Goodwin, Tom
Fleet of foot, a ballhawk in the outfield and a line-drive hitter at the plate, Goodwin excelled at every level, highlighted by 14 years in the major leagues. _Goodwin was so fast that he turned groundballs hit to the left side into infield singles that excited teammates and home fans - and frustrated opponents. After starring at Central High School, he energized Bob Bennett's Fresno State teams for three seasons, topped by the 1989 campaign when he was named an All-American, the Big West Conference Player of the Year and the Bulldogs? Male Athlete of the Year. A year earlier, Goodwin played in the College World Series and experienced Olympic glory as a center fielder on the gold-medal-winning U.S. team in Seoul. He left Fresno State as a two-time NCAA stolen-base champion, the Bulldogs' career stolen-base leader with 164 and among the school's Top 10 in many season and career offensive categories. Drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Goodwin reached the majors in just his second season and became a regular in 1995 with the Kansas City Royals, hitting .288 and stealing 50 bases. He would total 50 steals or more four times - with a high of 66 - and finished his career with 369 stolen bases, three times finishing second in the league. His career batting average was .268, with 636 runs and 284 RBI. Goodwin's handling of the bat and commitment to winning is illustrated by his twice leading the AL in sacrifice bunts. He played in seven postseason series - with the Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs - and reached the World Series in 2002 with the Giants.