Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 29

2001 Topps Heritage #99 - Greg Norton

On this day in 1999, Greg Norton hit two home runs in a game for the second consecutive game.

Greg would hit one fourth of his home runs for 1999 in those two days. Those sixteen home runs were also Norton's highest season total. Pegged with replacing Robin Ventura at third base in 1999, Norton performed admirably for such a momentous task. He raised his average from .237 in 1998 to .255 in 1999. Although he had career highs in runs, hits, home runs, stolen bases, RBI and walks, Greg had 180 more plate appearances than the previous season to accomplish those totals.

The Sox parted ways with Norton through free agency after the 2000 season, after parts of five seasons. The ChiSox decided to give the third base job to Herbert Perry full time for the 2001 season. Greg stuck around in the majors, except for the 2005 season, until 2009.

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