A 5'9" utility infielder who stole 63 bases in his first minor league season (Memphis, 1982), the switch-hitting Newman was used sparingly in Montreal. He saw more playing time after his 1987 trade to Minnesota. In 1988, he started at third base in 41 of the Twins' last 45 games after Gary Gaetti was injured. Although he set a career high with 25 stolen bases the following year, he failed to top 13 in his final three seasons. (JCA/JT)
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 6, 1986: Bob Horner becomes the 11th player to hit four home runs in a game, but it isn't enough as the Braves fall to the Expos 11–8. Horner is only the second to hit his four home runs in a losing cause; Ed Delahanty of the Phillies on was the first, on July 13, 1896. On the winning side, Al Newman cracks his first ML home run, off Zane Smith; it'll be his only homer, as Newman will go to the American League next year and set the junior circuit record by going to bat 1,893 times without a 4-bagger.
»August 16, 1990: In a 7–5 loss to the Indians, the Twins Kirby Puckett starts off in RF and then moves to SS, 3B, and 2B in the 8th inning. Al Newman switches from 3B to SS back to 3B in the frame. Cleveland fails to score.