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|Born: (1965-11-08) November 8, 1965
Los Gatos, California
|July 5, 1987, for the Atlanta Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 3, 1999, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Runs batted in||513|
|Career highlights and awards|
Blauser went to Placer High School in Auburn, California and Sacramento City College. He was selected by the Braves in the first round (4th pick) of the 1984 June amateur draft (secondary phase) and made his major league debut on July 5, 1987. Blauser was a powerful right-handed shortstop at 6' 0", 170 lb. He hit well for a middle infielder but was shaky with the glove, which often led him to be replaced on the field in the later innings. In 1993, Blauser had a breakout season, batting over .300 for the first time and scoring 110 runs. He was also named to the All-Star team.
During the next few seasons, Blauser's production suffered. He made 23 errors in 1996 and spent half the season on the disabled list. He came back in 1997, however, batting .308 with 17 home runs and 70 runs batted in. He was an All-Star for the second time and also won the Silver Slugger Award for National League shortstops.
After the '97 season, Blauser signed a 2-year, $8.2 million deal with the Cubs as a free agent. The contract also contained a club option for 2000 worth $7 million. In two years with them, he struggled with injuries and batted under .230. After the 1999 season, the Cubs declined to pick up his 2000 option, opting instead to pay a $200,000 buyout. Blauser retired after the season.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Jeff Blauser Interview at Baseball Digest Daily - March 2006
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