Eric Karros

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Eric Karros
First baseman
Born: (1967-11-04) November 4, 1967 (age 47)
Hackensack, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 1991 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
July 21, 2004 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average .268
Home runs 284
Runs batted in 1,027
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Eric Peter Karros (born November 4, 1967) is a former American baseball player who played in Major League Baseball from 1991 to 2004.

Early life[edit]

Karros was born in Hackensack, New Jersey and graduated from Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, California.[1] He attended UCLA, where he received a degree in economics.

Playing career[edit]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Karros was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 6th round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his Major League debut as a pinch runner on September 1, 1991 against the Chicago Cubs. He made his first start, at first base, on September 4, 1991 against the St. Louis Cardinals, when he was 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts. Karros recorded his first Major League hit as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 12th inning against the Cincinnati Reds Milt Hill on September 16, 1991. The hit was a 2 RBI double to left field. In 14 appearances during the 1991 season, he only had the 1 hit in 14 at-bats.

In his first at-bat of the 1992 season, on April 9 against the San Diego Padres, Karros hit a 2 run home run to deep left field off of Craig Lefferts for his first career home run. He became a full-time starter for the Dodgers that season, appearing in 149 games and hitting 20 home runs while driving in 88 runs. He was named the 1992 National League Rookie of the Year. Karros put up consistent numbers throughout his career with the Dodgers, with a batting average just under .270 and an average of almost 25 home runs a year. No Dodger in the organization's history compiled more 30 home run 100 rbi seasons than Karros ( 5, matched by only Duke Snider and Gil Hodges ). Eric also remains the only player in Dodger history to hit two home runs in the same inning. 1999 was his best statistical year with the Dodgers, a batting average of .304 with 34 home runs and 112 runs batted in. His 270 home runs as a Dodger remains the third most in Dodgers history.

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On December 2, 2002, he was traded along with Mark Grudzielanek to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Todd Hundley and Chad Hermansen. After playing the 2003 season with the Cubs he was granted free agency from the team at the end of the season. In 114 games with the Cubs, he hit .286 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

He then signed with the Oakland Athletics before the start of the 2004 season. Karros’ final MLB game was on July 21, 2004, and he was released by the Athletics on August 3, 2004. He only appeared in 40 games with the team, hitting .194 with 2 home runs and 11 RBI.

Highlights[edit]

  • 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
  • Los Angeles Dodgers Career Sacrifice Flies Leader (74)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers Career Home Run Leader (270)
  • Career leader in Home Runs for Players Born in New Jersey (284)
  • Second-most career home runs (behind Tim Salmon) for any player in MLB history who never appeared in the All-Star Game[2]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Karros works as a color commentator for baseball on Fox. He previously worked for Fox Sports in 2004 doing the pregame shows for the Major League Baseball playoffs, and ESPN until 2006 as a studio and game analyst. He previously worked on KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, where he did the pre-game show for Dodger games. Karros is a broadcaster on four video games MLB 11: The Show, MLB 12: The Show, MLB 13: The Show and MLB 14: The Show along with Matt Vasgersian, Dave Campbell and Steve Lyons.

Karros was hired to call regional games for Fox Saturday Baseball in 2007. He was promoted to the No.2 team in 2011 primarily calling games with Thom Brennaman. In March of 2014 it was announced that Brennaman and Karros would continue to call FOX games together, and the pair called the first regular season game ever on Fox Sports 1.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eric Karros Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ DiGiovanna, Mike (2010-07-05). "Dodgers' Eric Karros and Angels' Tim Salmon were stars . . . just not All-Stars". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 

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