Monday, April 2, 2012 | 2:28 a.m.
More than 374,000 people walked through the Cashman Field gates in 2008, a year the 51s enjoyed their best attendance in the last 18 years.
Reasons for the increased turnout vary, but a high-octane offense led by third baseman Terry Tiffee didn’t hurt. Tiffee led Las Vegas to its only winning season of the last eight years by taking the Pacific Coast League batting title with a .378 average.
After spending eight productive years playing professional baseball — mostly in the minors — Tiffee broke out in 2008. He consistently got on base, but didn’t hit for much power with only nine home runs and 69 RBI.
Tiffee’s strengths mirrored the team’s identity. Although the 2008 51s hit a below-average 137 home runs, they set a franchise record with a .301 batting average.
Tiffee continued to bounce around the minor leagues after his memorable year in Las Vegas, but hasn’t stuck anywhere long term. He signed a contract with the Miami Marlins organization this offseason after stints with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees.
The 2008 season marked the final year the 51s were affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tiffee helped make the campaign a memorable one.