Kenny Lofton


Kenneth Lofton is a former Major League Baseball center fielder. Lofton was a six-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner, and at retirement, was ranked fifteenth among all-time stolen base leaders with 622.



Kenneth Lofton (born May 31, 1967) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) center fielder. Lofton was a six-time All-Star (1994–1999), four-time Gold Glove Award winner (1993–1996), and at Kenny Lofton - Complete Baseball Playerretirement, was ranked fifteenth among all-time stolen base leaders with 622.[1][2] During his career, he played for the Houston AstrosCleveland Indians (three different times), Atlanta BravesChicago White SoxSan Francisco GiantsPittsburgh PiratesChicago CubsNew York YankeesPhiladelphia PhilliesLos Angeles Dodgers, and Texas Rangers.

Lofton attended the University of Arizona on a basketball scholarship. The Wildcats made it to the Final Four in 1988. He did not join the school’s baseball team until his junior year.

Lofton made 11 postseason appearances, including World Series appearances in 1995 and 2002 with the Indians and Giants, respectively. From 2001 to 2007, Lofton did not spend more than one consecutive season with a team. For his career, the Indians were the only team he played with for longer than one season and the only franchise he played for more than Kenny Loftononce. Lofton played ​9 12 seasons with the Indians, helping the organization win six division titles. In 2010, he was inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame.

During his professional baseball career, Lofton’s single-season stolen base count led the MLB on three occasions and twice the American League (AL). In 1994, he led the American League in hits. Lofton broke Rickey Henderson‘s record of 33 career post-season stolen bases during the 2007 post-season. Of his base running, Frank White said, “Lofton has out-thought a lot of major-league players” and later, “a smart, complete baseball player.”[3]

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