Wednesday, January 6, 2010

1996 Emotion-XL #251 Todd Zeile

Todd Zeile was not elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today, falling 405 shorts of the 405 votes needed for election. Also receiving no votes in his first year of eligibility was former Phillie reliever Mike Jackson. Both will be dropped from the voting ballot in 2011.

Zeile may not be a Hall of Famer, but he's the only player in history to hit a home run with 11 different teams. He began 1996 as the Phillies everyday 3rd baseman, but with the team mired in last place he was shipped to the Orioles (with Pete Incaviglia) before the August 31st trading deadline. In his short Phillies tenure, Zeile hit .268 with 20 home runs and 80 RBIs. His home run and RBI marks were good enough for 2nd on the team behind Benito Santiago, who finished '96 with 30 home runs and 85 RBIs.

Congratulations are in order for new Hall of Famer Andre Dawson. In 278 games against the Phils, Hawk hit .280 with 51 home runs and 163 RBIs. Fan favorite and former Phillie Dale Murphy received just 63 votes, falling short of the Hall once again.

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