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Signed as a free agent, December 7, 1998.
2001 Postseason Highlights: Steve had a terrific post-season, hitting safely in 11 of 14 starts at a .365 clip (19-for-52)...Fins began by hit- ting .421 (8-for-19) in the Division Series against the Cardinals, starting with 3 hits in the game #1 win, featuring an RBI single that was all Curt Schilling needed in a 1-0 decision...Steve came up big again in the pivotal third game of the NLCS in Atlanta, going 2-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI in the 5-1 win, then sealed Arizona's first trip to the World Series by catching the final out of game #5 ending the 3-2 victory...as Arizona advanced to the World Series, Steve's production continued as he batted .368 (7-for-19) against New York, a complete reversal from his 1-for-12 experience the first time he faced the Yankees in the Fall Classic while with the Padres in 1998... he had 3 hits in game #5 at Yankee Stadium including a fifth inning solo homer off of Mike Mussina that gave Arizona a 1-0 lead, his first post-season home run in his 35th career post-season game (113th at bat)...it was also the first of 2 homers in the inning for the D'Backs with Rod Barajas also going deep, the 34th multi-homer inning in World Series history, 15th by a National League club...Fins also had a big impact in the seventh and deciding game of the Fall Classic, picking up a pair of hits and scoring the first run on Danny Bautista's double in sixth inning...Steve also made a terrific running catch in center to retire Shane Spencer to end the second inning.2000 Was in the midst of spectacular season before injuries played a role in the 2nd half...carried the club offensively for better than 3 months, collecting 27 homers and 75 RBI by July 21...red-hot first half earned him a spot on the National League All-Star team replacing Ken Griffey Jr....he was named to the squad on July 9, the day before the break began, and responded by hitting his 25th home run to aid Arizona's 4-2 win in Oakland...was named the team co-Player-of-the-Year with Luis Gonzalez by the Arizona chapter of the BBWAA.
Just 3 days before his All-Star recognition, the injury bug bit when he made an 8th inning game-saving catch against the wall in left-center in Houston's Enron Field on July 6, aggravating his lower back, an injury that has haunted him in recent years...he missed only one game after the collision with the wall, but the aggravated area required a pair of injections as the season progressed...though he still had typical "Steve Finley" hot stretches, he wound up hitting just 8 home runs and driving in 21 in his last 57 games of the year.
Hit his career-high 35th and final home run of the year on September 9 in Florida, a 2-run shot off of A.J. Burnett in a 4-1 Arizona win.
Suffered a costly hit by pitch on his left hand on September 12 when hit by LA's Onan Masaoka...finished year just 4-for-39 (.103) after the plunking and missed the final 2 games of the year.
Tied a career-high with 4 hits in the season opener on April 4 in Bank One Ballpark vs. Philly, kicking off a 10-game hitting streak in which he batted .364 (16-for-44) with 5 homers and 9 RBI...final game in the streak featured a pair of 2-run homers off of San Diego's Sterling Hitchcock on April 13, staking the D'Backs to a 5-4 win in Qualcomm Stadium.
Hit 9 homers in April to tie the club record for home runs in a month set the previous September, and then hit 9 more in May.
Drove in his 50th run of the year in Arizona's 49th game (vs. Milwaukee on May 27) tying the team record for fastest to 50 (Matt Williams also drove in 50 in his first 49 games in 1999).
Started the only triple play in franchise history vs. St. Louis on May 31 when he caught Mark McGwire's fly ball and threw home to catch Placido Polanco attempting to score from 3rd...catcher Damian Miller then fired to 3rd base, where shortstop Tony Womack caught Edgar Renteria trying to advance from 2nd.
Made all the highlight reels with his catch in Shea Stadium on August 27, taking a home run away from Robin Ventura in the 5th inning.
Reached base by hit, walk or hit by pitch in 29 consecutive games from May 5 through June 5...at the end of the streak, he had reached base in 53 of his 56 starts since Opening Day.
Made 2nd career All-Star appearance as a defensive replacement in leftfield, then knocked in N.L.'s final run with RBI single in 9th.
Hit 11 home runs against southpaws, 1 more than during the 1999 season.
Made the most of an 0-for-4 game vs. Montreal on August 7, reaching twice on missed 3rd strikes and scoring once in a 5-2 win.
Homered in consecutive games on August 18 and 19, reaching the 30-homer mark for the 2nd consecutive year and 3rd time in his career.1999 Steve's reputation as a streak hitter and terrific defensive outfielder held true in his initial year as a Diamondback, establishing career bests in homers and RBI, while earning his third career Rawlings Gold Glove, first since winning consecutive awards in 1995 & 1996...all of this was accomplished while suffering from a back ailment that twice required pain-killing injections during the season...Steve eclipsed the 100-RBI mark on Sept. 28 vs. Colorado, joining teammates Matt Williams, Jay Bell and Luis Gonzalez in the century club, as Arizona became 1 of 7 National League clubs in history with 4 100-RBI men...Fins also scored 100 runs, the fourth time in his last 5 years he has stepped on the plate at least 100 times...his year started slowly at the plate, hitting just .231 through May 19, but then one of his patented streaks commenced and Fins went on his first official tear of the year...from May 20-June 5, he batted .452 (28-for-62) over a 15-game stretch, with 17 runs, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 6 homers and 29 RBI, totaling 58 bases for a .935 slugging pct., raising his season average 63 points to .294...included was a 5-game stretch against New York, Montreal and Texas in which he went 16-for-23 (.696) with 4 doubles, a triple, 5 homers and 18 RBI, totaling 37 bases for a slugging pct. of 1.609, earning N.L. Player-of-the-Week honors...the stretch began with a 4-for-5 game on May 30 in Shea Stadium, featuring a double, 2 homers and 5 RBI, but he trumped that 2 days later with another 4-hit effort, hitting 2 more home runs, while setting a club record with 6 RBI...he would later tie the RBI mark with another 6-pack on September 8 in Milwaukee, the result of a club record 3-homer game, the third of his career...Fins entered last year with 7 career multi-homer efforts, but he doubled that with 7 more during the '99 season, tying Barry Bonds for second in the league to Mark McGwire, who logged 9 multi-HR games for the Redbirds...the 3-homer effort in County Stadium occurred in the middle of another of Steve's hot streaks, batting .444 (12-for-27) on a 6-game tour through Atlanta and Milwaukee from Sept. 3-9, including 4 doubles, a triple, 5 homers, 10 runs and 11 RBI...that streak jump-started a 22-game period in September in which Fins batted. 330 (29-for-88) with 24 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 9 homers, 21 RBI and 66 total bases, a .750 slugging pct....he hit the seventh grand slam of his career on May 10 at home vs. Montreal's Javier Vazquez...he was 1 of 2 D'Backs to make a splash in right-center at Bank One Ballpark, taking a Mark Gardner delivery into the pool on August 4, Steve's second homer of the game...with the leather, Fins committed only 2 errors, ironically the first occurring on April 24 in the familiar surroundings of Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, where he patrolled centerfield for 4 years...he then set a Diamondback record with 109 consecutive errorless games, snapping the streak with a miscue at home on August 30 vs. the Mets...Steve collected the 1,500th hit of his career on June 13 in Anaheim off of Omar Olivares...he logged 4 hits on 4 occasions in 1999, giving him 24 career contests with at least 4 knocks...of Fins' 34 home runs, 10 were off of lefthanded pitching, 8 more than he had vs. southpaws during the entire 1998 season...the first 5 home runs he hit last year were solo blasts, but 20 of his last 29 came with men aboard...Steve was not discriminating between home or road, hitting 17 home runs in Bank One Ballpark and 17 away from the Valley. 1998 The durable outfielder led the Padres with 159 games, his 4th major league season with at least that many games played...though the average tailed off to .249, he hammered 60 extra-base hits, or 39% of his overall hit total...to put his extra-base hits in perspective, Arizona's leader in that department during the inaugural year was Devon White with 55...Steve's 40 doubles were tied for 10th in the N.L., while ranking 2nd on the club with 92 runs, though it was the first time in 4 seasons that he did not eclipse the 100-run mark...had a pair of 4-hit games, the first included a club record-tying 3 doubles and personal best matching 5 RBI, leading the Padres to a 17-8 thrashing of the Rangers in Arlington on June 7...also had 4 hits on August 24 in 7-2 triumph at Milwaukee...he had a season-high 11-game hitting streak from July 11-23, hitting .350 (14-for-40)...he hit his 5th career first inning leadoff homer, taking the Giants' Shawn Estes deep to open the scoring on Sept. 9 in San Diego...it was his 2nd with the Padres, after hitting 3 with Houston...a charter member of the "if you can't beat him, sign him" club, Steve traumatized the D'Backs with a .333 mark (14-for-42) which included a crushing blow in April...he ended a game that Arizona appeared to have in hand on April 10, delivering a 9th inning, 2-out, grand slam off of Felix Rodriguez, lifting the Pads to a 6-4 win...it was the 6th slam of Finley's career, his 4th with San Diego...in just 4 seasons with the Padres, he ranked 5th in club history with 244 extra-base hits, 6th in runs scored (423) and tied with Carmelo Martinez for 7th in homers (82)...Steve hit 47 home runs in his first 7 seasons as a big leaguer, but has managed 72 blasts in his last 3. 1997 Led the Padres in homers (28), triples (5) and runs (101), ranking 8th in the N.L. in scoring...also ranked in the top 3 on the club in RBI, extra-base hits, hits, doubles and stolen bases, earning his first trip to the All-Star Game...added his name to the record book by becoming the 6th National Leaguer and 11th player in big league history to homer 3 times in a game twice in the same season...first 3-bomb game was on May 19 at Cincinnati, hitting a pair of shots off of Pete Schourek, then taking Stan Belinda deep, all solo homers...he duplicated the effort on June 23 at San Francisco, clubbing bases empty shots off of Mark Gardner and Rich Rodriguez, then hitting a 2-run home run in the 9th off of Joe Roa...he also singled in the game to set a club record with 13 total bases, 1 more base than Nate Colbert's club record 3-homer game on August 1, 1972...the 2nd 3-homer game led to his 2nd career N.L. Player-of-the-Week honor, finishing the week of June 23-29 with a .520 mark (13-for-25) with 6 homers and 9 RBI, adding a 2-homer and 3-RBI affair on June 28 in Los Angeles...for good measure, Finley had another 2-homer tilt on July 3 vs. Seattle...he slugged career home run #100 on August 23 at Shea Stadium off of Dave Mlicki. 1996 Had a career year, setting personal bests in virtually every category, while rewriting the San Diego record book... set career bests in average, runs, hits, doubles, homers, extra-base hits, total bases (348), RBI, slugging pct. (.531) and at bats, and finished 10th in the N.L. MVP balloting...in the process, he established Padres' records in runs, doubles, extra-base hits and total bases...he was also 22 for 30 in stolen bases, becoming just the 4th Padre in history to hit 20 homers and steal 20 bases...he also had a career-high 21-game hitting streak from June 20-July 14, hitting .419 (29-for-93)...of his 30 home runs, 18 either tied the score (4) or put the Padres ahead (14)...he had a streak of 3 homers in as many at bats on June 29-30 in San Francisco, hitting a 3-run blast off Mark Leiter and a 2-run shot off of Rod Beck on the 29th, then hit a solo homer off of William VanLandingham the following day...Finley had a career-high 5-hit game on May 23 at Philly...he hit the 3rd grand slam of his career on June 1 at Philly off of southpaw Dave Leiper...notched career hit #1,000 on June 5, a double off St. Louis' southpaw Donovan Osborne...enjoyed a milestone evening on Sept. 10 vs. the Pirates, joining the 20/20 club with his 20th steal, then setting the club record for doubles in a season, and ending the contest with a 2-out, 0-2, 2-run homer to give the Friars a 6-5 win...he batted .308 with 9 home runs in September to ensure San Diego's first trip to the post-season since 1984...defensively, he earned his 2nd consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove...he struggled offensively in the Division Series vs. the Cards, going just 1-for-12...he wrapped up 1996 by earning MVP honors on an 8-game Major League Baseball All-Star tour through Japan, hitting .400 (8-for-20) in the 7 games he played, with 4 doubles and 9 RBI. 1995 His first year in San Diego, he was the only National League player to achieve 100 runs, 10 homers and 35 stolen bases (Minnesota's Chuck Knoblauch was the only A.L. player)...Finley earned his first of a pair of Rawlings Gold Glove Awards...was used in the leadoff spot in 73 games and hit a major league best .338 (103-for-305) in that slot, with 62 runs, 15 doubles, 6 triples, 6 homers, 28 RBI and 25 steals...stole a career-high 4 bases on August 12 vs. St. Louis... was in the delivery room on Sept. 1 when son Reed was born, then headed to the ballpark and played in the 8th & 9th innings of San Diego's 6-3 win over the Phillies. 1994 Steve appeared in 94 games of an injury and strike-shortened season, missing nearly a month after being hit by a pitch on June 8 in Montreal, breaking the 3rd metacarpal bone in his right hand...he was placed on the D.L. on June 13 and did not return until July 3...hit his 2nd career grand slam on July 17 at Pittsburgh off of Paul Wagner, then tied a Houston club record on July 23 with 4 runs scored, also vs. the Pirates...Finley was part of the 11-player trade with San Diego on December 28. 1993 He was slowed by an early-season ailment and injury, limiting his full-time action until mid-May...was slowed in spring training by Bell's Palsy, a viral infection of a nerve in the upper neck, resulting in numbness that prevented him from closing his left eye...he then played the first 16 games of the year before getting plunked by a John Candelaria pitch on April 24 in Pittsburgh...it was first believed to be a bruise, but further examination revealed a hairline fracture, which forced him on the D.L. from April 27-May 14...upon returning, he did not collect his first triple of the year until the 41st game and still led the N.L. with 13. 1992 Steve and teammates Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell were the only 3 N.L. players to participate in all 162 games...he finished in the league's top 10 in hits, triples, stolen bases and sacrifice bunts...he set then career highs in hits, doubles, triples, RBI, walks and stolen bases...he had a 4-RBI game on May 26 at Montreal, and a pair of 4-hit affairs (July 7 at Pittsburgh and August 5 at Los Angeles)...finished strong, hitting .306 (81-for-265) after the All-Star break. 1991 Finley's first year as a National Leaguer, he was acquired by the Astros on January 10 with pitchers Pete Harnisch and Curt Schilling in exchange for Glenn Davis...Steve tied for 6th in the N.L. with 170 hits, while ranking 3rd in the loop in triples (10) and games played (159), and 4th in at bats (596)...his 13 outfield assists tied Barry Bonds and Paul O'Neill for 3rd in the league...he matched a personal best with a pair of 4-hit games, May 29 and August 15, both at Dodger Stadium. 1990 Led the Orioles with 22 stolen bases, while ranking 2nd on the club with 119 hits...had a trio of 4-hit games, May 22 vs. Minnesota and twice vs. the Angels (August 11 and Sept. 7). 1989 Made his major league debut for Baltimore on opening day vs. Boston...on first career big league fielding chance, Steve made a diving catch while crashing into the wall in right-center, suffering a right shoulder sprain that necessitated a trip to the disabled list...was activated on April 22 and picked up first big league hit that night, a single off of Minnesota's Fred Toliver...hit first major league home run on April 25 off California's Willie Fraser...blasted first grand slam on June 5 at Yankee Stadium off of lefthander Chuck Cary...tied an Oriole club record on Sept. 7 with 3 steals in game #1 of twinbill at Texas. 1988 In his 2nd pro season, Steve was named International League Rookie-of the-Year, leading the I.L. in batting (.314) and hits (143) to help Rochester to the title...it was a quick climb, opening the year at Hagerstown (A), appearing in 8 games, then participated in 10 games at Charlotte (AA), before heading to Rochester.