Thursday, June 13, 2013

Jim Savage, Tie Breaker - 3077

The score was tied at zero in this August 1991 game between the Bend Bucks and Everett Giants and coming up to the plate was Bend hitter Jim Savage.

By the time Savage was done, the score was no longer tied - Bend was up 2-0. It was tied on a Savage two-run home run, according to The Bend Bulletin.

Savage hit that home run in his second professional season, as he played for Bend in the short-season Northwest League. It was one of three home runs he hit for Bend that year.

Those three home runs ended up being the only home runs he hit as a pro, his career ending after that second pro season.

Savage's career began in 1990, taken by the Phillies in the 16th round of the draft, out of Hillsborough Community College.

With the Phillies, Savage started at short-season Batavia, hitting .241 in 55 games. He knocked in 15 and stole three bases.

For 1991, Savage started at single-A Spartanburg. In 37 games there, Savage hit .246, with 13 RBIs. By early June, though, Savage and a teammate had the distinction of being the only two team members not to go hitless in two games in a row, according to The Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

By mid-June 1991, though, Savage was at short-season Bend, knocking in a run in a Bend loss. Savage's time with Bend ended up being his last time in professional ball, his brief career ending with season's end.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally  
Players/Coaches Featured:1,169
Made the Majors: 675 - 57.8%
Never Made Majors: 494-42.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 291
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 174

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