284. Placido Polanco

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284. Placido Polanco
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 10, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Di D.R.
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 03, 1998
  • Final Game: September 28, 2013
  • ALCS MVP - 2006
  • Gold Glove - 2007
  • Silver Slugger - 2007
  • TSN All-Star - 2007
  • Gold Glove - 2009
  • Gold Glove - 2011
 
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72141009214210472381 0.297
 

One of the more unheralded infielders in recent memory was Placido Polanco, a Dominican known for his time with the Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers.

Polanco came up with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998, where he had a breakthrough year in 2001 batting .307 with 173 Hits.  Polanco was traded to the Phillies during the 2002 season, and he continued to fly under the radar with excellent defense and decent contact hitting.  Polanco was a good player in his 20's, but he finally began to receive his due in the last half of his career.

Following the 2005 season, Polanco became a Detroit Tiger, and in 2007, he was an All-Star for the first time, had 200 Hits, batted .341, and was a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger.  He contoured to do well, going to the All-Star Game again (2011 as a Phillie), and he won two more Gold Gloves.

Polanco retired with a lifetime Batting Average of .297 with 2,142 Hits.  Defensively, other than the first two years of his career, he always had a positive Defensive bWAR and is in the top 100 all-time. 

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Eligible In: Tuesday, 01 January 2019
  • Position: Second Base
  • Played For: Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (2) (2007 & 2011)
    Silver Slugger (1) (AL) (2007)
    Gold Glove (3) (AL) (2007 & 2008) (NL) (2011)
    ALCS MVP (1) (2006)
    Most Sacrifice Flies (1) (AL) (1982)
    World Series Rings (None) 

  • Other Points of Note:

    3 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Runs Scored)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Hits)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Win Probability Added)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Total Zone Runs)
    1 Top Ten Finish (bWAR for Position Players)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    32. Total Zone Runs
    59. Defensive bWAR: 19.0

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    2006: 0.8%

  • Should be Inducted As A: Detroit Tiger

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0 #1 Shloooooooooooop 2021-07-11 21:29
Very highly underrated, would not hurt the Hall if he was in.
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