Andy Van Slyke Essentials

Positions: Outfield
Bats: L Throws: R
Height: 73 Weight: 190
Born: Wednesday, December 21, 1960 in Utica, NY USA

Debut: 6/17/1983
Last Game: 10/1/1995
Full Name: Andrew James Van Slyke

Andy Van Slyke, outfielder for the 1987-94 Pirates. He came to the Pirates from the Cardinals along with catcher Mike Lavalliere and pitcher Mike Dunne on April 1, 1987 in a trade for All-Star catcher Tony Pena. In 1990, Van Slyke helped lead the way towards the Pirates first pennant since 1979 by hitting .284 with 77 RBIs and playing stellar defense in CF winning his third straight Gold Glove. That’s an award he would win again the next two seasons as well. Van Slyke helped the Pirates to a second straight title in 1991 by driving in 83 runs and scoring 87 times. The 1992 season would see the Pirates make the playoffs for a third straight time and Van Slyke had his best overall season as he hit .324 with 103 runs scored and 89 RBIs. He led the NL in hits and doubles and he made his second All-Star team, won his fifth Gold Glove, won his second silver slugger award and finished fourth in the NL MVP voting. In 1,057 games with the Pirates, he hit .283 with 117 homers, 134 stolen bases, 564 RBIs and 598 runs scored.