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Jerome-O-Meter | Gm 6-10

By bullpenbrian at 02.22.2012 Leave a comment.

Jerome Walton

The trade of OF Dave Martinez to Montreal the previous July left the Cubs without a true center fielder heading into spring training in 1989. 

It didn’t take long for the dynamic speed of young prospect Jerome Walton to emerge from the competition. Walton’s terrific outfield range quickly caught the eye of Cubs manager, Don Zimmer, who settled on Walton as his Opening Day center fielder.

Despite committing an error on the first ball hit to him on Opening Day, Walton proved Zimmer’s decision wise over the long haul.

It was 46 games later before Walton made his second defensive miscue, and he booted just one more throughout his final 69 regular season games played.

The regularity at which Walton showed flashes of brilliance in center field made him of Gold Glove consideration.

Had it not been for a mid season injury that limited his season to 116 games, Walton may have earned more hardware than his Rookie of the Year Award.

*Throughout spring training I’ll recap Walton’s 30-game hitting streak that sparked the Cubs from a 2.5 games deficit in the division to a 2.5 game lead!

Games | 1 – 5 | 6 – 10 | 11 – 15 | 16 – 20 | 21 – 25 | 26 – 30 |

Gm Date Walton Opponent Pitcher Outcome Score
6 July 26 1-4 @ St. Louis J. DeLeon Single 2B L 0-2
7 July 28 1-3 New York D. Cone Single to LF W 6-5
8 July 29 3-5 New York W. Whitehurst Single to CF W 10-3
J. Innis Bunt single
J. Innis Single to RF
9 July 30 3-5 New York B. Ojeda Single to LF W 6-4
B. Ojeda Single to LF
R. Aguilera Single to 2B
10 (Day)
July 31
1-5 @ Philly T. Mulholland Single to RF, RBI W 10-2
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