41. Bob Horner
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 6, 1957 in Junction City, KS USA
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: June 16, 1978
  • Final Game: June 18, 1988
  • Rookie of the Year - 1978
  • MVP - 1979
  • MVP - 1980
  • MVP - 1983
  • Rookie of the Year - 1978
 
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A former Golden Spikes Award winner as the nation’s best amateur baseball player, Bob Horner would win the National League Rookie of the Year in the same calendar year (1978).  The number one draft pick would become known in Atlanta for his power numbers where he would finish in the top ten in Home Runs six times including a second place rank where he went yard 35 times in 1980.  Horner was ninth in MVP voting that year and would later be named an All Star in 1982.  As a Brave he would swat 215 Home Runs and was six Hits shy of 1,000.

Sadly, Horner’s career with the Atlanta Braves came to an end when as a free agent he had the misfortune of becoming available in the year of collusion and he would sign in Japan with the Yakult Swallows. 

For what it is worth, while we respect Bob Horner’s ability as a hitter, his rank is affected by his relatively low On Base Percentage (.339) and poor defensive record when he played Third Base.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: First Base, Third Base
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 1st Overall of the Amateur Draft 6/6/78.
  • Departed: Signed with the Yakult Swallows of the Japanese League after the 1986 Season.
  • Games Played: 960
  • Notable Statistics: 545 Runs Scored
    994 Hits
    160 Doubles
    7 Triples
    215 Home Runs
    652 RBI
    14 Stolen Bases
    .278/.339/.508 Slash Line
    21.7 bWAR

    3 Playoff Games
    0 Runs Scored
    1 Hit
    0 Doubles
    0 Triples
    0 Home Runs
    0 RBI
    0 Stolen Bases
    .091/.091/.091 Slash Line
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (1982)
    Rookie of the Year (1978)
    Most Putouts (1986)
    Most Putouts by a First Baseman (1986)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a First Baseman (1986)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a First Baseman (1985 & 1986)

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