During the off-season Bo Hart was stocking women's shoes at a
Nordstrom in Scottsdale, Ariz. Now the 26-year-old rookie is the
Cardinals' starting second baseman and has been an important
spark for the second-highest-scoring offense in the NL. Since
being called up from Triple A Memphis on June 19 to replace
injured second basemen Fernando Vina (torn right hamstring) and
Miguel Cairo (broken left hand), Hart was hitting .322 with 31
runs scored in 40 games at week's end. He socked his first
career grand slam in a 10-9 win over the Mets last Saturday.
Vina is scheduled to return by the end of the month, but because
the Cardinals hold a $4.5 million option on his contract
following this season, Hart may be the team's second baseman of
the future. "One of the best qualities you can have in this
league is consistency," says manager Tony La Russa. "[Hart] has
been exactly the same every day."
COLOR PHOTO: DAVID E. KLUTHO (HART) Hart