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287. Amos Otis
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 26, 1947 in Mobile, AL USA
  • Weight: 165 lbs.
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 06, 1967
  • Final Game: August 05, 1984
  • Gold Glove - 1971
  • Gold Glove - 1973
  • TSN All-Star - 1973
  • Gold Glove - 1974
  • MVP - 1971
  • MVP - 1972
  • MVP - 1973
  • MVP - 1976
  • MVP - 1978
 
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Amos Otis had his share of drug problems that likely held his career back, but this should not overshadow a very successful Major League career. 

Otis came up with the New York Mets in the late 60s, but Mets Manager, Gil Hodges, did not see eye-to-eye with Otis, and he was traded to the Kansas City Royals in a transaction where the Mets clearly got the short end of the stick.  Now playing in the Outfield (the Mets wanted him at Third), Otis was a five-time All-Star in the 1970s, and he brought a sweet balance of power and speed to his offense.  Otis twice led the American League in Doubles (1970 & 1976), was first in Stolen Bases in 1971 (52), and he had at least 10 Home Runs in eleven seasons.  Otis topped the AL in Power-Speed # in 1971 and was in the top ten in ten other seasons.  He would also finish in the top ten in MVP voting four times.

Otis' play devolved in the 1980s, and he quietly exited the Majors with a final season (1984) in Pittsburgh.  He retired with 2,020 Hits, 193 Home Runs, 1,007 RBIs, and 341 Stolen Bases.  Despite Otis’ accomplishments’ he did not receive a single vote when he was Hall of Fame eligible in 1996.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Monday, 01 January 1990
  • Position: Outfield
  • Played For: Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 
    All-Star (5) (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 & 1976)
    Gold Glove (3) (AL) (1971, 1973 & 1974)
    Most Doubles (2) (AL) (1970 & 1976)
    Most Stolen Bases (1) (AL) (1971)
    Highest Stolen Base Percentage (2) (AL) (1970 & 1980)
    Highest Power-Speed # (1) (AL) (1971)
    Highest Championship Win Probability Added (1) (AL) (1973)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 1971, 8th), (AL: 1973, 3rd), (AL: 1976, 7th) & (AL: 1978, 4th)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Offensive bWAR)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Defensive bWAR)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    1 Top Ten Finish (On Base Percentage)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    1 Top Ten Finish (OPS+)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Home Runs)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Singles)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Extra Base Hits)
    11 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed #)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Championship Win Probability Added)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Total Zone Runs)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    25. Sacrifice Flies: 103
    56. Power-Speed #: 246.5
    86. Stolen Base Percentage: 78.57

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1990: 0.0%

  • Should be Inducted As A: Kansas City Royals

Should Amos Otis be in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 50%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 50%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
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