Tom Brunansky Speaker Profile
Tom Brunansky Biography
Tom Brunansky was born August 20, 1960, nicknamedBruno, is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball whoplayed from 1981 to 1994 for the California Angels, Minnesota Twins, St. LouisCardinals, Boston Red Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers.
After being drafted in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 1978 amateur draft bythe California Angels organization after his senior year at West Covina HighSchool, CA, Brunansky spent the next four years working his way up the Angels'minor league system before appearing in 11 games in 1981 after making his majorleague debut on 19 April. On May 11, 1982, he was traded by the Angels, alongwith pitcher Mike Walters, to the Minnesota Twins for pitcher Doug Corbett andinfielder Rob Wilfong. The 21 year old Brunansky was then inserted into theTwins' line up where he saw time at all three outfield positions and sluggedhis way to the first of his 8 consecutive seasons in which he hit at least 20homeruns.
Following the 1982 season, Brunansky became a fixture inright field for the Twins starting there through the 1987 season. In 1982,Brunansky became the only Twin in franchise history to hit a grand slam,inside-the-park home run. He accomplished this in a July 19 home game at theHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in the 3rd inning off the Brewers' Jerry Augustine.Ironically, all four runs were considered unearned because of two Brewers'fielding errors earlier in the inning. Only 40 major league players have hit agrand slam, inside-the-park home run since 1950.
He was the Twins sole All-Star representative in 1985 andwas a starter for the World Champion 1987 Minnesota Twins during what wasarguably his best overall season (hitting .259, with 32 HR, 85 RBI and 83Runs). Brunansky helped the Twins upset the Detroit Tigers in the AmericanLeague Championship game by hitting .412 with 2 homeruns and 9 RBI in the5-game series. He then had a somewhat invisibile World Series, only hitting.200 with one RBI. Just months after playing each other in the World Series,the Twins shocked both their fans and Tom Brunansky by trading him on 22 April1988 to the St. Louis Cardinals for second baseman Tom Herr. Although the movewas meant to strengthen the top of the order, Herr spent one lackluster seasonwith the Twins in which he complained about being in Minnesota, while Brunanskycontinued his homerun hitting ways for six more seasons.
In 1990, he was traded by the Cardinals to the Red Sox forcloser Lee Smith. Brunansky played three seasons for the Red Sox, and is bestremembered by Boston fans for his diving catch of an Ozzie Guilln line drivein the ninth inning of the season ending game that preserved the Red Soxvictory, sending them to the 1990 ALCS. However, Brunansky hit .083, and theteam as a whole hit a pitiful .183, as the Oakland A's swept the Sox in 4 games(before being swept themselves by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990 WorldSeries).
At the end of the 1992 season, he became a free agent andsigned with the Milwaukee Brewers on 28 January, 1993. Brunansky struggled withthe Brewers, batting just .183 with six home runs over 80 games that season. Heplayed only 16 games the following season before being traded back to the RedSox on June 16, 1994, for Dave Valle. He put up decent power numbers in Boston,hitting 10 doubles and 10 home runs in 48 games, but otherwise continued tostruggle, ultimately retiring in August.
In a 14-season career, he batted .245 with 271 home runs and919 RBIs in 1800 games. Brunansky averaged 24 home runs per 162 games. Hefinished his career with 1543 hits in 6289 at bats, 69 stolen bases, and 306doubles.
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