Sunday, October 5, 2014

#664 Bobby Knoop

 A mainstay of  2nd baseman typical of the 1960’s era; good field, limited hitting…spent most and best years of his career with the Angels…highlights include three consecutive gold gloves, an All Star Game appearance...broke in with the 1964 team immediately taking over as a regular at 2nd… hit poorly with a .218 average but fielding skills made him an asset…sophomore year hitting improved to a career best .269…1966 Knoop stepped up his offensive numbers, hitting 17 home runs, leading the team in RBI’s and the league in triples…played two more full years with the halos…in his five seasons with California, led the league in double plays four times…a poor start in 1969, prompted a trade to White Sox for Sandy Alomar (a steal for the Angels)…although he continued to be a regular, hitting woes continued for 1 ½ more seasons…a trade to KC in 1972 relegated Bobby to substitute status…collected 258 AB over two seasons with the Royals with .217 BA… Career numbers, 56 HRs, 331 RBIs, and .236 BA…currently listed as employed in the small army that is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim coaching staff.  

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