- Keith Lockhart (baseball)
Infobox MLB retired
birthdate=birthdate and age|1964|11|10
San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres
stat3label=Runs batted in
San Diego Padres(by|1994)
Kansas City Royals(by|1995-by|1996)
San Diego Padres(by|2003)
Keith Virgil Lockhart (born
November 10, 1964in Whittier, California) is a retired second basemanand third basemanwho played for 10 seasons in the major leagues from by|1994-by|2003.
left-handedbatter, played college baseball at Oral Roberts Universityand was originally drafted by Cincinnati Redsin the 11th round of the by|1986 Amateur Draft. He spent 8 full seasons in the minor league systems of three different organizations before earning a spot on the San Diego Padres' opening day roster in 1994. He played in 27 games with the Padres in his first year before leaving as a free agentand signing with the Kansas City Royalsduring the 1994 season.
Lockhart played for the Royals in both by|1995 and by|1996. In his first season, he batted a career best .321, earning him a role as a platoon player in 1996. Sharing time at second base with
Bip Robertsand at third base with Joe Randaand Craig Paquette, Lockhart hit .273 and drove in 55 runs.
Shortly before the start of the by|1997 season, Lockhart and outfielder Michael Tucker were traded to the
Atlanta Bravesfor outfielder Jermaine Dye, and Rule V selection Jamie Walker.
Lockhart stayed in Atlanta for 6 seasons, from 1997 to by|2002. He primarily served as a reserve second baseman and also served as a
pinch hitter, contributing 59 pinch hits as a Brave. He served as a platoon player on two occasions with the Braves; in by|1998 (a year which saw the Braves win a team-record 106 games), Lockhart platooned with Tony Graffanino, while in 2002, he platooned with Mark DeRosafollowing an injury to Marcus Giles.
He came close to being the hero of the Braves' epic struggle with the
New York Metsin Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS. Lockhart, who came into the game as a replacement after Bret Boonewas pinch-run for, hit an RBI triple in the 15th inning to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. The lead was squandered in the bottom of the inning, however, after a bases loaded walk tied the game; Robin Ventura's famed Grand Slam Singlewould later win it for the Mets.
In 2003, he returned to San Diego for what would be his last major league season and served as the backup to
Mark Loretta. He retired at season's end with a .261 career batting average, 44 career home runs, and 268 runs batted in.
Lockhart was the final out of the 1999
World Series. He flew out to left field.
* [http://www.tireball.com/behindthedugout/profiles/keith-lockhart/ Keith Lockhart: Behind the Dugout]
* [http://alumniweb.oru.edu/excell/spring05/pages/features/feature6c.asp The Nicest Man in Baseball] - Oral Roberts University Alumni article
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