Steve Sax
Steve Sax 2013.jpg
Sax with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013
Second baseman
Born: (1960-01-29) January 29, 1960 (age 62)
West Sacramento, California
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 18, 1981, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
May 8, 1994, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average.281
Home runs54
Runs batted in550
Stolen bases444
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Stephen Louis Sax (born January 29, 1960) is an American former professional baseball player and coach. He played as a second baseman in Major League Baseball from 1981 to 1994, most notably as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers with whom he won two world championships in 1981 and 1988. A five-time All-Star player, Sax was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1982 and won the Silver Slugger Award in 1986. He also played for the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and the Oakland Athletics. Sax currently hosts on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio.

Career

Sax starred at James Marshall High School (now known as River City High School) in West Sacramento, California, from 1975 to 1978. The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Sax in the ninth round of the 1978 MLB draft.[1] Sax was a late season call up in 1981, playing 31 games.[2] Sax broke into the majors as a regular in 1982, earning the National League Rookie of the Year award.[3] Throughout his career, Sax was on the All-Star team five times and had a batting average over .300 in three seasons. He had great success on the basepaths, stealing over 40 bases in six different seasons, finishing with a career total of 444 stolen bases.[2] His best year arguably came in 1986, when he finished second in the NL with a .332 batting average, 210 base hits, and 43 doubles and won a Silver Slugger Award. He also set the Yankees team record for most singles in a season (171 in 1989).

Sax has two World Series rings, both with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981 and 1988.[4] Sax was also a higher-up in the Players Association during his career.[5]

Steve Sax Syndrome

Though never regarded as one of the top fielding second basemen in the league, Steve Sax inexplicably became incapable of making routine throws to first base in 1983, committing 30 errors that season.[6] This is referred to in baseball terminology as "Steve Sax Syndrome", the fielder's variant of "Steve Blass disease," named after the Pirates pitcher who suffered a similar breakdown of basic mechanics (also known as "The Yips"). As his accuracy suffered, fans sitting behind the first base dugout began wearing batting helmets as mock protection.[7] (Teammate Pedro Guerrero, an outfielder pressed into service at third base in 1983, once reportedly stated that his first thought whenever he was in the field was "I hope they don't hit it to me", while his second thought was "I hope they don't hit it to Sax.")[8] By 1989, however, Sax seemed to be completely "cured", leading the American League in both fielding percentage[9] and double plays.

Post-career

Sax piloted a new networking site called allsportsconnection.com. Sax has made television cameos, including the "Homer at the Bat" episode of The Simpsons,[10] as well as episodes of Square Pegs, Who's the Boss, Hollywood Squares and Sabrina The Teenage Witch.[11] He has also been on the Fox News show Hannity. Sax played a supporting character in the 1998 movie Ground Control.[11]

He briefly ran for a seat in the California State Assembly 5th District as a Republican in 1996.[12] Sax later dropped out of the race, when his divorce became publicized. A black belt, he was also a part-owner of a martial arts studio in Roseville, California.[13]

He worked as a financial consultant for RBC Dain Rauscher, LLC, in their Roseville, California office. He had approximately 25 to 30 clients, including several athletes. He was a partner in the Sax/Hinman Sports Professional Group at RBC Dain Rauscher providing professional wealth management for sports professionals at every level of all professional sports.

In December 2012 he was named the first base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks fired Sax on October 8, 2013.[14]

As of 2015, Sax returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers organization as an Alumnus member of the team's Community Relations team.

Sax currently hosts SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio.[15]

Personal life

Steve is the brother of another former Major League Baseball player, Dave Sax, who also played for the Dodgers.[16] He is the father of Lauren Ashley (Sax) Boyd and son John Jeremy Sax. His nephew David Sax Jr. (son of Dave Sax) was seen on an episode of Intervention in 2015, .[17] His son John, a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, was one of five Marines killed in a V-22 Osprey training accident near San Diego, California on June 8, 2022.[18]

See also

References

  1. ^ Cohen, Alan. "Steve Sax". sabr.org. Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Steve Sax Stats". ESPN. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  3. ^ Moreno, Matthew (November 22, 2014). "This Day In Dodgers History: Steve Sax Wins Rookie Of The Year". dodgersnation.com. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "New Book by Two-Time World Series Champion Steve Sax Motivates Readers SHIFT Book Tour to Begin in February" (Press release). Business Wire. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  5. ^ Oliver, Richard (July 3, 2011). "Richard Oliver: Sax hits sour notes over Dodgers' ownership woes". mysanantonio.com. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Mead, Doug. "40 Worst Fielders in Baseball History". bleacherreport.com. Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  7. ^ Braswell, Sean (May 28, 2015). "THE BIG LEAGUER WHO FORGOT HOW TO THROW". ozy.com. OZY. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  8. ^ Vecsey, George (August 28, 1985). "SPORTS OF THE TIMES; PEDRO GUERRERO: DODGERS' WARRIOR". The New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  9. ^ Boswell, Thomas. "WHEN YOU CALL THE HALL, SAX CERTAINLY HAS APPEAL". Washington Post. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  10. ^ Curtis, Charles (February 22, 2017). "For the 25th anniversary of the Simpsons softball episode, 6 facts you didn't know". USA Today. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Steve Sax". IMDb. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  12. ^ "Steve Sax Takes Swing At Politics". sfgate.com. April 7, 1995. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  13. ^ "Niavaroni-Sax Kickboxing Inc". Merchantcircle.com. November 20, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  14. ^ "Charles Nagy, Steve Sax fired". Associated Press. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  15. ^ McIntosh, Whitney (August 8, 2017). "Former Dodger Steve Sax explains the backstory of that amazing Three Stooges mural". sbnation.com. Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  16. ^ Bogovich, Rich. "Dave Sax". sabr,org. Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  17. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (August 7, 2015). "Intervention No. 200 Sneak Peek: MLB Star's Meth Addict Son Acts Out". TVLine. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  18. ^ 🖉"Placer County Marine Capt. John Sax, son of former Los Angeles Dodger Steve Sax, among killed in a training helicopter crash". www.abc10.com. June 11, 2022.
Preceded byDale Murphy National League Player of the Month September 1986 Succeeded byEric Davis