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1989 HEADLINE: Jerome Walton Captures NL Rookie Of The Year Award!

1989 HEADLINE: Jerome Walton Captures NL Rookie Of The Year Award!

What a year 1989 was for Jerome Walton.

Not only did he make his major league debut in 1989 with the Chicago Cubs, but he also won the NL Rookie of the Year award that year while also helping the team capture their division crown!

At 23 years old, Walton had the presence of a veteran at the plate.  And his skills shined brightest in that rookie campaign.  Led by a batting average of .293, Walton collected 139 for the Cubs.  He also stole 24 bases, scored 64 runs, and drove in 46 more.  And he did all of this while patrolling one of the toughest center-field positions in the majors!

Congratulations on a fabulous rookie season Jerome.  Today we celebrate you winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1989!!!

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Happy Birthday Jerome Walton!!!

Happy Birthday Jerome Walton!!!

Jerome Walton turns 49 years old today.

Jerome Walton was a text-book leadoff hitter – A player that was able to hit for average, get on base consistently, and steal bases. During Walton’s rookie year, he hit .293 and had 24 stolen bases. In addition to that, he also set the major league record for consecutive games with a hit by a rookie with 30 games. Walton became a fan favorite and wound up winning the Rookie of the Year award in ’89. The kid with the ‘unusual batting stance’ looked like he was headed for stardom and was going to help make the Cubs winners.

Unfortunately, the exact opposite happened. Walton’s best year was his rookie season and his star quickly faded as he became more and more inconsistent at the plate. In less than 3 seasons with the Cubs, Walton lost his starting job and was not granted a contract extension. Walton then went on to play for 5 different teams in 6 seasons and never was able to get consistent playing time. He still showed that he had better than average offensive skills, but he was never able to earn a full-time job. Jerome Walton retired from baseball after the 1998 season.

Happy Birthday Mr. Walton!!!

Happy Birthday Jerome Walton!!!

Happy Birthday Jerome Walton!!!

Jerome Walton turns 48 years old today.

Jerome Walton was a text-book leadoff hitter – A player that was able to hit for average, get on base consistently, and steal bases. During Walton’s rookie year, he hit .293 and had 24 stolen bases. In addition to that, he also set the major league record for consecutive games with a hit by a rookie with 30 games. Walton became a fan favorite and wound up winning the Rookie of the Year award in ’89. The kid with the ‘unusual batting stance’ looked like he was headed for stardom and was going to help make the Cubs winners.

Unfortunately, the exact opposite happened. Walton’s best year was his rookie season and his star quickly faded as he became more and more inconsistent at the plate. In less than 3 seasons with the Cubs, Walton lost his starting job and was not granted a contract extension. Walton then went on to play for 5 different teams in 6 seasons and never was able to get consistent playing time. He still showed that he had better than average offensive skills, but he was never able to earn a full-time job. Jerome Walton retired from baseball after the 1998 season.

Happy Birthday Mr. Walton!!!

1989 HEADLINE: Jerome Walton Captures NL Rookie Of The Year Award!

1989 HEADLINE: Jerome Walton Captures NL Rookie Of The Year Award!

What a year 1989 was for Jerome Walton.

Not only did he make his major league debut in 1989 with the Chicago Cubs, but he also won the NL Rookie of the Year award that year while also helping the team capture their division crown!

At 23 years old, Walton had the presence of a veteran at the plate.  And his skills shined brightest in that rookie campaign.  Led by a batting average of .293, Walton collected 139 for the Cubs.  He also stole 24 bases, scored 64 runs, and drove in 46 more.  And he did all of this while patrolling one of the toughest center-field positions in the majors!

Congratulations on a fabulous rookie season Jerome.  Today we celebrate you winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1989!!!

Happy Anniversary Jerome Walton!!!

Happy Anniversary Jerome Walton!!!

What a year 1989 was for Jerome Walton.

Not only did he make his major league debut in 1989 with the Chicago Cubs, but he also won the NL Rookie of the Year award that year while also helping the team capture their division crown!

At 23 years old, Walton had the presence of a veteran at the plate.  And his skills shined brightest in that rookie campaign.  Led by a batting average of .293, Walton collected 139 for the Cubs.  He also stole 24 bases, scored 64 runs, and drove in 46 more.  And he did all of this while patrolling one of the toughest center-field positions in the majors!

Congratulations on a fabulous rookie season Jerome.  Today we celebrate you winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1989!!!

Dan Uggla’s Hit Streak Extended To 30 Games!!

Dan Uggla’s Hit Streak Extended To 30 Games!!

By Mark Bowman / MLB.com 

MIAMI — Dan Uggla understands why so many are surprised that he has been able to prolong his career-best hitting streak for more than a month. But now that the Braves’ second baseman has reached this point, he is simply focused on adding to the surprise.

Uggla extended his hitting streak to 30 games — the longest active streak in the Major Leagues this season — with an infield single in the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s 4-3, 11-inning win over the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium.

Uggla and Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier now share the longest hitting streaks posted in the Majors this year. Ethier’s streak ended in May.

“I think the loudest cheer of the night was when [Uggla] beat out that ball,” Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said.

 

All-time Atlanta hit streaks
The longest hitting streaks in Braves history:
# Player Year
31 Rico Carty 1970
30 Dan Uggla 2011
29 Rowland Office 1976
28 Marquis Grissom 1996

Uggla bounced his close friend Clay Hensley’s 1-2 curveball to shortstop Emilio Bonifacio, who snared the ball in the outfield but was unsuccessful in his attempt to record the out at first base.

Through the first two games of this series against his former team, Uggla has gone 2-for-9, and both of his hits have been infield singles. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he has registered nine infield singles during this streak and had a total of six in the previous 86 games he had played.

“There are going to be times when you don’t feel as good, and you have to battle and take what you can get,” said Uggla, who has improved his batting average from .173 to .220 during the streak.

When the Braves conclude their three-game series against the Marlins on Wednesday night, Uggla will have a chance to match the Atlanta record Rico Carty set in 1970 with a 31-game hitting streak.

While playing each of the previous five seasons with the Marlins, Uggla developed a close bond with Hensley. He extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a three-run homer off the Marlins right-hander on July 29.

Uggla has hit .345 (41-for-119) with 12 homers during this streak that dates back to July 5.

Happy Anniversary Jerome Walton!!!

Happy Anniversary Jerome Walton!!!

What a year 1989 was for Jerome Walton.

Not only did he make his major league debut in 1989 with the Chicago Cubs, but he also won the NL Rookie of the Year award that year while also helping the team capture their division crown!

At 23 years old, Walton had the presence of a veteran at the plate.  And his skills shined brightest in that rookie campaign.  Led by a batting average of .293, Walton collected 139 for the Cubs.  He also stole 24 bases, scored 64 runs, and drove in 46 more.  And he did all of this while patrolling one of the toughest center-field positions in the majors!

Congratulations on a fabulous rookie season Jerome.  Today we celebrate you winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1989!!!