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28. Julio Cruz

28. Julio Cruz
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: December 2, 1954 in Brooklyn, NY USA
  • Weight: 165 lbs.
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 04, 1977
  • Final Game: August 31, 1986
  • MVP - 1983
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Julio Cruz was an original Seattle Mariner, who had been in the California Angels farm system for three years.  Cruz saw action immediately as a rookie n 1977, and as a sophomore, he was affixed as their starting Second Baseman.  While he was a light hitter (only 17 Home Runs, with a Mariners Slash Line of .243/.327/.307), Cruz was a quick player who knew what to do once he was on base.  He would steal 59 Bases in 1978, and would hit the 40 SB mark in the four years after. 

Cruz was traded to the Chicago White Sox for fellow Second Baseman, Tony Bernazard, during the 1983 Season.  With Seattle, Cruz had 290 Stolen Bases, which is second in franchise history behind Ichiro Suzuki.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Second Base
  • Acquired: Selected 52nd Overall in Expansion Draft from the California Angels 6/8/81.
  • Departed: Traded to the Chicago White Sox for Tony Bernazard 6/15/83.
  • Games Played: 742
  • Notable Statistics: 402 Runs
    649 Hits
    86 Doubles
    16 Triples
    17 Home Runs
    162 Runs Batted In
    290 Stolen Bases
    .243/.327/.307 Slash Line
    12.8 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest Stolen Base Percentage (1978)
    Highest Ranger Factor per Game by a Second Baseman (1979)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Second Baseman (1978)

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