Edgar Renteria saves his most memorable moments for the World Series.
After getting the hit that won the 1997 title for Florida and making the final out for St. Louis in Boston’s 2004 win, he pushed the Giants to their first championship in 56 years.
Renteria’s three-run homer off Cliff Lee in the seventh inning stunned the Texas Rangers and their fans, sending San Francisco to a 3-1 victory Monday night in Game 5 in Arlington, Texas. His unexpected offense from the No. 8 spot in the batting order earned him World Series MVP honors.
Not bad for a guy who began the postseason on the bench.
“It was a tough year for me,” Renteria said. “I told myself to keep working hard and keep in shape because something is going to be good this year.”
A five-time All-Star who has declined the past three seasons, Renteria hit .412 (7 for 17) with six RBI in the Series. He had three homers and 22 RBI during an injury-filled regular season that included three stints on the disabled list.
But he’s used to the big stage — Renteria is one of only two players to get a World Series-ending hit and hit into a World Series-ending out, according to STATS LLC. The other was Goose Goslin, who struck out for Washington against Pittsburgh in 1925, then singled for Detroit against the Chicago Cubs in 1935.
In 1997, Renteria’s 11th-inning single up the middle off Cleveland’s Charles Nagy won the title for the Florida Marlins, only the fourth Game 7 in World Series history to stretch into extra innings.
Seven years later, his comebacker to Keith Foulke finished Boston’s four-game sweep of St. Louis and gave the Red Sox their first title since 1918. He was the one who hit the ball that Boston first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz made famous.
Base coach Davey Lopes, who was credited with helping the Philadelphia Phillies steal successfully a major-league best 84.3 percent of the time the past four seasons, will not return to the team next season. Oakland promoted Ron Romanick to pitching coach from bullpen coach to replace Curt Young. Romanick was a star at Newport High in Bellevue before pitching for the Angels from 1984-86, and was a minor league instructor for the Mariners from 1994-98. Infielder Artie Wilson, who helped integrate the Seattle Rainiers in 1952, died in Portland at age 90. He played 19 games with the New York Giants in 1951, and a Giants rookie that year, Willie Mays, credited him with teaching him the game. Texas, which led the majors with a .276 batting average in the regular season, hit .190 with 12 runs in the Series.