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Full Name: Kenneth Gene Caminiti Primary Position: 3B
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/200 First Game: July 16, 1987
Birthdate: April 21, 1963 Final Game: October 7, 2001
Birthplace: Hanford, California MLB Experience: 15 years
Died: October 10, 2004
Deathplace: Bronx, New York
Bat/Throw: Both/Right


Biography

Ken Caminiti (Kenneth Gene Caminiti) was born on April 21, 1963 in Hanford, California. He made his Major League debut on July 16, 1987 for the Houston Astros. In 1987, his rookie year, he hit .246 with 3 home runs and 23 RBI. Caminiti played for the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves over the course of his 15 year career.

Most people believe that Ken Caminiti's best season was 1996, when he slugged 40 home runs, hit for a .326 average and knocked in 130 runs, winning the NL NL MVP in the process.

In a June 2002 Sports Illustrated cover story, Caminiti admitted that he used anabolic steroids during the 1996 MLB campaign and, according to the Mitchell Report, "for a number of seasons thereafter." According to the Sports Illustrated story, Caminiti projected that over 50% of all major leaguers were using steroids. According to the Mitchell Report, Caminiti first considered using steroids in 1993 or 1994, and was openly using them as early as 1995. San Diego Padres teammate Wally Joyner, discussed using steroids with Caminiti in 1998, and eventually was convinced to try the drugs, albeit for a short time only. There was also an unreported incident in which the director for team travel for the Houston Astros was sent a package, believed to belong to Caminiti, in which contained "glass vials containing a white liquid that he (the Astros employee) believed to be anabolic steroids and pills that he believed to be vitamins." Contained in the Mitchell Report is the testimony of former Major League player Chris Donnels spoke with Caminiti in 1993 about anabolic steroids. According to Donnels, Caminiti confided in him that he was going to try steroids, and Donnels believes that this was the first time Caminiti had tried the performance-enhancing drugs.

Caminiti died on October 10, 2004, of a heart attack brought on by drug abuse- specifically cocaine and opiates. However, coronary artery disease and cardiac hypertrophy (enlarged heart) were also cited as factors in his death.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1987 HOU N 63 203 10 50 3 23 .246 .287 .335 7 1 12 44 0 2 0 1 6
1988 HOU N 30 83 5 15 1 7 .181 .225 .241 2 0 5 18 0 0 0 0 3
1989 HOU N 161 585 71 149 10 72 .255 .316 .369 31 3 51 93 3 3 4 9 8
1990 HOU N 153 541 52 131 4 51 .242 .302 .309 20 2 48 97 0 3 9 7 15
1991 HOU N 152 574 65 145 13 80 .253 .312 .383 30 3 46 85 5 3 4 7 18
1992 HOU N 135 506 68 149 13 62 .294 .350 .441 31 2 44 68 1 2 10 13 14
1993 HOU N 143 543 75 142 13 75 .262 .321 .390 31 0 49 88 0 1 8 10 15
1994 HOU N 111 406 63 115 18 75 .283 .352 .495 28 2 43 71 2 0 4 13 8
1995 SD N 143 526 74 159 26 94 .302 .380 .513 33 0 69 94 1 0 12 8 11
1996 SD N 146 546 109 178 40 130 .326 .408 .621 37 2 78 99 4 0 11 16 15
1997 SD N 137 486 92 141 26 90 .290 .389 .508 28 0 80 118 3 0 11 9 12
1998 SD N 131 452 87 114 29 82 .252 .353 .509 29 0 71 108 4 0 6 4 6
1999 HOU N 78 273 45 78 13 56 .286 .386 .476 11 1 46 58 3 0 6 3 7
2000 HOU N 59 208 42 63 15 45 .303 .419 .582 13 0 42 37 1 0 3 8 7
2001 TEX A 54 185 24 43 9 25 .232 .318 .432 8 1 22 41 2 0 0 2 5
2001 ATL N 64 171 12 38 6 16 .222 .306 .380 9 0 21 44 0 0 0 1 2
2001 Total 118 356 36 81 15 41 .228 .312 .407 17 1 43 85 2 0 0 3 7
Total NL 1706 6103 870 1667 230 958 .273 .348 .447 340 16 705 1122 27 14 88 109 147
Total AL 54 185 24 43 9 25 .232 .318 .432 8 1 22 41 2 0 0 2 5
Total 1760 6288 894 1710 239 983 .272 .347 .447 348 17 727 1163 29 14 88 111 152

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1987 HOU N 3B 61 51 469.2 50 98 8 11 0 0 0 0 0 .949
1988 HOU N 3B 28 20 194 12 43 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .948
1989 HOU N 3B 160 159 1414.2 126 335 22 27 0 0 0 0 0 .954
1990 HOU N 3B 149 140 1249.1 118 243 21 22 1 0 0 0 0 .945
1991 HOU N 3B 152 150 1308.2 129 293 23 29 2 0 0 0 0 .948
1992 HOU N 3B 129 128 1140.2 102 210 11 19 0 0 0 0 0 .966
1993 HOU N 3B 143 142 1237 123 264 24 23 0 0 0 0 0 .942
1994 HOU N 3B 108 103 924.1 79 200 9 17 0 0 0 0 0 .969
1995 SD N 3B 143 142 1226 102 295 27 28 0 0 0 0 0 .936
1996 SD N 3B 145 142 1274 103 310 20 28 0 0 0 0 0 .954
1997 SD N 3B 133 133 1117 90 291 24 20 0 0 0 0 0 .941
1998 SD N 3B 126 125 1049 77 207 21 16 0 0 0 0 0 .931
1999 HOU N 3B 75 73 629 52 139 14 17 0 0 0 0 0 .932
2000 HOU N 3B 58 56 475.2 37 81 11 8 0 0 0 0 0 .915
2001 TEX A 3B 53 51 441.2 42 99 9 10 0 0 0 0 0 .940
2001 ATL N 1B 33 33 247.2 240 14 6 19 0 0 0 0 0 .977
2001 ATL N 3B 13 12 102 9 19 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .933
2001 ATL N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2001 Total 3B 66 63 543.2 51 118 11 13 0 0 0 0 0 .939
Total 1B 33 33 247.2 240 14 6 19 0 0 0 0 0 .977
Total 3B 1676 1627 14252.2 1251 3127 249 280 3 0 0 0 0 .946
Total DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Transactions

  • Selected by Houston Astros in the 3rd round of the free-agent draft (June 4, 1984 - signed June 9, 1984).
  • Traded by Houston Astros with Andujar Cedeno, Steve Finley, Roberto Petagine, Brian Williams and a player to be named later to San Diego Padres in exchange for Derek Bell, Doug Brocail, Ricky Gutierrez, Pedro Martinez, Phil Plantier and Craig Shipley (December 28, 1994); San Diego Padres received Sean Fesh (May 1, 1995).
  • Granted free agency (October 23, 1998).
  • Signed by Houston Astros (November 17, 1998).
  • Granted free agency (October 30, 2000).
  • Signed by Texas Rangers (December 10, 2000).
  • Released by Texas Rangers (July 2, 2001).
  • Signed by Atlanta Braves (July 5, 2001).
  • Granted free agency (November 6, 2001).

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