karros went on to hit 270 home runs as a member of the los angeles dodgers, putting him not only atop the la leader board, but landing him at third place in the all-time franchise history. he trails only duke snider (389 total as a dodger, 73 in la) and gil hodges (361, 63), and sits above roy campanella (242 all as a brooklyn dodger) with cey rounding out the top 5. the rest of the franchise leader board sits as follows - garvey in 6th place, followed by carl furillo (192, 18), mike piazza (177), pedro guerrero (171), raul mondesi (163), and shawn green (162) all ahead of davis. matt kemp (151) is next on the list, which is good for 9th place in la dodger history, and 13th in franchise history.
so what becomes of the la dodger career home run leader in the era of free agency? starting with cey, he gets dealt to the cubs and gets a card showing him in transition - his 1983 o-pee-chee card.
and, in the case of eric karros, he gets the same thing - although his transition card is a 2003 leaf issue
and this is karros' card from 2003 upper deck sp authentic
on june 7, 2003, the yankees were visiting wrigley field and roger clemens was on the mound looking for career win number 300. the game was televised, and the cubs had hee seop choi at first base and kerry wood on the mound. in the fourth inning with the score still 0-0, jason giambi hit an infield pop up that resulted in choi making the catch while colliding with wood and then hitting his head on the ground. choi left the game on a stretcher, and karros replaced him in the field. the yankees took the lead the following inning on a solo home run by hideki matsui, and clemens was cruising. in the 7th inning, however, clemens allowed a one out single to moises alou followed by a walk to sammy sosa. joe torre replaced clemens with juan acevedo, and karros greeted him with a 3-run home run on acevedo's first pitch to ruin any chance clemens had at the milestone victory. yes, clemens got his 300th win soon thereafter, but karros made him wait and i for one was thankful.
from chicago, both cey and karros returned to california, although they went to oakland rather than los angeles. here's cey's 1987 topps traded card
and karros' 2004 topps card
each player finished their careers in oakland, and so hit their final career home runs in the green and gold. cey hit four home runs as a member of the a's to bring his career total to 316, while karros managed only two homers in oakland to finish his career with 284 long balls.