Mike Lansing

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Mike Lansing
Second Baseman
Born: (1968-04-03) April 3, 1968 (age 46)
Rawlins, Wyoming
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 7, 1993 for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
September 8, 2001 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Batting average .271
Home runs 84
Runs batted in 440
Teams

Michael Thomas Lansing (born April 3, 1968 in Rawlins, Wyoming) is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played for the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, and the Boston Red Sox between 1993 and 2001. Lansing also played one season in the Cleveland Indians farm system before retiring after the 2002 season.

Drafting[edit]

Utilizing a never-before-used rule, Lansing was drafted out of Wichita State University late in the 6th round of the 1990 MLB Draft by the Miami Miracle, an independent minor league team. Lansing played two seasons with the Miracle before making the major league with the Expos in 1993.

Career[edit]

Lansing was quickly placed in the lineup early on in 1993 as a second baseman. In one of his first-ever games, Lansing had five hits in a win over the Rockies. Lansing would have never been inserted into the lineup if Delino DeShields had not contracted chicken pox.

In 1999, Lansing accompanied Denver Police on a fatal SWAT raid that killed Ismail Mena. The team was at the wrong address.[1]

In 2001, while playing with Boston, Lansing made a fine catch for the 2nd to last out helping to preserve Hideo Nomo's no-hitter vs. the Baltimore Orioles.

Lansing had his best season in 1996, finishing with a .285 batting average and 183 hits in 159 games. Lansing also had 40 doubles that season, placing 6th.

In 1997 Lansing had another strong season, with career bests in home runs, 20, and RBIs, 70. On May 7, 1997, in a game against the San Francisco Giants, Lansing became the first National League second baseman since Bobby Lowe in 1894 to homer twice in the same inning. Lansing also became the third Expo to do so. After the '97 season, Lansing was traded to the Colorado Rockies for a couple of minor leaguers.

Lansing had a couple of disappointing seasons with the Rockies as injuries took their toll. Then, on June 18, 2000, in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Lansing hit for the cycle faster than any player in MLB history, completing it by the fourth inning in a 19–2 win. A little more than a month later, Lansing, along with a couple of pitchers, were traded by the Rockies to the Boston Red Sox. He played a couple of mediocre seasons with the Red Sox before being released into free agency after the 2001 season. Lansing was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Indians, but played in the minors and suffered a back injury before retiring after the 2002 season.

Mike Lansing Field, the stadium that is the home field of the Casper Ghosts Pioneer League baseball team in Casper, Wyoming, is named for Lansing.

His at-bat entry song while playing with the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium was "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne.

Career Stats[edit]

Year Age Team Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1993 25 Montreal Expos NL 141 491 64 141 29 1 3 45 23 56 .287 .352 .369 .721
1994 26 Montreal Expos NL 106 394 44 105 21 2 5 35 12 37 .266 .328 .368 .696
1995 27 Montreal Expos NL 127 467 47 119 30 2 10 62 27 65 .255 .299 .392 .691
1996 28 Montreal Expos NL 159 641 99 183 40 2 11 53 23 85 .285 .341 .406 .746
1997 29 Montreal Expos NL 144 572 86 161 45 2 20 70 11 92 .281 .338 .472 .810
1998 30 Colorado Rockies NL 153 584 73 161 39 2 12 66 10 88 .276 .325 .411 .736
1999 31 Colorado Rockies NL 35 145 24 45 9 0 4 15 2 22 .310 .344 .455 .799
2000 32 Colorado Rockies/Boston Red Sox MLB 139 504 72 121 18 6 11 60 8 75 .240 .292 .365 .657
2001 33 Boston Red Sox AL 106 352 45 88 23 0 8 34 3 50 .250 .294 .384 .677

Mitchell Report[edit]

On December 13, 2007 former senator George Mitchell released his report to the commissioner of Major League Baseball concerning the use of illegal steroids and performance enhancing drugs in baseball. The following is an excerpt of the report referring to Lansing.

"According to [Kirk] Radomski, he was introduced to Lansing by David Segui while Segui and Lansing played together with the Expos. Radomski recalled that he engaged in four to five “small transactions” with Lansing. Radomski said that Lansing was familiar with testosterone and “knew exactly what he wanted.” Radomski produced two $1,000 money orders from Lansing, retrieved from his bank, made payable to Radomski; both were dated February 5, 2002... Radomski stated that this payment was for testosterone and one kit of human growth hormone. During the search of Radomski’s residence, an undated, partial shipping label was seized with Lansing’s name on it and a Colorado address. We have confirmed that Lansing resided at this address when he played with the Rockies. Lansing’s name, with an address and two telephone numbers, is listed in the address book seized from Radomski’s residence by federal agents."

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Rise of the Warrior Cop by Radley Balko, PublicAffairs, 2013, Kindle Location 5200

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Scott Livingstone
Topps Rookie All-Star Third Baseman
1993
Succeeded by
José Oliva