Mike Lansing

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Mike Lansing
Second Baseman
Born: (1968-04-03) April 3, 1968 (age 44)
Rawlins, Wyoming
Batted: RightThrew: Right 
MLB debut
April 7, 1993 for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
September 8, 2001 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Batting average    .271
Home runs    84
Runs batted in    440
Teams
 
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Mike Lansing
Second Baseman
Born: (1968-04-03) April 3, 1968 (age 44)
Rawlins, Wyoming
Batted: RightThrew: Right 
MLB debut
April 7, 1993 for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
September 8, 2001 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Batting average    .271
Home runs    84
Runs batted in    440
Teams

Michael Thomas Lansing (born April 3, 1968 in Rawlins, Wyoming) is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played for the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, and the Boston Red Sox between 1993 and 2001. Lansing also played one season in the Cleveland Indians farm system before retiring after the 2002 season.

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Drafting

Utilizing a never-before-used rule, Lansing was drafted out of Wichita State University late in the 6th round of the 1990 MLB Draft by the Miami Miracle, an independent minor league team. Lansing played two seasons with the Miracle before making the major league with the Expos in 1993.

Career

Lansing was quickly placed in the lineup early on in 1993 as a second baseman. In one of his first-ever games, Lansing had five hits in a win over the Rockies. Lansing would have never been inserted into the lineup if Delino DeShields had not contracted chicken pox.

Lansing had his best season in 1996, finishing with a .285 batting average and 183 hits in 159 games. Lansing also had 40 doubles that season, placing 6th.

In 1997 Lansing had another strong season, with career bests in home runs, 20, and RBIs, 70. On May 7, 1997, in a game against the San Francisco Giants, Lansing became the first National League second baseman since Bobby Lowe in 1894 to homer twice in the same inning. Lansing also became the third Expo to do so. After the '97 season, Lansing was traded to the Colorado Rockies for a couple of minor leaguers.

Lansing had a couple of disappointing seasons with the Rockies as injuries took their toll. Then, on June 18, 2000, in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Lansing hit for the cycle faster than any player in MLB history, completing it by the fourth inning in a 19–2 win. A little more than a month later, Lansing, along with a couple of pitchers, were traded by the Rockies to the Boston Red Sox. He played a couple of mediocre seasons with the Red Sox before being released into free agency after the 2001 season. Lansing was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Indians, but played in the minors and suffered a back injury before retiring after the 2002 season.

Mike Lansing Field, the stadium that is the home field of the Casper Ghosts Pioneer League baseball team in Casper, Wyoming, is named for Lansing.

His at-bat entry song while playing with the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium was Crazy Train from Ozzy Osbourne.

Career Stats

YearAgeTeamLgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBSOBAOBPSLGOPS
199325Montreal ExposNL141491641412913452356.287.352.369.721
199426Montreal ExposNL106394441052125351237.266.328.368.696
199527Montreal ExposNL1274674711930210622765.255.299.392.691
199628Montreal ExposNL1596419918340211532385.285.341.406.746
199729Montreal ExposNL1445728616145220701192.281.338.472.810
199830Colorado RockiesNL1535847316139212661088.276.325.411.736
199931Colorado RockiesNL35145244590415222.310.344.455.799
200032Colorado Rockies/Boston Red SoxMLB139504721211861160875.240.292.365.657
200133Boston Red SoxAL1063524588230834350.250.294.384.677

Mitchell Report

On December 13, 2007 former senator George Mitchell released his report to the commissioner of Major League Baseball concerning the use of illegal steroids and performance enhancing drugs in baseball. The following is an excerpt of the report referring to Lansing.

"According to [Kirk] Radomski, he was introduced to Lansing by David Segui while Segui and Lansing played together with the Expos. Radomski recalled that he engaged in four to five “small transactions” with Lansing. Radomski said that Lansing was familiar with testosterone and “knew exactly what he wanted.” Radomski produced two $1,000 money orders from Lansing, retrieved from his bank, made payable to Radomski; both were dated February 5, 2002... Radomski stated that this payment was for testosterone and one kit of human growth hormone. During the search of Radomski’s residence, an undated, partial shipping label was seized with Lansing’s name on it and a Colorado address. We have confirmed that Lansing resided at this address when he played with the Rockies. Lansing’s name, with an address and two telephone numbers, is listed in the address book seized from Radomski’s residence by federal agents."

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Awards
Preceded by
Scott Livingstone
Topps Rookie All-Star Third Baseman
1993
Succeeded by
José Oliva