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280. Jim Sundberg
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: May 18, 1951 in Galesburg, IL USA
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 04, 1974
  • Final Game: September 24, 1989
  • Gold Glove - 1976
  • Gold Glove - 1977
  • Gold Glove - 1978
  • TSN All-Star - 1978
  • Gold Glove - 1979
  • Gold Glove - 1980
  • Gold Glove - 1981
  • TSN All-Star - 1981
  • MVP - 1977
  • MVP - 1978
  • Rookie of the Year - 1974
 
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Jim Sundberg was known for his defensive skills.  So much so, that is how we wound up on this list.

Sundberg began his career with the Texas Rangers in 1974, where he played his first ten years.  The Catcher was an All-Sar as a rookie and would start a six-year streak as a Gold Glove recipient in 1976.  Sundberg was one of the best in his era in handling a staff, and while his offense was respectable, his mound-work was impeccable.  This was evident when he joined the Kansas City Royals and helped them in winning the World Series in 1985. 

Sundberg also played for Milwaukee and the Cubs and would have 1,493 Hits over his career.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Galesburg, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Sunday, 01 January 1995
  • Position: Catcher
  • Played For: Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (1) (Kansas City Royals, 1985)
    All-Star (3) (1974, 1978 & 1984)
    Gold Glove (6) (AL) (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 & 1981)

  • Other Points of Note:

    7 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Total Zone Runs)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    19. Defensive bWAR: 25.3
    42. Total Zone Runs: 114

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1995: 0.2%

  • Should be Inducted As A: Texas Ranger

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