14. Dave Parker
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: June 9, 1951 in Grenada, MS USA
  • Weight: 230 lbs.
  • Height: 6'5"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 12, 1973
  • Final Game: October 02, 1991
  • TSN All-Star - 1975
  • Gold Glove - 1977
  • TSN All-Star - 1977
  • Gold Glove - 1978
  • Most Valuable Player - 1978
  • TSN All-Star - 1978
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1978
  • All-Star Game MVP - 1979
  • Gold Glove - 1979
  • Silver Slugger - 1985
  • TSN All-Star - 1985
  • Silver Slugger - 1986
  • TSN All-Star - 1986
  • Silver Slugger - 1990
  • TSN All-Star - 1990
  • MVP - 1975
  • MVP - 1976
  • MVP - 1977
  • MVP - 1978
  • MVP - 1979
  • MVP - 1985
  • MVP - 1986
  • MVP - 1989
  • MVP - 1990
 
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With the nickname of "The Cobra" and a look that screamed, "badass," Dave Parker was one of the most popular baseball players of the late 70s and early 80s, and that was not just in Pittsburgh.

Parker debuted in 1973 and was the Pirates starting Rightfielder two years later, with his first 20 HR, 100 RBI, .300 year. Parker was third in MVP voting that season and was third again in 1977, where he won the Gold Glove and won the Batting Title (.338), led the NL in Hits (215) and Doubles (44).  He won his second Batting Title (.334) and Slugging Title in 1978 (.585), captured a second Gold Glove, and won the coveted MVP.  As good as this was, there were more peaks to come.

The Cobra helped lead the Pirates to a World Series win in 1979, with Parker delivering another All-Star and Gold Glove year.  While Parker was voted into the All-Star Game the next two years, the bloom was off the rose.  He was beset by injuries, weight problems, but mostly excessive cocaine use, which cost him Games as well as Hits.  Parker arguably did not have a great year as a Pirate in the 1980s.

Parker signed with the Reds as a Free Agent with Cincinnati before the 1984 Season, and he had an up-and-down career after that, often brilliant, and often disappointing.  With the Pirates, he had 1,479 Hits, 166 Home Runs, 758 RBIs, and a Slash Line of .305/.353/.494, though the common belief is that he should have had more.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Selected in the 14th Round of the Amateur Draft 6/4/70.
  • Departed:

    Signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds 12/7/83.

  • Games Played: 1,301
  • Notable Statistics:

    728 Runs Scored
    1,479 Hits
    296 Doubles
    62 Triples                       
    166 Home Runs
    758 RBI
    123 Stolen Bases
    .305/.353/.494 Slash Line
    34.8 bWAR                     

    16 Playoff Games
    6 Runs Scored
    15 Hits
    3 Doubles
    0 Triples                        
    10 Home Runs
    6 RBI
    1 Stolen Base
    .254/.324/.305 Slash Line

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1979)
    MVP (1978)
    All-Star (1977, 1979, 1980 & 1981)
    Gold Glove (1977, 1978 & 1979)
    Highest bWAR for Position Players (1978)
    Highest Offensive bWAR (1978)
    Highest Batting Average (1977 & 1978)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (1975 & 1978)
    Highest OPS (1978)
    Highest OPS+ (1978)
    Most Hits (1977)
    Most Total Bases (1978)
    Most Doubles (1977)
    Most Extra Base Hits (1979)
    Most Sacrifice Hits (1979)
    Most Intentional Walks (1978)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1978)
    Highest Championship Win Probability Added (1979)
    Most Total Zone Runs (1977)
    Most Putouts by a Rightfielder (1975, 1976 & 1977)
    Most Assists by a Rightfielder (1977)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a Rightfielder (1977)
    Most Total Zone Runs by a Rightfielder (1975 & 1976)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Rightfielder (1975, 1976 & 1977)

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