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Mark Grace
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Career Notes

Won a fourth Gold Glove award ... Committed just four errors in 1,371 total chances ... Finished fifth in the National League in hitting (.331), the seventh time in his 9-year career his placed in the top 10 ... Also finished ninth in the NL in on-base percentage (.396) and tied for 10th in doubles ... Recorded his 1,500th major league hit Sept. 13 against Philadelphia's Rich Hunter.

Won his third Gold Glove Award ... Set a career-high and led the National League with 51 doubles ... Also drove in 92 runs and established career-highs in batting average (.326), homers (16) and runs scored (97) ... His average was the highest for a Cub since Bill Madlock hit .339 in '76 ... Established the Cubs record for two-base hits by a left-handed batter, breaking the mark of 42 set by Charlie Grimm in '32 ... Ranked third in the league in hits (180), sixth in runs scored (97) and total bases (285), seventh in at-bats (552), eighth in on-base percentage (.395) and tenth in slugging percentage (.516) ... Was the third toughest NL batter to strike out ... Has appeared in 1,145 games at first base for the Cubs, the fifth highest total at that position in club history behind Cap Anson (2,059), Charlie Grimm (1,321), Ernie Banks (1,259) and Phil Cavarretta (1,207) ... Re-signed by the Chicago Cubs as a free agent on Dec. 19, 1995.

Fell just two points short of hitting .300 ... Would have been sixth season in seven hitting at least .300 ... Struck out once every 11.1 at-bats, seventh-best in the league ... Uncharacteristic slow start saw him hit just .135 in his first 12 games ... Hit .356 during May ... Hit .378 over final 22 games to make one final run at .300 ... Had four hits twice, May 28 vs. Atlanta and July 20 vs. Colorado ... Hit .426 over a team-high 12-game hitting streak from July 14-26 ... Played his 1,000th career game on July 24 vs. the Reds.

Ranked fifth in the National League with a career-high .325 batting average, his fifth top-10 performance in six seasons. It was the highest Cubs average since Bill Madlock's .339 in 1976 ... Also set career highs in hits (193), doubles (39), homers (14) and RBI (98) ... Won his second consecutive Gold Glove Award; he is the only Cub first baseman to receive the honor ... Committed five errors in 1,573 chances for a .997 fielding percentage ... Led major-league first basemen in chances and putouts (1,456) for the third consecutive year ... Was second in the NL in hits, third in intentional walks (14), seventh in doubles, and ninth in on-base percentage (.393) ... Became the 14th Cub to hit for the cycle, homering in the ninth off Rich Rodriguez to complete the feat May 9 against San Diego ... Was the NL's starting designated hitter in the All-Star Game and went 0-for-3 ... Recorded his 1,000th career hit, in his 879th game, Aug. 31 off Philadelphia's Ben Rivera ... Ended the season on a 10-game hitting streak, his 11th career streak of at least 10 games ... Was the third-toughest NL hitter to strike out, fanning only 32 times in 676 plate appearances.

Won his first Gold Glove Award, finishing with a .998 fielding percentage and leading major-league first basemen in chances (1,725) and putouts (1,580) ... A fielding error Sept. 16 ended a career-high 102-game errorless stretch ... Finished ninth in the NL with a .307 batting average ... Did not strike out in his first 108 plate appearances, breaking the streak May 7 against Houston's Rob Mallicoat ... Recorded his first career two-triple game and his second career two-error game May 18 at Los Angeles ... Missed a June 10 game at St. Louis, snapping his consecutive games-played streak at 230 ... Was named MVP of the major league all-star squad that toured Japan in the off-season, hitting .385 with three homers and eight RBI.

Recorded a .995 fielding percentage, ranking first among major league first basemen in putouts, assists, and chances ... Led NL hitters in at-bats (619) ... Had a career-high 19-game hitting streak July 24-Aug. 1 (36-for-82, .439).

Tied for sixth in the NL with a .309 batting average ... Had an 18-game hitting streak July 20-Aug. 9 and a 15-game streak May 27-June 12 ... Set a major-league record for assists by a first baseman with 180 ... Became the fifth major league first baseman to record three assists in one inning May 23 against Los Angeles.

Finished fourth in the NL in batting (.314) and led the Cubs in RBI (79) in his first full major league season ... Named NL Player of the Month in July when he batted .347 with five homers and 24 RBI ... Had his first career two-homer game Aug. 19 at the Astrodome ... Starred in the postseason, going 11-for-17 (.647) in the NLCS against San Francisco, with three doubles, one triple, one homer, eight RBI and a 1.118 slugging percentage.

Made his major-league debut May 2 at San Diego and got two hits, the first off Jimmy Jones ... Hit his first home run the next night off Keith Comstock ... Ranked sixth in the NL with a .296 batting average and a .371 on-base percentage ... Selected as The Sporting News' NL Rookie of the Year ... Finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting, behind Chris Sabo of Cincinnati.

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