Monday, August 5, 2013

Player Profile: Kevin Bass

I have 77 cards of Kevin Bass. This one is from 1990 Fleer Update.

Playing career: Outfielder Kevin Bass played fourteen seasons in the major leagues, hitting 118 home runs and stealing 151 bases. His best season was 1986, when he was an All-Star and finished seventh in the MVP voting, helping the Astros to the postseason by hitting .311 with 20 HR, 79 RBI and 22 SB.

My memories: Much like Marty Barrett, he had one great season in 1986, made the last out in the series against the Mets, and then his career tailed off thereafter. Unlike Barrett, he did stick around as a part-timer through the mid-nineties. Because I started following baseball in 1986, guys like Barrett and Bass always felt like big stars to me even though they really weren’t.

Where he is now: Also like Marty Barrett, he invests in real estate and plays a lot of golf.

Interesting facts: His cousin is ex-NFL star James Lofton; his brother and two sons all played minor league baseball.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Kevin Bas, between Kevin Basconi, a religious writer, and Kevin Basralian, a doctor in New Jersey. Another prominent Kevin Bass was a college basketball star at Iona in the 1970s.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Randy Bass.

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