Tony Pena signed with the Pirates as an Amateur Free Agent in 1975, and five years later, the Dominican Catcher made his first appearance for the parent club.
Pena became Pittsburgh’s lead Catcher in 1982, and he was an All-Star that year. Batting .301 with 15 Home Runs in 1983, Pena received the most MVP votes of his career, with an 11th place finish. Pena also won the Gold Glove, his first of three straight, and over the next two seasons he led the NL in Runners Caught Stealing. He would also finish in the top ten Defensive bWAR four times, including a league-leading 2.5 in 1984.
Pena went to three more All-Star Games as a Pirate and had five consecutive double-digit years in Home Runs (1982-86). He was traded to St. Louis after the 1986 Season, leaving the club with 821 Hits, a .286 Batting Average, and 63 Home Runs.
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