 ATL  NL  317   93  24  3  3  40  22  44 .293 .338 .416 .755
2009    27 ATL  NL  203   62   9  1  2  27  19  28 .305 .361 .389 .750
2010    28 ATL  NL  471  151  15  3  8  47  29  62 .321 .359 .416 .775
2011    29 FLA  NL  579  160  24  8  7  49  34  67 .276 .315 .382 .696
2012    30 TOT MLB  554  152  30  7 12  53  21  65 .274 .300 .419 .719
2012    30 MIA  NL  328   94  23  2  8  33  12  42 .287 .312 .442 .754
2012    30 DET  AL  226   58   7  5  4  20   9  23 .257 .283 .385 .668
2013    31 DET  AL  453  144  24  3 10  51  20  44 .318 .345 .450 .795
12 Yrs             4169 1165 207 42 74 421 245 616 .279 .319 .402 .721
162 Game Avg.       559  156  28  6 10  56  33  83 .279 .319 .402 .721
                                                                      
DET (8 yrs)        2271  605 112 25 46 225 129 373 .266 .305 .399 .704
ATL (3 yrs)         991  306  48  7 13 114  70 134 .309 .353 .411 .763
MIA (2 yrs)         907  254  47 10 15  82  46 109 .280 .314 .404 .717

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Generated 12/12/2013.

Phillips for Uggla?


Rumors are starting and I wanted to let this one sink in before I posted my thoughts on it. Brandon Phillips for Dan Uggla! At first I almost cried, then I thought I should look into it more before I judged such an idea. So, this is what I found on Mr. Uggla.

Dan Uggla Career Stats:

                                                                 
Year   Age  Tm  Lg    G   AB   R    H  HR RBI   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
2006    26 FLA  NL  154  611 105  172  27  90 .282 .339 .480 .818
2007    27 FLA  NL  159  632 113  155  31  88 .245 .326 .479 .805
2008    28 FLA  NL  146  531  97  138  32  92 .260 .360 .514 .874
2009    29 FLA  NL  158  564  84  137  31  90 .243 .354 .459 .813
2010    30 FLA  NL  159  589 100  169  33 105 .287 .369 .508 .877
2011    31 ATL  NL  161  600  88  140  36  82 .233 .311 .453 .764
2012    32 ATL  NL  154  523  86  115  19  78 .220 .348 .384 .732
2013    33 ATL  NL  136  448  60   80  22  55 .179 .309 .362 .671
8 Yrs              1227 4498 733 1106 231 680 .246 .340 .458 .798
162 Game Avg.       162  594  97  146  30  90 .246 .340 .458 .798
                                                                 
FLA (5 yrs)         776 2927 499  771 154 465 .263 .349 .488 .837
ATL (3 yrs)         451 1571 234  335  77 215 .213 .323 .404 .727

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Generated 10/20/2013.

Dan Uggla in National League Central Division Ball Parks:

                                                         
               Split  G AB  H HR RBI   BA  OBP  SLG   OPS
     CHC-Wrigley Fld 25 89 24  4  13 .270 .364 .449  .814
    CIN-GreatAmer BP 27 98 29 10  21 .296 .389 .663 1.053
       MIL-Miller Pk 27 95 23  2   7 .242 .339 .368  .708
          PIT-PNC Pk 22 77 23  4  10 .299 .382 .494  .876
    STL-Busch Stad 3 20 77 25  5  16 .325 .411 .597 1.009

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Generated 10/20/2013.


I still am not sure if Dan Uggla is the answer for the Cincinnati Reds but Walt Jocketty loves to bring in players who are struggling and watch them power their way to better careers in Great American Ball Park. This could be the case again if the Reds do make this trade.

Reds 4 Mets 0 [May 21, 2013]


Cincinnati Reds scored early in this game and I have to say it was the best first inning of play I have seen the Reds play in a very long time. Great patience at the plate by some guys that usually go up to bat swinging. Great game to watch and I really enjoyed watching Mike Leake pitch today, he was locating his pitches very nice and that low strike was really working well for him.

Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips extended their hitting streaks and Todd Frazier went 2 for 4 while Devin Mesoraco got a nice home run in the 9th inning.

Reds score on error

Devin Mesoraco’s solo homer

Leake’s great start


Last year on May 21 Mike Leake won against Atlanta Braves in Great American Ball Park 4-1.
May 21, 2012 [Braves 1 vs. Reds 4]

                                       
Pitching             IP H R ER BB SO HR
Mike Leake W (1-5)    8 3 1  1  1  6  1

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Generated 5/21/2013.

May 21, 2013 [Reds 4 vs. Mets 0]

Pitching             IP H R ER BB SO HR
Mike Leake W (4-2)    7 3 0  0  2  4  0

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If only the front office could see into the future


When I look over this list it makes me wonder what if the Cincinnati Reds front office could have seen into the future. Would they have picked differently? One thing to note is that Joey Votto was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the 2002 amateur draft.

No news is good news


The second day of the Winter Meetings has gone by and nothing has been done by the Reds front office which is a good thing considering they have a lot of young prospects on their roster. In my mind, no news is very good news. It means they will not be throwing away prospects in order to get a #3 or lower starter who would get eaten up in GABP.

A lot of arm-chair GM’s want the Reds to trade for Atlanta Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens and think they should give up Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal and some even say the Reds will have to give up even more than that. Sad thing is, there is not just one person saying this, there are a lot out there that think Jurrjens would be the right fit for Cincinnati Reds. I really wish these people would stop thinking that way. Like I have stated many times before, Walt Jocketty does not make deals like that. If he did, they would not have players like Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs and Homer Bailey. Sure the last two are not really panning out as well as Bruce and Votto but it just shows that Jocketty and the front office still hold them up very high. Which is why I really doubt they will trade away someone like Yonder Alonso or Yasmani Grandal for a #3 starter in the rotation. Now many will say, you have to trade good players to get good players and I understand that very well. I just don’t think trading two #1 picks or more away for a starting pitcher that might not do very well in Great American Ball Park is a very wise move. I would rather have Travis Wood or another young pitcher play and save those young position players for when we really need them.

The Reds are also shopping for a closing pitcher which they might just turn around and use in-house pitchers like Sam LeCure, Edinson Volquez or Bill Bray. If the Reds do end up looking outside of the team for a closer it will most likely be a cheap player that they will be able to afford for 2 to 3 seasons.

Other news yesterday was that they are looking for a right-handed power hitting left fielder along with an older cheap SS / INF who would be able to play all positions to help Dusty Baker out when players get injured. I would not expect them to pay too much for these two players and I would not expect it to be long contracts either because they really want to have room for their younger players later on.

I still don’t think much will happen at the Winter Meetings for the Reds because of the fact that every team and their dog is looking for the exact same thing that they are looking for and many of these teams have way more to trade away. And to tell you the truth I am ok with the Reds just staying where they are until players like Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder get taken off the free agent list. That way they can plan better with what they will really need to push forward in 2012.

34+ year old starting pitchers


Walt Jocketty, General Manager of the Cincinnati Reds said that they are looking for a veteran starting pitcher to help solidify the rotation. With that I have done some searching and found 21 starters older than Bronson Arroyo (34) and will see if any of them become the Reds target. Now I know that “veteran” does not always mean oldest but some of these guys could be who Jocketty is talking about.

Before we start though, I would like to add that a lot of these pitchers are on teams that I seriously doubt would trade them away unless given a lot back in return, along with the fact that the Reds could not afford some of their contracts even if they did get the ok to trade. And as we said before, Jocketty does not plan on doing much with free agents this offseason so that takes even more off the list giving us very slim pickings. Now maybe when he said experienced he really meant older than Johnny Cueto (25) or Edinson Volquez (27)which would bring a whole new crop of prospects to the table but that can be discussed at another time.


First we start with the oldest, Tim Wakefield. At 44 years old it has been said he will return and keep pitching. In 2011 he started in 23 games and recorded 154.2 innings pitched. He finished with a 7 – 8 record for Boston Red Sox. Wakefield has 463 career games started with 200 career wins, the most amongst active pitchers.

Miguel Batista only had 5 games started at age 40 but finished with a 5 – 2 record in 2011.

Bartolo Colon at 38 years old started in 28 games for New York Yankees and finished with a 8 – 10 record.

Derek Lowe also at 38 years old pitched in 34 starts and had a 9 – 17 record for Atlanta Braves.

Nelson Figueroa started in only 5 games for Houston Astros and finished with a 0 – 3 record.

Kevin Millwood pitched in 9 starts and had a 4 – 3 record at age 36.

Hiroki Kuroda had 32 starts for the Dodgers with 202 innings pitched and getting a 13 – 16 record at age 36.

Chris Carpenter also at 36 got the most innings pitched out of this list with 237.1 and 34 starts to get him a 11 – 9 record.

R. A. Dickey, another 36-year-old started 32 times for the Mets and got a 8 – 13 record.

Livian Hernandez is another 36-year-old who got 29 starts for Washington Nationals finishing the season with 8 wins and 13 losses. Livian has the record for most games started for active pitchers at 474.

Tim Hudson at 35 started in 33 games and recorded a 16 – 10 record.

Rodrigo Lopez, 35 years old got 16 starts with a 6 – 6 record for the Cubs.

Doug Davis at 35 and on the Cubs got a 1 – 7 record with only 9 starts.

Ted Lilly got 33 starts at age 35 and finished the season off with a 12 – 14 record.

Carl Pavano started 33 games for the Twins and saw a 9 – 13 record.

Freddy Garcia at 34 saw a pretty good season for the Yankees with a 12 – 8 record over 25 starts.

A. J. Burnett, another 34-year-old and on the Yankees got a 11 – 11 record out of 32 starts.

Bruce Chen with the Royals started 25 games with a 12 – 8 record at age 34.

Roy Halladay at 34, got 32 games started and ended the season with a 19 – 6 record.

Ryan Dempster, 34 years old got 34 starts for the Cubs in 2011 with 10 wins 14 losses.

Javier Vazquez ends this list with 32 starts and a 13 – 11 record for the Marlins at 34 years old.


                    Year   Age Tm Lg GS  W  L    IP  SO  ERA HR
Tim Wakefield       2011   44 BOS AL 23  7  8 154.2  93 5.12 25
Miguel Batista      2011   40 TOT NL  5  5  2  60.0  31 3.60  2
Bartolo Colon       2011   38 NYY AL 26  8 10 164.1 135 4.00 21
Derek Lowe          2011   38 ATL NL 34  9 17 187.0 137 5.05 14
Nelson Figueroa     2011   37 HOU NL  5  0  3  29.0  17 8.69  3
Kevin Millwood      2011   36 COL NL  9  4  3  54.1  36 3.98  9
Hiroki Kuroda       2011   36 LAD NL 32 13 16 202.0 161 3.07 24
Chris Carpenter     2011   36 STL NL 34 11  9 237.1 191 3.45 16
R.A. Dickey         2011   36 NYM NL 32  8 13 208.2 134 3.28 18
Livan Hernandez     2011   36 WSN NL 29  8 13 175.1  99 4.47 16
Tim Hudson          2011   35 ATL NL 33 16 10 215.0 158 3.22 14
Rodrigo Lopez       2011   35 CHC NL 16  6  6  97.2  54 4.42 18
Doug Davis          2011   35 CHC NL  9  1  7  45.2  36 6.50  2
Ted Lilly           2011   35 LAD NL 33 12 14 192.2 158 3.97 28
Carl Pavano         2011   35 MIN AL 33  9 13 222.0 102 4.30 23
Freddy Garcia       2011   34 NYY AL 25 12  8 146.2  96 3.62 16
A.J. Burnett        2011   34 NYY AL 32 11 11 190.1 173 5.15 31
Bruce Chen          2011   34 KCR AL 25 12  8 155.0  97 3.77 18
Roy Halladay        2011   34 PHI NL 32 19  6 233.2 220 2.35 10
Ryan Dempster       2011   34 CHC NL 34 10 14 202.1 191 4.80 23
Javier Vazquez      2011   34 FLA NL 32 13 11 192.2 162 3.69 21

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Generated 11/21/2011.

Jair Jurrjens in Great American Ballpark


I have read some reports that Jair Jurrjens might be traded from Atlanta Braves. And I have heard rumors that Cincinnati Reds might trade for him. So I thought I would add my two cents and hopefully Walt Jocketty reads it and takes my advice. If not I will be happy with the idea that I can later on show the link for this post and prove that it was a big mistake to trade for him. And if I am wrong and he turns out to be a great pitcher for the Reds I will be glad to say I am sorry but I for one have not seen many pitchers do very well in Great American Ballpark. That could be why not many pitchers want to sign with the Reds in the offseason unless they are getting a huge paycheck like Francisco Cordero got a few years back.


Cordero in Great American Ballpark

                                                        
               Split   G  AB  R   H HR BB  SO   BA BAbip
    CIN-GreatAmer BP 162 593 59 142 10 62 140 .239  .295

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Generated 11/19/2011.


Jurrjens in Great American Ballpark

                                                   
               Split G AB  R  H HR BB SO   BA BAbip
    CIN-GreatAmer BP 4 77 16 23  6 10 18 .299  .315

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Generated 11/19/2011.


With 4 games (2008 – 2011) as a starting pitcher in Great American Ballpark Jair Jurrjens has given up 6 home runs, 16 earned runs, 23 hits in 17 innings of play giving him a 0 – 2 record with 2 no decisions. His last start in Great American Ballpark was on Friday, July 22, 2011 where he gave up three home runs, four earned runs, three walks and recorded nine strikeouts. In six innings he threw 100 pitches, 59 of them strikes. 6.2 innings is the longest he has ever lasted in this ballpark which was in 2010 where he gave up five earned runs with one home run, throwing 104 pitches with 70 of them being strikes. So it is safe to say that Great American Ballpark has not been very nice to him. Then again not many pitchers who have pitched there can say it has.

Hopefully the front office for the Cincinnati Reds will make the right decision to help out the team. If it is true that they are going to trade for him, I hope they don’t give up to much in return. The Reds have a lot of potential in their young players and I would hate to see three or even four of them traded to Atlanta. In my mind if they are looking for a starting pitcher they should look in the American League that way the young guys they trade away will not come back to haunt them to soon.

Jair Jurrjens in Great American Ballpark

Rk        Date5   Rslt  IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str   ERA
2    2008-05-31 L  7-8 4.1 9 6  6  6  2  2  99  55 12.46
3    2009-06-16 L  2-7 2.0 2 1  1  1  1  0  38  24  4.50
4    2010-07-31 L  2-5 6.2 8 5  5  0  6  1 104  70  6.75
5    2011-07-22 W  6-4 6.0 4 4  4  3  9  3 100  59  6.00

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Generated 11/19/2011.

200 hits and only 20


Being a 20 year old ball player in Major League Baseball can be tough. Not only do you have to worry about getting sent back to the minors but you have to learn how to stay productive against top players that might have five to fifteen years on you in the pro’s. Most young players are just happy to get their feet wet. While others jump in head first and make waves right away. Today I wanted to find out how many 20 year old baseball players got over 200 hits in a season. There are five to be exact and some might take you by shock.

Alex Rodriguez takes first place with 215 hits while playing for Seattle Mariners in 1996. Ty Cobb takes second with 212 hits for Detroit Tigers in 1907. Buddy Lewis got 210 hits in 1937 for Washington Senators. 205 hits helped Vada Pinson hit the list in 1959 for Cincinnati Redlegs and made him the only player to do it for the National League. And the only other 20 year old to get exactly 200 hits is Al Kaline who did it in 1955 for Detroit Tigers who were lucky enough to have two 20 year olds make the list. The next 20 year old only had 188 hits and that was done by Orlando Cepeda in 1958 for San Francisco Giants. The most recent 20 year old on the list is Jason Heyward who got 144 hits in 2010 for Atlanta Braves. The question remains, will there ever be another 20 year old to get over 200 hits in Major League Baseball?

20 year olds who got 200 or more hits. (1901 - 2011)
Rk           Player Year Age  Tm Lg   G  AB  H6   BA  OBP  SLG   OPS
1    Alex Rodriguez 1996  20 SEA AL 146 601 215 .358 .414 .631 1.045
2           Ty Cobb 1907  20 DET AL 150 605 212 .350 .380 .468  .848
3       Buddy Lewis 1937  20 WSH AL 156 668 210 .314 .367 .425  .792
4       Vada Pinson 1959  20 CIN NL 154 648 205 .316 .371 .509  .880
5         Al Kaline 1955  20 DET AL 152 588 200 .340 .421 .546  .967

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Generated 11/18/2011.

Greg Maddux vs. Mickey Morandini


When I was younger I cheered for the Cincinnati Reds and at that time if there ever was a team that I couldn’t stand playing against them it was the Atlanta Braves. Of course on the Braves there were a few pitchers that really pushed me over the edge, John Smoltz (1988-2009) and Tom Glavine. (1987-2008) Now that I look back I am happy I had a chance to watch these great pitchers pitch but they sure didn’t win any awards from me back then. Another great pitcher that I loved to watch was their teammate, Greg Maddux. (1986-2008) Maddux is the topic today as we take a look at his career but mostly at which hitters hit well against him. To be more specific, one hitter who hit very well against him, Mickey Morandini. (1990 – 2000)

Mickey Morandini played 9 years with Philadelphia Phillies who drafted him in the 5th round of the 1988 amateur draft. He also played 2 years with the Cubs and 35 games with the Blue Jays. He debuted on September 1, 1990 for the Phillies in a game versus San Diego Padres where he pinch hit in the bottom of the 7th inning for Sil Campusano (1988-1991) (CF) batting first and playing second base going one for two with one run. His first at bat he saw six pitches from Padres pitcher Eric Show. (1981-1991) (ball, ball, foul, foul, ball and he hit a fly ball to Left field getting him out.) Then in the bottom of the 10th he saw one pitch by Greg Harris (1988-1995) which he hit a single thru second base and first into right field. Rod Booker then pinch hit and bunted to get him over to second base. Von Hayes (1981-1992) got an intentional walk, Dale Murphy (1976-1993) struck out swinging and John Kruk (1986-1995) came up and hit a single into center field scoring Morandini to win the game for the Phillies 3 – 2.

Before writing this I never knew much about Mickey Morandini and to tell you the truth I probably wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for the fact that he hit very well versus Greg Maddux in his career. In 100 plate appearances he had 130 at bats and hit 32 times with 3 doubles, 4 triples, 1 home run, 8 runs batted in, 4 walks and Maddux struck him out 18 times. Giving him a .344 batting average, .371 on base percentage, .495 slugging and a .866 on base slugging percentage which was good enough to put him in the top five list of best hitters versus Greg Maddux in his career. When I first looked at the list I saw familar names that I knew would be at the top, like Tony Gwynn (1982-2001) with 39 hits, Craig Biggio (1988-2007) with 38, Luis Gonzalez (1990-2008) with 36 and of course Barry Bonds (1986-2007) with 34. I really did not expect to see Micky Morandini and I just had to find out more about him.

It all started in 1990 where Morandini had 3 hits with 7 at bats against Maddux who only struck him out once. In 1991 he went 3 for 11 versus Maddux with one triple and one walk. 1992 Morandini went 7 for 12 with one triple, one run batted in, one walk and got struck out by Maddux three times. In 1993 he only got one hit out of twelve at bats, getting one double and one walk with Maddux striking him out four times. In 1994 Morandini only had 2 at bats versus Maddux where he did not get a hit, which was also the case in 1995 where he had ten at bats and didn’t get a hit, striking out three times. In 1996 he started hitting against Maddux again going 5 for 14 with two triples and striking out twice. 1997 he went 3 for 6 getting his only homerun off of Maddux and two runs batted in with no strike outs. In 1998 he went 2 for 7 with one double and got two runs batted in with Maddux striking him out three times. His best season against Maddux was in 1999 where he went 5 for 8 with one double and getting one run batted in with no strike outs against him. Morandini went 3 for 7 with one walk, two runs batted in and got struck out two times by Maddux in their last year against each other in 2000.

The first time these two men met was on Wednesday, September 12, 1990, at Wrigley Field. Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs. Morandini went one for two against Maddux. He was hitting 8th for the Phillies in the batting order that day. In his first at bat versus Maddux (top of the 2nd) he saw two pitches, the first a ball then the other he groundout to the third baseman. His second at bat (top of the 6th) he saw four pitches from Maddux, a ball, one he fouled off, another ball and a line drive deep to center field between shortstop and second base for a single. Darren Daulton (1983-1997) would later come up that inning and hit a single into center field to score Morandini. The Cubs went on to win that game 9 – 3 with Maddux getting the win which gave him a 13-13 record at that time.

Mickey Morandini had two great games against Greg Maddux, the first was on Sunday, May 12, 1996, at Veterans Stadium where he went 3 for 3 with one single and two triples, scoring all three times and getting a stolen base which was actually him stealing home. Phillies went on to win that game 6 – 0 against the Braves giving Maddux the loss which gave him a 4 – 3 record. His second big game against Maddux was on Saturday, May 15, 1999, at Wrigley Field. Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs. Morandini was batting 8th in the order for the Cubs that night and went 4 for 4 against Maddux. He got a double and three singles scoring one run and getting one run batted in. The Cubs went on to win that game 5 – 1 with Greg Maddux getting the loss giving him a 4 – 3 record that season.

Mickey Morandini finished his career with a .268 batting average, a .338 on base percentage and with a .359 for slugging over the span of 11 seasons. He was an All-Star in 1995 and won the National League MVP in 1998. He was also a very good second baseman getting 1st for fielding % in 1998 with a .993 and of course getting second in 92, 93, 97 and in 99. His biggest salary was $2,000,000 a season for the Cubs which was for two years. He ended up getting roughly $10,855,000 for his whole career which to me is not a lot of money considering the pay checks those other hitters got that are in the top five best hitters versus Greg Maddux.