SABR Bio Project
Born: May 29, 1965
Charlie Hayes was one of the first major leaguers to truly benefit from the mile-high atmosphere in Denver. In 1993, two years before Vinny Castilla displaced him as the third baseman of the Rockies, Hayes hit .305 with 25 homers, 98 RBIs, a team-leading 175 hits, and a league-leading 45 doubles for the first-year expansion team.
His career began in 1988 with the Giants, who had drafted him in the fourth round four years earlier. He had two stints each with the Phillies and Yankees as well as the Giants; he also made stops in Pittsburgh and Colorado.
The three-sport high school star from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, had three hits and scored two runs in his only World Series with the 1996 World Champion Yankees. He made the last putout of that Series, smiling broadly as he pulled in the pop foul from the bat of Atlanta's Mark Lemke. Hayes also reached postseason play with the 1997 Yankees. He batted .333 while playing all five games of the Division Series loss to Cleveland. Charlie spent the next two years with the Giants, and signed a minor league contract with the Mets after the 1999 season. He landed briefly in Houston in 2001, playing mostly third base, batting .200 in 31 appearances to close out a 14-year career.