Wednesday, June 10, 2015

#590 Graig Nettles

Played 22 seasons and hit 390 home runs….Started in Minnesota organization but was unimpressive in his only full season….A steal for the Indians and maybe the worst Twins trade ever….Graig Immediately paid dividends, solidifying an aging infield for a resurgent 1970 Tribe squad….Even though Cleveland fortunes soured, Nettles improved his play in 1971….After less productive 1972, traded to the Yankees for 1973….entered into an eleven season odyssey that started as the Bronx Bomber and ended with the Bronx Zoo….Started with bang in pinstripes hitting 11 home runs in April in pre-renovation Yankee Stadium…Gave  the Yankees consistent and steady play  no major drop off….Nettles’ quick hands and above average glove complimented his power…..Prime years were 1975 to 1979….In that time frame he hit 117 home runs….Received back to back Gold Gloves in 1977 and 78..... Traded to hometown San Diego as part of a veteran movement and despite a decline in production, he helped get the Friars to WS berth in 1984 ….Last seasons were spent as a reserve for the Braves and Montreal….Younger brother Jim played for Twins and Detroit without as much as fanfare….BA was never a strength as Nettles ended with career .248 mark....6 time All Star. 

1 comment:

  1. Actually, the 11 HRs came in April of 1974, when the Yankees were playing in Shea Stadium.