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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2018 06:50 pm
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A good leadoff hitter but not elite. For all his speed he didn't really run much with the Yankees, which was curious because Billy Martin ran guys and in general more guys took off in the '70s. But he had that one big stolen base year of 70 before he came to the Yankees and then cut back on his running a lot. As mentioned, he was on a team with some pop but never scored 100 runs even though he hit over .300 every year with the Yankees. He just didn't work counts or draw walks at all. Very good glove. Only made the All-Star team once.  You can argue that his 2 best years was his last year with California and his first year with Texas, sandwiched around his Yankees run, even though he'll always be remembered as a Yankee. He was a colorful character on a colorful team, but I think all the distractions of 1970s NY definitely hurt his legacy. He should've been much better.

Last edited on Mon Mar 12th, 2018 06:51 pm by srossi



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