Saturday, October 25, 2014

#657 Bobby Wine

The NL answer to Ray Oyler (OK, not that bad)…Most good field bad hit players have limited careers…Bobby was able to participate in 12 MLB seasons with the Phillies and Expos…made 3467 plate appearances...never traded in his career…started out to get regular work in 1962 and hit a career best .244…won a gold glove at shortstop in 1963 after playing 132 games at the position…subsequent seasons were a mixed bag…at the end of 1968 Wine was hitting a career .218…was going to protected from the 1969 expansion draft by the Phillies but Larry Jackson decided to retire instead of go Canadian…Bobby was his replacement…move reunited him with manager Gene Mauch….best overall season was 1970 establishing personal bests for games, hits, RBIs…set a then MLB record for double plays (137) by a shortstop, which still stands as the NL record…last full season hit .200 the same figure as a first year Expo...lost starter rank to Tim Foli and released mid season 1972.

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