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john8
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Happy Birthday to him today by the way.

I have a question. Was looking over his lifetime stats. Was he injury prone or was he involved in a 4 man outfield rotation while with the Reds?

He was a 3 time all star, but only played over 150 games 2-3 times.

Very good player. Not a compiler, but easily over 2100 hits and .296 lifetime average.

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He missed the last two months of the 1979 season with a left knee injury, but that's the only DL stint I found for him on the Reds. He was platooned in New York (and traded after expressing unhappiness about it).
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An awesome five-tools player, platooning either father or son would be the height of idiocy.

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As a Yankees fan, he was a very fine left fielder and superb hitter in his era. The '83 Yankees with Griffey and Don Baylor came very close to making the playoffs.
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I remembering being there August 31, 1990 in the Kingdome like it was yesterday and the age of 10. Still have the scorecard up in the attic.
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Happy Birthday. His playing career is what makes him relevant, being Jr.’s Dad isn’t what makes him great!
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He kinda got lost in the shuffle behind Rose, Bench and Foster but was a big part of the Big Red Machine.
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quote:
Originally posted by john8:

I have a question. Was looking over his lifetime stats. Was he injury prone or was he involved in a 4 man outfield rotation while with the Reds?

He was a 3 time all star, but only played over 150 games 2-3 times.


Many of the Cincinnati starters in 1975, 1976, 1977 didn't average much more than 150 games if that many. During those seasons, Reds' manager Sparky Anderson made sure many of the subs got some starts while resting those who usually started a game.
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I was at Wrigley Field when Bill Madlock won the NL Batting Championship on the last day of the season.
Ken Griffey began the Reds’ last game of the season against the Braves on the bench to protect his lead.
Madlock went 4-for-4 that day.

Griffey said, ''Anyway, before the last game, they held a meeting on me. The big boys. Sparky Anderson and Joe Morgan and Johnny Bench and Pete Rose and Tony Perez. They tried to figure out how I could win the batting championship and, when they came out, Sparky decided to sit me down for the game. I said I wanted to play, but in those days I didn't make waves. They said that Madlock always sat down, so let him win it if he was going to win it.

''We were playing Atlanta that day and, by the time we heard how Madlock was doing in his game, he was 3 for 3. So Sparky sent me up to hit for the pitcher, and I struck out. He kept me in the game, and I struck out again. I went 0 for 2, Madlock went 4 for 4 and beat me out, .338 to .336.''

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quote:
Originally posted by Gil Wilcox:
I was at Wrigley Field when Bill Madlock won the NL Batting Championship on the last day of the season.
Ken Griffey began the Reds’ last game of the season against the Braves on the bench to protect his lead.
Madlock went 4-for-4 that day.

Griffey said, ''Anyway, before the last game, they held a meeting on me. The big boys. Sparky Anderson and Joe Morgan and Johnny Bench and Pete Rose and Tony Perez. They tried to figure out how I could win the batting championship and, when they came out, Sparky decided to sit me down for the game. I said I wanted to play, but in those days I didn't make waves. They said that Madlock always sat down, so let him win it if he was going to win it.

''We were playing Atlanta that day and, by the time we heard how Madlock was doing in his game, he was 3 for 3. So Sparky sent me up to hit for the pitcher, and I struck out. He kept me in the game, and I struck out again. I went 0 for 2, Madlock went 4 for 4 and beat me out, .338 to .336.''

Playing for Pittsburgh really hurt Madlock. He won 4 batting titles. Sorta forgotten now. If he was on the Yankees, he would have been a borderline Hall of Famer.
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