Sanchez Wins Batting Title

PiratesDugout.com
Posted Oct 1, 2006


Freddy Sanchez's improbable run to the National League batting title ended on Sunday in a blaze of glory. Sanchez collected two hits and became the Pirates' first batting champion in 23 years, helping Pittsburgh to a 1-0 victory over Cincinnati.

Sanchez was a 28-year-old utility infielder beginning only his second full season in the majors and didn't become a starter until early May, yet hit .344 -- the Pirates' highest average since Roberto Clemente's .345 in 1969. Sanchez's 200 hits were the second-most by a Pirates player, to Jack Wilson's 201 in 2004, since Dave Parker had 215 in 1978.

He staved off a challenge by Florida's Miguel Cabrera to win the batting crown by five points.

Pirates' third baseman Freddy Sanchez says it's a relief to capture batting title.

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Pirates' Freddy Sanchez on being in great company after winning batting title.

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Pirates' Freddy Sanchez on his improbable path to the batting crown.

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Pirates' manager Jim Tracy comments on what Freddy Sanchez means to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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