23. Darrell Porter
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: January 17, 1952 in Joplin, MO USA
  • Weight: 193 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 02, 1971
  • Final Game: October 04, 1987
  • TSN All-Star - 1979
  • NLCS MVP - 1982
  • World Series MVP - 1982
 
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Darrell Porter would play more seasons with Milwaukee and would win a World Series with St. Louis (where he was both the NLCS and World Series MVP) but in between those teams he played the best baseball of his career with the Kansas City Royals.

Traded to KC prior to the 1977 season, Porter would quickly become a fan favorite due to his on-field intensity.  In the four seasons he was a Royal, the Catcher was named an All Star in three of them.  Finishing 10th in American League MVP voting in 1978, his 1979 season was considerably better (though he only moved up one spot to 9th in voting) where he had career highs in Hits (155), Home Runs (20) and every facet of the Slash Line (.291/.421/.484).  He would also finish first in Walks and became the sixth Catcher to score and drive in 100 Runs in a season.  Arguably the Royals would have been hard pressed to have made the playoffs as often as they did in the late 1970’s without Darrell Porter’s assistance.

Sadly, it is hard to mention Porter without mentioning that he was one of the first players to go public with his problems with substance abuse (well documented during his Royals tenure), which may have led to his premature death in 2002 as based on toxicology reports he may have fell off of the wagon (cocaine was found in his system).

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Catcher
  • Acquired: Traded from the Milwaukee Brewers with Jim Colborn for Jamie Quirk, Jim Wohlford and a Player to be Named Later (which was Bob McClure) 12/6/76.
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals. 12/7/80.
  • Games Played: 555
  • Notable Statistics: 290 Runs Scored
    514 Hits
    85 Doubles
    21 Triples
    61 Home Runs
    301 RBI
    5 Stolen Bases
    .271/.375/.435 Slash Line
    24.8 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All Star Game (1978, 1979 & 1980)

    Most Walks (1979)

    Most Sacrifice Flies (1979)

    Most Double Plays Turned by a Catcher (1979)

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