Chris Sabo was born on Friday, January 19, 1962, in Detroit, Michigan. Sabo was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 4, 1988, with the Cincinnati Reds. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Chris Sabo baseball stats page.
"Chris Sabo's comings and goings were, well... surprising. He was already 26 when he brought a minor league journeyman's resume to Cincinnati's big league camp in the early spring of 1988. Unheralded, the newcomer Sabo would soon be a celebrity. Rookie of the Year . Several years later, his myriad skills would suddenly disappear. Veteran Buddy Bell had been slotted as the Reds' 1988 third baseman. When Bell was placed on the disabled list for opening day, Chris Sabo was chosen to substitute. Fill in he did. Big time. During the season's first week he tied a record for third baseman with 11 assists in a nine-inning game. Before the year ended, he led NL third sackers in double plays. He stole a base in the '88 All-Star Game , and swiped 46 bases in the regular season. His .271 batting average included a career-high 40 doubles. It was a spectacular big league entrance." - Author Bob Bloss in Rookies of the Year (Page 150)
Chris "Spuds" Sabo Autograph on a 1990 Upper Deck (#77)
Chris Sabo Pitching Stats
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Chris Sabo Hitting Stats
Chris Sabo Fielding Stats
|1995 White Sox||1B||1||1||24||11||11.0||10||10||0||1||1||n/a||n/a||n/a||.909||11.25|
|1995 White Sox||3B||1||1||27||1||1.0||1||0||1||0||0||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||1.00|
Chris Sabo Miscellaneous Stats
|Baserunning Statistics||Other Positions||Common Hitting Ratios||Common Pitching Ratios|
|1995 White Sox||2||0||1.000||4||0||15||71.0||5.9||8.9||-||-||-|
Chris Sabo Miscellaneous Items of Interest
|Team [Click for Roster]||Uniform Numbers||Salary||All-Star||World Series|
|1988 Cincinnati Reds||17||$62,500.00||Stats||-|
|1989 Cincinnati Reds||17||$155,000.00||-||-|
|1990 Cincinnati Reds||17||$200,000.00||Stats||Stats|
|1991 Cincinnati Reds||17||$1,250,000.00||Stats||-|
|1992 Cincinnati Reds||17||$2,750,000.00||-||-|
|1993 Cincinnati Reds||17||$3,100,000.00||-||-|
|1994 Baltimore Orioles||17||$2,000,000.00||-||n/a|
|1995 Chicago White Sox||17||$659,000.00||-||-|
|1995 St. Louis Cardinals||18||" "||-||-|
|1996 Cincinnati Reds||17||$200,000.00||-||-|
|Chris Sabo Stats by Baseball Almanac|
Born in Detroit, Mich., on Jan. 19, 1962, Chris Sabo grew up in the blue-collar Rosedale Park section of the city. His father was a plumber and his mother a waitress, and each instilled in Sabo an ethos he would carry with him throughout his athletic career: Hard work and production will be rewarded, and giving your best should be an assumed approach to any endeavor. Sabo took this message to heart and applied it religiously to all of his activities. He knew early that he would never be the most talented player on the field, but he also knew that talent was only one part of the equation. What he may have lacked in natural ability, he more than made up for in desire, drive and old-fashioned effort.
In high school, Sabo demonstrated skill as both a hockey goalie and a golfer in addition to being one of the better baseball players in the area. As graduation approached, Sabo was torn between pursuing a hockey career or a baseball career, ultimately choosing baseball and a scholarship to the University of Michigan . A third baseman, Sabo was a key component on a strong Michigan club that finished third in the College World Series in 1983, a season in which Sabo was joined by future Reds teammate Barry Larkin in the Wolverines infield. Selected by the Reds in the second round of the June Draft, Sabo methodically worked his way up the Minor League ladder, twice being named the Most Valuable Player of his club.
Despite his impressive Minor League credentials, Sabo was given little chance of making the Reds out of Spring Training in 1988. In the outside chance that he did make the club, with former All-Star and Gold Glove winner Buddy Bell ensconced at third base, it would be as a utility player. Almost immediately, Sabo's performance and attitude began to change minds. Manager Pete Rose took particular note of the confident, hustling Sabo. "He reminds me of me when I was that age -- the way he plays the game, I mean," Rose said. "He can't wait to get to offense. He can't wait to get to defense and after the game, he's probably mad 'cause he's got to wait 'til tomorrow to play again." From his hustling style of play to his flattop haircut (almost a carbon copy of Pete's circa 1963 cut) Sabo was, in many ways, a mirror image of his manager, traits that would soon endear him to Reds fans.
Sabo's signature flattop was one of several pieces of Sabo lore that captured the imagination. He traced the origin of the old-fashioned haircut to a lengthy slump he was in two years before. He went to get a haircut in the midst of the slump and opted for the Marine-style look. He immediately started to hit again and had maintained the "slump-busting" cut ever since. Another Sabo signature, his goggles, also was tied to his on-field play. Needed to correct his poor vision, Sabo preferred the goggles over standard glasses or contacts because they better protected his eyes when he slid headfirst, a common practice for him. And the soon-to-be-famous story of Chris Sabo, McDonald's crew member, also came to light during this eventful spring. It seems that Sabo, bored with off-field life in Tampa while playing in the instructional league several years earlier, decided that he could make better use of his time (and make a little extra money) by, in his words, "flipping burgers" when he was away from the park. Topping everything off was Rose's conclusion that Sabo bore an uncanny resemblance to Spuds Mackenzie, a bull terrier that was the star of a very popular advertising campaign for Bud Light beer . In short order, "Spuds" Sabo would be a household name to baseball fans everywhere.
Source: Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. Chris Sabo. Class of 2010. Please click here to read their full biography.
In 1988, Chris Sabo won the National League Rookie of the Year , the sixth Cincinnati Reds player to receive the honor, their first third baseman. In the history of the award, Sabo was just the fifth third-baseman to win, joining Gil McDougald (1951), Dick Allen (1964), Bob Horner (1978) and John Castino (1979).
Chris Sabo | Cincinnati Reds Press Photo | Rec Specs
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