Saturday, December 14, 2013

#759 Chris Cannizzaro

Chris was the first Padre all star…There is an argument I have with myself…who is the worst all star ever to be named to a team…My apologies to you, Chris but it may be you….and Time magazine agrees ranking #3....At the time of 1969 classic Chris was hitting .247 but ended up hitting .220 for the season…1970 was well more deserving of All star status (still one of the best hitting team in SD franchise history) but the catcher position was well represented and Cito Gaston's career year represented the Padres spot… picked by the Mets in 1961expansion drafts but was dealt to Padres just prior to their 1st season….well traveled with five teams…The years of 1971 and 1972 found considerable playing time as he slotted to be a fill in for the Cubs (Randy Hundley’s injury)  with catching problem…didn’t really solve them…was well know as very slow runner…Finished career at SD where he had his best success.

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