Sunday, November 8, 2015

#536 Doug Rader

Distinctive red hair...steady, above average 3rd baseman for the Astros franchise...excellent  fielder taking five consecutive gold glove awards  equaling Ron Santo’s string at the time....bat showed good pop hitting 20+ HRs three times mostly in a difficult park...usually placed 2-3rd in Astros home runs for a season....moved on to the Padres for 1976 as part of their veteran movement....sold to the first year Toronto mid season...finished final season 14 home runs started to get into managing in 1980....Started his skipper career with San Diego’s AAA affiliate Hawaii....three winning seasons later, entered into Texas Rangers dugout for 1983....dismissed early in 1986 big chance was with Angels in 1989...won 91 season and a half  team hovered barely at .500...not good enough for Gene Autry and was replaced by Buck Rogers in 1991.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice card. I often thought that players like Rader, who played in The Astrodome, would have hit the 30+ home run plateau. Bob Watson is another excellent hitter who may have done the same (referring to his 1977 season especially). Thanks for the post.