All Knights Stadium Team – DH
Each week, the Charlotte Knights are giving fans a chance to name the “All Knights Stadium Team” through an online vote. The team will be revealed at Knights Stadium on Thursday, April 11 — the final Opening Day in the history of Knights Stadium.
This week the focus turns to DH. Below are the five finalists for the best designated hitter in Knights Stadium history:
Sam Horn – A 1993 All-Star, Horn led the power-packed Knights with 38 home runs – the most by a Knights player in a single-season! In all, the 6’5″ slugger mashed .269 and drove home 96 RBIs. His home run total led the International League and helped lead the Knights to the International League Championship in their first year in the IL. Horn finished with 226 home runs over his 15-year Minor League career. He hit 62 Major League home runs as well.
Luis Raven - Raven had a season for the ages in 1999. At the age of 30, the Venezuelan native posted an impressive offensive line and was among the league leaders in a number of categories. In 139 games for the IL Champions, Raven hit .282 with 33 home runs and 125 RBIs. His 33 long balls led the IL, while his 125 RBIs were second overall. His RBI total ranks as the top mark in Knights franchise history for a single-season. His 125 RBIs rank second in Charlotte Baseball History to Tom Dodd’s 127 in 1987 as a member of the Charlotte O’s.
Jeff Inglin - Inglin spent parts of four seasons at Knights Stadium as a member of the Knights. The California native made his Triple-A debut in 1999 and hit three home runs in 14 games. He then appeared in 45 games for the Knights in 2000 and hit .301 with five home runs and 31 RBIs. It was 2001 however, which Inglin really broke-out the lumber. In 128 games, he hit .272 with a team-high 24 home runs and a team-high 75 RBIs. In 2002, he appeared in 39 games for the Knights and hit .276 with six home runs and 22 RBIs.
Ernie Young – Young was consistent for the Knights in two seasons from 2006-07. In 2006, the Chicago native posted a solid line — hitting .300 with 13 home runs and 68 RBIs. His solid play helped lead the Knights to the postseason that year. The former 10th round pick of the Oakland A’s returned to Fort Mill in 2007 and once again hit 13 home runs. In two seasons combined, he posted 96 runs scored, 185 hits, 38 doubles, 26 home runs and 110 RBIs. He retired after the 2007 season and at the time he was the active Minor League leader in home runs, RBIs and runs scored.
Dan Johnson: Johnson had a marvelous season for the Knights in 2012. The former International League MVP (2010) hit .267 with 28 home runs and 85 RBIs for the Knights. His 28 home runs were tops in the IL, his RBIs were second and he also led the league in walks (94) and games (137). He became just the fifth Knights player to lead the league in home runs. His 94 walks in a season were the most by a Knights player in a single-season. He earned a promotion to the White Sox at season’s end and launched three home runs in a game for the South Siders before the end of the regular season.