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66.  Graig Nettles
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 20, 1944 in San Diego, CA USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 06, 1967
  • Final Game: October 01, 1988
  • TSN All-Star - 1975
  • Gold Glove - 1977
  • TSN All-Star - 1977
  • Gold Glove - 1978
  • TSN All-Star - 1978
  • ALCS MVP - 1981
 
ABRHHRRBISBAVG
898611932225390131432 0.248
 

Many ball players are known for the clutch performances with their bat.  Graig Nettles certainly had many clutch hits in his long career, but he may have been known for having more clutch performances with his glove.

Many players start off fast and tail off, but Graig Nettles really hit his stride eight years into his pro career.  He was a power hitting third baseman and was a big part of the Yankees three consecutive American League Pennants in the 70’s.  As his bat came alive, more people paid attention to his aggressive fielding and noticed his wide range at the hot corner.  Although he did it well in the 1978 World Series, his defensive expertise was never better and he robbed Reggie Smith of extra base hits twice in Game 3.

Despite his ability to hit the long ball, Graig Nettles had a fairly low Batting Average and only hit higher than .270 once.  He did walk a lot though, and for a power hitter did not strike out that much.  Still, justifying Nettles for the Hall with a .248 career Batting Average does prove difficult and without an MVP season proves harder.  Of course, how many teams in the 70’s wanted Nettles as their third baseman?  Likely, the answer is almost all of them.

Should Graig Nettles be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 73.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.9%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 7.8%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: San Diego, California, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Saturday, 01 January 1994
  • Position: Third Base
  • Played For: New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins
  • Major Accolades and Awards: ALCS Most Valuable Player (1981)
    6 Time All Star (1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 & 1985)
    Gold Glove (2) (AL) (1977 & 1978)
    Most Home Runs (1) (AL) (1976)
    Highest WAR for Position Players (2) (AL) (1971 & 1976)
    Highest Defensive WAR (1) (AL) (1971)
    World Series Rings (2) (AL) (New York Yankees, 1977 & 1978)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes
    (AL: 1977, 5th) & (AL: 1978, 6th)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Slugging Percentage)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Doubles)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 31.  Games Played: 2,800
    43.  Defensive WAR: 20.9
    61.  Home Runs: 390
    73.  Plate Appearances: 10,228
    76.  At Bats: 8,986
    81.  WAR for Position Players: 68.0
    83.  Walks: 1,088
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1994: 8.3
    1995: 6.1
    1996: 7.9
    1997: 4.7
  • Should be Inducted As A: New York Yankee

Should Graig Nettles be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 73.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.9%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 7.8%

Comments   

0 #7 Moose 2015-08-08 16:22
Quoting Darrell DeLay:
Graig is great.

yes ! graig is great
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-1 #6 Darrell DeLay 2015-07-18 01:12
Graig is great.
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0 #5 Moose Sabr 2015-06-05 18:11
Quoting Jay Justin Clark:
? give Me a break ? where do you Refute The Facts ? Nettles had better Range than Brooks Robinson Ever had from 1970 ~ 1976 + Nettles should have those 7 Gold Gloves ! Nettles started Much Later than Brooks (turning 26 in his first full Season) Still Nettles hit More Home Runs + Nettles had Higher On base % + Higher Slugging % (Even if You Adjust it by OPS+) so ? give Graig Nettles a break by Accepting The Truth ! Nettles Was (Still is) Shall For~Ever Be) better than Brooks Robinson ! Over + Out

I Agree ! Jay justin Clark knows that The Under~Rated Graig Nettles is better than Brooks ! so Put The great Graig Nettles in The MLB hall of fame ! or ? Remove brooks Robinson ! Mahalo
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0 #4 Jay Justin Clark 2015-06-04 13:26
? give Me a break ? where do you Refute The Facts ? Nettles had better Range than Brooks Robinson Ever had from 1970 ~ 1976 + Nettles should have those 7 Gold Gloves ! Nettles started Much Later than Brooks (turning 26 in his first full Season) Still Nettles hit More Home Runs + Nettles had Higher On base % + Higher Slugging % (Even if You Adjust it by OPS+) so ? give Graig Nettles a break by Accepting The Truth ! Nettles Was (Still is) Shall For~Ever Be) better than Brooks Robinson ! Over + Out
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0 #3 JdhforuXfS28 2015-06-02 03:42
Moose, give me a break!
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+1 #2 Moose Sabr 2015-05-28 08:05
Graig Nettles is 100% Hal Of Fame Material
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0 #1 Moose Sabr 2015-05-28 07:47
Nettles was better than Brooks Robinson with higher On base % + stronger Slugging Avg + better Range at 3rd base ! from 1970 ~ 1976 Graig Nettles deserved All Of The AL gold gloves (in 1971 Graig Nettles Set 2 All Time MLB Records of 412 A + %4 dp but rooks got gold glove) Either put Graig Nettles in The MLB Hall Of Fame Now - or - Remove Brooks Robinson Now ! Aloha
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