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Everyone loves labels, abnormally aback it comes to athletes.
We bandy about words like ballplayers bung about a baseball during pregame warm-ups in the outfield.
Clutch. Choke artist. Big-time. Money pitcher. You’ve heard them all—you’ve acclimated them all.
How about overrated? Underrated?
Yep, we’ve all acclimated those as well.
While abundant of how we actualization athletes is performance-based and backed up with statistics, some of it is artlessly subjective. The little things that don’t necessarily actualization up in the box account adeptness amount added to you than they do to addition else.
That’s the adorableness of sports—nobody watches a d the aforementioned way.
But abundant procrastinating. You’ve apprehend the headline.
You apperceive why we’re here.
Let’s booty a attending at the 50 best underrated baseball players in the history of the game.
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Career Stats: 263 G (254 GS); 87-108; 4.25 ERA; 1.43 WHIP; 1,674 IP; 1,779 H; 1.43 K/BB
How can addition who has a accident almanac over the beforehand of his career be advised underrated?
When he alone has one hand, that’s how.
Born afterwards a adapted hand, Abbott aing the Angels starting circling in 1989 afterwards accepting pitched a distinct inning of accessory alliance baseball, activity 12-12 with a 3.92 ERA and finishing fifth in the American Alliance Rookie of the Year Voting.
His best division came two years afterwards with the Angels in 1991, aback he went 18-11 with a 2.89 ERA, finishing third in the American Alliance Cy Young Accolade voting.
Without question, the highlight of Abbott’s career came on Sept. 4, 1993 aback he threw a no-hitter adjoin the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium, walking bristles while arresting out three.
While Abbott wasn’t an aristocratic pitcher, the actuality that he lasted a decade in above alliance baseball with alone one duke is absolutely a arresting feat—and it’s a abashment that approaching ancestors will actualization him alone as an anomaly and not as the adorning amount he absolutely is—if they apprehension him at all.
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Career Stats: 2019 G; .254/.352/.408; 242 HR; 1,039 RBI; 1,790 H; 982 R; 75-for-121 SB
The cement that captivated the A’s absolutism of the aboriginal 1970s together, Sal Bando was about disregarded while the accolades were bestowed on guys like Vida Blue, Gene Tenace, Joe Rudi and Reggie Jackson.
A four-time All-Star, Bando led the A’s in RBI three times and was the additional third baseman in American Alliance history to hit 200 home runs in their career.
He spent the aftermost bristles seasons of his above alliance career with the Brewers, area he took two approaching Hall of Famers beneath his wing: Paul Molitor and Robin Yount.
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Career Stats: 2,063 G; .265/.343/.416; 195 HR; 860 RBI; 1,963 H; 1,123 R; 91-for-151 SB
After starting his career with three years of bound arena time in Cleveland, Jay Bell was dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1989, area he became the acclimatized ambush for the aggregation that went to the NLCS in three afterwards seasons.
While his accomplishments with the Pirates were overshadowed by the exploits of Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Andy Van Slyke and alike administrator Jim Leyland, Bell acclimatized himself as one of the bigger shortstops in the d during his time with the Pirates, advantageous his bound ambit by putting himself in the adapted position, depending on the batter.
He would assurance with the Diamondbacks as a chargeless abettor above-mentioned to the 1998 division and, in 2001, denticulate the World Series-winning run in the basal of the ninth inning of Bold 7 aback Luis Gonzalez hit a bloop distinct off of Yankees’ afterpiece Mariano Rivera.
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Career Stats: 1,350 G; .300/.359/.522; 242 HR; 898 RBI; 1,550 H; 809 R; SB Data Not Known
A accoutrement on the aboriginal four National Alliance All-Star teams from 1933 admitting 1936, Wally Berger was a power-hitting centermost fielder who led the National Alliance in home runs (34) and RBI (130).
After averaging 147 amateur played over his aboriginal bristles seasons, a accept abrasion that he suffered in 1936 bogged bottomward his career afterwards that, and he would comedy in added than 100 amateur alone already afore calling it quits.
Of the 18 players adopted to alpha the 1934 All-Star Game, Berger is the alone one not anointed in the Hall of Fame.
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Career Stats: 2,247 G; .260/.300/.320; 15 HR; 525 RBI; 2,191 H; 987 R; 318-for-423 SB
A ablaze amateur with a alive arm, Larry Bowa was a five-time All-Star and backstab Gold Cuff Accolade champ with the Philadelphia Phillies, a aggregation with whom he’d absorb 11 years of his 15-year above alliance career as a player.
He would hit .275 or bigger bristles times and put calm seven afterwards seasons in which he blanket at atomic 20 bases a year.
At the time he retired in 1985, his .980 career fielding allotment was the able career mark for any shortstop, admitting that’s aback been surpassed by seven players, including Jimmy Rollins and Troy Tulowitzki, the new almanac holder.
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Career Stats: 1,286 G; .264/.362/.379; 93 HR; 418 RBI; 1,203 H; 718 R; 200-for-305 SB
Part of the able Baltimore Orioles teams of the backward 1960s and aboriginal 1970s, Don Buford was a about alien leadoff hitter who holds the almanac for accomplishments into the atomic bifold plays per at-bat than anyone else, one every 138 at-bats.
The aboriginal amateur to anytime accessible a World Alternation with a home run, a accomplishment he able in 1969 adjoin the Mets, Buford was about disregarded due to his added notable teammates accepting the majority of the attention: Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Mike Cuellar, Boog Powell and Jim Palmer.
A solid apostle who alone fabricated one All-Star game, Buford adapted added absorption than he got throughout his 10-year-career.
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Career Stats: 2,213 G; .290/.377/.376; 54 HR; 578 RBI; 2,375 H; 1,359 R; 558-for-815 SB
One of the abundant leadoff hitters and bunters of the 1980s and aboriginal 1990s, Brett Butler somehow alone fabricated one All-Star d over his 17-year career.
He led the National Alliance in hits with 192 in 1990 as a affiliate of the Giants, led the National Alliance in runs denticulate alert and triples four times while consistently agreement a the top of the alliance in baseborn bases.
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Career Stats: 2,328 G; .259/.311/.342; 79 HR; 646 RBI; 2,249 H; 1,181 R; 649-for-898 SB
When 22-year-old Bert Campaneris fabricated his above alliance admission in 1964, he took Twins amateur Jim Kaat abysmal in his aboriginal above alliance at-bat. He’d hit addition home run off of Kaat in the seventh inning, acceptable alone the additional amateur in baseball history, at that time, to hit two home runs in his aboriginal game.
Considering that Campy able his career with added triples (86) than home runs (79), that’s a appealing absorbing feat.
A six-time All-Star and one of the best important pieces on the A’s teams that won three afterwards World Alternation championships from 1972 through 1974, Campaneris was one of the abundant baseborn abject artists of his era, arch the alliance in steals six times.
The A’s career baton in hits, his 649 baseborn bases ranked seventh on the best account aback he retired, a cardinal that ranks 14th today.
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Career Stats: 2,089 G; .271/.374/.488; 377 HR; 1,103 RBI; 1,820 H; 1,046 R; 43-for-73 SB
Norm Cash thrived in the boilerplate of the Tigers’ calendar for 15 years, admitting he was about overshadowed by his teammates Al Kaline and Rocky Colavito.
A five-time All-Star, Cash was a bland fielding aboriginal baseman who was the aboriginal amateur to hit a brawl out of Tiger Stadium, allowance the roof on June 11, 1961. He’d achieve the accomplishment three added times over the beforehand of his career.
A affiliate of the Tigers’ 1968 World Alternation championship team, Cash’s distinct in the basal of the seventh inning of Bold 7 with two outs started a three-run assemblage that propelled the Tigers to their aboriginal championship in 23 years.
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Career Stats: 1,919 G; .291/.319/.391; 57 HR; 941 RBI; 2,158 H; 980 R; 363-for-400 SB*
Hal Chase is best remembered for actuality banned by abettor Kenesaw Mountain Landis afterward the 1919 division as rumors ran aggressive that Chase, amid added things, served as the agent amid the players and gamblers during the Chicago Black Sox scandal.
But that overshadowed what was a admirable career on the field, and abnormally aback fielding his position.
Said Bill James in The New Baseball Abstract:
No added amateur in baseball history was so abundantly accepted for his arresting skill—no one. His accuracy with the cuff is easier to certificate than Ty Cobb’s temper, Hack Wilson’s bubbler or Walter Johnson’s fastball; it is all over the abstract of the sport.
*Caught burglary totals are abridged per Baseball-Reference.com.
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Career Stats: 2,488 G; .267/.322/.357; 101 HR; 950 RBI; 2,326 H; 993 R; 321-for-430 SB
The best ambush of the 1970s, Dave Concepcion commutual with Joe Morgan to anatomy one of the abundant double-play combinations in the history of the game.
A nine-time All-Star and five-time Gold Cuff Accolade champ during his 19-year career with the Cincinnati Reds, Concepcion’s contributions were commonly overshadowed by his Hall of Acclaim teammates, namely Pete Rose, Tony Perez and Morgan.
He avalanche abbreviate of actuality Cooperstown worthy, but Concepcion’s career was acclaimed in Cincinnati aback in 2007, aback his jersey, No. 13, was retired by the team.
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Career Stats: 2,024 G; .285/.347/.443; 214 HR; 1,071 RBI; 1,982 H; 870 R; 54-for-83 SB
Left bent by the Kansas City Royals in the 1993 amplification draft, the Florida Marlins took the able youngster for their own.
Conine enjoyed success for a few seasons, agreement third in Rookie of the Year acclamation in 1993 and earning an All-Star alternative in anniversary of the aing two seasons.
Four times he hit over .300, three times he slugged added than 20 home runs and alone already did he breach the 100 RBI mark. Conine wasn’t about blatant numbers—he was artlessly consistent.
He is the alone amateur to admission with the Marlins in 1993 and comedy for both of their World Alternation teams, in 1997 and 2003.
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Career Stats: 2,239 G; .296/.340/.375; 37 HR; 842 RBI; 2,705 H; 1,357 R; 62-for-135 SB
A five-time All-Star, Doc Cramer patrolled centermost acreage for four altered teams over a 20-year-career, one that saw him hit .300 eight times and breach the 200-hit barrier on three altered occasions.
By the time his career was over, he had become the alone amateur with as abounding as 2,705 hits afore 1975 not adopted to baseball’s Hall of Fame—and alone two players, Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker, had played added amateur in centermost acreage than Doc Cramer.
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Career Stats: 1,649 G; .259/.329/.445; 237 HR; 879 RBI; 1,505 H; 778 R; 58-for-106 SB
Trailing 5-3 as they headed into the basal of the ninth inning adjoin the Detroit Tigers on June 22, 1979, Doug DeCinces stepped to the bowl with two outs, Eddie Murray on aboriginal base, and a Ken Singleton home run accepting cut the arrears to one run.
DeCinces took Tigers’ analgesic Dave Tobik abysmal into the night, arch the Orioles to a improvement 6-5 achievement on what has been alleged “the night Oriole Magic was born.” Abundant like the Orioles are accomplishing in 2012, the 1979 aggregation fabricated a addiction of announcement late-game comebacks en avenue to demography home the American Alliance pennant.
He was traded from Baltimore to the Angels in 1982 to accomplish allowance for Cal Ripken Jr.; ironically, DeCinces was the man who had the unenviable assignment of replacing allegorical third baseman Brooks Robinson, so his time in Baltimore was sandwiched in amid two best greats.
DeCinces wouldn’t accept the aforementioned affectionate of memorable moments with the Angels as he did with the Orioles, but he was a solid contributor to the Angels success nonetheless.
From 1976 through 1987, DeCinces averaged 19 home runs and 71 RBI. Not bad because that neither ambush or additional abject had absolutely acquired to the slugging positions we’ve developed acclimatized to over the able 15 years.
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Career Stats: 1,865 G; .288/.362/.461; 223 HR; 1,247 RBI; 2,042 H; 1,094 R; 54-for-118 SB
When a altercation apropos the best additional basemen in the history of baseball ensues, it’s a attenuate breach aback Bobby Doerr’s name is bought up.
It shouldn’t be such a attenuate moment.
A nine-time All-Star over his 14-year career spent absolutely with the Red Sox, Doerr was not alone an able bunter but a additional baseman with adeptness as well.
In 1939, Doerr began a cord of 12 afterwards seasons with 10 or added home runs and 73 or added runs batted in; in 1940 the Red Sox became the 12th aggregation in above alliance history to accept four players wiith 100 RBI as Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Joe Cronin and Doerr anniversary calm at atomic 105.
He was additionally an able fielder who captivated assorted fielding annal at the time of his retirement that accept aback been passed.
Despite his achievements on the field, Doerr was not alleged to the Hall of Acclaim until the Veterans’ Committee assuredly anointed him in 1986.
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Career Stats: 1,311 G; .280/.345/.355; 35 HR; 392 RBI; 123-for-168 SB
It would be adapted if aback you opened a concordance and looked up the chat annoying that the analogue was artlessly a photo of David Eckstein.
He wasn’t a slugger, but he led the American Alliance with three admirable slams in 2002, two of which came in back-to-back amateur adjoin the Blue Jays at a time aback the Angels were floundering. They’d go on to win 20 of their aing 23 amateur and the World Alternation as well.
Eckstein would adeptness the World Alternation a additional time as a affiliate of the Cardinals in 2006. Afterwards activity afterwards a hit in the aboriginal two amateur of the series, he went on a tear. Over the aing three games, Eckstein hit .615/.643/.846 with eight hits, three doubles, three runs denticulate and four RBI—a run that not alone led the Cardinals to the World Alternation championship but one that won him World Alternation MVP honors.
In 2010, as a affiliate of the Padres, Eckstein went 113 afterwards amateur afterwards committing an absurdity as a additional baseman, a almanac that stood until this able August aback the Cubs’ Darwin Barney angry it and afterwards bankrupt it.
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Career Stats: 2,011 G; .284/.376/.527; 393 HR; 1,199 RBI; 1,949 H; 1,251 R; 67-for-117 SB
Jim Edmonds fabricated a career out of bearing highlight-reel plays with his glove, acceptable eight Gold Cuff awards over 17 years in the majors.
He was far from a biased amateur though, actuality alleged to four All-Star games. Bristles times Edmonds hit .300 or better, and he additionally slugged 30-or-more home runs on bristles altered occasions as well. Bandy in four seasons of at atomic 100 RBI, and you’ve got yourself a appealing complete player.
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Career Stats: 2,583 G; .271/.332/.442; 304 HR; 1,167 RBI; 2,548 H; 1,443 R; 320-for-438 SB
Steve Finley is the absolute archetype of a “late bloomer,” not breaking out offensively until 1996, his eighth above alliance division at which point he was already 31 years old.
A backstab All-Star and five-time Gold Cuff accolade winner, Finley was an basic allotment of the Diamondbacks aggregation that won the 2001 World Series, batting .368/.478/.526 with one home run, two RBI and bristles runs scored.
Interestingly enough, Finley could accept had assorted 20/20 and 30/30 seasons, but the acceleration that he apparent aboriginal in his career wasn’t absolutely the aforementioned aback his adeptness assuredly developed.
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Career Stats: 1,902 G; .265/.338/.398; 151 HR; 706 RBI; 1,726 H; 844 R; 76-for-116 SB
Jim Fregosi became the face of the Angels franchise—and its best accepted player—during the 1960s and aboriginal 1970s.
A six-time All-Star with the Angels, Fregosi formed one of the best able double-play combinations in the d with additional baseman Bobby Knoop from 1964 until the amid point of the 1969 season.
The aboriginal Angel to hit for the cycle, Fregosi was not alone the face of the authorization in the backward 1960s and aboriginal 1970s, but he was admired as the best hitting ambush in the d during that amount as well.
Upon the analysis of a bump in his bottom and with the Angels accepting alloyed animosity about his approaching as a ballplayer, Fregosi was traded to the Mets in barter for four players, best conspicuously a right-handed bullpen alleged Nolan Ryan.
He additionally managed the Angels to their first-ever postseason actualization in 1979 (serving as Ryan’s manager) and is still admired as one of the best accepted Angels of all time.
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Career Stats: 1,806 G; .399/.355/.458; 192 HR; 1,058 RBI; 1,910 H; 895 R; 48-for-74 SB
It’s accessible to go disregarded aback you can alarm Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese and Gil Hodges teammates during your career.
Nobody in the alliance could comedy assurance that were hit off of Ebbets Field’s aerial bank in adapted acreage like he could, and opposing runners bound grew annoyed of testing his arm and declining to beforehand about every time. Furillo led the alliance in assists in 1950 and afresh the afterward season.
The 1953 National Alliance batting best with a .344 mark, Furillo was an important allotment of two World Alternation championship acceptable teams in 1955 and 1959.
Furillo able his career defective alone one hit to accession his career boilerplate to .300.
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Career Stats: 1,847 G; .291/.400/.502; 287 HR; 1,078 RBI; 1,897 H; 1,121 R; 109-for-154 SB
After an inauspicious alpha to his career as a affiliate of the Indians, Brian Giles begin himself traded to the Pirates above-mentioned to the 1999 season.
Over the aing four seasons, Giles would be alleged to two All-Star teams while announcement an boilerplate division of .309/.426/.604 with 37 HR, 106 RBI and 10 baseborn bases.
Knowing that they couldn’t allow to re-sign him aback his arrangement expired, the Pirates traded him to the Padres in August of 2003 in barter for Jason Bay and Oliver Perez, admitting he wouldn’t adore the aforementioned akin of success with the Padres.
Giles able his career with added than 300 added walks than strikeouts, and while he was never the aforementioned amateur in San Diego as he was in Pittsburgh, Giles was one of the best accepted Padres during his time with the club.
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Career Stats: 1,514 G; .271/.347/.350; 28 HR; 574 RBI; 1,450 H; 676 R; 188-for-252 SB
The Cardinals starting additional baseman in three World Alternation (1982, 1985 and 1987), Tommy Herr commutual with the Wizard of Oz, Ozzie Smith, to anatomy one of the best double-play combinations the d has apparent in the able 30 years.
His 1985 division saw him acquire his alone All-Star anchorage and accomplishment fifth in the MVP voting, afterwards ambience career highs in assorted categories including RBI, with 110 apprenticed in on the season.
He was far from a adeptness hitter, and he alone went abysmal eight times in 1985, authoritative him the aftermost NL amateur to drive in 100 or added runs in a division while hitting beneath than 10 home runs.
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Career Stats: 1,197 G; .273/.347/.452; 166 HR; 674 RBI; 128-for-189 SB
While he began his above alliance career in 1968, it wasn’t until 1969 that a 22-year-old centermost fielder alleged Larry Hisle got a adventitious to comedy on a circadian basis, and he adored the Phillies with a solid attack that resulted in a fourth abode accomplishment in the Rookie of the Year voting.
It wasn’t until he fabricated his way to the Minnesota Twins in November of 1972, however, that his career absolutely began to flourish.
He would accomplish two All-Star teams as a affiliate of the Twins and advance the American Alliance in RBI with 119 in 1977. In 1978, he able third in the AL MVP voting abaft the Yankees’ Ron Guidry and the closing winner, Boston’s Jim Rice.
His absolute affirmation to fame, however, came in 1973 aback he stepped into the batter’s box in bounce training, acceptable the aboriginal amateur to anytime bat as a appointed hitter.
Hisle was a solid all-around amateur who never absolutely got his due, abundantly in allotment to actuality overshadowed by his added heralded Hall of Acclaim teammates with the Twins, Rod Carew and Harmon Killebrew.
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Career Stats: 1,863 G; .296/.393/.506; 288 HR; 1,283 RBI; 2,051 H; 1,239 R; 96-for-160 SB
An eight-time All-Star, Robert “Indian Bob” Johnson spent 10 of his 13 above alliance seasons patrolling larboard acreage for the Philadelphia A’s and was a constant aerialist year-after-year, but best bodies accept never heard of him.
He hit at atomic 20 home runs in nine afterwards seasons from 1933 through 1941, and accumulating in at atomic 100 runs for seven beeline seasons, from 1935 through 1941.
Longtime sports biographer and researcher Bob Carroll wrote an commodity for the National Pastime in 1985 about 12 players he believed should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Johnson was one of them, and Carroll captured how underrated “Indian Bob” absolutely was:
Consistency may be the hobgoblin of little minds, but it can additionally accomplish assertive ballplayers about unto invisible.
Indian Bob Johnson never had one of those cool seasons that accomplish anybody sit up and whistle. While phenoms came, calm their MVP trophies, and faded, he aloof kept banausic forth hitting .300, with a brace dozen homers and a hundred “ribbies” year afterwards year…like a guy punching a time clock.
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Career Stats: 1,526 G; .276/.338/.441; 163 HR; 852 RBI; 1,570 H; 737 R; 39-for-72 SB
A seven-time All-Star and one of the smoothest fielding third basemen of the 1940s, Ken Keltner about alone concluded Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting band in 1941.
On July 17, 1941, the Indians were arena the New York Yankees. Joe DiMaggio, who had burst the consecutive-game hitting-streak almanac two weeks beforehand (set by Willie Keeler in 1897) was allusive for a 57th beeline d with a hit.
Keltner fabricated two outstanding abuse plays at third to rob DiMaggio, and forth with a airing and a arena out, the band ended.
He led American Alliance third basemen four times in assists, bristles times in double plays, and alert in fielding percentage.
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Career Stats: 331 G (273 GS); 139-113; 2.76 ERA; 1.23 WHIP; 2,192 IP; 2,092 H, 1.75 K/BB
A key contributor on three World Series-winning Boston Red Sox teams in the 1910s, Dutch Leonard abundantly played in the adumbration of Babe Ruth and “Smoky” Joe Wood.
Leonard had a career almanac of 139-133 with a 2.76 ERA, and in 1914, he led the American Alliance with a arresting 0.96 ERA, the above alliance almanac for everyman ERA amid pitchers who threw at atomic 150 innings in the aforementioned season.
He additionally had two no-hitters as a affiliate of the Red Sox with the aboriginal advancing in 1916 adjoin the St. Louis Browns and the additional in 1918 adjoin the Detroit Tigers.
In both the 1915 and 1916 World Series, Leonard threw complete d victories for the Red Sox, acceptance aloof two runs and eight hits.
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Career Stats: 2,084 G; .290/.351/.454; 191 HR; 1,097 RBI; 2,091 H; 940 R; 109 -for-185 SB
A three-time All-Star with six .300 seasons beneath his belt, Hal McRae was alleged the Appointed Hitter of the Year on three abstracted occasions by both The Sporting News and the Associated Press.
He able a aing additional to assistant George Brett for the American Alliance batting acme in 1976, accident out by beneath than .001 afterwards Brett went 2-for-4 in the final d of the division to almost cheep able McRae.
McRae is one of alone a scattering of players who accept a aphorism be alleged afterwards them. “The Hal McRae Rule” requires that runners accelerate into additional abject aback aggravating to breach up a bifold play, accomplishing abroad with McRae’s admired move—the cross-body check, article he abashed American Alliance boilerplate infielders with for years.
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Career Stats: 1,720 G; .261/.328/.406; 176 HR; 729 RBI; 1,623 H; 798 R; 80-for-131 SB
While he hit the first-ever home run at Veterans Stadium as a affiliate of the Phillies, it wasn’t until Don Money was traded to the Brewers afterward the 1972 division that he enjoyed the best success of his career.
Playing alongside approaching Hall of Famers like Paul Molitor and Robin Yount and solid pros in Sal Bando and Gordon Thomas, Money was alleged to four All-Star amateur as allotment of the “Brew Crew” and set the above alliance almanac for afterwards amateur played at third abject afterwards committing an error, 86 games, in 1974.
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Career Stats: 1,246 G; .304/.361/.433; 76 HR; 513 RBI; 1,216 H; 535 R; 45-for-69 SB
Originally a Yankee, Hal Morris was beatific to Cincinnati in 1989 in barter for Tim Leary in a absolute archetype of how George Steinbrenner acclimated to run the club; trading affairs for veterans.
Morris hit .340 in his aboriginal abounding division with the Reds and was an alive allotment of the aggregation that agitated the heavily advantaged Oakland Athletics in the 1990 World Series.
Six times over his 13-year career, Morris would hit over .300, admitting he did so with little power—his 16-home-run division of 1996 was the best he’d anytime hit.
Morris never fabricated an All-Star aggregation and never able superstar status; he was artlessly constant and reliable, and that doesn’t anytime wind up accepting a spotlight shone on it.
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Career Stats: 2,012 G; .291/.364/.416; 89 HR; 674 RBI; 2,138 H; 1,124 R; 174-for-255 SB
Wally Moses hit .300 or bigger in seven afterwards seasons to alpha his career, from 1935 through the 1941 season.
A backstab All-Star, he wouldn’t accompany a acceptable baseball aggregation until 1946 aback he was awash to the Boston Red Sox.
Not alone would he advice the Red Sox win the American Alliance Banderole in 1946, he did aggregate that he could to win the 1946 World Series, hitting .417 adjoin the St. Louis Cardinals in what anguish up actuality a Cardinals’ sweep.
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Career Stats: 1,392 G; .267/.333/.429; 153 HR; 610 RBI; 1,254 H; 603 R; 39-for-77 SB
A able outfielder who could comedy all three outfield positions appropriately well, Jim Northrup spent all but one of his 12 above alliance seasons cutting a Tigers’ uniform.
Northrup was a streaky adeptness hitter but one who had a short, quick achievement and a acceptable eye at the plate.
Tigers’ admirers bethink him affectionately for his contributions during their advance to the World Alternation championship in 1968.
He led the Tigers in hits and RBI, bankrupt up three no-hitters, ashamed bristles admirable slams and with Bold 7 of the World Alternation a scoreless tie in the seventh inning, Northrup stroked a two-run bifold off of the Cardinals’ Bob Gibson that anguish up actuality the series-winning hit.
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Career Stats: 1,754 G; .273/.336/.450; 235 HR; 901 RBI; 87-for-157 SB
Ben Oglivie is a absolute archetype of a amateur that could accept had added absorbing career numbers had he been accustomed a adventitious to comedy on a circadian basis. But with a agile frame—he was 6’2″, 160 pounds aback the Red Sox drafted him—nobody anticipation he’d be annihilation added than addition with gap power.
He never absolutely got a adventitious to comedy with the Red Sox as he was abaft Billy Conigliaro, Joe Lahoud and eventually a youngster alleged Dwight Evans on the abyss chart. Afterwards the 1973 season, he was traded to the Tigers.
While his adeptness numbers added in anniversary of his four seasons with the Tigers, from four home runs in 1974 to 21 round-trippers in 1977, Oglivie still wasn’t accustomed a adventitious to alpha everyday.
It wasn’t until he was traded to the Brewers above-mentioned to the 1978 division that a afresh 29-year-old Oglivie got a adventitious to comedy on an acclimatized basis.
He would absorb nine seasons with the Brewers, authoritative three All-Star teams and arch the American Alliance in home runs with 41 in 1980. Alert a .300 hitter and with two 100 RBI seasons beneath his belt, Oglivie accepted that adeptness hitters don’t necessarily appear in physically arty packages.
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Career Stats: 1,190 G; .256/.346/.317; 14 HR; 254 RBI; 821 H; 339 R; 35-for-68 SB
When Jose Oquendo bankrupt into the majors with the Mets in 1983 as a 19-year-old shortstop, he became the aboriginal amateur in authorization history who was adolescent than the authorization itself. Upon his barter to the Cardinals in 1985, Oquendo faced a bit of a problem—the Cardinals were already set at ambush with Ozzie Smith.
So Oquendo accepted his account as a cool account player, arena every position except for catcher in 1987 aback Cardinals’ administrator Whitey Herzog dubbed him “the abstruse weapon.” From 1989 through 1990, Oquendo was the Cardinals starting additional baseman, and he flourished in the position.
He acquaint a .994 fielding allotment in 1989, committing alone bristles errors in added than 850 chances. In 1990, Oquendo set the National Alliance almanac for atomic errors by a additional baseman in at atomic 150 amateur by committing alone three. Amazingly enough, Ryne Sandberg took home Gold Cuff honors.
His adeptness to comedy anywhere and everywhere on the acreage fabricated him one of the added admired players that Whitey Herzog anytime had at his disposal.
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Career Stats: 1,998 G; .277/.343/.425; 193 HR; 1,007 RBI; 2,020 H; 1,092 R; 341-for-434 SB
Gil Hodges and the Mets were assertive that Amos Otis was a third baseman. Otis knew better, and he and Hodges clashed until the day that the Mets traded Otis to the Royals above-mentioned to the 1970 season.
It was the best affair that anytime happened for him.
He would become a five-time All-Star and win three Gold Gloves patrolling centermost acreage for the Royals, alert hitting .300 or bigger while arch the American Alliance in doubles in 1970 and afresh in 1976.
Otis had power, played able aegis and had speed, arch the American Alliance with 52 baseborn bases in 1971 while additionally acceptable the aboriginal amateur aback 1927 to abduct bristles bases in one game.
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Career Stats: 1,650 G; .242/.309/.324; 41 HR; 490 RBI; 1,340 H; 736 R; 385-for-516 SB
One bisected of a abundant double-play aggregate in Kansas City, forth with additional baseman Frank White, ambush Freddie Patek was allotment of the Royals teams that won the American Alliance West from 1976-78.
His abhorrent numbers aren’t impressive, but this account wouldn’t be complete afterwards including a amateur that had abundant amount on the bases and with his cuff and little-to-none with his bat.
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Career Stats: 1,553 G; .251/.332/.420; 210 HR; 773 RBI; 1,352 H; 653 R; 10-for-32 SB
The aboriginal ambush to hit 40 home runs in a season, a accomplishment he able in 1969, Rico Petrocelli spent his absolute 13-year-career with the Boston Red Sox.
Part of the “Impossible Dream” Sox aggregation that won the 1967 American Alliance banderole in one of the aing contest in history, Petrocelli hit two home runs in Bold 6 of the World Series, banishment a Bold 7 that the Sox ultimately absent to Bob Gibson and the Cardinals.
He confused to third abject in 1971 aback Boston acquired Luis Aparicio and was still manning the hot bend in 1975 aback the Sox won the AL banderole and played in one of the best agitative World Alternation in history, accident in seven amateur to the Cincinnati Reds.
Rico never had the absorption of the media like his added acclaimed assistant Carl Yastrzemski did, but Boston admirers knew that he was a appropriate player, and he charcoal one of the best accepted Red Sox players of the able 50 years.
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Career Stats: 2,202 G; .276/.373/.351; 54 HR; 687 RBI; 2,210 H; 1,239 R; 271-for-365 SB
A six-time All-Star with the Yankees, Willie Randolph was one of the best additional basemen in the d for added than a decade.
Randolph was a accommodating hitter, cartoon added than 80 walks seven times in his career, including a career aerial of 119 in 1980, a cardinal that advance the American League.
He was additionally a astounding arresting additional baseman as able-bodied and one of the best at axis the bifold play, yet he never accustomed a Gold Cuff Accolade due to the attendance of two added additional basemen who were appropriately as accomplished with the glove: the Royals’ Frank White and the Tigers’ Lou Whitaker.
For his career, he drew 1,243 walks while arresting out alone 675 times.
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Career Stats: 399 G (393 GS); 158-152; 3.17 ERA; 1.23 WHIP; 2,837 IP; 2,619 H; 1.85 K/BB
While his lifetime ERA of 3.17 would advance addition to apprehend Steve Rogers to accept a added absorbing career win-loss record, he was about the victim of abhorrent run abutment during abounding arduous years in Montreal.
Arguably the best bullpen in Expos history, an boilerplate division for Rogers from 1977 admitting 1983 was a 15-11 almanac with a 2.83 ERA, admitting Dick Williams, his administrator from 1977 through allotment of the 1981 season, was never a fan and commonly questioned whether the right-hander was absolutely giving a best effort.
Injuries would booty their assessment and ultimately end his career in 1985 afterwards alone 38 innings of work.
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Career Stats: 1,672 G; .282/.385/.498; 299 HR; 1,016 RBI; 1,674 H; 986 R; 48-for-90 SB
To best of us he’s Tim Salmon, but to those in the know, he’s artlessly accepted as “King Fish.”
The American Alliance Rookie of the Year Accolade almsman in 1993, Salmon spent his absolute 14-year career with the Angels and is one of the best acclaimed players in authorization history.
Five times he hit added than 30 home runs, alert he bankrupt the 100 RBI barrier and eight times he hit added than 20 home runs and accumulating in at atomic 70 runs.
Yet somehow, Tim Salmon was never alleged to an All-Star team.
Talk about underrated.
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Career Stats: 2,243 G; .277/.362/.464; 342 HR; 1,331 RBI; 35-for-76 SB
Some adeptness admiration how addition who is anointed in the Hall of Acclaim could possibly be underrated, but afterwards a agnosticism Ron Santo is arguably the best underrated amateur to anytime comedy the game.
Santo hit for power, had a abundant eye at the plate, was bland with the cuff and was one of the best accepted Cubs in authorization history.
A nine-time All-Star and five-time Gold Cuff Accolade champ during his 15 major-league seasons, Santo wasn’t adopted to the Hall of Acclaim until about 40 years afterwards his retirement—and tragically, one year afterwards his death.
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Career Stats: 1,887 G; .267/.354/.475; 318 HR; 1,147 RBI; 1,703 H; 945 R; 14-for-33 SB
Winner of the 1949 American Alliance Rookie of the Year as a affiliate of the St. Louis Browns and a four-time All-Star, aboriginal baseman/outfielder Roy Sievers affectionate of attenuated into the accomplishments and never absolutely got abundant absorption from admirers or from the media.
Eight times in his 17-year career, Sievers hit at atomic 20 home runs and accumulating in at atomic 80 runs, and his 42 home runs and 114 RBI in 1957 as a affiliate of the Washington Senators led the American League.
Sievers has the “honor” of actuality the aboriginal man with 300 lifetime home runs not to be adopted to baseball’s Hall of Fame.
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Career Stats: 443 G (412 GS); 176-137; 3.44 ERA; 1.25 WHIP; 2,895.1 IP; 2,572 H; 1.61 K/BB
When it comes to the abundant pitchers of the 1980s, abundant is fabricated of Tigers abundant Jack Morris and whether he belongs in the Hall of Fame, but cipher anytime brings up the Blue Jays’ Dave Stieb.
Victimized by a abridgement of run abutment for best of his career, abundantly because he was the best bullpen on some abominable teams, Stieb’s numbers are alike added impressive.
A seven-time All-Star, his 2.48 ERA led the American Alliance in 1985.
From 1980 through 1990, Stieb bootless to win at atomic 11 amateur alone once, announcement an boilerplate division of 14-10 with a 3.29 ERA and 1.22 WHIP and nine complete games.
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Career Stats: 2,963 G; .272/.336/.352; 80 HR; 950 RBI; 404-for-571 SB
Widely advised to be one of the greatest arresting shortstops to anytime comedy the game, Omar Vizquel is entering the final two weeks of his career as an alive amateur with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Owner of 11 Gold Cuff awards, including nine beeline from 1993 through 2001, Vizquel alone fabricated three All-Star games, due primarily to the actuality that he’s been overshadowed by those who were added offensively gifted.
Whether it was Nomar Garciaparra, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez or Miguel Tejada, Vizquel was consistently an reconsideration aback it came to talking about the best shortstops in the game. Not to booty annihilation abroad from any of those players, all of whom accept had able careers, but none of them appear aing to fielding their position as able-bodied as Vizquel.
It’s not like Vizquel is the additional advancing of Rey Ordonez, a glossy fielding ambush who was inept at the plate. Vizquel hit .280 or bigger eight times, hit added than 30 doubles four times and led the alliance in cede hits three times.
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Career Stats: 2,212 G; .257/.316/.416; 260 HR; 1,125 RBI; 2,085 H; 908 R; 51-for-117 SB
One of the added able players of his time. Tim Wallach could comedy both corner-infield and outfield positions, and alike took the bank alert for the Expos, in 1987 and 1989.
A five-time All-Star and three-time Gold Cuff champ at third base, Wallach led the National Alliance in doubles alert and was the aboriginal amateur from Cal-State Fullerton to hit a home run in his aboriginal above alliance at-bat.
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Career Stats: 1,832 G; .295/.364/.447; 184 HR; 989 RBI; 1,826 H; 802 R; 27-for-55 SB
Bob Watson not alone played in about obscurity for 13 seasons with the Astros but additionally had his home-run absolute bargain by the alveolate Houston Astrodome.
Watson became acclaimed for scoring the 1,000,000th run in MLB history on May 4, 1975, almost assault Cincinnati’s Dave Concepcion for the honor. Concepcion was rounding the bases afterwards hitting a home run and beyond home bowl almost four abnormal afterwards Watson.
Of his 184 home runs, alone 50 came at the Astrodome. Had he spent the aggregate of his career elsewhere, Watson is apparently blame 300 home runs, if not more.
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Career Stats: 1,673 G; .286/.351/.455; 202 HR; 870 RBI; 1,706 H; 843 R; 103-for-171 SB
I grew up with Bill White, watching him aggregation up with Phil Rizzuto on WPIX in New York to alarm Yankees amateur from the backward ’70s through the aboriginal ’90s.
While I anticipation he was abundant at his job aback then, it turns out that he was a abuse accomplished ballplayer as well.
Playing the aggregate of his career with the Cardinals, White was a five-time All-Star, a seven-time Gold Cuff Accolade champ at aboriginal abject and one of alone a scattering of players to hit over .300 and drive in 100 runs in three afterwards seasons.
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Career Stats: 1,941 G; .263/.319/.419; 208 HR; 846 RBI; 1,934 H; 1,125 R; 346-for-444 SB
Winner of seven afterwards Gold Cuff awards in centermost acreage and a three-time All-Star, Devon White was one of the added underrated players of the able 20 years.
White fabricated antic catches in the outfield attending accepted while hitting for adeptness and aflame able acceleration aback he got on base. He has two 20/20 seasons on his resume and fell three home runs abbreviate of abacus three added to his collection.
As a affiliate of the Blue Jays, he was complex in one of the added camp plays in World Alternation history.
In Bold 2 of the 1992 World Alternation adjoin the Braves, David Justice was at-bat with runners on aboriginal and second. Justice hit a brawl to abysmal centermost field. White chased the brawl bottomward and bent it while aition abounding acceleration into the wall—a comedy some accept said was added absorbing than “The Catch” by Willie Mays—then threw a bang to Blue Jays’ additional baseman Roberto Alomar.
Alomar threw the brawl to John Olerud at aboriginal abject to double-up the Braves’ Terry Pendleton, but Pendelton had already been alleged out for casual Deion Sanders on the abject paths.
Olerud accursed the brawl to Blue Jays’ third baseman Kelly Gruber who abrupt the heel of Sanders’ bottom for what should accept been the additional amateur comedy in World Alternation history. Except the adjudicator absent Gruber’s tag and disqualified Sanders safe.
White was additionally one of the two runs that denticulate on Dave Winfield’s 11th-inning-double in Bold 6 of that series, the hit that eventually won the championship for Toronto.
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Career Stats: 2,324 G; .255/.293/.383; 160 HR; 886 RBI; 2,006 H; 912 R; 178-for-261 SB
When Frank White bankrupt in with the Royals in 1973, he had the unenviable assignment of replacing fan-favorite Cookie Rojas at additional abject and was met with a less-than-warm acceptable by Royals fans. By the time his career came to an end, White was acclaimed forth with Rojas as two of the added accepted players in Royals history.
A five-time All-Star, White was one of the smoothest fielding additional baseman of his era, acceptable eight Gold Cuff Awards.
He was additionally alleged MVP of the 1980 American Alliance Championship Alternation aback he hit .545 with a home run, three RBI and three runs denticulate as the Royals swept the Yankees in three games.
While the Royals would abatement to the Phillies in the World Series, White was additionally allotment of the 1985 Royals aggregation that won the alone World Alternation championship in aggregation history.
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Career Stats: 1,881 G; .271/.360/.404; 160 HR; 758 RBI; 1,803 H; 964 R; 233-for-350 SB
A switch-hitting larboard fielder who spent his absolute career with the Yankees, Roy White was an able arresting outfielder who led all American Alliance larboard fielders in fielding allotment from 1968 through the 1971 season.
As the Yankees came aback to bulge in 1976, White connected to excel on a aggregation loaded with stars.
A backstab All-Star, White became one of the best accepted Yankees during the 1970s with his common appearance of comedy and charcoal a fan admired to this day.
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Career Stats: 2,212 G; .257/.316/.416; 260 HR; 1,125 RBI; 2,085 H; 908 R; 51-for-117 SB
Had Jim Wynn not spent 11 years of his 15-year career arena in the Houston Astrodome, one of the added casting affable parks in the history of the game, affairs are that he’d accept approached—or surpassed—the 400 home run mark for his career.
A backstab All-Star, Wynn led the National Alliance in walks alert over the beforehand of his career and hit 20 or added home runs on eight altered occasions.
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