49. Gary Pettis
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 3, 1958 in Oakland, CA USA
  • Weight: 165 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 13, 1982
  • Final Game: September 10, 1992
  • Gold Glove - 1985
  • Gold Glove - 1986
  • Gold Glove - 1988
  • Gold Glove - 1989
  • Gold Glove - 1990
 
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The first six years of Gary Pettis' MLB career were with the California Angels, where he showed exactly what he was; a speedy and defensively skilled Outfielder who had zero pop in his bat.

Pettis debuted for the Angels in 1982, and two years later, he was their starter at Centerfield.  From 1984 to 1986, Pettis was perennially second in Stolen Bases, swiping 145 bases in that period.  He used that speed expertly with his glove, and he won two Gold Gloves, was the American League leader in Total Zone Runs in 1986 (22), and rarely made any errors.

Pettis was traded to Detroit after the 1987 Season, and although his offensive numbers were not impressive, his defense was, and he earns a place on this list.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Selected in the 6th Round of the Amateur Draft 1/9/79.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Detroit Tigers for Dan Petry 12/5/87.

  • Games Played: 584
  • Notable Statistics:

    296 Runs Scored
    451 Hits
    59 Doubles
    23 Triples                       
    13 Home Runs
    143 RBI
    186 Stolen Bases
    .242/.332/.319 Slash Line
    13.2 bWAR  

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Gold Glove (1984 & 1985)
    Most Total Zone Runs (1986)
    Most Putouts by a Centerfielder (1986)
    Most Total Zone Runs by a Centerfielder (1986 & 1987)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Centerfielder (1985 & 1986)

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