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Robert Anthony "Bobby" Grich (born January 15, 1949 in Muskegon, Michigan) is an American former Major League Baseball second baseman and right-handed batter who played for the Baltimore Orioles (1970-76) and California Angels (1977-86). January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1949 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... Muskegon is a city located in Muskegon County, Michigan. ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... The position of the second baseman A second baseman is the baseball player guarding second base. ... The Baltimore Orioles are a Major League Baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... For the Pacific Coast League franchise see: Los Angeles Angels (PCL). ...


Grich had a very successful player career with Baltimore and the Angels for over 15 seasons. The main reason that sets him apart from the other second basemen of his generation, was the combination of fielding and hitting. He won four consecutive Gold Glove Awards and made the American League All-Star squad six times. In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ...


In 1973, the Orioles traded Davey Johnson to the Braves in order to make room for Grich at second base. He was an excellent fielder, with good range, soft hands, and a good arm, and he was steady turning the double play. In 1973, he set an all-time major league fielding record with a .995 fielding percentage, and 12 seasons later in 1985, he broke the record again (.997). David Allen Johnson (born January 30, 1943) in Orlando, Florida is a former second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ... The Atlanta Braves are a Major League Baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... After stepping on second base, the fielder throws to first to complete a double play In baseball, a double play (denoted on statistics sheets by DP) is the act of making two outs during the same continuous playing action. ... In baseball statistics, fielding percentage, also known as fielding average, is a measure that reflects the percentage of times a defensive player handles a batted ball properly. ...


With the bat, Grich belted 19 homeruns with 82 RBI in 1974. Then, in 1979, he batted .294, adding 30 homers and 101 RBI, but he had his best offensive performance in the strike-shortened 1981 season. Grich tied the lead in homeruns (22, along with Tony Armas, Dwight Evans, and Eddie Murray), led in slugging average (.543), and hit a career-high .304. In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... See also: 1980 in sports, other events of 1981, 1982 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Darrell Waltrip Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Rick Mears won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Bobby Unser Formula One Champion - Nelson... Tony Armas with the Athletics Antonio Rafael Armas Machado, better known as Tony Armas (b. ... Dwight Michael Evans (born November 3, 1951 in Santa Monica, California), nicknamed Dewey, is a former right fielder and right-handed batter who played for the Boston Red Sox (1972-90) and Baltimore Orioles (1991). ... Eddie Clarence Murray (born February 24, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. ... In baseball statistics, slugging percentage (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ...


Grich had bad luck in the post-season with the Orioles. First, losing the ALCS against Oakland (1973-74); later, joining in on the continual Angels failures against his former team (1979) and the Brewers (1982). Grich came closest in his final MLB season (1986), when the Angels blew a 5-2 lead to the Red Sox with two-outs in the ninth inning of Game Five, then lost Games Six and Seven as well. After the final out, Grich announced his retirement . In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS) determines who wins the American League pennant and advances to baseballs championship, the World Series. ... This article is about the baseball team currently active in the American League. ... The Milwaukee Brewers are a Major League Baseball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


In 17-years career Grich batted .266, with 224 homeruns, 864 RBI, 1033 runs, 1833 hits, 320 doubles, 47 triples, 104 stolen bases, and a .371 on base percentage in 2008 games. Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... In baseball, a run is scored when a player advances safely around all three bases and returns safely to home plate. ... In baseball statistics, a hit (denoted by H), sometimes called a base hit, is credited to a batter when he safely reaches first base after batting the ball into fair territory, without the benefit of an error or a fielders choice. ... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... In baseball, a triple is the act of a batter safely reaching third base by striking the ball and getting to third before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1985 In baseball statistics, stolen bases (denoted by SB) is a count of the number of bases successfully stolen by a player. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ...


Highlights

  • 6-time All-Star (1972, 1974, 1976, 1979-80, 1982)
  • 4-time Gold Glove (1973-76)
  • Twice Top 10 MVP (1974, 1979)
  • Led league in slugging average (1981)
  • Led league in homeruns (1981)
  • First second baseman to lead AL in HRs since Nap Lajoie (1901) and in either league since Rogers Hornsby (1929).
  • Hit three consecutive homeruns in a game (1974)
  • Set an AL 2B record with 484 putouts in a season (1974)
  • The first player elected to the Angels' Hall of Fame (1996)

Fact In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Nap Lajoie on a 1911 American Tobacco Company baseball card. ... Rogers Hornsby (April 27, 1896 in Winters, Texas - January 5, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois), nicknamed The Rajah, was a second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball who played most of his career in St. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... The position of the second baseman A second baseman is the baseball player guarding second base. ... In baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO or fly-ball when appropriate) is given to a defensive player who records an out by one of the following methods: tagging a runner with the ball touching a base that a runner on a force play is trying to reach catching...

  • Grich teamed with shortstop Mark Belanger a duo winner of four Gold Gloves, joining a select list of eight shortstop-second baseman combinations have won the honor in the same season while playing together (1973 to 1976)

See also The position of the shortstop A shortstop moves to his left, toward the center of the field, to play a ground ball Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... Mark Henry Belanger (June 8, 1944 - October 6, 1998) was an American Major League Baseball player. ...

Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence were introduced in 1957. ...

External link

  • Baseball-Reference.com - career statistics and analysis

  Results from FactBites:
 
Bobby Grich | BaseballLibrary.com (1010 words)
Grich moved to second base full-time in 1973 and promptly set a ML record for that position with a.995 fielding percentage, and from 1973-76 he reached double figures in home runs and stolen bases each year while hitting near.260.
In the strike-shortened 1981 season, Grich was one of four AL players to tie for the league home run title with 22, and also led the league with a.543 slugging percentage while batting a career-high.304.
In the field, Grich had lost some range, but was still sure-handed, and in 1985 he regained his ML fielding record (which had been broken by Rob Wilfong in 1980) with a.997 percentage, committing only two errors at second base all season.
SITT - Bobby Grich (438 words)
Thanks to a landmark court case won by Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally, Grich and a host of other players who were at the end of their contracts were the prime beneficiaries.
The thing that sets Grich apart from 95 percent of the other second baseman who have played is the combination of fielding and hitting.
Grich set an all-time major league fielding record in 1973 with a.995 fielding percentage.
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