ATLANTA CAN CHEER PENDLETON AGAIN.
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The veteran third baseman third baseman
The infielder stationed near third base.
Noun 1. third baseman - (baseball) the person who plays third base
third sacker , back in an Atlanta Braves The Atlanta Braves are a professional baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. From to the present, the Braves have played in Turner Field. uniform after nearly two seasons with the Florida Marlins The Florida Marlins are a professional baseball team based in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Marlins are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. From to the present, the Marlins have played in Dolphin Stadium. , has been touched by the reception he has gotten from fans and players since the Braves reacquired him in a trade Aug. 13.
``It's an honor to be cared for that much, when people show that kind of respect,'' said Pendleton, who got a 30-second standing ovation before his first at-bat in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium • • [ after the trade.
The switch-hitter had to step out of the batter's box and catch his breath.
``I had to regroup re·group
v. re·grouped, re·group·ing, re·groups
To arrange in a new grouping.
1. To come back together in a tactical formation, as after a dispersal in a retreat. . It kind of got to me,'' he said.
Pendleton was one of the key acquisitions in Atlanta's surge from last place to first in 1991, when he won the National League Most Valuable Player award and the Braves lost the World Series in seven games to Minnesota.
But the Braves opted not to keep Pendleton after the 1994 season, so he signed on with the Marlins.
``There were no hard feelings. I understood. They had some young players they wanted to give a chance to,'' said Pendleton, who played for Channel Islands High School in Oxnard.
Things change, however. After the Braves were battered by injuries this year, general manager John Schuerholz sought out some veteran help. He reacquired Pendleton in a trade for minor-league prospect Roosevelt Brown.
Pendleton's leadership in the clubhouse may be more valuable than his bat. A .274 career hitter who hit .300 in his four years with the Braves, Pendleton batted .251 with seven homers and 58 RBIs in 111 games with Florida this season.
``We think he can still play,'' manager Bobby Cox said. ``Then there are the intangibles. He's a great person, a good guy in the clubhouse, and he's a competitor.''
``When you add people of his caliber, both abilitywise and characterwise, it's a plus,'' Schuerholz said.
The Braves' injury troubles began when right fielder David Justice was lost for the season with a shoulder separation in May. More recently, shortstop Jeff Blauser suffered a broken bone in his left hand.
The arrival of Pendleton allows the Braves to move Chipper Jones, their leading hitter, from third to his more natural shortstop position. Jones also could play Justice's outfield spot when Blauser returns.
``You miss the bat and veteran leadership of Justice, but Terry is going to ease the loss,'' Jones said.
Photo: The Braves think '91 NL MVP (Multimedia Video Processor) A high-speed DSP chip from Texas Instruments, introduced in 1994. Officially introduced as the TMS320C80, it combines RISC technology with the functionality of four DSPs on one chip. Terry Pendleton can stil l play. And they're counting on his ``intangibles'' to ease the loss of injured David Justice.