|1993 Classic/Best Gold # 15||1995 Smokey Jackson Generals|
|Who knew, huh? As I write, in late May 2004, Baltimore Oriole Melvin Mora has a higher batting average than Barry Bonds, a better OBP than Manny Ramirez, and a better slugging percentage than Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez, and Vladimir Guerrero.|
His breakout performance in the 1999 NLCS surprised everybody, most of all I'm sure the Astros, who had granted him his free agency following the 1997 season. But in a previous version of this database, I had written that the 1999 playoffs were his "fifteen minutes of fame," considering him thereby a latter-day Dusty Rhodes, or Francisco Cabrera. The Mets obviously agreed with me, trading Mora during the 2000 season--along with three marginal Major Leaguers--for Mike Bordick, who ended up playing 56 games for the Mets, and went 5 for 33 in the 2000 playoffs. Needless to say, Bordick's five hits was a figure that Mora had surpassed during the '99 playoffs in 40% of the at-bats. . .
Mora's success even confounded, I think, the club that ended up with him. The Orioles were so surprised at his performance that they couldn't even find a position for him throughout 2003. Mora played no less than six different positions for the Orioles in 2003, surely the most positions played by an All-Star during a single season in some time.
|1991||Ingenio Santa Fe||.299||0||20||Dominican Summer||Summer|
|1992||GCL Astros||.222||0||8||Gulf Coast||Rookie|
|1993||Asheville Tourists*||.285||2||31||South Atlantic||A|
|1994||Osceola Astros||.282||8||46||Florida State||A|
|1995||Tucson Toros||.600||0||1||Pacific Coast||AAA|
|1996||Tucson Toros||.281||3||26||Pacific Coast||AAA|
|1997||New Orleans Zephyrs||.257||2||38||American Assoc.||AAA|
|*Midseason SAL All-Star|
|Led the club in 8 different offensive categories including AVG, HR, H, and SB|
|Led squad in hits with 139, while finishing fifth in the league|