Saturday, August 1, 2015

#575 Al Oliver

Long termer who fell short of 3000 hits by 256…a hitter’s hitter, never really had a down season at the plate in 17 full years….strong debut… second in ROY voting and more deserving based on statistics…despite excellent number sometimes had a hard time breaking into a regular spot in the Pirates talent laden line up….his ten years in Pittsburgh was a solid foundation for a career….great complement to Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell….hit even better when traded to Texas…Al and his .319 avg. stayed for four seasons…had his career year in Montreal 1982….Led NL in batting, doubles, total bases, and hits….3rd in MVP….Al follows up in 1983 with 8 hr, 84 RBIs, .300 offensive numbers….Moved on to San Francisco while he continued to hit well .298 but he lost power and much of his RBI clout…didn’t stay and finish campaign in Philly and did bring up average to over .300 his 8th consecutive season doing so….1985 was his last year….took on a reserve role with Dodgers then Toronto ….7 time all star…for last 8 years wore “0” on the back of his jersey. 

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