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Steve Finley | Outfielder

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (49) / 3/12/1965
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Southern Illinois
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Steve Finley remains hopeful of landing a spot on a major league roster next spring.
Finley looked for work after being released by the Rockies in June, but he was unable to find it. Ideally, he'd get another chance with the Padres, as he makes his home in San Diego. "It's probably doubtful," GM Kevin Towers said in an email. "But I wouldn't completely rule it out depending on what we are able to accomplish in the outfield this winter." Wed, Nov 21, 2007 12:39:00 PM
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Free agent Steve Finley is taking batting practice at home and hopes to catch on with another team this year.

Finley has been out of work since the Rockies released him last month. "He's working out as if tomorrow he's going to get the call," agent Casey Close said. "He wants to play. This is about the heart. It's not about fear of retirement. He's just not ready for it to be the end yet."
Fri, Jul 20, 2007 04:00:00 PM

Steve Finley has officially been released by the Rockies.

Finley was designated for assignment on June 5, which gave the team 10 days to trade him to another team. The Rockies were unable to find any takes and he is now a free agent.
Sat, Jun 16, 2007 09:38:00 AM

Rockies designated outfielder Steve Finley for assignment.

If the 42-year-old Finley wants to keep playing, odds are that someone will pick him up. However, he's not a useful player these days. He hit .181/.245/.245 with two RBI in 94 at-bats for the Rockies, and his defense in center field has declined substantially. Most teams have better reserve outfield options in Triple-A.
Tue, Jun 5, 2007 02:22:00 PM

According to the Denver Post, the Rockies are designating Steve Finley for assignment and bringing up Sean Barker.

Barker figures to claim John Mabry's old role, while Ryan Spilborghs replaces Finley as the top backup in center field. This also qualifies as good news for Jeff Baker.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Jun 5, 2007 01:19:00 PM

Steve Finley went 0-for-4 while starting over Willy Taveras in Friday's loss.

Finley is 4-for-33 with one run scored and two RBI, practically making Tavares look like an All-Star in comparison. The Rockies should make the switch back to Cory Sullivan if Finley doesn't snap out of it soon. Of course, they should have stuck with Sullivan in the first place.
Sat, Apr 21, 2007 12:41:00 AM

Starting over Willy Taveras, Steve Finley went 1-for-6 as the Rockies' leadoff hitter on Wednesday.

Manager Clint Hurdle ignored the fact that it was a lefty-lefty matchup and went with Finley because he had three singles and one double in 10 career at-bats versus Doug Davis. Predictably, Finley went 0-for-3 and hit into a double play against Davis in the contest. His one hit came off J.D. Durbin after the game had already become a blowout.
Wed, Apr 4, 2007 06:14:00 PM

Rockies purchased the contracts of outfielders Steve Finley and John Mabry.

That's the problem. There's nothing wrong with signing someone like Finley to a minor league deal. It's that teams then automatically give them roster spots afterwards, regardless of whether they did anything to earn it. Finley hit .255/.286/.383 in 47 at-bats this spring. Every possible alternative to make the team did better, but Finley had the job right from the start.
Fri, Mar 30, 2007 08:07:00 PM

Steve Finley went 3-for-4 with a double Friday as the Rockies prevailed over the Mariners 6-5.

Finley is 8-for-17. He's also trying to show his legs still work by stealing two bases in two tries. If Finley makes the Rockies as a backup center fielder, there's going to be little reason to keep Cory Sullivan around. Jeff Baker is already locked in as the top reserve at the outfield corners.
Fri, Mar 9, 2007 06:30:00 PM

Rockies signed outfielder Steve Finley to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

A bad idea. It doesn't hurt to bring Finley in, but it seems likely that he'll be handed a spot regardless of his performance this spring and he could very well hurt the team if he gets a considerable number of at-bats. The soon-to-be 42-year-old Finley has lost too much range to be a capable center fielder in Coors Field, and his OBP is under .300 over the last two years. The Rockies should carry Cory Sullivan as their fifth outfielder instead.
Sat, Feb 24, 2007 04:13:00 PM

Free agent Steve Finley is reportedly still hoping the Cubs' center field position opens up through a Jacque Jones trade.

If not, he'll eventually have to accept a bench job elsewhere. According to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins aren't interested in making him their center fielder.
Sun, Feb 18, 2007 03:46:00 AM

Giants declined outfielder Steve Finley's $7 million club option for 2007.

He receives a $1 million buyout. The 41-year-old Finley hit .242/.320/.394 in 426 at-bats, which is at least 200 more than he deserved. The Giants probably won't look to bring him back, but his overrated defense will help make him some team's fourth outfielder next year.
Wed, Nov 1, 2006 07:42:00 PM

Steve Finley had two hits and two runs Wednesday night.

It's the first time since August 12 that Finley managed to score more than once in a game which isn't a shock considering he entered the game batting a mere .221 in August.
Wed, Aug 30, 2006 10:27:00 PM

Steve Finley went 0-for-4 as the Giants' No. 5 hitter in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

Since Finley has been a lousy hitter since April, the Giants might as well start giving his at-bats to Todd Linder. Finley has just four RBI in 28 games since the All-Star break, and his slugging percentage is down to .397.
Sun, Aug 20, 2006 08:37:00 PM

Steve Finley went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI against the Athletics on Sunday.

It was the fifth homer of the season for Finley, who has also hit six doubles and eight triples thus far. Finley is the active leader in triples with 120, but that's good for just 96th on the all-time list. He's tied with Mickey Vernon.
Sun, Jun 25, 2006 07:14:00 PM

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