Wednesday, June 1, 2016

#463 Bernie Carbo

Man of many adjectives, flakey, temperamental, controversial, outspoken ....Forever linked to one of World Series’ enduring images Carlton’s Fisk home run in 1975....never would have happened if it wasn’t Bernie’s 3 run pinch hit jack in the 8th....Career platoon player but sometimes very, very good at it...Rookie season was 1970 replacing a departed Alex Johnson.... was excellent as a member of the first edition of the Big Red Machine...very efficient hitting .310 and 21 home runs in 385 at bats... stats represented career best...voted second in NL rookie of the year... bottom dropped in 1971 with a 91 point drop in hitting....Started 1972 with Reds but had a cold start....traded to Cardinals where he began to regain his stroke, reaching .286 in to Red Sox provided his longest tenure....played there 1974-1978 minus a 69 game island of work with Brewers that took place in mid 1976.....playing time diminished in a downward slide after being sold to Cleveland, and acquired by St Louis again...finished as a MLBer in 1980 with a few at bats for the Pirates....Ending numbers 94 home runs and .264 career BA.

*Going to take a couple week break, but the posts will be back.

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