Saturday, April 26, 2014

#719 Cesar Geronimo

Future complimentary player in the second coming of the Big Red Machine…Houston included the Dominican Republic outfielder in Joe Morgan deal…adding to lopsidedness of the transaction….Started in the Yankee organization ….Was obtained by Houston as a Rule 5 draft pick…spent the year of 1969 with the big club but only appeared 28 games mostly as defensive replacement…Cesar stayed with the Astros organization continuing the a most defensive role…Showed almost no power in the minors, but had occasional pop in the bigs….The trade to the Reds resulted in over double the plate appearences for the year when compared to his career at that point…played outfield from 1972 to 1980….Excellent defensive player winning 4 consecutive gold gloves….Best season was 1976 with career highs of .307 BA (21 points higher than next best season) and 22 steals, 11 triples...even gathering some MVP votes…Played 9 years for the Red Legs, finishing off as a part timer with KC for 3 seasons….Career stats were .258 BA, 51 HRs, 392 RBIs.  

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