Steve Eddie

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Steve Eddie spent seven seasons in the minors, peaking at AAA, then became a college coach.

A shortstop at Iowa, Eddie was picked by the Cincinnati Reds in the 33rd round of the 1993 amateur draft and hit .286/.355/.368 in his pro debut with the Billings Mustangs; Billings won the Pioneer League pennant with Eddie playing first base. For the 1994 Charleston Wheelers, he posted a .247/.286/.317 line with 28 doubles but only one homer. Returning to the Wheelers in '95, he improved to .275/.332/.396 with 10 steals in 13 tries and six home runs. He played catcher, the outfield and all three bases that year.

In 1996, the Iowa native batted .272/.335/.380 with 9 home runs, 64 RBI and 14 steals in 23 tries for the Winston-Salem Warthogs. He appeared in 137 games, most in the Carolina League and led the league's third basemen with 315 assists. He got to AA with the 1997 Chattanooga Lookouts and hit .287/.319/.431. He appeared at all four infield positions as well as the outfield and pitcher (4 R in 3 IP). With his pitching appearances, he had now played every position during his pro career.

With the 1998 Lookouts, Steve had his best year - .290/.340/.417, 30 2B, 10 HR, 81 RBI. Starting at third base, he led Southern League players at that spot with a .956 fielding percentage and 27 double plays. He had no shot at the SL All-Star team, with Eric Chavez dominating the league. After six stable one-team seasons, Eddie bounced between five teams and three organizations in his last campaign, 1999. He was with the Lookouts (4 foe 21) and Indianapolis Indians (9 for 24, 2 2B, BB) in the Reds chain, the Birmingham Barons (.199/.260/.279 in 46 G) and Charlotte Knights (.252/.282/.336 in 33 G) in the Chicago White Sox system and the independent Nashua Pride (2 for 8, 2B). He retired with a career average of .270/.320/.377.

Having been an assistant coach at Buena Vista University in 1998-2000, Eddie was promoted to head coach for the 2001 season. He set the school record for wins (32-13) in 2010 and won his second Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award. He was 195-182-2 through that year. In 2011, Buena Vista started 32-16 and won a spot in the 2011 Division III College World Series, the school's first time to the Series.


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