29. Willie McGee
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 2, 1958 in San Francisco, CA USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: May 10, 1982
  • Final Game: October 03, 1999
  • Gold Glove - 1983
  • Gold Glove - 1985
  • Most Valuable Player - 1985
  • Silver Slugger - 1985
  • TSN All-Star - 1985
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1985
  • Gold Glove - 1986
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A very popular player for the St. Louis Cardinals, Willie McGee was a former First Round Draft Pick who the Redbirds pretty much stole from the New York Yankees on a 1981 trade for Bob Sykes, who never pitched in the Majors again.  McGee would win the starting Centerfielder job in his rookie year (1982) and he would shine on the national stage where he helped the Cards win the World Series. 

McGee would show improvement each season and in 1985 he would lead the National League in Hits (216) and won the Batting Title (.353).  That season he took St. Louis to the World Series (though this time he lost) but his individual season was so good that he would win the Silver Slugger and the National League MVP.  McGee remained a solid hitter for the Cardinals and even though he was traded to the Oakland A’s in late 1990 for their playoff run, he still did enough to win the Batting Title that year.

McGee would return to the Cardinals for the last stretch of his career (1996-99) in a reserve role.

The Outfielder would collect 1,683 Hits with a .294 Batting Average over his tenure in St. Louis.

If McGee’s rank does seem a little low he is penalized for having a low On Base Percentage (.329) and hid defense despite winning three Gold Gloves (honestly three too many) was barely average.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Traded from the New York Yankees for Bob Sykes 10/21/81.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Oakland Athletics for Daryl Green, Felix Jose and Stan Royer 8/29/90.

    Acquired (2): Signed as a Free Agent 12/15/96.

    Departed (2): Retired after the 1999 Season.
  • Games Played: 1661
  • Notable Statistics: 760 Runs
    1,683 Hits
    255 Doubles
    83 Triples
    63 Home Runs
    678 Runs Batted In
    301 Stolen Bases
    25.6 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1982)

    MVP (1982)

    All Star (1983, 1985, 1987 & 1988)

    Gold Glove (1983, 1985, 1986)

    Silver Slugger (1985)

    Highest bWAR for Position Players (1985)

    Highest Batting Average (1985 & 1989)

    Most Hits (1985)

    Most Triples (1985)

    Most Putouts by a Centerfielder (1986)

    Most Assists by a Centerfielder (1990)

    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Centerfielder (1986)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Centerfielder (1986)
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