Afterward, O'Donnell credited advice from his manager, Joe Vavra, he told The Tribune.
"Pulling the ball isn't my game, so I've just been trying to hit the ball up the middle," O'Donnell told The Tribune. "It's paying off."
O'Donnell got that advice in his first season as a pro. He went on to take it to three more campaigns. He topped out at high-A.
O'Donnell's career began that year, taken by the Dodgers in the 36th round of the draft out of La Salle University in Philadelphia.
At La Salle, hit .403, with 45 home runs over his career there and continues to be tops at the school in season and career home runs, RBIs and total bases. He later made the conference 40th anniversary team in 2020, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
With the Dodgers, O'Donnell started at Great Falls. He got into 60 games and hit .345. He went 3 for 5 in a July game as he scored three times and knocked in two.
He moved to high-A Bakersfield for 1990. He hit .243 over 68 games there.
O'Donnell then made high-A Vero Beach for both 1991 and 1992. He saw 114 games there in 1991, hitting .256. He then saw 36 in 1992 and hit .170 to end his career.
- Great Falls Tribune, Aug. 5, 1989: Dodgers
- Richmond Times-Dispatch, Sept. 16, 2020: Former J.R. Tucker, La Salle standouts Tim Legler and Steve O'Donnell honored by MAAC
Made the Majors:1,215-34.9%
Never Made Majors:2,262-65.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:504
10+ Seasons in the Minors:299