Kevin Charles Bass (born May 12, 1959) is a former American professional baseball right fielder who played in Major League Baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers (1982), Houston Astros (1982–1989, 1993–1994), San Francisco Giants (1990–1992), New York Mets (1992), and Baltimore Orioles (1995).
|Born: May 12, 1959|
Redwood City, California
|April 9, 1982, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1995, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Runs batted in||611|
|Career highlights and awards|
The Milwaukee Brewers selected Bass in the second round of the 1977 MLB Draft. His MLB debut came on April 9, 1982. Bass was traded to the Houston Astros from Milwaukee with Frank DiPino and Mike Madden for Don Sutton on August 30, 1982. He played his final MLB game on October 1, 1995.
Bass had his best year in 1986 for an Astros team that narrowly missed a World Series appearance. Bass was named to the 1986 National League All-Star team, pacing the Astros with a .311 batting average, 20 home runs, 22 steals, and sterling defensive play. His career year did not have a storybook ending, however. In Game 6 of the epic 1986 NLCS, he struck out swinging with men on first and second in the 16th inning, sealing a 7–6 victory for the Mets, allowing them to advance to the 1986 World Series.
On August 3, 1987, versus the San Francisco Giants, Bass became the 15th switch hitter in major league history to hit a home run from each side of the plate in the same game. In 1989, the Astros right fielder hit two grand slams in the season. The first homer stunned Cubs closer Mitch Williams, turning a 4–4 tie into an 8–4 Astros victory. The second homer, against Atlanta Braves reliever Mark Eichhorn on September 20, created a tie game that the Astros won in 14 innings.
In 1571 games over 14 seasons, Bass recorded a .270 batting average (1308-for-4839) with 609 runs, 248 doubles, 40 triples, 118 home runs, 611 RBI, 151 stolen bases, 357 base on balls, .323 on-base percentage and .411 slugging percentage. He posted a .982 fielding percentage at all three outfield positions.
Bass lives in the Houston, Texas area and works in real estate. He is a cousin of former American football player James Lofton. Bass is also the nephew of the late Stan Johnson, a former professional baseball player who played for the White Sox and the Athletics organizations.
Two of Kevin's sons were selected in the 2007 MLB Draft. Garrett (Jacksonville State University) was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 42nd round and played a couple of seasons in their organization and then spent time in the independent minor leagues. Justin (Clements High School) was taken by the Los Angeles Angels in the 21st round and as of the 2011 season, had spent several seasons in Rookie and A League baseball.
- "Garrett Bass - The Baseball Cube". www.thebaseballcube.com.
- "Justin Bass Stats & Scouting Report - Baseball America".