Steve Braun

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Stephen Russell Braun

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Steve Braun played fifteen seasons in the majors and ended his career as one of the more successful pinch hitters in history.

Selected by the Minnesota Twins in then 10th round of the 1966 amateur draft, Braun reached the majors with the club in 1971. Originally primarily a third baseman, he was the team's regular in left field in 1975 and had his best season, hitting .302 with 11 home runs.

After a decade in the Twins organization, Braun was chosen by the Seattle Mariners in the 1976 expansion draft and was their regular left fielder in their inaugural campaign of 1977. Dealt to the Kansas City Royals after a year and a half in Seattle, he spent two years with the club before moving on to the Toronto Blue Jays for the later portion of the 1980 season, thus missing out on the Royals' appearance in the 1980 World Series.

Signed by the St. Louis Cardinals prior to the 1981 season, he spent five years with the team, mostly seeing action as a pinch hitter and playing in two World Series with the club. He was part of the 1982 championship team that defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in 7 games in the 1982 World Series. He hit .274 in 58 games that year, and had a hit, a walk and 2 RBI in 2 plate appearances during the Series. He ended his career with 114 pinch hits.

After his playing days ended, Braun was a Cardinals coach in 1990. He later served as hitting coach for the Trenton Thunder in 1999-2000, Sarasota Red Sox in 2001, and Trenton again in 2002-2004.

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