Today’s Random Player From The Baseball Project That May Or May Not Amount To Anything is Bob Horner.  Horner was the very first pick of the 1978 draft by the Atlanta Braves and made his debut right after, never playing in the minors.  His first year was a success (hey, you made the bigs!  That in itself made it a success!), hitting .266/.313/.539 with 23 homeruns in just 89 games and capturing the Rookie of the Year Award, beating out Ozzie Smith.  The biggest problem was that he couldn’t stay in the lineup.  His career high for games played in a season was 140 (coincidentally his only All-Star appearance).  Despite of his lack of health he still managed to hit 30 homers three times.

 

His signature moment came on July 6, 1986.  It was the finale of a weekend series with the Montreal Expos in Atlanta and the Braves featured a middling at best team (they were 41-39 at the time and ended up 72-89 for the season) while the Expos were already 11 ½ games behind the juggernaut Mets in the East.  In the bottom of the second inning Horner led off with a solo homerun off of Andy McGaffigan.  But since the Braves weren’t good that lead didn’t last and Horner the Expos had a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the fourth.  With two outs Horner hit his second solo homerun of the game.  Then, after a six run top of the fifth Horner came to bat trailing 10-4 (the Braves managed to score a couple in the bottom half) with two outs and two on.  He hit his third homerun of the game, chasing McGaffigan from the game.  Horner fouled out in the seventh but came to bat in the ninth – again with two outs – trailing 11-7.  He homered again off of Jeff Reardon, becoming just the 11th player in major league history to hit four homeruns in one game and the first in ten years.

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