Matt Stairs has made history.
On Wednesday, Stairs bombed a home run in the bottom ninth to pull the Padres within one in a game they would eventually lose 7-6.
What's significant about this home run is that it was a pinch-hit blast that tied him with Cliff Johnson for the most pinch-hit home runs in baseball history -- 20.
Stairs has had quite a nomadic career, playing for 12 teams with seven of them being just one year or less. The longest he's stayed in one place is Oakland for five years and that was from 1996 to 2000.
Despite only two seasons of 500 at-bats or more, Stairs has accumulated 260 home runs and a .264/.357/.479 line in 5,089 career at-bats (career statistics prior to Wednesday's game).
One can only imagine what he could have done with a full career -- 500 home runs a virtual certainty.
I'm sure Stairs will take the honor of being one of the game's best pinch-hitters and a 2008 World Series ring as a consolation prize.
-- Evan Brunell
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