Monday, September 19, 2016

#419 Jim Spencer

Good glove man…at the bat his career .250 BA was indicative of good to fair offensive skills…sometimes an up and down career...started in Angels system….an organization who was not known for its hitting….1969 part timer in rookie season, worked his way to starter in 1970 highlighted by a .278 BA…suffered a decline in BA the next two years (although he hit a then career 18 home runs in 1971)…appear on his way to his third downer when a trade to Texas rejuvenated his batting stroke….was familiar with the Texas Stadium confines from his Texas League days...regained better power numbers in a two year White Sox stint during 1976-77…. Spent 1978 with NYY but struggled…In an exceptional rebound in 1979 had career bests in home runs and batting hitting 23 and .288 respectively in a DH platoon gig ...had best slugging AVG and home run per at bat on the team which included Reggie Jackson…playing and number diminished thereafter….if Jim played enough in a season he was a top contender for a Gold Glove which he won twice….passed away in 2002.

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