James Michael Eisenreich (//; born April 18, 1959) is an American former Major League Baseball player with a 15-year career from 1982–1984 and 1987–1998. He played for the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals of the American League, and the Philadelphia Phillies, Florida Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League. He played first base, outfield and designated hitter.
Eisenreich at the Philadelphia Phillies Alumni Night in 2009
|Born: April 18, 1959|
St. Cloud, Minnesota
|April 6, 1982, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 1998, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Runs batted in||477|
|Career highlights and awards|
Major league careerEdit
In 1993, his first year with the Phillies, Eisenreich put together one of his best seasons, batting .318 and helping the Phillies win the National League pennant. As the Phillies began their slide the next season, Eisenreich was one of the team's few bright spots, batting .361 for the last place Phillies in 1996.
After signing with the Florida Marlins prior to the 1997 season, Eisenreich played a pivotal role in the 1997 World Series, helping the Marlins win a championship in their fifth year. Eisenreich was the runner on second base when Edgar Renteria hit his walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7.
Eisenreich was part of a "blockbuster" baseball trade on May 14, 1998. He was traded from the Florida Marlins, with Bobby Bonilla, Gary Sheffield, Charles Johnson, and Manuel Barrios, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Todd Zeile and Mike Piazza.
Eisenreich was noted in Los Angeles for his longtime success against Dodger pitching staffs, despite those staffs being among the best. His .405 batting average and .620 slugging percentage greatly exceed his other career numbers and rank among the most successful of any one player against any team.
Eisenreich has Tourette syndrome (TS), which caused him to go on to the voluntary retirement list between 1984 and 1987 while undergoing treatment. Eisenreich was replaced on the Twins roster by Kirby Puckett. In 1990, he was the first recipient of the Tony Conigliaro Award, which is given annually to a Major League Baseball player who has overcome a significant obstacle in life.
Eisenreich resides in the Kansas City area and runs the Jim Eisenreich Foundation for Children with Tourette's Syndrome whose goal is to help children with TS to achieve personal success.
You can read about his story in Marty Kaminsky's book "Uncommon Champions" along with many others.
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