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More than any other Yankee, he was indispensable and responsible for that second World Championship. According to his SABR Bio, Nettles initially hated Martin but grew to respect him immensely. Il quitte New York à la suite de la publication d'un livre (Balls, 1984) qu'il cosigne avec Peter Golenbock où il critique le propriétaire des Yankees, George Steinbrenner. Find out more. All told, Nettles had five assists, two putouts and one double play started in Game 3, a 5-1 victory for the Yankees. Munson was on two Veterans Committee ballots in the 2000’s. No Doubt! [21] In the book, Nettles criticized Steinbrenner and some players as well. Still, the combination of offensive prowess and superior glove work resulted in a 5th place finish in the MVP vote, the highest finish of his career. Certainly one would give Reggie a “Ring Above Replacement” for the 1977 World Series. What I am suggesting is that there were a lot of terrific players manning the hot corner in the ’70’s and ’80’s and all five of these players accomplished things that deserve at least more than a cursory look. (Age 23-017d, All rights reserved. On March 30, 1984, the Yankees traded Nettles to the San Diego Padres for Dennis Rasmussen and a PTBNL. Adding OBP and SLG while adding the context of ballpark factors, Graig Nettles’ OPS+ is just 110 (10% better than league average). Nettles resides in Lenoir City, Tennessee, a suburb of Knoxville. Nettles got off to a good start offensively, hitting .313 with a .894 OPS in his first 24 games but slumped badly thereafter, hitting just .186 in his final 72 games played. After the game Reggie Smith commented, “It’s Dodgers 2, Nettles 1. East title secured, for the third straight season the Yankees defeated the Royals in the ALCS. Garvey hit a very hard grounder to third that took a tough hop that Nettles snared, backhanding the ball; he spun and threw to second base for a force out to end the inning. Playing from 1952 to 1968, Mathews had set the standard for what an offensive third baseman looked like: he hit 512 home runs to go with 1,453 RBI. True Crime: Fred McGriff’s Last Year on the Hall of Fame Ballot. I broke down and cried like a baby. The Bronx Bombers won a thrilling ALCS against the Kansas City Royals in 5 games with Nettles’ best effort (2 HR, 3 RBI) in a Game 4 loss. When Nettles retired after the 1988 season, four more third baseman had made the Hall: Robinson, Eddie Mathews, Freddie Lindstrom, and George Kell. FanGraphs (fWAR) puts Nettles’ WAR at 65.7, 14th best in baseball history (they count Molitor, Martinez, Miguel Cabrera and Harmon Killebrew as third sackers with Nettles just ahead of Edgar). High School: San Diego HS (San Diego, CA), School: San Diego State University (San Diego, CA), Debut: Maybe the best. I was a fan in those days and to even put Nettles in the same realm as Reggie is absurd. [9] On September 7, 1974, Nettles was caught using a bat that had six superballs inside it. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. When it appeared that the dust had settled and the brawl was over, Lee confronted Nettles for tackling him from behind. Every third baseman with a higher WAR is in the Hall of Fame except for the not-yet-eligible Beltre and Scott Rolen. Nettles was named the starting third baseman for the AL in the 1975 MLB All-Star Game.[11]. Graig Nettles was born on August 20, 1944, in San Diego, His father, who worked as a San Diego police officer for ten years, then became a high-school teacher, was away on active duty in World War II when he was born. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. I’m not suggesting that all five deserve a spot in Cooperstown. He was great in Game 3 of the ’78 World Series but the balance of his October record was mediocre. Clean Slate: Steve Garvey Still Hoping for Hall of Fame Call. Graig Nettles, nicknamed "Puff", is an American former Major League Baseball third baseman. Guidry was on the 2011 ballot. Last Chance Gone for Luis Tiant to make the Hall of Fame? If you’re a Baseball Hall of Fame enthusiast, please follow Cooperstown Cred on Twitter @cooperstowncred. October 1, 1988 Nettles graduated from San Diego High School in 1962 then attended San Diego State College on a basketball scholarship. Despite his greatness throughout ’78, Gator didn’t have his best stuff in Game 3. [4], On December 10, 1969, the Twins traded Nettles with Dean Chance, Ted Uhlaender, and a player to be named later (PTBNL) to the Cleveland Indians for Luis Tiant and Stan Williams. Along those lines, is Darrell Evans even the best player named Evans who is eligible for this ballot? Full-year historical Major League statistics provided by Pete Palmer and Gary Gillette of Hidden Game Sports. He played collegiate baseball with the Aztecs of San Diego State University where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. For this Nettles was named the ALCS MVP. Times change and standards for third basemen are clearly higher than they were for players in the first half of the 20th century, when the hot corner was primarily a defensive position. *Boggs would go on to finish with 3,010 hits and a .328 career BA while collecting 2 Gold Glove Awards and earn 3 more All-Star berths. Taking a view of how good Nettles was compared to all other players during his heyday, his is a list of the top eleven position players in terms of WAR from 1970 to 1979, Nettles’ peak years. He was clearly one of the best defensively. With the Yankees up 2-1 in the bottom of the 3rd inning with two outs and a runner on first, Reggie Smith hit a rocket to Nettles’ right; Puff made a diving stop to snare the ball and fired to first to end the inning. Nettles missed and then was thrown to the ground by Braves first baseman (and former longtime Yankee teammate) Chris Chambliss. All images are property the copyright holder and are displayed here for informational purposes only. Puff was 35 years old at the start of the 1980 season and he did not threaten the top of these leader boards for the rest of his career. Thanks for reading. The difference is that what made Nettles subpar in 1994 (his .248 BA) is less relevant in 2019 because we now know that he was at least an above average overall hitter and was one of the all-time greats defensively at the hot corner, even if Robinson and Bell took all of the Gold Gloves.

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