19. John Stearns

19. John Stearns
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 21, 1951 in Denver, CO USA
  • Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 22, 1974
  • Final Game: September 30, 1984
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When you are nicknamed “Bad Dude” it is near impossible to not want to rank you as high as possible!

John Stearns was a rough and tumble character, never afraid to fight and use his physical style to play the game.  This should not take away from a player who was a four time All Star with very good defensive skill.  Stearns was one of those players you wanted on your team but hated when he was with your opponents.  No wonder, he was a popular figure in New York and he would play all but one of his MLB Games as a Met.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Catcher, First Base
  • Acquired: Traded from the Philadelphia Phillies with Mac Scarce and Del Unser for Don Hahn, Tug McGraw and Dave Schneck 12/3/74.
  • Departed: Retired in 1986 after becoming a Free Agent in 1984.  He was not able to make another MLB Team.
  • Games Played: 809
  • Notable Statistics: 334 Runs Scored
    695 Hits
    152 Doubles
    10 Triples
    46 Home Runs
    312 Runs Batted In
    91 Stolen Bases
    .259/.341/.375 Slash Line
    19.5 bWAR

    No Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards: All-Star (1977, 1979, 1980 & 1982)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Catcher (1977)

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