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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Brian Finley, Ninth Inning - 12

The AA Vermont Reds needed a hit late in this August 1987 game and pinch-hitter Brian Finley delivered.

Sent to the plate in the ninth inning, a runner on third and the score tied, Finley promptly knocked a single to bring in the winning run, according to The Associated Press.

Finley knocked in that run in his fifth season as a pro. He went on to play in three more seasons. He briefly saw AAA twice, but he never saw the majors.

Finley's career began in 1982, taken by the Brewers in the sixth round of the January draft out of Contra Costa College in California. Finley was also credited by his full name, Brian Lee Finley.

Finley started with the Brewers at single-A Beloit. He hit .230 in 72 games there and stole 12 bases. He singled in an August game, before eventually getting tagged out on third.

He returned to Beloit over the next two seasons. He hit .254 and .288. His stolen base totals climbed from 28 in 1983 to 66 in 1984 to lead the Midwest League. He earned "fastest base runner" honors that 1984 season.

Finley moved to single-A Stockton for 1985, where he stole another 54 bases. He then arrived at AA El Paso to start 1986, before moving to the Reds and AA Vermont mid-season. He hit just .208 in 1986, stealing just 18.

Finley played most of 1987 at Vermont, but also got a 10-game look at AAA Nashville. He went 6 for 27 at AAA. He did largely the same in 1988. He played mostly at AAA Chattanooga and saw four games at Nashville.

He spent 1989 out injured and returned for one final season in 1990 at Chattanooga. He hit .192 in 116 games and stole nine bases, ending his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,728
Made the Majors:1,041-38.2%
Never Made Majors:1,687-61.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 430
10+ Seasons in the Minors:263

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