Though he twice hit more than 20 home runs in a season with the Reds, his best statistical year came in 1989 as a member of the Boston Red Sox to whom he was traded for switch-hitting first baseman/outfielder Todd Benzinger. During that season, he hit .277 with 30 home runs and 108 runs batted in. That offseason, as a free agent, Esasky signed a three-year, $5.6 million contract with the Atlanta Braves, but was forced to retire after playing just nine games due to developing vertigo stemming from an ear infection. His salary was paid for by insurance.
PARADISE LOST NICK ESASKY THOUGHT GOING HOME TO GEORGIA WOULD BE THE HIGH POINT OF HIS LIFE. BUT A BOUT WITH VERTIGO HAS HIM WONDERING IF HE'LL EVER PLAY BASEBALL AGAIN
Jun 12, 1990; ATLANTA - Ever see a comet? As it flashes across the sky, it first appears as a large ball. By the time your eyes react, it's no...