Pokes in the Pros - Robin Ventura

Few players in major league history have been more dangerous with the bases loaded than former Oklahoma State All-American third baseman Robin Ventura.

Ventura has belted two grand slams in the past month to give him 18 in his career. That ties him for third on the all-time list with Willie McCovey. Only Lou Gehrig (23) and Eddie Murray (19) are ahead of Ventura.

"It doesn't make sense, when you name the people who have done that and mention me in the same sentence," Ventura said. "So I feel honored just to be in that company. I can't explain it, so I'm not going to try."

On Sept. 4, 1995, Ventura became the eighth player in ML history to hit two grand slams in a game. In bases-loaded situation during his career, Ventura is batting .344 with 213 RBIs. That doesn't count his famous walkoff grand-slam single that gave the Mets a win over Atlanta in Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS.

Ventura is headed to the playoffs for the fifth time in his ML career. He has played a key role off the bench for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are the National League's West Division leaders.

Ventura played for OSU from 1986-88 and has the highest career batting average in Cowboys' history, .428. He batted an OSU-record .469 as a freshman in 1986 and had an incredible 58-game hitting streak in 1987 when he was named Baseball America's Player of the Year. Ventura went 11-for-12 to win the Big Eight Tournament's MVP award. He helped OSU reach the College World Series title game.

In 1988, Ventura won the Golden Spikes Award as the nation's top amateur baseball player and was BA's Player of the Decade. He also played for Team USA in the Olympics.

Ventura finished third in BA's Player of the Century poll behind Bob Horner and OSU's Pete Incaviglia.

As a major leaguer, Ventura has played for the Chicago White Sox (1989-98), Mets (1999-2001), Yankees (2002-03) and Dodgers (2003-04). His best year was 1999 when he batted .301 with 32 homers and 120 RBIs. Ventura is a two-time all-star. His career totals (through Sept. 12) are 294 HRs, 1179 RBIs and .267.

Ventura has a career ERA of 0.00 as he made his ML pitching debut with a scoreless inning this season.

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