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STEVE
SAX

 by Mark McDermott/BaseballSacramento.com 

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Born: January 29, 1960

High School: James Marshall  

Bats: Right—Throws: Right  

Height: 5-11—Weight: 185  

Position: Second Base  

Drafted: 9th round in 1978 by the Los Angeles Dodgers  

Debut: August 18, 1981  

Last Game: May 8, 1994  

Teams: Los Angeles 1981-1988; New York Yankees 1989-1991; Chicago White Sox 1992-1993; Oakland A’s 1994 

    

 

 





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Following their 1981 World Series championship, the Los Angeles Dodgers broke up baseball’s longest running infield by trading second baseman Joey Lopes to make room for Steve Sax. The 22-year-old responded by winning the National League Rookie of the Year award in 1982. He hit .282, set at Dodger rookie record with 49 stolen bases and led the club with 638 at-bats, 88 runs scored and 180 hits. 

A highly-excitable and enthusiastic player, Sax once broke Dodgers’ coach Joe Amalfitano’s finger with a high-five while rounding third base on a game-winning home run. 

In 1983, Sax mysteriously became unable to make a simple throw from his second base position to first base, prompting a tongue-and-cheek clubhouse conversation between manager Tommy Lasorda and third baseman Pedro Guerrero. 

Lasorda asked Guerrero: “Pedro, what do you think about when the ball is hit?” 

Guerrero answered, “First I think, ‘I hope they don’t hit to me.’ Then I think, ‘I hope they don’t hit it to Sax.’”  

Despite that temporary fielding lapse, overall he was a good fielder, finishing his career with a .978 fielding percentage. But still, his strength was his offensive ability. He could hit and he could run. A 25-game hitting streak in September of 1986 brought Sax within two points of a batting title. He finished second to Tim Raines of the Montreal Expos who hit .334.  

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During his 14-year career, he hit .281 and stole 444 bases. He was named to the N.L. All-Star team four times and the American League All-Star team once. He also won a Silver Slugger award. In addition to his 1981 World Series championship, he won another ring in 1988 when the Dodgers toppled a loaded Oakland lineup.

Sax and older brother, Dave Sax, played on the same minor league team from 1978-1981. Dave, a catcher, had brief stays in the big leagues with the Dodgers in 1982-1983 and Boston Red Sox 1985-1987. 

 

 


Career Statistics
 -- Steve Sax

Year 

Team 

Avg 

AB 

2B 

3B 

HR 

RBI 

SB 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

TB 

1981 

LAD 

.277 

  31 

119 

15 

  33 

 

 

 

14 

.317 

.345 

.662 

41 

1982 

LAD 

.282 

150 

638 

88 

180 

23 

47 

49 

49 

53 

.335 

.359 

.694 

229 

1983 

LAD 

.281 

155 

623 

94 

175 

18 

41 

56 

58 

73 

.342 

.350 

.692 

218 

1984 

LAD 

.243 

145 

569 

70 

138 

24 

35 

34 

47 

53 

.300 

.304 

.604 

173 

1985 

LAD 

.279 

136 

488 

62 

136 

 

42 

27 

54 

43 

.352 

.318 

.670 

155 

1986 

LAD 

.332 

157 

633 

91 

210 

43 

56 

40 

59 

58 

.390 

.441 

.830 

279 

1987 

LAD 

.280 

157 

610 

84 

171 

22 

46 

37 

44 

61 

.331 

.369 

.700 

225 

1988 

LAD 

.277 

160 

632 

70 

175 

19 

57 

42 

45 

51 

.325 

.343 

.668 

217 

1989 

NYY 

.315 

158 

651 

88 

205 

26 

63 

43 

52 

44 

.364 

.387 

.751 

252 

1990 

NYY 

.260 

155 

615 

70 

160 

24 

42 

43 

49 

46 

.316 

.325 

.641 

200 

1991 

NYY 

.304 

158 

652 

85 

198 

38 

10 

56 

31 

41 

38 

.345 

.414 

.759 

270 

1992 

CWS 

.236 

143 

567 

74 

134 

26 

47 

30 

43 

42 

.290 

.317 

.607 

180 

1993 

CWS 

.235 

57 

119 

20 

  28 

 

 

 

 

.283 

.303 

.586 

36 

1994 

Oak 

.250 

   

  24 

 

   

 

  1  

 

 

.250 

.333 

.583 

14 

Totals 

.281 

1769 

6940 

913 

1949 

278 

47 

54 

550 

444 

556 

584 

.335 

.358 

.692 

2483 

 
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