49. Rick Dempsey
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: September 13, 1949 in Fayetteville, TN USA
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 23, 1969
  • Final Game: September 27, 1992
  • Babe Ruth Award - 1983
  • World Series MVP - 1983
 
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Traded from the New York Yankees during the 1976 season, Rick Dempsey would find a lot more playing time in the city of Baltimore.

Dempsey was mostly known for his defense and his handling of pitchers.  Twice he would lead the American League in Catchers in Caught Stealing Percentage, and he would also have two years where he led his peers in Fielding Percentage.  Dempsey was a light hitter (.238/.319/.355 with Baltimore), but his bat came alive in the 1983 World Series, where he was named the MVP with a .385 Batting Average and five extra-base hits.  He played with the O’s until he signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1987.

Dempsey would later win a second World Series Championship with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Catcher
  • Acquired: Traded from the New York Yankees with Tippy Martinez, Rudy May, Scott McGregor, and Dave Pagan for Doyle Alexander, Jimmy Freeman, Elrod Hendrick, Ken Holtzman and Grant Jackson 6/15/76.
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent by the Cleveland Indians 2/6/87.
  • Games Played: 1245
  • Notable Statistics: 405 Runs
    854 Hits
    169 Doubles
    12 Triples
    75 Home Runs
    355 Runs Batted In
    16 Stolen Bases
    .238/.319/.355 Slash Line
    21.2 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1983)
    World Series MVP (1983)
    Most Assists by a Catcher (1979)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a Catcher (1978)
    Highest Caught Stealing Percentage (1976* & 1977)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Catcher (1981 & 1983)

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