Thursday, December 3, 2015

#529 Dave Nelson

Line drive hitting speeder pressed into service at 3rd base, as the Senator franchise traded away traditional third basemen Ken McMullen and Aurelio Rodriguez...was more accustomed to playing 2nd base....which he did when he broke in 1968 in Cleveland as light hitting backup...for the two subsequent years had trouble hitting with both Indian and Senator clubs....started 1971 in AAA Denver but called up as newcomers Don Wert and Joe Foy were flops in DC….Was the Rangers regular in 1972 and unleashed speed stealing 51 bases….Deficit was hitting .2296….Returned to his natural 2nd base in 1973 and responded with a career season .286 BA and all star berth….BA plunged by 50 points in 1974….injuries limited playing in 1975….traded to Royals for Nelson Briles…little used back up finishing his playing in 1977….continue in baseball with multiple roles and teams most recently pregame commentator for Milwaukee Brewer telecasts.