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Todd Zeile
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'CAREER PATHS': October 2004 



St. Louis Cardinals 1989-95:  Drafted by St. Louis in the second round of the 1986 June draft, Zeile was regarded as one of the top prospects in baseball when he debuted in the big leagues on August 18, 1989.  After playing primarily at catcher in 1989 & 90, he was shifted to third base in 1991, where he would remain most of his career.  While Zeile never lived up to the expectations as a Cardinal, he did drive in 103 runs in 1993 and hit 19 home runs in 1994.  On June 16, 1995, he was sent to the Chicago Cubs for Mike Morgan and two minor leaguers.



Chicago Cubs 1995:  Zeile played 79 games as a Cub and hit just .227 with 9 homers.  A free agent following the season, he signed a two year contract with Philadelphia in December.



Philadelphia Phillies 1996:  In 134 games with the Phillies, Zeile hit 20 home runs with 80 RBI.  He was dealt to Baltimore with Pete Incaviglia on August 29 for two prospects.



Baltimore Orioles 1996:  Zeile finished out the 1996 campaign in Baltimore, appearing in 29 games with the Orioles.  His combined totals that season included 20 homeruns and 99 RBI.  He signed a free agent contract with Los Angeles in December.



Los Angeles Dodgers 1997-98:  After hitting career best 31 homers in 1997, his only full season as a Dodger, Zeile was sent to Florida with Mike Piazza for Bobby Bonilla, Jim Eisenreich, Charles Johnson, Gary Sheffield, and a prospect on May 14, 1998.



Florida Marlins 1998:  In 66 games with the Marlins, Zeile hit .291.  He was dealt to Texas on July 31 for two minor leaguers.


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Texas Rangers 1998-99:  In 1999, his only full year in the Lone Star state, Zeile had his best season, hitting .293 with 24 homeruns and 98 RBI for the AL West champs.  A free agent once again, he re-joined Piazza, signing a three year contract with the Mets in December.



New York Mets 2000-01:  Zeile helped the Mets capture the NL pennant in 2000, hitting 22 homeruns.  His production dipped in 2001 however (10 HRs), and he was traded to Colorado in January 2002 in a three team deal involving 11 players.



Colorado Rockies 2002:  In his lone season in the Mile High City, Zeile hit 18 homers with 87 RBI.  A free agent following the season, he inked a one year contract with the Yankees in December.



New York Yankees 2003:  Zeile struggled in pinstripes, hitting just .210 in 66 games before his release on August 17.  He would be claimed off waivers by Montreal three days later.



Montreal Expos 2003:  Zeile made history with the Expos by becoming the only player to hit a homerun in 11 different uniforms.  In 34 games with Montreal, he hit .257 with 5 homers.  He returned to the Mets on January 28, 2004, signing a one year contract.



New York Mets 2004:  Zeile ended his career in dramatic fashion by belting a three run homer in his final at-bat on October 3.  That final swing was his 253rd career homerun; he also finished with 2004 hits and 1,100 RBI in 16 seasons.


Only Mike Morgan, who suited up for 12 franchises, played for more teams than Zeile.





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