Robin Ventura Through The Years

Dodgers Photo Day
Dodgers Photo Day
VERO BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Infielder Robin Ventura #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during photo day February 27, 2004 at Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
Cardinals v Dodgers
Cardinals v Dodgers
VERO BEACH, FL - MARCH 11: Infielder Robin Ventura #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers prepares to hit a St. Louis Cardinals pitch during Spring Training on March 11, 2004 in Vero Beach, Florida. The Cardinals won 13-8. (Mandatory Credit: Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Padres v Dodgers
Padres v Dodgers
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 6: Robin Ventura #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates hitting a game winning single to score a run in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres on April 6, 2004 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
Padres v Dodgers
Padres v Dodgers
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 6: Teammates congratulate pinch-hitter Robin Ventura # 23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after Ventura drove in the winning run with a single in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres on April 6, 2004 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Padres 5-4. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Dodgers v Giants
Dodgers v Giants
SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 16: Dave Roberts #30 the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Robin Ventura #23 after scoring on a Milton Bradley fielder's choice against the San Francisco Giants at SBC Park on April 16, 2004 in San Francsico, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Dodgers v Pirates
Dodgers v Pirates
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 9: Adrian Beltre #29, Robin Ventura #23, and Shawn Green #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pause during the singing of "God Bless America" during their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 9, 2004 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Giants at Dodgers
Giants at Dodgers
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 23: Robin Ventura #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at bat during the game against the San Francisco Giants on April 23, 2004 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 5-4. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Dodgers v Brewers
Dodgers v Brewers
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 27: Shortstop Craig Counsell #30 of the Milwaukee Brewers tries unsuccessfully to avoid the tag of third baseman Robin Ventura #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in a run-down during a game on May 27, 2004 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brewers defeated the Dodgers 3-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Dodgers v Angels
Dodgers v Angels
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 3: Robin Ventura #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by teammates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a home run in the second inning agaisnt the Anaheim Angels on July 3, 2004 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Dodgers v Angels
Dodgers v Angels
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 4: Robin Ventura #23 and Tom Martin #51of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate defeating the Anaheim Angels July 4, 2004 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
Dodgers v Angels
Dodgers v Angels
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 4: Robin Ventura #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during batting practice prior to the game against the Anaheim Angels at Angel Stadium on July 4, 2004 in Anaheim, California. The Dodgers defeated the Angels 6-2. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
Phillies v Dodgers
Phillies v Dodgers
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 8: First baseman Robin Ventura #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers stretches but can't reach a ball hit by Tomas Perez of the Philadelphia Phillies on August 8, 2004 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Perez got a double and went on to score as the Phillies won 4-1. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Dodgers v Cubs
Dodgers v Cubs
CHICAGO - AUGUST 15: Steve Finley #12 of the Los Angeles Dodgers greets teammate Robin Ventura #23 with a high five after Ventura scored a run in the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs during a game on August 15, 2004 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Dodgers defeated the Cubs 8-5. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Dodgers v. Mets
Dodgers v. Mets
FLUSHING, NY - AUGUST 29: Robin Ventura #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his grandslam homerun in the fifth inning during a game against the New York Mets on August 29, 2004 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. (Photo by Bernie Nunez/Getty Images)
Dodgers v. Mets
Dodgers v. Mets
FLUSHING, NY - AUGUST 29: Robin Ventura #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is greeted at home plate by his teammates after hitting a grandslam homerun in the fifth inning during a game against the New York Mets on August 29, 2004 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. (Photo by Bernie Nunez/Getty Images)
Phillies v Dodgers
Phillies v Dodgers
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 8: Robin Ventura of the Los Angeles Dodgers positions to field the ball against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 8, 2004 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers 4-1. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Diamondbacks v Dodgers
Diamondbacks v Dodgers
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 8: Steve Finley #12 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Robin Ventura #23 and Alex Cora #3 after Finley doubled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 8, 2004 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Dodgers v Padres
Dodgers v Padres
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Manager Jim Tracy of the Los Angeles Dodgers holds back Robin Ventura #23 as he screams at homeplate umpire Ed Montague about a call on September 23, 2004 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Dodgers v Padres
Dodgers v Padres
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Manager Jim Tracy of the Los Angeles Dodgers holds back Robin Ventura #23 as he screams at homeplate umpire Ed Montague about a call on September 23, 2004 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Dodgers v Padres
Dodgers v Padres
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Manager Jim Tracy of the Los Angeles Dodgers holds back Robin Ventura #23 as he screams at homeplate umpire Ed Montague about a call on September 23, 2004 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
New York Mets' outfielder and country music star G
New York Mets' outfielder and country music star G
PORT SAINT LUCIE, UNITED STATES: New York Mets' outfielder and country music star Garth Brooks (R) gets a tip from Mets' infielder Robin Ventura (L) 21 February 2000 during spring training in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The full Mets team reported for spring training practice 21 February 2000. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Bruce WEAVER (Photo credit should read BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)
Cleveland Indians first baseman Jim Thome (L) talk
Cleveland Indians first baseman Jim Thome (L) talk
WINTER HAVEN, UNITED STATES: Cleveland Indians first baseman Jim Thome (L) talks with New York Mets infielder Robin Ventura before the start of the spring training game at Chain O'Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, FL., 15 March 2000. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Tony RANZE (Photo credit should read TONY RANZE/AFP/Getty Images)
San Diego Padres second baseman Bret Boone turns a
San Diego Padres second baseman Bret Boone turns a
FLUSHING, : San Diego Padres second baseman Bret Boone turns a double play after forcing New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura in the bottom of the fourth inning 03 April, 2000, at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Mets beat the Padres 2-1 in their home opener. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets' infielder Robin Ventura takes off a
New York Mets' infielder Robin Ventura takes off a
CHICAGO, UNITED STATES: New York Mets' infielder Robin Ventura takes off after hitting a double that drove in two runs against the Chicago Cubs in the top of the fifth inning 13 June 2000 in Chicago. AFP PHOTO/Tannen MAURY (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read TANNEN MAURY/AFP/Getty Images)
Dodgers v Cardinals
Dodgers v Cardinals
ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 5: Robin Ventura #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers swings at a pitch during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 5, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. The Cardinals beat the Dodgers 6-5. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Dodgers v Cardinals
Dodgers v Cardinals
ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 5: Robin Ventura #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers swings at a pitch during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 5, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. The Cardinals beat the Dodgers 6-5. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura and Cinc
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura and Cinc
FLUSHING, : New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura and Cincinnati Reds catcher Benito Santiago watch Ventura's two-run home run head towards the right field wall in the bottom of the second inning 02 August, 2000 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, NY. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Atlanta Braves baserunner Reggie Sanders slides sa
Atlanta Braves baserunner Reggie Sanders slides sa
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Atlanta Braves baserunner Reggie Sanders slides safely into third base under the tag by New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura as umpire Tim Welke (R) watches the play in the top of the third inning 26 September, 2000 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, NY. The Mets will clinch the National League Wild Card spot with either a win tonight or a loss by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets Robin Ventura is congratulated by hi
New York Mets Robin Ventura is congratulated by hi
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets Robin Ventura is congratulated by his teammates after his two-run home run in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants during the National League Division Series 08 October, 2000 at Shea Stadium in New York. AFP PHOTO Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants catcher Bobby Estalella goes
San Francisco Giants catcher Bobby Estalella goes
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES: San Francisco Giants catcher Bobby Estalella goes over the railing to catch a pop-up foul ball from New York Mets Robin Ventura during the third inning, 04 October 2000, in San Francisco during Game 1 of the National League Division Series. AFP PHOTO/John G. MABANGLO (Photo credit should read JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura is unabl
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura is unabl
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES: New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura is unable to ground a ball hit by San Francisco Giants Rich Aurilia during the eight inning, 04 October 2000, during game 1 of the National League Division Series in San Francisco. Aurilia hit was for a single as the Giants defeated the Mets, 5-1. AFP PHOTO/John G. MABANGLO (Photo credit should read JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets' Robin Ventura watches his two-run h
New York Mets' Robin Ventura watches his two-run h
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets' Robin Ventura watches his two-run home run in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants during the National League Division Series 08 October, 2000 at Shea Stadium in New York. AFP PHOTO Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets' Robin Ventura is swarmed by teammat
New York Mets' Robin Ventura is swarmed by teammat
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets' Robin Ventura is swarmed by teammates at home plate after his first inning home run against the San Francisco Giants during the National League Division Series 08 October, 2000 at Shea Stadium in New York. The Mets lead the series 2-1. AFP PHOTO Henny Ray ABRAMS (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets Robin Ventura (4) leaps on top of te
New York Mets Robin Ventura (4) leaps on top of te
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets Robin Ventura (4) leaps on top of teammates pitcher Bobby Jones and catcher Mike Piazza after Jones pitched a one hitter against the San Francisco Giants during the National League Division Series 08 October, 2000 at Shea Stadium in New York. The Mets won the best-of-five game series 3-1. AFP PHOTO Henny Ray ABRAMS (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets Robin Ventura (4) leaps on top of te
New York Mets Robin Ventura (4) leaps on top of te
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets Robin Ventura (4) leaps on top of teammates pitcher Bobby Jones and catcher Mike Piazza after Jones pitched a one hitter against the San Francisco Giants during the National League Division Series 08 October, 2000 at Shea Stadium in New York. The Mets won the best of five game series 3-1. AFP PHOTO Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets' Robin Ventura (top) leaps on teamma
New York Mets' Robin Ventura (top) leaps on teamma
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets' Robin Ventura (top) leaps on teammates Mike Piazza (L) and Bobby Jones as the Mets celebrate their win over the San Francisco Giants during the National League Division Series 08 October, 2000, at Shea Stadium in New York. The Mets won the best-of-five games series 3-1. AFP PHOTO Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets Robin Ventura (R) Mike Piazza (L) an
New York Mets Robin Ventura (R) Mike Piazza (L) an
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets Robin Ventura (R) Mike Piazza (L) and Bobby Jones celebrate their win over the San Francisco Giants during the National League Division Series 08 October, 2000, at Shea Stadium in New York. The Mets won the series. AFP PHOTO Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets Robin Ventura comes up without the b
New York Mets Robin Ventura comes up without the b
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets Robin Ventura comes up without the ball for an error in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game three of the National League Championship Series 14 October, 2000 at Shea Stadium in New York. AFP PHOTO Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets' Robin Ventura (R) gets a high five
New York Mets' Robin Ventura (R) gets a high five
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets' Robin Ventura (R) gets a high five from teammate Jay Payton after scoring in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game four of the National League Championship Series, 15 October 2000, at Shea Stadium in New York. The Mets scored four runs on five doubles in the first inning. AFP PHOTO Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets' Robin Ventura watches his two RBI d
New York Mets' Robin Ventura watches his two RBI d
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets' Robin Ventura watches his two RBI double in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game four of the National League Championship Series, 15 October 2000, at Shea Stadium in New York. The Mets scored four runs on five doubles in the first inning. AFP PHOTO/Timothy CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets' Mike Piazza is congratulated by tea
New York Mets' Mike Piazza is congratulated by tea
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets' Mike Piazza is congratulated by teammate Robin Ventura after his fourth inning solo home run in game four of the National League Championship Series, 15 October 2000, at Shea Stadium in New York. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets pitcher Mike Hampton screams as team
New York Mets pitcher Mike Hampton screams as team
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets pitcher Mike Hampton screams as teammate Robin Ventura prepares to pick him up after his three-hit shutout over the St. Louis Cardinals in game five of the National League Championship Series 16 October, 2000 at Shea Stadium in New York. The Mets won the game 7-0 to take the series 4-1. AFP PHOTO Henny Ray ABRAMS (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets pitcher Robin Ventura throws out St.
New York Mets pitcher Robin Ventura throws out St.
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets pitcher Robin Ventura throws out St. Louis Cardinals Edgar Renteria in the seventh inning of game five of the National League Championship Series 16 October, 2000 at Shea Stadium in New York. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 7-0 to win the series, 4-1. AFP PHOTO Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets' third baseman Robin Ventura (L) clo
New York Mets' third baseman Robin Ventura (L) clo
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets' third baseman Robin Ventura (L) clowns with teammate Matt Franco (R) while taking ground balls during a voluntary practice for the team at Shea Stadium in New York 19 October, 2000. The Mets meet the New York Yankees in the World Series beginning 21 October, 2000 at Yankee Stadium. AFP PHOTO Henny Ray ABRAMS (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura strikes-
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura strikes-
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura strikes-out against New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens during Game Two of the World Series at Yankee Stadium in New York City 22 October 2000. Clemens is pitching a two-hit shut-out going into the 8th inning. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada (R) tags out
New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada (R) tags out
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada (R) tags out New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura preventing a score during the 9th inning of Game Two of the World Series at Yankee Stadium in New York City 22 October 2000. Despite the late try by the Mets, they were defeated by the Yankees 6-5 in Game Two. AFP PHOTO/Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets' third baseman Robin Ventura is cong
New York Mets' third baseman Robin Ventura is cong
FLUSHING, UNITED STATES: New York Mets' third baseman Robin Ventura is congratulated by teammates after his second inning solo home run during Game Three of the World Series at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York, 24 October 2000. The Yankees lead the Mets 2-0 in the best-of-seven games series. AFP PHOTO/Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura (R) stri
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura (R) stri
FLUSHING, UNITED STATES: New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura (R) strikes out to end the 7th inning while New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada celebrates in Game Five of the World Series at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York, 26 October 2000. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets' third baseman Robin Ventura warms u
New York Mets' third baseman Robin Ventura warms u
PORT ST. LUCIE, UNITED STATES: New York Mets' third baseman Robin Ventura warms up for a workout 22 February 2001 during spring training at Port St. Lucie, Florida. AFP PHOTO/BRUCE WEAVER (Photo credit should read BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)
Padres v Dodgers
Padres v Dodgers
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 14: Robin Ventura #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is seen in the dugout during the game against the San Diego Padres on September 14, 2004 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Padres 6-3. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The New York Mets' Robin Ventura throws out a Cinc
The New York Mets' Robin Ventura throws out a Cinc
CINCINNATI, UNITED STATES: The New York Mets' Robin Ventura throws out a Cincinnati Reds' runner 22 April, 2001, in the 6th inning at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati, OH. The Mets beat the reds 5 to 1. AFP PHOTO/Mike Simons (Photo credit should read MIKE SIMONS/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura throws t
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura throws t
FLUSHING, : New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura throws to first after fielding a line drive that struck New York Mets starting pitcher Allen Watson on the foot in the top of the fourth inning 29 May, 1999 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, NY. Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Greg Colbrunn was safe at first on the play and Watson had to leave the game with a foot injury. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Robin Ventura of the New York Mets (R) slides betw
Robin Ventura of the New York Mets (R) slides betw
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Robin Ventura of the New York Mets (R) slides between the legs of New York Yankees catcher Joe Girardi and beats the throw home to score in the third inning of their interleague game 06 June 1999 at Yankee Stadium. The Mets scored three runs in the inning. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Florida Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez (L) and Ne
Florida Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez (L) and Ne
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Florida Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez (L) and New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura (R) watch as Gonzalez' throw sails past first base for an error allowing the Mets' Bobby Bonilla to score in the bottom of the second inning 12 April, 1999 at Shea Stadium in New York. Ventura was out at second on the play. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura watches
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura watches
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura watches his two-run double head to the outfield in the fifth inning of their 12 April, 1999 game with the Florida Marlins at Shea Stadium in New York. The Mets beat the Marlins 8-1. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
The New York Mets' Robin Ventura (L) is greeted at
The New York Mets' Robin Ventura (L) is greeted at
PHILADELPHIA, : The New York Mets' Robin Ventura (L) is greeted at the plate by teammate Brian McRae (R) after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies 14 May 1999 in Philadelphia, PA. Ventura's homer followed another two-run homer by John Olerud. AFP PHOTO/TOM MIHALEK (Photo credit should read TOM MIHALEK/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets 3rd baseman Robin Ventura (R) receiv
New York Mets 3rd baseman Robin Ventura (R) receiv
MIAMI, : New York Mets 3rd baseman Robin Ventura (R) receives congratulations from teammates Mike Piazza (C) and Brian McRae after Ventura hit a 3 run homerun off Florida Marlins pitcher Brian Meadows in 4th inning action of their game 28 June, 1999, at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. Ventura hit his second 3 run home run of the game in the 5th inning off Marlin's pitcher Brian Meadows. AFP PHOTO/Rhona WISE (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets 3rd baseman Robin Vertura tries a ba
New York Mets 3rd baseman Robin Vertura tries a ba
MIAMI, : New York Mets 3rd baseman Robin Vertura tries a bare-hand catch of a ball hit by Florida Marlins 2nd baseman Luis Castillo during 1st inning action of their game 28 June, 1999, at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. Ventura hit two, three-run home runs during the 4th and 5th innings. Mets won 10-4. AFP PHOTO/Rhona WISE (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura singles
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura singles
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura singles in Edgardo Alfonzo in the sixth inning of their game against the Florida Marlins 24 June 1999 at Shea Stadium in New York. Ventura went 3 for 4 with two runs batted in. The Mets won by a score of 3-2 to sweep the three game series with the Marlins. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura drops hi
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura drops hi
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES: New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura drops his bat as he watches the ball go over the wall for a grand slam homerun against the San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Livan Hernandez 15 August, 1999 at the top of the fifth inning. It was Ventura's 13th career grand slam. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read MONICA M. DAVEY/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets John Olerud(5) and Robin Ventura(4)
New York Mets John Olerud(5) and Robin Ventura(4)
CINCINNATI, UNITED STATES: New York Mets John Olerud(5) and Robin Ventura(4) jump on winning pitcher Al Leiter(C) after their 5-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds 04 October 1999 in Cincinnati, in a game to decide the National League wild card team. The Mets will begin the National League Divisional Playoffs 05 October 1999 in Phoenix, AZ against the Arizona Diamondbacks. AFP PHOTO Jeff KOWALSKY (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets player Robin Ventura watches his hit
New York Mets player Robin Ventura watches his hit
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets player Robin Ventura watches his hit clear the fence to beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 17 October, 1999 during the National League Championship Series at Shea Stadium. The hit was originally considered a grand slam home run but was changed to a single as three of the Mets players failed to touch home plate because of the celebration of their win in 15 innings. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets player Robin Ventura is lifted in th
New York Mets player Robin Ventura is lifted in th
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets player Robin Ventura is lifted in the arms of teammate Todd Pratt after Ventura's hit cleared the fence to beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 17 October, 1999 during the National League Championship Series at Shea Stadium. The Mets won in 15 innings. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets Robin Ventura (2ndL) is mobbed by te
New York Mets Robin Ventura (2ndL) is mobbed by te
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Mets Robin Ventura (2ndL) is mobbed by teammates after his hit against the Atlanta Braves in the 15th inning 17 October, 1999 during the National League Championship Series at Shea Stadium. The Mets won the game 4-3. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Robin Ventura celebrates with his teammates. (VINCENT LAFORET/AFP/Getty Images)
Robin Ventura (C) of the Chicago White Sox is hugg
CHICAGO, UNITED STATES: Robin Ventura (C) of the Chicago White Sox is hugged by teammate Ozzie Guillen (2nd-R) as (in background L-R) Jorge Fabregas, Roberto Hernandez and Frank Thomas high-five after defeating the Texas Rangers 2-1, 24 July at Comiskey Park in Chicago, IL. Ventura, who made his first regular season appearance since his injury in spring training, hit the double that won the game driving in teammate Dave Martinez in the eigth inning for the win. AFP PHOTO/VINCENT LAFORET (Photo credit should read VINCENT LAFORET/AFP/Getty Images)
Robin Ventura celebrates with his teammates. (VINCENT LAFORET/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Yankees' Robin Ventura (C) dives into the
New York Yankees' Robin Ventura (C) dives into the
ANAHEIM, UNITED STATES: New York Yankees' Robin Ventura (C) dives into the photo well as he misses a catch from the Anaheim Angels' Brad Fullmer's double in the second inning of game three of the American League Division Series in Anaheim, CA, 04 October 2002. AFP PHOTO/LUCY NICHOLSON (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Yankees' manager Joe Torre (R), third bas
New York Yankees' manager Joe Torre (R), third bas
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Yankees' manager Joe Torre (R), third baseman Robin Ventura (C) and Drew Henson (L) pause for a moment of silence at 9:11pm EDT to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks one year ago, during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium in New York 11 September, 2002. AFP PHOTO Henny Ray ABRAMS (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Yankees Robin Ventura hits a home run dur
New York Yankees Robin Ventura hits a home run dur
ST.PETERSBURG, UNITED STATES: New York Yankees Robin Ventura hits a home run during the third inning, 27 July 2002, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida to bring in two runs against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. AFP PHOTO/Peter MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Yankees' Robin Ventura rounds the bases a
New York Yankees' Robin Ventura rounds the bases a
DENVER, : New York Yankees' Robin Ventura rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Colorado Rockies' during fourth inning action against the Colorado Rockies 19 June 2002 at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. AFP PHOTO/Kirk SPEER (Photo credit should read KIRK SPEER/AFP/Getty Images)
Seattle Mariners second baseman Carlos Guillen (C-
Seattle Mariners second baseman Carlos Guillen (C-
SEATTLE, UNITED STATES: Seattle Mariners second baseman Carlos Guillen (C-R) calls for help while New York Yankees Robin Ventura (L) lies in pain after a second-inning collision against the New York Yankees in Seattle, 28 April 2002. Ventura left the game while the Yankees won 4-3. AFP PHOTO/DAN LEVINE (Photo credit should read DAN LEVINE/AFP/Getty Images)
A New York Yankees trainer (2nd L bottom) looks at
A New York Yankees trainer (2nd L bottom) looks at
SEATTLE, UNITED STATES: A New York Yankees trainer (2nd L bottom) looks at injured Yankees Robin Ventura (C bottom) after a second base collision with Seattle Mariners Carlos Guillen (R front) during second inning play of their game in Seattle, 28 April 2002. At top center is Mariners left fielder Ruben Sierra. Ventura left the game while the Yankees went on to win, 4-3. AFP PHOTO/Dan LEVINE (Photo credit should read DAN LEVINE/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza (L) is congratul
New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza (L) is congratul
FLUSHING, UNITED STATES: New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza (L) is congratulated by teammates (2nd, L to R) Todd Ziele, Robin Ventura, Armando Benitez and Bobby Jones after the Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 behind an eighth inning 2-run home run by Piazza 21 September, 2001 at Shea Stadium in New York City. Security was high and the signs of patriotism everywhere as the two teams played the first baseball game in New York since the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center twin towers 11 September. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets' third baseman Robin Ventura (R) cel
New York Mets' third baseman Robin Ventura (R) cel
FLUSHING, UNITED STATES: New York Mets' third baseman Robin Ventura (R) celebrates as Atlanta Braves' pinch runner Cory Aldridge can only watch after an inning-ending double play that featured a running catch by Tsuyoshi Shinjo and a relay to third base to get Aldridge in the eighth inning 23 September, 2001, at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Barry Bonds (L) of the San Francisco Giants slides
Barry Bonds (L) of the San Francisco Giants slides
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Barry Bonds (L) of the San Francisco Giants slides into third base safely ahead of the tag of New York Mets' third baseman Robin Ventura (R) in the fourth inning 26 August, 2001 at Shea Stadium in New York. Bonds hit a triple off Mets' pitcher Al Leiter and later scored in the inning. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal (L) prepare
Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal (L) prepare
FLUSHING, UNITED STATES: Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal (L) prepares to tag out New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura (R) after he was picked off first base in the bottom of the second inning 22 June 2001 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, NY. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine (L) greets Robin Ventura (R) after Joe McEwing hit a third inning triple against the New York Mets driving in Ventura and Jay Payton (C) 29 June 2001 in Atlanta, Georgia.    AFP PHOTO/Steve SCHAEFER (Photo credit should read STEVE SCHAEFER/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine (L) greets R
ATLANTA, UNITED STATES: New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine (L) greets Robin Ventura (R) after Joe McEwing hit a third inning triple against the New York Mets driving in Ventura and Jay Payton (C) 29 June 2001 in Atlanta, Georgia. AFP PHOTO/Steve SCHAEFER (Photo credit should read STEVE SCHAEFER/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine (L) greets Robin Ventura (R) after Joe McEwing hit a third inning triple against the New York Mets driving in Ventura and Jay Payton (C) 29 June 2001 in Atlanta, Georgia. AFP PHOTO/Steve SCHAEFER (Photo credit should read STEVE SCHAEFER/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets Robin Ventura (L) is forces out at h
New York Mets Robin Ventura (L) is forces out at h
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 5: New York Mets Robin Ventura (L) is forces out at homeplate by San Francisco Giants catcher Bobby Estalella (R) in the second inning of game two of the National League 2000 Division Series in San Francisco, California, 05 October 2000. (Photo credit should read JOHN MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)
The Cleveland Indians' David Bell (L) throws to fi
The Cleveland Indians' David Bell (L) throws to fi
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 18: The Cleveland Indians' David Bell (L) throws to first over Chicago White Sox's Robin Ventura to complete a double play during the 8th inning at Comiskey Park in Chicago, IL, 18 July. The Indians defeated the White Sox 15-9. (Photo credit should read PETER PAWINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Mike Piazza of the New York Mets (C) crosses home
Mike Piazza of the New York Mets (C) crosses home
HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 30: Mike Piazza of the New York Mets (C) crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros at the Astrodome 30 August 1999 in Houston, Texas. Congratulating Piazza is teammate Robin Ventura (R) as Astros catcher Paul Bako (L) stands by. (Photo credit should read PAUL K. BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mets' Robin Ventura (top) celebrates with
New York Mets' Robin Ventura (top) celebrates with
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: New York Mets' Robin Ventura (top) celebrates with teammate Todd Pratt after Ventura's game winning hit in the 15th inning to defeat the Atlanta Braves in game five of the National League Championship Series 4-3 Shea Stadium 17 October 1999 in New York. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read BILL KOSTROUN/AFP/Getty Images)
Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox
Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox
CHICAGO - MAY 12: Manager Ozzie Guillen #13 (R) of the Chicago White Sox shares a laugh with former teammate and retired MLB player Robin Ventura after Ventura threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game against the Baltimore Orioles on May 12, 2005 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Robin Ventura #4
Robin Ventura #4
3 Apr 2000: Pitcher Robin Ventura #4 of the New York Mets looking on during the game against the San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York, April 3, 2000. The Mets defeated the Padres 2-1.
ROBIN VENTURA
ROBIN VENTURA
22 May 1994: CHICAGO THIRD BASEMAN ROBIN VENTURA BEGINS TO SWING ON AN OAKLAND PITCH DURING THE WHITE SOX GAME AT THE A'S, AT THE OAKLAND COLISEUM IN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA.
1988 Seoul Olympics - Team USA Gold
1988 Seoul Olympics - Team USA Gold
SEOUL, KOREA - AUGUST 7: Robin Ventura #21 and Ed Sprague #33 of Team USA celebrate winning the gold medal against Japan during the 1988 Seoul Olympic games on August 7, 1988 in Seoul, Korea. The United States defeated Japan 5-3. (Photo by: Joe Patronite/Getty Images)
Division 1 College Sports Award Launch
Division 1 College Sports Award Launch
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 01: Former professional baseball player Robin Ventura addresses the press during the Capital One Division 1 College Sports Award launch at The Times Center on September 1, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Division 1 College Sports Award Launch
Division 1 College Sports Award Launch
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 01: (L-R) Sports journalist Rece Davis, former professional woman's basketball player Lisa Leslie and former professional baseball player Robin Ventura address the press during the Capital One Cup during the Capital One Division 1 College Sports Award launch at The Times Center on September 1, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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