Next up in our "Random Retro Baseball Player" series is Hubie Brooks...
Years Played: 1980-1994.
Teams Played For: New York Mets(80-84, 91), Montreal Expos(85-89), Los Angeles Dodgers(90), California Angels(92), Kansas City Royals(93-94).
Positions: Right Field(576 Games), Third Base (516 games), Shortstop(371 games), First Base(13 games), Second Base(7 games), Left Field(7 games).
Career Line: .269 AVG, 656 R, 1608 H, 149 HR, 824 RBI, 64 SB, .315 OBP, .403 SLG, .717 OPS.
Best Season: 1986- .340 AVG, 50 R, 104 H, 14 HR, 58 RBI, 4 SB, 25 BB, 60 K, .388 OBP, .569 SLG, .956 OPS.
Awards/Leaderboard: 2-Time NL All-Star (1989, 1990).
2-Time Silver Slugger Winner At Shortstop(1985, 1986).
8th In NL Batting Average(.307) In 1981.
Top 10 In NL RBI In 1985(100, 6th) And 1986(90, 9th).
Fun Facts: Hubie Brooks played college baseball at Arizona State, and was the third overall selection in the 1978 MLB draft by the New York Mets.
After a solid 1984 season where Brooks hit .283, with 16 homers and 73 RBI, he was sent to the Montreal Expos in what is now considered the "Gary Carter trade", as the Hall of Fame catcher went from the Expos to the Mets in the deal.
In his first season as an Expo, he hit 13 homers, drove in 100 runs, and finished 14th in National League MVP voting. He was the first National League shortstop to have 100 RBI since Ernie Banks in 1960. In the following two seasons, he was selected to the All-Star Game. He was notably great in the first of those two years, 1986, when he hit .340 with a .956 OPS. He only had 338 plate appearances that season though, as he spent much of the season out with injuries.
My Take: As I was a kid and didn't start getting into baseball until the late 80s, I remember Hubie Brooks most in his last couple of Expos years and on. I watched him play a lot in 1990 in his only season with the Dodgers, as I lived in Los Angeles at the time. He was a solid player that season, hitting 20 bombs and knocking in 91 runs.
I think Hubie's the exact type of player we started doing these "Random Retro Baseball Player" pieces for. He had a solid career and you probably had some of his baseball cards like I did(if you were/are as big of a dork as I am). But I bet when a lot of you opened this you immediately thought, "Holy shit, Hubie Brooks! I forgot about that dude." It's fun to look back on players like this.
Hubie Brooks' Baseball-Reference Page
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