Ken Caminiti
third base | bats: both | throws: right | height: 6-0 | weight: 200 | b: 04.21.63 | d: 10.10.04

Ken Caminiti
Ken Caminiti hit 40 home runs in 1996.
Career stats: Baseball-Reference.com
Career biography: The Ballplayers
In the show: Astros (1987-94), Padres (95-98), Astros (99-00), Rangers (01), Atlanta (01)
How he was acquired: The Padres traded Phil Plantier, Derek Bell, Pedro Martinez, Doug Brocail, Craig Shipley and Ricky Gutierrez to the Astros for Caminiti, Steve Finley, Andujar Cedeno, Robert Petagine, Brian Williams and Sean Fesh on Dec. 28, 1994.
How he was lost: Caminiti signed to a two-year, $9.5 million contract with the Astros on Nov. 17, 1998.

Players most similar to: Robin Ventura, Doug DeCinces
Career year, 1996: 40 home runs, 130 RBIs, .326 batting average, .408 on-base percentage, .621 slugging percentage, 109 runs

Resume
  • National League MVP award (1996)
  • Three-time All-Star (1994, 96-97)
  • Three-time Gold Glove Award winner (1995-97)
  • National League Outstanding Player (1996, Players Choice Awards)
  • Associated Press All-Star team (1996)
  • Named to The Sporting News NL All-Star team twice (1995-96)
  • ESPY for Baseball Player of the Year (1996)
  • ESPY for Baseball Play of the Year (1996: April 22 at Florida)
    Records
  • Holds record for consecutive games with home runs from both sides of the plate (2, 09.16-17.95)
  • Holds record for games with home runs from both sides of the plate, season (4, 1996)
  • Shares record for RBIs by a switch hitter, season (130, 1996)
  • Holds NL record for games with home runs from both sides of the plate, career (10)
  • Holds NL record for homers by a switch hitter in consecutive seasons (66, 1995-96 and 1996-97)
    At San Jose State
  • Named second-team All-America by The Sporting News

    The Ken Caminiti Library
  • Fatal Errors | Mark Zeigler in Union-Tribune (Oct. 31, 2004) and The Best American Sports Writing 2005
  • Understanding Cami's Death: The Fans Struggle | Deborah Brancheau
  • Caminiti dies of heart attack at 41 | The Associated Press (Oct. 10, 2004)
  • Totally Juiced | Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated (June 3, 2002)
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