Eric Peter Karros is an American former professional baseball first baseman. Karros played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1991 to 2004 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and Oakland Athletics. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1992 and won a Silver Slugger Award in 1995.
Karros was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth round of the 1988 Major League Baseball draft. He made his Major League debut as a pinch runner on September 1, 1991 against the Chicago Cubs. He made his first start, at first base, on September 4, 1991 against the St. Louis Cardinals, when he was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Karros recorded his first Major League hit as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 12th inning against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Milt Hill on September 16, 1991. It was a two-run RBI double to left field, his only hit in 14 batting appearances during the 1991 season.
In his first at-bat of the 1992 season, on April 9 against the San Diego Padres, Karros hit a two-run shot to deep left field off of Craig Lefferts for his first career home run. He became a full-time starter for the Dodgers that season, appearing in 149 games and hitting 20 home runs while driving in 88 runs. He was named the 1992 National League Rookie of the Year. Karros put up consistent numbers throughout his career with the Dodgers, with a batting average just under .270 and an average of almost 25 home runs a year. No Dodger in the organization's history compiled more 30 home run 100 RBI seasons than Karros (five, matched only by Duke Snider and Gil Hodges). Karros also remains the only player in Dodger history to hit two homers in the same inning. 1999 was his best statistical year with the Dodgers, when he hit .304 with 34 home runs and 112 RBI. His career 270 home runs as a Los Angeles Dodger are the most in the team's history, and third amongst Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers.
On December 2, 2002, he was traded along with Mark Grudzielanek to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Todd Hundley and Chad Hermansen. Karros started the season as the Cubs backup first basemen, but took over the role at the beginning of June after Hee-seop Choi was injured in a collision with Cub teammate Kerry Wood. After playing the 2003 season with the Cubs he was granted free agency from the team at the end of the year. In 114 games with the Cubs, he hit .286 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI.
He then signed with the Oakland Athletics before the start of the 2004 season. Karros’ final MLB game was on July 21, 2004, and he was released by the Athletics on August 3, 2004. He only appeared in 40 games with the team, hitting .194 with 2 home runs and 11 RBI.
Karros works as a color commentator for baseball on Fox. He previously worked for Fox Sports in 2004 doing the pregame shows for the Major League Baseball playoffs, and ESPN until 2006 as a studio and game analyst. He previously worked on KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, where he did the pre-game show for Dodger games. Karros is a co-broadcaster in the MLB: The Show titles, and has been since MLB 11: The Show, along with Matt Vasgersian, Dave Campbell and Steve Lyons.
Karros was hired to call regional games for Fox Saturday Baseball in 2007. He was promoted to the No.2 team in 2011 primarily calling games with Thom Brennaman. In March 2014 it was announced that Brennaman and Karros would continue to call FOX games together, and the pair called the first regular season game ever on Fox Sports 1.
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