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Jeffrey Howard Cirillo

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Jeff Cirillo was an excellent contact hitter with significant gap power who hit .296 during a 14-year career. Cirillo started out with the Milwaukee Brewers, where he quietly became one of the best third basemen in the game as he hit .311 in his first five full big league seasons. In 1996, Jeff Cirillo put up 83 RBIs, at the time the highest RBI total by a third baseman in the franchise history of the Brewers. He broke his own record in 1999, but it paled in comparison with what he put up in 2000 when he posted 115 RBI at the hot corner for the Colorado Rockies.

Despite his success, Cirillo was often overlooked by fans and media. Even though he hit at least .313 in five different seasons, had 40+ doubles three times, and 80+ RBI in five seasons, Cirillo only made two All-Star teams in his career. He finished his career with a .796 OPS, but during his prime from 1995-2001 he posted an OPS of .847

Jeff Cirillo made his first postseason appearance in the 2007 NLDS for the Arizona Diamondbacks, in his 14th and final major league season. He later became a scout for the Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

He became eligible for election to the Hall of Fame in 2013 but did not receive any votes and was dropped from the ballot.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time All-Star (1997 & 2000)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (2000)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1996 & 2000)

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