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24. Graig Nettles

24. Graig Nettles
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 20, 1944 in San Diego, CA USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 06, 1967
  • Final Game: October 01, 1988
  • TSN All-Star - 1975
  • Gold Glove - 1977
  • TSN All-Star - 1977
  • Gold Glove - 1978
  • TSN All-Star - 1978
  • ALCS MVP - 1981
  • MVP - 1971
  • MVP - 1976
  • MVP - 1977
  • MVP - 1978
 
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One of the most highly regarded defensive Third Baseman in the game’s history Graig Nettles also brought some pop to the New York Yankees when he arrived prior to the 1973 season.  Nettles would provide New York with eight seasons of twenty plus Home Runs (including seven in a row) one of which was enough to win the American League Home Run title (1976).  The year after, he would actually hit more Home Runs (though would not win the title) and would finish 5th in MVP voting.  The season after Nettles would finish 6th.

Five times an All-Star as a Yankee, Nettles would help New York win two World Series titles and also served as the team’s captain in his last two seasons playing in pinstripes.  Nettles would smack 250 Home Runs with 1,396 Hits for New York.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Third Base
  • Acquired: Traded from the Cleveland Indians with Jerry Moses for John Ellis, John Kenney, Charlie Spikes and Rusty Torres 11/27/72.
  • Departed: Traded to the San Diego Padres for Dennis Rasmussen and a Player to be Named Later (which would be Darin Cloninger) 3/30/84.
  • Games Played: 1535
  • Notable Statistics: 750 Runs Scored
    1,369 Hits
    202 Doubles
    20 Triples
    250 Home Runs
    834 RBI
    18 Stolen Bases
    .253/.329/.433 Slash Line
    44.3 bWAR

    43 Playoff Games
    14 Runs Scored
    35 Hits
    5 Doubles
    1 Triple
    5 Home Runs
    23 RBI
    0 Stolen Bases
    .226/.287/.368 Slash Line
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Champion (1977 & 1978)
    All-Star (1975, 1977, 1978, 1979 & 1980)
    Gold Glove (1977 & 1978)
    ALCS MVP (1981)
    Highest bWAR for Position Players (1976)
    Most Home Runs (1976)
    Most Extra Base Hits (1976)
    Most Sacrifice Flies (1975)
    Most Total Zone Runs (1976)
    Most Putouts by a Third Baseman (1974)
    Most Assists by a Third Baseman (1973, 1975 & 1976)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a Third Baseman (1976 & 1978)
    Most Total Zone Runs by a Third Baseman (1973 & 1976)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Third Baseman (1973 & 1976)
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