Saturday, January 30, 2016

#512 Paul Popovich

With the Cubs he was a often used reserve infielder who could not tip the scales to be a consistent starter....Twice donned the  Cubs uniform with an assignment stint to LA sandwiched in-between....started in Chicago farm system 1960….worked his way up to his first AB appearance in 1964 and got a hit….hit 232 in 52 games in full season 1967…. .Interestingly enough was traded twice in the same day going to Montreal  before the Cubs on June 11th 1969 …was awesome in his 1969 early season return to Cubs by virtue of hitting .312….had a fair follow up hitting .253 in 1970…..offensive numbers declined thereafter....217 in 1971…rebounded a bit in 1973 with a .231 BA in 306 Abs….a bit of a swan song for his career…went to Pittsburgh for his last one and a half seasons in a limited role.

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