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What did you think of George Foster?  
Overrated or Underrated?

Showed power but seemed to fade off.  

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Foster had big years in 1977 and 1978, but then his power numbers started going down.

He turned 30 years old in 1978.

His career just seemed odd to me.  Seemed like a late-producer but maybe that was because of the talent in the Reds organization.   Two big years and then he leveled off. 

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He was not a handsome man.



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Solid career. Had a stretch of 20+ hrs for 10 out of 11 seasons. Over 70 rbi's 11 yrs in a row. Decent hitter in the 270's to 280's overall. Two spectacular years, but pretty much 10 or 11 total solid seasons.

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George Foster had a very impressive statistical season in 1981 when the strike limited the Reds to 108 games with Foster playing all of them.

I think his legacy suffers because the Mets made a big trade for him ahead of 1982, a move made by the new owners to show the team would spend money and try to win, only for Foster to have a season that was disastrous by any definition with the problems compounded by his surly attitude towards the New York media. He had decent bounce back seasons in 1983 and 1984, and to a lesser extent in 1985, but not to the standards of his great Reds seasons and what the Mets, their fans, and the media expected and demanded. He got released during the 1986 championship season, got picked up by the White Sox for a couple of weeks, was released and not picked up in September, and saw his career end. Had he stayed in Cincinnati or gone somewhere other than New York, Foster might have had some better seasons and be more fondly remembered.

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For a 4 year stretch of time, he was the best power hitter in baseball while also hitting for a high average during that time frame. Sort of like Maris. Fell off quick. He was having a great year in 81. Too bad.

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Hated it when the Giants traded him to Cincy. Giants back then were loaded with outfielders...Bobby Bonds , Willie Mays, Ken Henderson. Henderson should have been traded to make room for Foster. Henderson was traded 2 years later anyways. Even if Foster didn't work out for Giants they had Garry Maddox and Gary Mathews behind him. Really pissed me off when Foster hit 52 bombs one year.



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Didn't Gary Matthews hit the majors in that time frame?

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Benlen wrote: Hated it when the Giants traded him to Cincy. Giants back then were loaded with outfielders...Bobby Bonds , Willie Mays, Ken Henderson. Henderson should have been traded to make room for Foster. Henderson was traded 2 years later anyways. Even if Foster didn't work out for Giants they had Garry Maddox and Gary Mathews behind him. Really pissed me off when Foster hit 52 bombs one year.
The Phillies thank the Giants for the "Secretary of Defense", Garry Lee Maddox. Injures derailed His career the last 6 seasons of His career. 



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Ultimark wrote: Didn't Gary Matthews hit the majors in that time frame?
Sarge was a regular in 1973 as a 22 yr. old. He played 148 games and won the ROY.



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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Ultimark wrote: Didn't Gary Matthews hit the majors in that time frame?
Sarge was a regular in 1973 as a 22 yr. old. He played 148 games and won the ROY.
1973 was a good  hitting yr for GIANTS. Bonds, Mathews , Maddox in the outfield , McCovey and Kingman at the corners. Except  for Ron Bryant and aging Juan Marichal they had no pitching.



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tamalie wrote: George Foster had a very impressive statistical season in 1981 when the strike limited the Reds to 108 games with Foster playing all of them.

I think his legacy suffers because the Mets made a big trade for him ahead of 1982, a move made by the new owners to show the team would spend money and try to win, only for Foster to have a season that was disastrous by any definition with the problems compounded by his surly attitude towards the New York media. He had decent bounce back seasons in 1983 and 1984, and to a lesser extent in 1985, but not to the standards of his great Reds seasons and what the Mets, their fans, and the media expected and demanded. He got released during the 1986 championship season, got picked up by the White Sox for a couple of weeks, was released and not picked up in September, and saw his career end. Had he stayed in Cincinnati or gone somewhere other than New York, Foster might have had some better seasons and be more fondly remembered.


Kind of a weird year for the Sox.  They also picked up Steve Carlton for a month or so late in the season before releasing him.  



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Blazer wrote: tamalie wrote: George Foster had a very impressive statistical season in 1981 when the strike limited the Reds to 108 games with Foster playing all of them.

I think his legacy suffers because the Mets made a big trade for him ahead of 1982, a move made by the new owners to show the team would spend money and try to win, only for Foster to have a season that was disastrous by any definition with the problems compounded by his surly attitude towards the New York media. He had decent bounce back seasons in 1983 and 1984, and to a lesser extent in 1985, but not to the standards of his great Reds seasons and what the Mets, their fans, and the media expected and demanded. He got released during the 1986 championship season, got picked up by the White Sox for a couple of weeks, was released and not picked up in September, and saw his career end. Had he stayed in Cincinnati or gone somewhere other than New York, Foster might have had some better seasons and be more fondly remembered.


Kind of a weird year for the Sox.  They also picked up Steve Carlton for a month or so late in the season before releasing him.  

"Lefty" played for everyone in 86 & 87. The Phils, Giants, White Sox, Indians & Twins. Really sad to see.



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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Blazer wrote: tamalie wrote: George Foster had a very impressive statistical season in 1981 when the strike limited the Reds to 108 games with Foster playing all of them.

I think his legacy suffers because the Mets made a big trade for him ahead of 1982, a move made by the new owners to show the team would spend money and try to win, only for Foster to have a season that was disastrous by any definition with the problems compounded by his surly attitude towards the New York media. He had decent bounce back seasons in 1983 and 1984, and to a lesser extent in 1985, but not to the standards of his great Reds seasons and what the Mets, their fans, and the media expected and demanded. He got released during the 1986 championship season, got picked up by the White Sox for a couple of weeks, was released and not picked up in September, and saw his career end. Had he stayed in Cincinnati or gone somewhere other than New York, Foster might have had some better seasons and be more fondly remembered.


Kind of a weird year for the Sox.  They also picked up Steve Carlton for a month or so late in the season before releasing him.  

"Lefty" played for everyone in 86 & 87. The Phils, Giants, White Sox, Indians & Twins. Really sad to see.
Ah, Steve Carlton.  I have a painting of him I bought in 1992 by some famous artist.  It is certified.  Worth a fortune so I am told.  No interest in selling.  Willie Stargell said trying to hit Carlton's slider was like trying to eat soup with a fork. 

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I wonder if Carlton is still hiding from the NWO, the Illuminati and the Elder Zionists?

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