Jim Eisenreich roughs up his former team

Thursday July 2, 1987

A day after getting the game-winning hit against his former team, Jim Eisenreich followed it up with a four RBI game in a 10-3 Kansas City victory over the Minnesota Twins. From the game recap in my Hot Stove 1987 series:

Jim Eisenreich was a St. Cloud native who came up with the Twins in 1982 and looked to have a world of promise attached to him. He played well in his first month with the Twins, but began to display signs of a nervous disorder. He would later be diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome, and forced to retire in 1984 with only 48 games played.

He resurfaced in 1987 when the Royals picked him up off of waivers. He saw his first major league action since 1984 a few weeks ago, but didn’t have much success until he faced his former team. In the series win for the Royals, Eisenreich went 4 for 11 with 5 RBI, including a walk-off RBI last night, and a 2 for 4, 4 RBI effort this afternoon.

At the age of 28, Eisenreich had a long and productive career ahead of him, highlighted by a World Series appearance with the Phillies in 1993 and a World Series ring with the Marlins in 1997.

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